Craft development with Creamos: Jackie’s Story

Jackie is an artist who traveled to Guatemala in early 2019 to work with the mothers in our Creamos program. Under Jackie’s instruction, they created beautiful baskets out of recycled material. She recently shared her story with us. In the summer of 2018, I met Elsa Asturias while I was teaching at Snow Farm, a Read More »

When volunteering is a family affair

Mother and daughter duo Mindy and Kira have been long-time supporters and participants in the Safe Passage community. Kira is currently volunteering on the English team, and her mother Mindy has been the leader of multiple Support Teams over the years, including another one planned for July of 2019. Additionally, they are the hosts of Read More »

Meet Jen: Safe Passage supporter, sponsor, and Support Team leader

We spoke with Jen, who is based in Maine. Her experience with Safe Passage has ranged from volunteering, leading Support Teams, and sponsoring a student. Here’s her story: How and when did you first hear about Safe Passage?I first heard about Safe Passage not long after I moved to Maine in 2006. I read about Read More »

National Volunteer Story: Decisions with Experiences

“Uncertainties invaded me at the beginning of this journey as a Mentor. Am I doing a good job? How will I do my best? They were just some of the questions that came up. Once I had the student assigned to me and began to work with her, it turned out that I learned by Read More »

Sharing My Story: Our Ambassadors Program

Ever since the first time I stepped foot in the Educational Reinforcement Center in Guatemala on January 27th, 2014, I knew my connection with Safe Passage would be lifelong. Four years later, after being on two Support Teams, becoming a Sponsor, becoming an Ambassador, and eventually helping to coordinate the Ambassador Program, I still think Read More »

Support Team Stories: My Week at Safe Passage

“It was one of the best experiences of my life.” Earlier this spring, Catherine spent a week at Safe Passage as part of a Support Team. When she returned home, she was eager to share her story and spread the word about the life changing experience she had. Read her story and watch her video Read More »

Every day is an extraordinary adventure: Meet Volunteer Maria

Maria Fernanda came to Safe Passage by coincidence. At first, she did not know much about our program and she did not want to volunteer. What she did know was that she needed to spend a one month internship at a local organization to meet a volunteer requirement for school. More than one year later, Read More »

Playing for Peace, and Learning by Doing at Safe Passage

Our youngest students learn through play, as children do naturally, but what happens when we employ the same learning methodologies to a Safe Passage all-staff workshop? Starting the year with collaboration At the start of each new school year at Safe Passage, our new staff members join our seasoned staff members for training and workshops Read More »

2015 Day of Giving: What it takes to build a new center in one day

On November 7, 2015 we built our new Learning, Art and Fun Center with help from thousands of volunteers from TELUS International. And we built this new center in one day. What’s the Learning, Art and Fun Center? In January, 2016, we’re adding two more full-day classes to Safe Passage, and we need more space. As part Read More »