Chess and a Backpack of Books

“A student who reads, thinks. A student who thinks, learns. A student who learns can make change.” Ubelia, a student in 6th grade strolls through the doorways of Safe Passage, walks down the stairs, slowing down as she passes the library exclaiming, “Que facil!” or “too easy!” in regards

Two steps at a time

Every kid is a little bit different. Yulisa likes to hold my hand and take the stairs two at a time on the way down to the library for our forty minutes of tutoring. Once we reach the bottom of the stairs she declares herself the winner. Sometimes I

My time tutoring

When I first began at Safe Passage six months ago, I had a choice of where to work: the main educational reinforcement center with its older students, or the Escuelita filled with the littlest learners in the program. While volunteers who are staying for six or more months generally

Log on to the Safe Passage Computer Lab

Meet Douglas Cordero, the Safe Passage Computer Lab manager as he explains how students from around the Guatemala City garbage dump come here to learn computer skills, helpful programs, and do their school homework. Many of the students have no electricity at home and none have their own computers,

A Little Attention Goes a Long Way

As an educational reinforcement center, Safe Passage is focused on giving students the opportunity to attend school and the resources they need to succeed there. Public schools in Guatemala only run for half the day and primarily use rote memorization to teach their large classes. In a class of

Homework: The Key to Success

It is easy to get caught up in the many wonderful and enriching extracurricular programs at Safe Passage here, such as English, health education, computer skills, art, music, and sports. That means one of the most important, parts of our program may sometimes be overlooked—homework time! All of the