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

We spoke with Jen, whose 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 Hanley’s Read More »

VIDEO: Learning Outside the Classroom

Expeditions are a key part of Expeditionary Learning, which is the guiding methodology of our full-day school at Safe Passage. Expeditions are educational journeys that take place in and out of the classroom, involving research, group work, community outings, and final presentations. This past year, our students ventured beyond the garbage dump community on a Read More »

Poem about the dump

After taking a tour of Safe Passage in November with her high school, a student named Jenny wrote a poem about her experience. DUMP “Dump.” Upon hearing this word, what comes to your mind? Gradually decaying materials that are uncompostable to the soil? A source of pollution and breeding ground for pathogens? A gray zone, 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 »

You’re not a passenger but a crew member on your learning journey

Crew is a key component of Expeditionary Learning, our guiding methodology at our full-day elementary school. What is a crew? A crew consists of one teacher and 10-15 students who meet every day to check in, set goals, reflect on their work, learn team-building skills, and implement our core learning values. Students are encouraged to Read More »

A Note From Trae, New Executive Director and Head of School

On Monday, July 16th, Trae Holland officially stepped into his role as the Executive Director and Head of School of Safe Passage. Learn more about Trae below as he introduces himself, fills you in on his background, and shares his excitement in joining Safe Passage: It is my honor and privilege to join my family Read More »

Safe Passage Student Stories: Meet Edinzon

Meet Edinzon, a sixth-grade student at Safe Passage. We’d like to share his story, in his own words: My name is Edinzon, I’m 12 years old, and I’m the sixth of eight siblings. My mom supports us by working in the garbage dump, mainly collecting plastic bottles to sell. One of my sisters also works Read More »

Expedition to the Museum of Natural History

Expeditionary Learning in Action: Our trip to the Natural History Museum 8:00 a.m. Our 6th graders wait excitedly inside the school, going over final details with their teachers. Today they’ll be visiting the Natural History Museum in Guatemala City as part of an expedition called Environmental Protagonists (Progatonistas Ambientales). This expedition teaches students about various Read More »

Learning by doing: how teachers provide support and inspiration

Meet Yasmin, one of our 6th-grade teachers. We sat down with Yasmin to get her take on how Expeditionary Learning is going at Safe Passage. Yasmin was one of the first four teachers hired in 2015 to pioneer the implementation of Expeditionary Learning in our full-day school. These four teachers bonded over their interest in Read More »