Student-led conferences

The teachers at Safe Passage help our students understand that they are accountable for their actions. This is an important aspect of Expeditionary Learning, which is the guiding methodology of our full-day school. Student-led conferences are a major component of this. In these conferences, which are held every semester, students share portfolios of their work Read More »

The Quinceañera Process: A time to give back

Quinceañeras are held at Safe Passage every year for our students, young women who are turning 15 years old. We also celebrate with our young men, or Quinceaneros. From the very beginning of the school year, Quinceaneras and Quinceaneros’ activities are planned out. It’s a four month long process which culminates in a big celebration Read More »

Student Stories: Meet Juliana & Wilder

Meet Juliana & Wilder, two eight year olds, friends, and classmates in the second grade at the Hanley Denning Experimental Primary School. Q: How long have you been a student with Safe Passage? Juliana: I’ve been at Safe Passage for four years. Wilder: I started at Safe Passage in the Jardín when I was five. Read More »

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 »

Student Stories: Meet Lilia

Meet Lilia, a student in our Oportunidades program. Oportunidades is our new reinforcement program for students from grades 8 and up who attend public schools. We recently sat down with Lilia to learn more about her and her experiences at Safe Passage. I am 15 years old, and I’m in Tercero Básico [third year of Read More »

“Here in Zona 3, they also bare their souls when they invite you in.” Meeting a sponsor student’s family

Anne-Marie sponsors Oliver, a 13 year old student at Safe Passage. Last year, she wrote an essay about her experience visiting Safe Passage, including meeting her sponsor student and his family. We’re sharing edited excerpts here, and the full-length essay can be read here. “Imagine that you have been sponsoring a boy named Oliver. For 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 »

VIDEO: Laptop Donations from our German Friends

Our Safe Passage German Friends & the Oliver Herbrich Kinderfonds recently donated laptops to our students. Thanks to their generosity, our students have better access to technology! See here for a photo album.

Smiling like Cinderella princesses: Dress A Girl

One of our supporters Ky Wolterbeek recently brought down 166 dresses for some of our students. Ky works with Dress a Girl Around the World which provides beautiful dresses sewn by volunteers to disadvantaged girls around the world. Ky shared her story with us below. I have been involved with Safe Passage for 15 years. 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 »