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 »

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 »

Libraries: Changing Lives For the Better

In a country where 12% of the population is illiterate and in some cases reading is considered a punishment, it is very important to promote reading among students of all ages. At Safe Passage, it is vital that our students not only read, but fully comprehend what they read and enjoy themselves. That’s why we Read More »

Announcing Trae Holland as Our New Executive Director/Head of School

Trae Holland, current Director of Academia Cotopaxi’s The One Institute in Quito, Ecuador, will be joining Safe Passage/Camino Seguro as the new Executive Director/Head of School. Trae will officially assume his new role on July 15, 2018. Trae’s background uniquely qualifies him for this position. An educator and administrator with decades of experience, Trae has 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 »

From student to staff: Mynor’s Story

“Sometimes I was sad because of the things that had happened in my life. But when I came here, everything changed. People are what make this a special place.” Meet Mynor. Mynor started studying at Safe Passage in 2009 at age 18. Although he could only participate two days a week, he quickly became involved Read More »

Social Workers: connecting with the community

Our team of social workers (Family and Community Services) works hard to connect with and support our community members by listening to their stories and learning their needs. “Social work is a way to get closer to people to and to serve them, and I believe we have to serve the people who are most Read More »

Carlos & Leslie: How a mother and her son inspire each other

Unable to afford school tuition, Leslie started working in the garbage dump when she was eight years old. At age 18, she decided to change her life and entered Safe Passage’s Adult Education program as a first grade student. After years of night classes and long days working in the dump, Leslie earned a high school Read More »