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 »

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 »