Even if you haven’t yet heard the term ‘voluntourism,’ you almost certainly are familiar with the phenomenon it refers to. Its imagery and advertising are everywhere – resume-building, perspective-changing opportunities to build a well/teach English/help at an orphanage somewhere in the global South, for a price. Such a combination of volunteering and tourism appeals to … Continue reading The dark side of voluntourism: why development work needs to prioritize local leadership
This past summer, two new educate.-funded libraries were inaugurated in Honduras. Both were located at small, rural public primary schools, where one teacher has all students from first through sixth grade in a single classroom - no small feat, especially with the limited resources both of these schools struggle with. Both projects were also led … Continue reading Two new libraries once again show the power of community leadership
At the International School of Panama, grade 6 students have been busy over the past term organising a book drive. From logistics to publicity to sorting and storing the books, the project was 100% student led. The students managed to collect a grand total of 438 books, a number well over their goal of 350! … Continue reading Reflections on a Student-run Book Drive at the International School of Panama
For many months now, we have been working with the Honduras-based non-profit Chispa Project to start a library at a public elementary school in the city of El Progreso, Honduras. Due to the chaos that followed the Honduran presidential elections, our plans were delayed somewhat, but we are very excited to have a concrete game … Continue reading El Progreso Library Update: Adrian Mejia School!
We are incredibly excited to be able to announce that educate. has recently partnered with the International School of Panama in Panama City. The International School of Panama is home to over 1200 children from 50 countries and runs from Pre-K to 12th grade. educate. has partnered with the school’s Grade 6 Global Issues class, … Continue reading Panama International School Global Issues Partnership
In this blog post, educate. board member and trustee Lisa van Holsteijn gives us an insight into the community where she grew up and how this community continues to contribute to her work for educate.. Going home for me doesn’t just mean going home to see my parents and immediate family, it means going home … Continue reading Thankful for my Roots
This January has been a very busy and exciting month at educate., packed with events, reunions, new projects and the welcoming of two new team members! Back in 2017, educate. began to plan a collaboration with Amsterdam University College’s philanthropy and voluntary service committee, Hands On, who select a different theme and organisation to support … Continue reading January Update: Fundraisers and New Recruits
Today, Stephanie Chevez received the first installment of her educate. scholarship grant! Stephanie is the first individual to be awarded an educate. scholarship, and will start studying medicine at the Catholic University of San Pedro Sula on Monday. This is the first step on Stephanie’s way to her dream of becoming a doctor and we … Continue reading Stephanie Chevez receives first educate. scholarship grant!