During our three-day workshop, 22 children (ages 3-18) learned about local marine ecology and created beautiful works of art. Since these children live in the small coastal village of Arroyo Seco, where many of their parents are fishermen, they were selected for this project to learn about the impact that we as humans have on the ocean and marine life.
On July 28, we welcomed 38 children (ages 5-15) and parents from Melaque to our Sea Turtle Protection & Conservation Center (STPCC). The children spent the evening with Alejandro Peña, our biologist and STPCC director, who taught them about their important role in sea turtle conservation.
In June and July, our English teachers bid goodbye to our sixth grade students, who will be beginning middle school in the fall. Our team members were able to attend some of the school clausuras (graduation ceremonies) to congratulate their students on their accomplishments and wish them the best of luck in the future educational endeavors.
Last week, our three amazing volunteers completed their year of service with the ?! Careyes Foundation. Christina Buckner, Devra Traiman, and Preethi Raja arrived in Careyes last August to spend the school year with us. Since then, these volunteers all worked tirelessly to make our programs possible and were critical to the success of our team.
Even though this community bike ride fell on a long weekend, we were pleasantly surprised to be joined by fifty children and four parent volunteers from the villages of Emiliano Zapata and Francisco Villa.
During the month of April we held two movie nights, the first on April 6th for the children from the villages of San Mateo and Juan Gil Preciado, and the second on April 27th for the students from Miguel Hidalgo Nuevo.
On this early Saturday morning, students from Agua Caliente Nueva made their way to the neighboring village of Agua Caliente Vieja for a community bike ride to Playa Tenacatita, a beach about seven kilometers south of these villages.
This month we began our new series of educational movie screenings with the children from Pérula. We showed "Ratatouille," and before the film, Rebeca Martinez, a chef at a Careyes restaurant La Coscolina, came to speak to the children on her experience of becoming a chef and what it is like to now be a chef.
On March 3rd the Careyes Foundation Staff took on our final two villages of Miguel Hidalgo Nuevo and Miguel Hidalgo Viejo for a joint community bike ride. With our biggest group yet of 50 students and 12 parent volunteers, we set off into the gorgeous landscape of Miguel Hidalgo Viejo along the Rio.
At the end of February we completed our first series of educational movie screenings with visits from the final four villages that we serve: Francisco Villa on February 23rd, and the three smaller villages of Juan Gil, Arroyo Seco, and Agua Caliente Vieja on February 24th.
The primary school in the small village of Arroyo Seco has especially responsive welcoming and responsive to our English Book & Lessons Program. Of the 452 village residents, there are only 32 children enrolled in the two-classroom primary school. We sat down with the school’s principal, Juan Silva Suárez, to discuss the history of the school, his experience as a teacher and principal, and how the children and community have benefited from the English Program.
Following our Beyond Borders curriculum, every English lesson that we teach to our primary school students incorporates some type of artistic activity. Because we believe that it is important for children to have opportunities to express themselves creatively and these schools do not have formal art programs, we are proud that our English program gives the students a creative outlet!
On January 7, we presented 40 brand-new bicycles to middle school students from the small, isolated villages of Juan Gil Preciado and Ranchitos. The bikes were donated by Fundación Fraterna, a Mexico City-based organization that provides toys and sports equipment to children in need.
In 2014, the Foundation hired international bike polo player Ignacio Pelayo to initiate a bike polo school, and since 2015 we have been running two weekly schools that serve the children of five villages.