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    School the World: Transform Lives in Central America

    School the World: Transform Lives in Central America


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Destination: Panama, Guatemala, Honduras
    • Provided By: Independent Provider
    • Session Start: February, March, April, July
    • Session Length: One Week
    • Entering Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Category: Community Service
    • Sub-Categories: English as Second Language (ESL), Spanish, Youth Outreach
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Minimum Cost: $3,000 - $6,999
    • Career Clusters: Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications, Government and Public Administration, Human Services, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
    • Credit Awarded: No
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    Want to travel to Central America? Want to transform lives? Join us this year! Travel to Guatemala, Panama, or Honduras for one week with a group of like-minded high school students to help build a school and improve international education. You will make new friends, be immersed in a new culture, and form lasting relationships with local children and families. Don't miss this experience of a lifetime!

    School the World is a non-profit organization committed to improving the quality of education in the developing world. We offer student service learning trips for high school students interested in making a difference abroad. Our service program is unique in that students contribute to a larger ongoing mission.

    School the World's Student Service Program supports infrastructure growth & programming costs while providing an inspiring service experience for U.S. high school students.

    ABOUT THE TRIP: Each group that travels funds and participates in the final construction phase of a new school building and/or playground during their journey of discovery. Students spend the majority of their week in a rural community in Panama, Guatemala, or Honduras, working on the project and interacting with the children, their parents and the teachers as they form strong bonds through mutual learning. We also believe cultural exposure and understanding is an important part of our program. During their trip, students experience the beauty of Central American culture. 

    Throughout the trip, our World Changers begin to open their eyes and minds to the deep and complicated causes underlying poverty and gender discrimination prevalent in rural communities. They walk away with first-hand insights of economic realities that force mothers and fathers to send their young children across treacherous borders. More importantly, they experience the power and influence of education in ordinary people’s lives.

    Trip Highlights:

    • Complete the building of a school or playground for children living in extreme poverty 
    • Experience a new culture
    • Form deep connections with children - even with a language barrier! 
    • Enjoy recess with the kids daily 
    • Spend time teaching in the classroom
    • Visit the home of a local family to better understand their culture
    • Make new friends from across the U.S. and beyond 
    • Be immersed in Spanish language 
    • Get community service hours
    • HAVE FUN!