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School the World, Boston
Agency Name: School the World, Boston
Commitment: Students commit to contributing $3,600 to fund a primary school building and/or a playground in Guatemala. Students travel with School the World during February, March or April school break, or one week in the summer.

Are you currently a high school student interested in helping make education accessible to those in the developing world? Do you want to make your Spring Break or summer vacation worthwhile, and become a World Changer? Then School the World’s Student Leadership Program may be just what you’re looking for! As part of this program, high school students raise the funds to build a primary school building and/or a playground for students living in poverty. While raising funds in the months leading up to the trip, students learn about successful fundraising tactics to help them secure the funds needed for the project, and attend educational seminars to learn about the region’s history and culture.

Once students arrive in Guatemala, they can expect to mix cement, construct equipment and paint, as well as help teach lessons. Students have the opportunity to complete a home visit to understand daily life within the community, what it means to be a global citizen, and increase their global literacy. In addition, there will be afternoon cultural activities varying per trip (e.g., visiting local Mayan ruins and the largest open air market in Central America), and a one day and evening visit to Antigua, the Spanish colonial capital of Central America, where students can participate in an extra cultural activity (i.e. climb the Pecaya volcano or experience the zip lines of a nearby coffee farm).

Days/Times Needed: Our travel season runs February –April & July. Our student service trips coincide with typical spring and summer school vacation weeks.
Additional Information: Students interested in participating can fill out an application, found in our website, and return it along with all other required application materials to Natalie Hambor for consideration. Students are required to Participate in pre-trip seminars to review trip preparation and general history/culture of Guatemala. STW will provide participating students with a “Fundraising Toolkit” and guide the students through letter-writing, online campaigns, provide a list of suggestions for independent group event, and will facilitate at least one group fundraising event. Every student will have the opportunity to create their own individual online fundraising page through our website.
Contact: Natalie Hambor
Street Address: 376 Boylston Street Suite 203
City, State: Boston, Massachusetts
Contact Phone: (617) 867- 9500