Travel Study in Puerto Rico
Traveling to Puerto Rico provides a unique opportunity in which we can be fully immersed in Spanish language and Latino culture within the boundaries of the United States. We will develop our language skills and gain unique perspectives from the people of Puerto Rico. We plan to experience indigenous Taino culture during a two-day home stay with one of the only 9 remaining Taino grandmothers. We will explore the rich, diverse, and threatened sea life of the Caribbean Sea, including sea turtles, reef fish, bioluminescence and the mangroves. We will learn about native plants and animals as we hike through El Yunque, the United States' only tropical rainforest. We will discover the history of Puerto Rico through a visit and tour of Old San Juan. The learning will be endless!
Our teacher is helping us to plan and organize this trip and has the budget down to $1100 (including airfare) per student. Going to Puerto Rico will be a trip of a lifetime! Please support us in making it a reality!
This is a long one, but it has been a busy week.
Thank you supporters! This past week the girls collected an additional $690. I wish I could snap a picture of their smiles after they learn about each donation. That said, they still have a long way to go to meet their sourcing goal.
This week the students made plans to attend a Know your Rights workshop to become more educated and to support their communities. They registered to participate and to present a workshop at the Washington State Global Issues Network Conference. The young scholars will be attending the DALE Conference (Dia de avanzando Latinos en educacion) at UW Bothell next week.
In addition to all this, they planned a cultural event to share tradition and art with their school community and are organizing to celebrate culture at "The Bite of Hale", a huge community event including food, entertainment, and "El Mercado Latino".
The girls have organized 4 fundraising events that will happen during the next two weeks. I will share more about that in future posts.
Did I mention that these scholars are full-time students, many of whom have siblings to care for and hold part-time jobs that help support their families?
These young women give so generously to their communities and stand for a better tomorrow. I love these girls and I am so proud of them.
THANK YOU for learning more about these great kids!
Please consider making a donation at any amount.
A small donation of just $25 from you and 168 others would complete the goal! (I learned that from KEXP membership drives:-))
DECLARATION: By tonight, February 28th, midnight or sooner, I declare to raise an additional $4225, totally $6000 for Latinas Unidas Travel Study Program in Puerto Rico scheduled for this April 2017.
Gratitude to all of you who have contributed. Thank you!
I know that collectively everybody I know and everybody all y'all know have an abundance of resources. I have an amazing group of emerging Latina leaders who are planning a travel-learning trip to Puerto Rico for this April 2017. These young women demonstrate the power of connection and community everyday. These students are an active stand for human rights and speak out with confidence when they encounter injustice. They host cultural events to share and honor important traditions and beliefs. They serve as ambassadors of their high school, Nathan Hale, by supporting the Latino families as they transition to high school. This winter, they mentored middle-school students at La Chispa bilingual leadership conference and toured the campus of the University of Washington, as they dream about what their futures hold. I am proud of my students, our nations future.
Please consider sponsoring their trip. Read more about the trip the girls have planned by clicking on the Go Fund Me link attached.
On behalf of Latinas Unidas, THANK YOU!!!