A group of 16 students from our school is trying to fundraise enough money to afford a trip this upcoming January to visit our exchange school in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Our objective is to build an educational bridge between Design Tech High School and Francisco Manrique Cabrera by enhancing cultural immersion in two different U.S. grounds through the lens of Design Thinking.
We have been working with Francisco Manrique Cabrera to implement design thinking classes into their curriculum. Our school teaches the students the process of design thinking throughout all four years of high school, and this is something that FMC is interested in implementing in their own school. They have been implementing aspects of our school, such as a 2-week long design thinking intensive called intersession, so we are visiting to help kick-off the start of their intersession.
If you're interested in learning more about our goals and our last trip, here is an article that was written by the Rainforest Inn, where students volunteered in exchange for a place to stay: https://www.rainforestinn.com/myblog/design-tech-students-volunteer-in-puerto-rico
These are some student quotes from their experience with the PR exchange program:
" I have been involved in this program for about a year, and this would be the first time visiting their school, so I am really excited about this opportunity. It was wonderful to meet them and share experiences with them when they visited in March, so I am excited to experience their culture and school. " - Ella Howard
" After visiting Puerto Rico last January, I was mesmerized by the island's vibrant culture. Having experienced this unforgettable trip and having interacted with such amazing people, I can, without doubt, say that this trip has changed my life. It has been my privilege to be part of this once in a lifetime opportunity. " - Georgina Fakoukaki
The goal is to not rely on our parents- ideally, we want to raise our money through working and donations, so it would mean the world to us if you donated to our cause!
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