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Jefferson's Ecuador Service Trip

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Help an amazing Jefferson Trojan to get to Ecuador this spring break! From March 28 through April 5, over a dozen high-achieving students aim to travel to Ecuador to engage in a 9-day journey of cultural discovery and community service.  Your tax-deductible contribution to Jefferson Academy's (JA) PTA can help make this trip a reality. 

"I'm excited to go to Ecuador because I want to experience a culture that's different than my own!  Plus I've never been outside of the United States." -Tra'Don, J.A. 7th grader

The trip will expose students to the rich history, culture, and traditions of Ecuador.  Jefferson students will also learn the meaning of international service as they volunteer in an Amazonian community on a development project.  The end result:  students will develop important leadership skills; expand their cultural frontiers; and deepen their capacities to have empathy across lines of racial and cultural difference.  

"I'm excited to go to Ecuador because I know that volunteering in a foreign country will give me leadership skills that will prepare me for high school and college." –Reece, J.A. 8th grader

We need your help to make this life changing experience possible.  The cost per student is over $3,000.  The staff and students at Jefferson are doing everything possible to make the trip affordable – including spending $10,000 out of the school's budget towards the trip cost – but we still must raise an additional $16,000 by February 26 to fund every deserving student.   

We can do this with your help.  Every gift – no matter how small or how large – will get us closer to our goal.  A gift of $500 will pay for one round trip airfare for a deserving student.  A gift of $250 will pay students' ground transportation within Ecuador.  A gift of $100 pays for a student's room and board for 1 day.  And a gift of $50 pays for 1 day's worth of services from an experienced guide who will ensure that our kids have a rich, educational, and safe trip.   

Thank you for supporting Jefferson Academy!  We hope you and your families have a safe and enjoyable holiday season. 

-Natalie Gordon, Principal

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  • Rabiah Harris
    • $50 
    • 8 yrs

Organizer and beneficiary

Caroline Rose
Washington D.C., DC
Richard Bardach

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