Mrs. Wilson's Pulsera Project Trip!

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I am one of 8 Spanish teachers in the United States who has been selected to join the Pulsera Project for a Spanish Teacher Trip this summer in Nicaragua. We'll be getting a first hand look at the good the Pulsera Project, and all of the students, teachers, and schools who participate, are doing to create a sustainable future for people all around the world. Not only that, we'll be taking a look at what other work still needs to be done, and what role education can play in that. 

This is a service-learning trip, or, as I like to call it, a listening trip. I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to go and let others speak, and to have the chance to simply observe someone else's reality. We often rush to solve other people's problems, when, in fact, they know what they need, and how to fix it, best. 

What the money will cover: 
-The expense of the trip, all room and board, all food, and travel in the country. 
-My round-trip flights to Nicaragua from Texas. 

When I need the money: 
-I will need to pay a deposit by March 1st, and purchase flights soon after! 

About me: 
I've been lucky to teach so many amazing students throughout my adventures in education. Teaching Spanish is my passion because language is the vehicle for all of our understaning of the world. Through langauge, I hope to teach culture, global citizenship, and a profound desire to understand others. I hope that every class I teach gives my students two gifts: a broader view of the world, and the chance to build relationships with the world. I have had the amazing opportunity to teach every level of Spanish from 2nd grade Dual Language, to Middle School, all the way up to Spanish 1-5 in high school. Teaching, in and of itself, has made me an advocate of all my students, and especially, as a Spanish Speaker, an advocate for my Hispanic students and their families. I hope this trip reveals more ways that I can build relationships with and empower people in my community, and in the world. I can't wait to see how this trip informs my teaching and impacts not only me, but also my students. 

To everyone reading this, sharing this, praying for this trip, and taking the time to donate to the cause: Thank you. Teachers (all of us) appreciate every chance we get to GO and LEARN. After all, we became teachers because we love being learners. You all know that being a mom, and a wife, and a teacher adds up to having limited funding, so every share, like, prayer, and dollar helps. THANK YOU. 

If you are curious to learn more about the Pulsera Project, please check it out!  http://www.pulseraproject.org

I'll be posting trip updates and a diary here on my blog: 
https://cwilsonspanish.com

And feel free to follow my adventures on Twitter. 
@cwilsonspanish

This is a picture of me with a carta in Costa Rica, during study abroad in college.
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Hi all! I have written a few things since I've been home. If you haven't had a chance to read them on my blog, here they are:

http://cwilsonspanish.com/2017/07/04/home-in-more-ways-than-one/

http://cwilsonspanish.com/2017/07/08/so-what-did-you-do/

Stay tuned for a few more posts before I take this page down!
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Time to finally start packing!!!
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Hi all!
On Thursday evening I hosted a Facebook Live Q & A session, and I got some really great questions about my trip. I decided to host the session because several people have been asking great questions, and I thought this would be an easy way of sharing information about what I'll be doing. I'll summarize some of the questions here!
Q: Is your trip with the Pulsera Project a mission trip?
A: No, not really. This is an educational trip for teachers. It is with a non-profit organization that is not affiliated with a religion and focuses it's efforts both here and in Nicaragua. The work in the U.S. is primarily through service-learning for students and Pulsera sales. I understand the confusion, because I am highly involved in my church. I will say that this organization models what I believe to be a more effective way of meeting needs (which is the true definition of mission work--not to be confused with evangelism). People used to (and sadly some still do) go places and give people stuff, but this is ineffective (watch Poverty Inc documentary for more info). The Pulersa Project is all about educating and empowering people to raise themselves from poverty through sustainable (and fair) work opportunities, micro loans, and education opportunities.

Q: If it isn't a mission trip, what will you be doing there?
A: A whole lot of things! We are going to be getting an inside look at how the organization works, what they do with the money from pulsera sales, and who they work with. We will be meeting pulsera artists, as well as people from other organizations with similar missions. We are going to be observing the culture, the situations, and the solutions people there are working to formulate. As I mentioned before, a huge part of what the Pulsera project does is education in the U.S., so we (a group of 8 teachers selected from across the country) will also be giving input on new lesson ideas and contributing to that process. Of course there will be some tourism, too. For instance, one night, we will be going to see an active volcano!

Q: Can I fit in your suitcase?
A: No, but I really wish you could! I'm planning to take only carry-on luggage on this trip!

Q: Do you speak Spanish?
A: Yep! That is actually one of the requirements to be selected for the trip! The Pulsera Project has many cross-curricular opportunities, but they primarily work with Spanish Teachers and World-Language departments because the culturally authentic material they produce is primarily in Spanish, of course.

Q: How long is the trip?
A: 8 days!

Q: Is it a large group setting?
A: Nope, not at all. Actually, only 8 teachers in the U.S. were selected for the trip. It will be us, and a few people from the organization.

Q: Will you be sharing information from your trip?
A: YES, YES, AND YES! I plan to share information here and on my blog (cwilsonspanish.com). I hope to share cultural information, information related to teaching, as well as some personal experiences. I plan to keep this page up so that people who have supported this campaign financially and with their thoughts, well-wishes, and prayers can see the results of their generosity.

Q: Will this be your first time in Nicaragua?
A: Yes, it will. I have been to Costa Rica several times, which is just south of Nicaragua, so I am familiar with the climate, however this is my first trip to the country :)

Q: What are your goals in Nicaragua?
A: I have several. I would like to positively contribute to the lessons that the Pulsera Project provides. Not only have these lessons positively impacted my students, but my own teaching of them has permanently changed me as an individual as well. On a personal level, I love to learn, so I have a personal goal of learning more about the culture and continuing to improve my Spanish. Lastly, most teachers understand the burn-out you feel in May/ June. I'm looking forward to being re-invigorated by the knowledge that what we do works.

Thank you to everyone who asked questions! And again, thank you to everyone who has supported me in this trip! Stay turned for more updates -C. Wilson
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I realize that my campaign does not have very many pictures, so I wanted to update with a few of my favorites!
When I chose to be a teacher, many people chastised me about how my career would land me in a classroom for the next 30 or 40 years of my life. Boy were those people wrong! Teaching has opened up my world, and every day I learn more than I knew the day before. Not only that, but teaching has taken me across the state, country, and now, teaching (through the Pulsera Project Teacher Trip) will be taking me to Nicaragua.
I hope you have read about what we will be doing and learning in Nicaragua in my "story" portion of this page. If not, I hope you'll do that now.
Since so many of you have been generous to give to this campaign, and I want to keep you updated, I will be posting on this page frequently as the trip approaches and during the trip as well. I hope you enjoy!
Again, than you for supporting this trip! I am deeply humbled by your generosity and support.
A little fun!
Teacher of the Month, March 2016
Presenting at ACTFL 2015 in San Diego
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