Posts Tagged ‘Guatemala’

150,000 Students Served

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

What does it feel like to help 150,000 students in Guatemala? That’s right, we’re asking YOU, because you’ve been a key part of CoEd’s success!

Comment below with your answer, then scroll back up and read or listen as CoEd founders Joe and Jeff respond to the same question.

(Note: If you’re on mobile and don’t want to listen in the SoundCloud app, click “Listen in browser.”)

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What Mom and Dad Said

Friday, October 21st, 2016

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to start your own nonprofit organization and grow it successfully for 20 years? Last month we posted the first part of our interview with Cooperative for Education founders Joe and Jeff Berninger. They talked about what inspired them to improve education in Guatemala, how they came up with the model for CoEd’s first program, and what finally convinced them to launch a nonprofit.

This month, Joe and Jeff explain how their parents reacted when they left the corporate world and give us a glimpse into all that it takes to get a fledgling nonprofit organization off the ground.

Listen podcast-style to the snippet below or scroll down to read the full transcript. (Scroll down regardless to see photos.)

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Joe (center), Jeff (right), and their older brother John (left)

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CoEd Honored by Long-Time Textbook Program Community

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

On September 1st, nearly 300 people gathered in the town of Santiago Sacatepéquez to watch as Guatemala’s Ministry of Education bestowed its Merit of Honor Award on one worthy institution in the region of Sacatepéquez—and that institution was CoEd! According to our General Director of Operations, Rony, “the principals and teachers of the region proposed CoEd to be the recipient” of the award “thanks to its long and sustainable relationship with several schools in the Santiago Sacatepéquez municipality.”

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Donor Spotlight: Victor Morales

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Guys, this rocks. No really, it’s a blog post about rocks! Well, kinda…

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Victor Morales in front of his jewelry gallery, MAYA

We are so happy to announce a new partnership with Victor Morales, owner of the jewelry gallery known as MAYA. Victor recently moved MAYA to Cincinnati after many successful years in Boston working with handmade jewelry by Native American, Mayan, and Mexican artists. Now he’s decided to donate a portion of his proceeds to CoEd! During the month of November a portion of all sales at MAYA will be set aside for CoEd—with the goal of raising $10,000 for children in Guatemala! The gallery is located on Ludlow Avenue in Clifton, right across from the Esquire Theatre. So stop by MAYA (or shop online) and take a look at the unique pieces offered there. It’s the perfect opportunity to buy a special holiday gift that will also help students in need!

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5 Guatemalan Festivals You Just Can’t Miss

Friday, September 16th, 2016

One of the reasons we travel is to experience different cultures, change our perspectives, and—hopefully—learn. Today we’re here to ask you: What better way to do that than party with the locals? That’s right, PARTY! Guatemala is absolutely rich with cultural celebrations, which inspired us to put together this list of

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Scholarships: Empowering a New Generation

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Show of hands if you’ve gone on tour and seen this guy at an activity with our Scholarship & Youth Development Program students:

Samuel with a scholarship student at her graduation ceremony

Samuel with a scholarship student at her graduation ceremony

Yeeaahh, that’s what we thought. As many of you know, Samuel—our Scholarship Coordinator—is the MAN. He does so much for our students, both from a 10,000-foot perspective, and on a personal, individual level. He knows (probably better than anyone else) about their home lives, challenges, successes, and transformations. That’s why, when we were getting ready to launch our Thousand Girls Initiative, we took a moment to sit down with him and get his thoughts on where our students come from, the journey that they take through the program, the philosophy that motivates what we do, and his vision for their future.

What he said brought tears to our eyes. We dare you not to be moved!

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Girl Gone Travel on CoEd Project Tours and the Thousand Girls Initiative

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Carol Cain experienced extreme poverty as a child. Years later, she came on tour with us as a professional travel blogger (that’s right, we’re talking about the fabulous Girl Gone Travel) and saw the effect that our Scholarship and Youth Development Program has on young women in Guatemala.

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Carol makes a friend.

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Berta Alicia Chancho Vit: Choosing a New Path in Guatemala

Monday, February 8th, 2016

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Growing up in rural Guatemala is hard. No one would blame 22-year-old Berta Alicia Chancho Vit had she followed the normal path: Go to primary school for a few years. Drop out to work in the fields or the home. Get married too young. Have children. Watch them follow in your footsteps. Grow old under the weight of unfulfilled dreams. But Berta Alicia refused to follow the normal path. Instead, she blazed an entirely new one.

“I have always wanted to study and graduate from high school,” Berta Alicia says. While that might seem like a reasonable goal, it is anything but easy—in rural Guatemala, 80% of indigenous students drop out of school by the seventh grade. Thanks to Berta Alicia’s diligence in primary school, she was awarded a scholarship by CoEd to study through middle school and high school. This was the life-changing chance she had been waiting for, so she got right to work. (more…)

5 Places You Can’t Miss in Antigua, Guatemala

Friday, November 20th, 2015


Please welcome guest blogger and staff member Amanda Wirthlin to this corner of the internet. After living in Antigua, Guatemala for a few years she uncovered a few favorite haunts which Lonely Planet might not mention. Why not extend your Snapshot Tour a day or two and visit a few? 

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Amanda on her return trip to Guatemala as a CoEd staff member.

Having lived in Antigua for a couple of years, I was giddy with excitement to travel back to Guatemala, my second home, over the summer. This time was different though—I had joined the CoEd staff a few months earlier and this was my first chance to really get to know some of my co-workers and a whole bunch of marvelous CoEd supporters.

No better way to get to know the people you work with, right? I’m sure they grew tired of me saying things like “Can we stop in here really quick? This guy always sells the best mangos,” or “Hey, that’s the guy I was telling you about!” as a man on a motorcycle rides by with his dog balancing on the back seat like a pro. (True story. I’ve seen him on more than one occasion and it never becomes less amusing.) Such a strange and wonderful living experience—like any place, not without a few bumps in the road, but the streets are made of cobblestone, so what do you expect?

As I was thinking of all of the “can’t miss” places in Antigua, I tried to steer clear of dinner spots. Not to downplay the importance of food research—trust me, there are some amazing meals to be had in Antigua, but also some not-so-amazing, so look those up after you are finished here—but this is just no such list. I want to share with you a few things to do and see between meals… (more…)

Canadian Friends of Cooperative for Education

Friday, November 20th, 2015

CanadianFriendsIt’s time to brush up on your “ehs” and “aboots” because we’re heading to Canada!

It was a long, snowy road, but we finally finished crossing our t’s and dotting our i’s and are oh so pleased to announce that Canadian Friends of Cooperative for Education is our new Canadian partner. Its purpose is to provide scholarships for students and training for teachers and is carried out in partnership with CoEd’s programs in Guatemala. (more…)