Posts Tagged ‘volunteer’

Our favorite time of the year – February Project Tours

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Like Christmas or summer vacation, we eagerly anticipate the February tour season each year. We spend a jam packed few weeks with supporters delivering books, inaugurating computer labs, reading with students, and meeting scholarship students. Bus rides into the countryside give us a chance to build deep relationships with you and truly know how deep your generosity goes. It’s always a memorable month! Since we just wrapped up another February tour season, we want to share with you some of the highlights from the month.

And maybe—just maybe—it will inspire you to join us this summer! 

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Scholarship sponsors and students were reunited, sharing in the most affectionate of hugs.

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Now just try to tell me you don’t want to come meet your scholarship student.

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The Top 6 Moments from Our August Snapshot Tour

Monday, August 15th, 2016

If you’ve never been on a Cooperative for Education project tour, you’ve probably got a vague notion of what it’s like–we visit schools, interact with students, learn about the programs, and experience some Guatemalan culture along the way. But as this month’s tour participants expressed, tour is SO MUCH BETTER than you could ever imagine.

“What did we do this week?” participant Charlene Brush asked (rhetorically) on the last day. “We were alive.”

So without further ado we would like to present–

The Top 6 Moments from Our August Snapshot Tour

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6) This little Culture of Reading Program student gave us ALL of the hugs and it was magical:

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Top 10 Moments from February Tours

Monday, March 14th, 2016

Are we the only ones who are sad that we’re not still in Guatemala with everyone? The schools! The kids! The sunny weather and adventures!

While we may have to wait a few months before heading back to Guate, we can reminisce all we want about the tours we just finished. Without further ado, here are our top 10 tour moments of February 2016:

10. An internationally renowned artist, who also happens to be a teacher at the CORP school we were inaugurating, gave a beautiful painting to the sponsors as a token of the school’s gratitude.
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Behind the Scenes: CoEd featured on Girl Gone Travel

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

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Remember our new friend Carol Cain? She traveled to Guatemala with us on the Snapshot Tour and has gone and given us some love from her corner of the internet. Carol writes,

“I met principals and teachers who go without getting paid for months, yet come to work everyday to educate the children who count on their guidance to move forward. I saw excitement in children’s eyes as they opened the pages of a newly donated book and read the words for the first time. I heard students both still in the programs and as graduates, talk about how CoEd changed their lives and made their dreams come true. And I saw CoEd leaders, many of them former students in the programs, as well as active members in the communities where they live and work in, talk about the pride they have in their work and their passion for the same.”

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Stay in Antigua for a week this summer

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Antigua based Tours

Quaint cobblestone streets, splashes of brightly painted homes, a feeling of stepping into an era long past—that is the beauty of Antigua, Guatemala, and we’re offering you the chance to make this dream world your reality for one entire week, from July 28-August 2, 2015.

A World Heritage Site, Antigua is home to some of the best restaurants and most captivating sights in Guatemala. It’s also a short distance from many of the schools in CoEd’s programs. So join us for this summer’s Snapshot Tour and experience the charm of Antigua while serving in nearby rural schools. (more…)

A Surprise in Jilotepeque

Friday, May 9th, 2014

“Look, the students are carrying CoEd books!” a volunteer shouted.  As our bus wound through the rural community of Jilotepeque, nestled in the highlands of Guatemala, we  grabbed our cameras and crowded towards the windows to check out the scene.

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Action shot!

Much to the delight of these Project Tour travelers, we drove through Jilotepeque as the students were carrying their books home for the day!

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Patty Milner in the Donor Spotlight

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

April is Donor Appreciation Month here at CoEd and we’re so happy to introduce you to a few stellar supporters over the next few weeks both here and on Facebook!   Today we’d like you to meet Patty Milner.  

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Patty is a volunteer extraordinaire for CoEd!

Patty has been a dedicated volunteer for more than two years after hearing about us through the Stuff You Should Know podcasts and seeing the programs up close and personal on a Snapshot Tour. She’s used her astounding expertise in education research for volunteer projects (more…)

Top 5 Moments from the February Project Tours

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

57 volunteers.

18 school visits.

Hundreds of students, parents, and teachers.

Thousands of pictures.

How can one possibly select only FIVE moments from all of the above?! Somehow the “Top 1,000,000 Moments” just doesn’t have the same ring to it, so alas, we tried our darndest to narrow it all down. Check it out!

[Honorary 6th Top Moment: Fleeing the icy tundra that is February in Cincinnati. Sooooo sorry to have missed the snow...]

5. Delivering Brand New Textbooks to New Schools

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As staff members, we sometimes forget about the impact that books can have on a school because we are bogged down in the minutiae day in and day out.  But when schools literally roll out the red carpet (okay okay, it’s really more of a “green carpet”, a.k.a. pine needles) and throw a massive party to celebrate the arrival of their new books, it makes you appreciate the new world that these students are about to discover. (more…)

How to Keep the Most Common New Year’s Resolutions

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

Did you make a New Year’s resolution this year? Or do you skip the resolutions because you’ve realized that the price of a year-long gym membership is a lot less appealing when you stop using it in March (womp womp)?

We have been called eternal optimists before (that’s a good thing, right??), but we think we just might have the winning recipe to make this year’s resolutions stick!

Here is our best advice for keeping the most common New Year’s resolutions:

1. Exercise: When the Snapshot Tour spends the night by Lake Atitlan, Joe is always eager for volunteers to join him for an excruciating endurance marathon beautiful sunrise run that culminates in a dip in the lake.

Jumping in Atitlan

Not pictured: Joe shampooing his hair…

2. Learn Something New: Travel to Antigua to learn Spanish before joining us for a Snapshot Tour or find a Spanish school in your hometown.

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You might even learn something new while on the tour – like how to make tortillas!

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3. Quit Smoking: It’s hazardous to your health to be on fire.  The easiest way to keep this resolution is to avoid strapping fireworks to yourself.

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Resist the urge to light one up by reminding yourself how dangerous smoking can be…

4. Volunteer: Whether you’re in Cincinnati and can volunteer in our office or want to use your vacation to volunteer in Guatemala, we’ve got plenty of ideas for how you can help!

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5. Read More: Easiest of all the resolutions to keep—click the subscribe button on the sidebar to receive blog posts right in your inbox!

What is your New Year’s resolution?

Where is Guatemala?

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

We often get the question “Where is Guatemala?” when we first start talking to someone unfamiliar with CoEd’s programs. Of course the simple answer is the geographical location—directly south of Mexico in Central America.  But if you allow us to be sentimental, mushy gushy for a moment, the truer answer is that Guatemala remains in the heart of each visitor she receives.  

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The more than 650 people who have volunteered in Guatemala on a CoEd Snapshot Tour will certainly agree. Some of those travelers have more than 20 tours under their belt, while others have traveled but once for a glimpse into the Guatemala’s cultural richness.

Her beauty captivates.

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Her people welcome.

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