New Mexico City article published!

A new article was published in Mexico City about my project! Check it out! (SPANISH) Grilla en el poder – Gold Award news article


U.S. Board of Directors gathering/mtg.

October 19, 2018

So, the organization I did my project with was Hogar Infantil. They have two board of directors, one in Mexico and one in the U.S. Everyone was extremely impressed with my project, so I was invited to the U.S. Board of Directors gathering they had tonight. They have never opened it to the public before so it was an honor to be invited! I got to meet some of the donors that contribute to Hogar Infantil as well as most of the U.S. directors.

Meeting donors and discussing my Gold Award project!

I have been putting all my Gold Award paperwork, receipts, and pictures inside of this giant binder, so I took my Gold Award binder as well as project pamphlets to hand out! I discussed my project and future plans with everyone at the gathering. Everyone was amazed with my project and thanked me for the educational program that I am providing to the kids at Hogar! I was also invited to the annual Board of Directors meeting on Saturday morning!

October 20, 2018

U.S. Board of Directors meeting

This morning, I attended the board of directors meeting for Hogar Infantil! I spoke about my project and first impressions that I had about Hogar Infantil as well as gave some feedback about reaching out to potential donors and providing innovative ways to learn English for the ESL students! Many great ideas were discussed!

In the near future, I will be helping Hogar Infantil with writing newsletters for the ranch as well as web design and blogging. I am excited to build a greater relationship with this organization and continue with my project beyond Girl Scouts!

This past week…

I gave presentations to the Stephenville Lions Club and the Cross Timbers Business and Professional Women group. Check out the photos below from those presentations!


Take Action: Day 3

October 8, 2018

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Hogar Infantil

Today was super fun! We started the morning by jumping on the school bus with the secondary school kids and meeting the director of Hogar Infantil. We went to school for about an hour and met some more kids (not associated with the ranch) at the school!

Speaking about my project and giving advice about learning through my curriculum!

We went to La Sima de Cotorras, which is a giant sinkhole in Chiapas, after eating breakfast with the director of the ranch. We introduced each other and talked about the educational program I created for my Gold Award project! After, we headed back to the ranch to rest and shower.

At 4 P.M., we went to the main building on the ranch to attend English class with the little kids. I met with the English instructor and we sat up for my presentation. I presented my book and everyone absolutely loved it, especially the director! I was able to talk to the kids (in Spanish) and give them advice for learning from my book as well as general advice about academics and what jobs in the U.S. are looking for in a job applicant. The kids asked me questions as well! During this presentation, I explained the design of my curriculum as well as talked about the Gold Award project.

Afterward, we had a huge party with lots of cake and English practice!

To end the night, we went out for dinner with the directors of Hogar Infantil in Mexico at a delicious, local restaurant!

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Take Action: Day 2

October 7, 2018

We made it to Hogar Infantil this afternoon! On the way, we stopped to buy some jugs of water and use an ATM. We settled in our cute guest house and walked around “the ranch”. We got to meet some of the kids and play with some adorable kittens on the tour!

After unpacking and showering, we headed to the courtyard to play some football (soccer) and eat dinner with the kids! The kids are EXTREMELY friendly and everyone here at “the ranch” are very welcoming! I wish I could stay longer!

Me and the kids ended the night with a glow stick party! Check my next post for details about my project presentation!

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Take Action: Day 1

October 6, 2018

I apologize for the delay in my blog posts for my take action trip. I have been busier than expected during the trip, but I am having lots of fun!

We arrived in Mexico City on October 6! We spent the night with family on Saturday and then left early the next morning to go to the airport to fly to Tuxtla Gutierrez, which is where the children’s home is located. See the next post for Day 2 information!

our house
Our guest house