November 30, 2012
I volunteered for Sexto Sol in the summer of 2003, before I started graduate school in hydrology. I was simply looking for a safe opportunity to contribute in a developing country and learn some Spanish. Instead, I had a life-enhancing experience that continues to provide me with positive inspiration, and I gained insight that improves my empathy in my daily life. I also gained two new best friends (the co-directors). Instead of pursuing an academic career in hydrology, I have chosen to teach high school math at a Title 1 (AKA poverty-stricken) school in Texas. It has been 9 years, but the psychological/sociological insight that I gained during my two months in Motozintla is being used to positively impact my students today. Sexto Sol is beyond efficient in its use of funds, and accomplishes WAY MORE than any other non-profit could accomplish with the same budget. There are very few non-profits that I choose to financially support; I could count them on my hand (my church, my college, and Sexto Sol). However, my loyalty lies with Sexto Sol, and any spare dollar I have will go to them for many years to come. After 9 years, after getting married and having a child and gaining many other responsibilities, I have decided to return this summer to assist them again, in their work to support the communities around them. Is Sexto Sol ethical and responsible? YES! Is Sexto Sol making a positive impact? YES! Should you support Sexto Sol? Resounding, emphatic, YES!
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