I traveled as a chaperone with my daughter and a group of friends from Winchester in April of 2016 on a trip to Guatemala. School the World is an extremely well-run non-profit that is making a difference in children's lives in Guatemala and other Central American countries by affording them an opportunity to learn, something we expect in the US. Helping to build a school in rural Guatemala was something I'll never forget.
I have attended two service trips to Guatemala with STW, and am attending my third this upcoming February. I could never have imagined how much these trips would impact me.. I truly fell in love with Guatemala and all of its people. But the truth is, I never would have had such a great experience if I hadn't been with STW. Everything about the organization--the amazing cause, the devotion, the passion, and most of all, the people and staff on hand-- made my trips that much more incredible. I felt so supported by every staff member, both from the U.S. and from those native to Guatemala. It is such an incredible, life-altering organization and experience, that would not be possible without the passion its representatives share.
True impact. This group doesn't just look good, they deliver the goods! My HS age daughters participated in a week long trip to Guatemala where they helped build a new rural school, playground, and discovered new friendships with the local students and fellow volunteers. It opened their eyes to how others live in our world with up-close experience. I joined as a chaperone and it was equally eye-opening for me. These hard-working, simple-living rural people are so appreciative for the new school shelter and materials. But it is the followup provided by School The world that most impressed me. They have created a strong local team in rural Guatemala to support the new school's team and encourage parents to educate their kids. School The World is making an amazing difference in our world. Educating our children is the future. Bravo! It was an honor to join one of their trips.
I have two daughters who both went on trips during high school with STW to build a school and a playground in Guatemala. They both had amazing experiences which i believe has shaped their views on so many things but particularly compassion and caring for others. Both are pursuing education toward careers which will eventually allow them to help others. I truly believe that their experiences with STW showed them that there is an astonishing world out there to experience, to be a part of, and to help in bettering others' lives through volunteerism. Thank you, STW, for giving my girls an experience of a lifetime!
I cam across this non-profit through the recommendation of a friend. After doing my research, I decided I wanted to get involved. However as a full time university student I did not have money to donate or time to allocate for a trip; thus I reached out to Kate and Natalie to inquire about interning for School the World, which they gladly accepted the idea of.
When interning for School the World I was able to see how a transparent, wholesome, driven, honest, inclusive, and successful local non-profit operates. Kate and Natalie handled each person they interacted with as family, treating each person with respect and gratitude. All volunteers and employees that allow this non-profit to succeed share the passion of putting the mission statement of School the World into action.
I highly recommend this program to all students (high school and college) as an organization to work with. Going abroad to volunteer with provide perspective while improving the lives of others. I also recommend School the World to any person who is looking to donate their money to a transparent organization, where it is guaranteed their finances will be adequately used to improve the lives of children and families in Central America. Through my experience of working with School the World, I experienced and participated in the effort of making this non profit genuine and successful on a daily basis.