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School the World

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Improvement & Capacity Building, Economic Development, Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Literacy, Microfinance, Philanthropy, Private Grantmaking Foundations, Rural Economic Development

Mission: Empowerment begins with education! Our goal is to provide access for quality education to those living in the rural villages of Central America. Together with local governments, our partners and deeply engaged parents, we provide young children living in the poorest communities the opportunity to learn so that they can work towards a brighter future. Founded in 2009, School the World broke ground at its first school in Guatemala. Since then, we have built 53 primary schools, trained 255 teachers and enrolled 6,464 students in Honduras and Guatemala. We are one of the first NGOs to mandate community partnership. We require municipality to contribute 50% of the costs and the community must contribute land and unskilled labor. We also require the parents to participate in parent education programs; even our supply chain of books and supplies depend on partial parental contribution. It is through these efforts that we have been creating lasting change. Our goals is to expand to other developing countries and replicate the model of success we have witnessed in the last 6 years to bring about change through education.

Results: 6464 Students Enrolled 53 Schools Built 255 Teachers Trained 31 Playgrounds Built 286 Classroom Libraries Built 4166 Parents Trained 485 U.S. High School Students Traveled

Target demographics: Improve Primary School education

Geographic areas served: Central America

Programs: Infrastructure Accomplishments: School the World builds inviting educational infrastructure in partnership with rural municipalities and communities. The schools are typically 3-classroom concrete buildings, with electricity and windows for ventilation, and this is always the most impressive building in the community. To build these schools, School the World forms written partnerships with the municipalities and the communities. The municipality must provide 50% of the construction costs or the materials themselves and support supervision of the construction. The communities must provide the land and all of the unskilled labor. Student Service Learning Accomplishments:The student service program is a fundraising/travel program for high school students. A group of 10-15 high schoolers raise $3,500 each to build a three-classroom primary school or play facility in Guatemala. They travel to that village over their February, March, April or summer school break and help complete the build (painting, concrete work, etc.) and participate in a dedication ceremony to open the school on their last day in the village. The trip fee covers both school construction materials and all trip expenses. School the World staff conducts four mandatory pre-trip seminars with the students to learn about the history, culture, economy, and geography of Guatemala. The program also includes daily afternoon trips for the students to experience Guatemalan culture and historic sites. From 2013-2016, 300 high school students from the U.S. have completed this program. Teacher Training Accomplishments: We trained ~200 teachers to date in literacy teaching techniques. We also provided detailed written supporting materials to each teacher. To deepen motivation, we recognize excellence in teaching specific behaviors we intend to incent with monetary awards and public recognition. Through this program, School the World has: succeeded in creating awareness of new teaching strategies among teachers; stimulated interest in the improvement of teaching and teaching plans;developed a sense of pride and motivation among teachers in STW schools; enhanced learning and student interest in reading. Parent Engagement: Empowered 2,125 parents as first educators. We all know education begins in the home. And the more involved parents are, both in and out of school, the more likely a child is to learn. The majority of our parents cannot read or write, but they desperately want an education for their children. These parents have tremendous influence over what happens in their local school and we help them understand how best to use that influence. With our parental engagement program, we organize parent meeting every two weeks. We engage them in discussion and strive for outcomes like “code if care” for school property and peer-to-peer outreach to the parents of children who are not in school. We also educate them about some of the most important indicators of learning, such as instructional time.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.