2015 is already off to a great start. As we begin the new calendar year, we are also gearing up for the end of this school year here in Guayaquil. That hasn't stopped us from adding a few new things to our schedule though!
In January, we started off the year re-energizing a partnership with DIGS, a group based in Guasmo Sur that helps young people with develop creativity and teamwork skills. This year we're taking our partnership one step further. Starfish has three teams that will compete in the March tournament hosted by DIGS in Mi Cometa. Teams practice once or twice a week with their leaders. Stay tuned for more info about their final projects in March!
In other exciting news, after receiving the grades from the first semester of studies, we selected our top Scholars to join us on a fun field trip to Bucay! Bucay is a town on the edge of the mountains. We were able to escape the Guayaquil heat for the day and enjoy a water park complete with multiple water slides, fields to play on and a delicious meal! We can't wait for the year end grades and we hope to celebrate with even more students who have worked hard to raise their grades!
Lastly, January also marks the despedida or goodbye to our longest volunteer to date. Nancy has been volunteering with Starfish since July and will now continue her good work in Colombia before heading back to the U.S. to see her family and begin college. Our students and educadores will certainly miss Nancy. Thank you for all that you have done!!