On the day that Armin would turn 31 years old, we would like to share some information on the progress of the awarded grants to the young people in the neighborhoods so they can learn and exchange with other realities, be and make the change.
The grant is ultimately what we wanted, a path that opens for young people and allows us all who surround them —VG team, youth group, Su laundry, organizations and volunteers— the opportunity to be part of their dreams and share meetings and planning discussions.
Each grant is an excuse so together we can find the best options; make contact with other countries and date and shape ideas and projects. Moreover, several of the grantees are already making plans to implement its expertise in the neighborhoods for when they return from the chosen experience.
GRANT FOR CRISTIAN
Cristian travels to Bogota, Colombia on January 28, 2015 Over the course of four weeks he will be learning and sharing knowledge in Fundación Organizmo, which designs and trains people to develop sustainable habitats.
This foundation works with sustainable construction and is defined as a laboratory for social housing. They work with each community from their own realities and knowledge to build a better habitat that respects the identity and environment.
Their workplace is a community village where they also build horticulture, agriculture and landscaping workshops: http://www.organizmo.org
GRANT FOR MABEL
Mabel travels to Xalapa, Mexico. But her grant has been postponed until August 2015 because of her work. She works at the Ministerio de Seguridad de la República Argentina, where she joined because of an agreement that the Ministerio has with different social organizations, including Global Voluntary, who claimed that people of the barrios should be part of the security policies and programs of the ministry.
Because of her work, she cannot take time during January as she had planned for his grant. Therefore we postponed it till August —no specific date yet—.
Anyway, the place is already chosen, a rural primary school in El Zapotal will be waiting in mid August 2015. http://www.voluntarioglobal.org/es/voluntarios/nuestros-proyectos/voluntariado-en-mexico/91/programa-de-educacion-primaria-en-xalapa
GRANT FOR SAMANTHA
Samantha is traveling to Quito, Ecuador on April 24, 2015 to attend the World Conference on Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism http://www.ecotourism.org/
Samantha is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Tourism at the University of San Martin and her desire is to focus on local development through tourism as responsible and sustainable integration and mutual understanding.
GRANT FOR XIMENA AND NICOLAS
Ximena and Nicholas travel to Portsmouth, England, on January 3, 2015.
While the scholarship only corresponds to Ximena, Nicholas intends to travel with everyone's help, so we believe we can achieve and confirm his trip in mid-November so they can both travel to The Portsmouth Grammar School.
Steven Page, director of the Spanish area of the school has been involved with VG for 7 years now, and he is working with the school community so this exchange is possible.
It is noteworthy that the school focuses on Latin America reality, promotes volunteering abroad and its students speak Spanish: http://www.pgs.org.uk/
GRANT FOR FEDERICO
Federico travels to Vallegrande, Bolivia in January 2015 with no exact dates yet, as it depends on the holiday he’s assigned at work.
It is important to remember that his grant was made possible when Idalina, who had won the grant, but is not able to travel because of her new job. Fede stopped working in Su Lavanderia Cooperative yet he remains close to the youth group.
We decided together that this experience should be different from the others in order to give him a chance to meet people with a great agricultural tradition in the fertile valley of Bolivia, where the community is organized independently for different social and productive activities. He will visit La Higuera, where Che Guevara was captured and killed. Vallegrande is one of those places that keeps the story of Che within its places and people.