Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Volunteers from Campus California

Bit by bit, I will be catching up on some blogging that was left far behind by circumstances.  Volunteers Francisco Mendes and Ok Mandoon are from Campus California Teachers Group.  CCTG is many things, but I have become familiar with it as a "school for adults, training them to become Development Instructors and Poverty Fighters in Africa, Asia and Latin America, for a 4, 6 or 12 month period".  The instructors from CCTG have been bringing their small classes through El Remate to tour Project Ix-canaan for a while now, and this group of two, who are on their way to a volunteer job in Belize, actually stopped for a few days to help out with the kids of the NUFED Academy, by teaching a cooking class and an art class.

The two students were happy to do some research to determine the type of recipes that would be both interesting to the students, as well as possible to do with the ingredients that the women could afford.  The primary dish that they decided to make was a Teriyaki Chicken.

They made a large poster with the recipe printed on it so the students could follow along.  The class was very interesting and well received by the students.

I didn't get photos, but Francisco also taught an art class to a class of NUFED students.


Sunday, December 13, 2009

Special Thanks from the N.U.F.E.D. Academy

What a wonderful surprise we had the other day when Project Ix-canaan was presented with this beautiful plaque thanking us for the support we gave the NUFED Academy during the past year in Computer Classes! The Academy had wanted to teach Computer Classes for some time, so we made the Ix-canaan library and computers available to them every second week for them to teach their students.


SIFE Seminar

On Saturday, Nikki, Cameron and I ran up and down thousands of stairs around the village as we delivered invitations to a seminar to all the hotel owner/managers in the village. The Seminar was to be in two parts, Scott teaching the first part on "Social Marketing", and Nikki teaching the second segment on "Building a Free Website with Windows Live".

Jeffrey filmed the event,

and Cameron greeted the guests at the door, passed out the information handouts, and made sure that everyone was comfortably seated.

Estella Monroy, on the far right, was hired as translator.  A good sized crowd turned out to learn how they could boost their business through a more effective online campaign.

Doña Marta (right) and her daughter, Brenda, were hired to serve a snack of tostados with refried beans, tomato sauce and fresh cheese with fresh lemonade to drink.

The seminar was very successful and the people were so interested that almost all of them stayed to ask questions and talk more after Scott and Nikki finished.