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Behind the Scenes: How the Villa Soleada Bilingual School in Honduras really works–with Caroline Gray

  Caroline Gray at the Villa Soleada Bilingual School Today’s guest is our very own Caroline Gray, a staff member here at Students Helping Honduras. She began teaching in 2011 in a low-income neighborhood in Bridgeport, Connecticut through Teach For America. Her first year there, she taught reading and writing for grades K through 8. She then taught third grade for two years. Caroline moved to Honduras in 2014 to teach third grade at our Villa Soleada Bilingual School, helping her students achieve 1.6 years of growth in reading each year. And she did that twice. She is now the Academic Director of the school. You can follow her on Facebook and personal blog. Listen to it on iTunes, and hit the subscribe button to download future episodes automatically. Stream by clicking here. Download as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “save as.” Show Links The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher [...]

By | October 5th, 2016|

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A 4TH GRADE TEACHER AT THE VILLA SOLEADA BILINGUAL SCHOOL, HONDURAS– with Michael Driscoll

Michael Driscoll at the Villa Soleada Bilingual School Michael Driscoll was an active member of Students Helping Honduras during his time at Virginia Tech, helping build several schools in El Progreso. During his senior year, he served as the Chapter President on campus. Upon graduation, as his classmates were signing contracts to work at high paying corporate desk jobs, Mike took a different path. He became a middle school teacher in a low-income neighborhood in Miami through Teach for America. After serving TFA for two years, Mike flew down to Honduras to work for the Villa Soleada Bilingual School as a 4th grade teacher. In this episode, Mike talks about his experience with TFA in Miami and what his days are like now living and working in Honduras. Listen to it on iTunes, and hit the subscribe button to download future episodes automatically. Stream by clicking here. Download as an MP3 by right-clicking here and [...]

By | October 3rd, 2016|

AN HONEST CONVERSATION ON RECENT CRITICISMS OF VOLUNTEER TRAVEL AND DEVELOPMENT AID–with Natalie Jesionka

Natalie Jesionka In this episode, Natalie Jesionka and I discuss volunteer travel and current trends in the NGO industry. Some of the questions asked during the episode: Does a volunteer's intent matter? Should an NGO ever fire a volunteer who is there to help? Should volunteers take photos during their trips abroad? Should vulnerable children grow up with distant relatives or in orphanages? Natalie is a lecturer, reporter, and human rights advocate. Natalie is the founder of the Prizm Project, the first human rights education organization for young women. She has researched human trafficking, the arms trade, and women in conflict throughout Asia. She is also the Editor of Shatter the Looking Glass, a human rights and ethical travel publication examining the complexity of moving across borders in the modern world. She is an Advisory Board Member of Giving Way and served on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA. She is currently a sociology professor at Rutgers [...]

By | September 27th, 2016|

THE VIRGINIA TECH STUDENT WHO LEFT EVERYTHING BEHIND TO HELP STREET CHILDREN FROM THE SUGARCANE SLUMS OF DOMINICAN REPUBLIC–with Caitlin Mchale

Project Esperanza, Dominican Republic Social entrepreneur Caitlin McHale is the Co-Founder and Director of Project Esperanza, an NGO dedicated to serving the Haitian immigrant population of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic in the areas of education, social aid, and community development. They run a group home for street children and two school projects, mainly for children from the "Batey" slum communities near the sugarcane fields. In the D.R., it is said that nearly half a million Haitians live in 400 Batey slums. Many children from the Bateys face trafficking, indentured servitude, prostitution, a sense of "statelessness," and illiteracy. Caitlin began volunteering in Dominican Republic while an undergraduate student at Virginia Tech. Upon graduation, she left everything behind to pursue her calling to grow the nonprofit organization. She continues to live on the Caribbean island, now married and with children. Listen to it on iTunes, and hit the subscribe button to download future episodes automatically. Stream by clicking here. Download [...]

By | September 23rd, 2016|

ONE MAN’S RESPONSE TO J.K. ROWLING’S TWEET: “ORPHANAGES CAUSE IRREPARABLE DAMAGE, EVEN THOSE THAT ARE WELL RUN.” –with Dr. Richard Mckenzie

Dr. Richard Mckenzie, author of several books on orphanages Listen to it on iTunes, and hit the subscribe button to download future episodes automatically. Stream by clicking here. Download as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “save as.” There are many ways to help orphans and children who have no home to go to, and there is a heated debate to figure out what programs are best or in some cases harmful. Traditionally, orphanages helped these children. As the years have gone by, foster care, family reunification services, and adoption have become the dominant options. Today, some people are skeptical or even against the idea of orphanages, believing that it's an outdated and sometimes harmful way of helping these children. Recently, J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, tweeted a series of criticisms against orphanages and young people who volunteer in such institutions. In one tweet, she says, "Orphanages cause irreparable damage, [...]

By | September 13th, 2016|

#18: HOW TWO ENGINEERING STUDENTS STARTED AN NGO IN NICARAGUA WHILE WORKING FULL-TIME–with EOS International Founders Greg Mcgrath & Wes Meier

Two college buddies studying engineering--Greg Mcgrath and Wes Meier--started EOS International with no money. They had to travel on chicken buses, ox carts, and by foot for years in Nicaragua. Today, their NGO provides under-served communities with access to low-cost appropriate technologies that generate income, improve health, and preserve the environment. Together with other engineering students, they began working in Mali and in Nicaragua (where Wes served for the Peace Corps). Learn how these two young social entrepreneurs built up EOS while they worked full-time. Learn how they distribute products and services that provide clean water, drip irrigation, biogas, fuel-efficient ovens, and solar power throughout Nicaragua and El Salvador. Listen to it on iTunes, and hit the subscribe button to download future episodes automatically. Stream by clicking here. Download as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “save as.” Show Links for EOS International Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail by Pal Polak Salesforce Campaign Monitor [...]

By | September 8th, 2016|

HOW TO RESCUE HOMELESS SLOTHS & BUILD AN ANIMAL SANCTUARY IN SOUTH AMERICA—WITH CNN HERO MONIQUE POOL AKA “THE SLOTH LADY”

Monique Pool, Green Heritage Fund Suriname When sloths are in trouble in Suriname, people call today's guest for help. Social entrepreneur Monique Pool is a CNN Hero and the founder of Green Heritage Fund Suriname. She's rescuing homeless sloths in South America who are facing deforestation of their natural habitats. It all began from a chance encounter at the animal shelter that led to her facing what history called the "sloth Armageddon." She is also helping other animals in Suriname, such as anteaters and dolphins. Learn what a rescue mission looks like, how she built an animal sanctuary in her own house, and why she wakes up at 4am. Listen to it on iTunes, and hit the subscribe button to download future episodes automatically. Stream by clicking here. Download as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “save as.” Show Links for Monique Pool This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein Show Notes & [...]

By | September 6th, 2016|

THE MINDSET, HABITS, & TRAITS YOU NEED TO BECOME THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF A GROWING NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION–WITH KELLY PHOENIX, NOURISH INTERNATIONAL

Kelly Phoenix, Nourish International Kelly Phoenix is the former Executive Director of Nourish International, a non-profit organization that partners with communities to make a lasting impact on extreme poverty. With the fundraising efforts of their 60 campus chapters, they've invested in 113 long-term, community-based programs to fight poverty. Learn how this NGO reached this level of success. In this episode, you'll get a behind-the-curtains look at what it's like to be the Executive Director of a growing nonprofit organization. Kelly talks about the things that keep her awake at night, stressed, anxious, as well as the issues and tasks that get her excited. Learn about the tools, books, habits, traits, mindset, and conferences that helped Kelly in her journey. Kelly is currently heading Nourish Insurance. Check it out if you'll be volunteering abroad and need coverage. Listen to it on iTunes, and hit the subscribe button to download future episodes automatically. Stream by clicking here. Download as an MP3 [...]

By | September 1st, 2016|

THE MODERN-DAY THOMAS EDISON WHO INVENTED THE “HOLY GRAIL” OF SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE IN MALI, AFRICA–WITH CNN HERO JOCK BRANDIS

Jock Brandis, Founder of The Full Belly Project Social entrepreneur and CNN Hero Jock Brandis is the founder of The Full Belly Project. He is the winner of the MIT Ideas Award and the Purpose Prize. He is known as the modern-day Thomas Edison, having invented the "holy grail" of sustainable agriculture and more. His universal peanut sheller and other appropriate technologies have helped tens of thousands of people in many countries across the world. His nonprofit organization works out of a factory in Wilmington, North Carolina. Jock Brandis is an old guy with a great sense of humor. He made me laugh out loud many times during the episode in between his inspirational stories. He talks in depth about embracing failure in this episode. This episode is mostly about Jock's involvement with... peanuts! "The peanut (or groundnut as it is called in West Africa) is an important subsistence crop to hundreds of [...]

By | August 30th, 2016|

LIFE AS A SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR VS. LIFE WORKING FOR A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION—WITH SEBASTIAN AFRICANO

Sebastian Africano, Fuel Efficient Cook Stove Expert Sebastian Africano is the founder of ENASA, a consulting firm for fuel-efficient cooking stoves. He now works for Trees, Water & People in Colorado as their International Director. Sebastian manages TWP's clean cookstove, solar energy and reforestation programs in Central America and Haiti. TWP has planted more than 6 million trees and installed 70,000 fuel efficient cook stoves, 6,000 solar lights, and other appropriate technologies throughout the world. In 2008, Sebastian worked with SHH to replace 30 traditional stoves with 30 fuel-efficient cooking stoves in Honduras. If you're deciding whether to become a social entrepreneur or to work for a traditional non-profit organization, this is your episode. Sebastian talks about and compares his work as a social entrepreneur in Central America and in East Africa vs. his non-profit desk job at TWP. He discusses the lifestyle differences, and the different skills required for the two kinds of work. Listen to it on iTunes, and hit the subscribe button to [...]

By | August 25th, 2016|