Global Works Community Fund is so excited to be travelling with some motivated, insightful, and powerful fellows for Summer 2018. Each one of our Student Fellows brings something unique to the table that will, undoubtedly, have a positive impact at home and abroad. Meet the crew!
Rayanna: 9th grade, going to Nicaragua for 2.5 weeks
"I come from a strong family
Where not everything is perfect but as long as we got each other, everything is worth it"
Keyry: 10th grade, going to Costa Rica for 3 weeks
"I am from putting my whole heart into a stranger's hands.
I am from a fragile heart that I received from my mother. "
Samantha: 11th grade, going to Costa Rica for 3 weeks
"I am from the cracks in the streets, to the fresh grown trees.
I am from a never ending book of life journeys."
Maria: 11th grade, going to Panama for 2 weeks
"I am from hugs and kisses and adios mija cuidate.
I am from speak your mind and make an impact."
Enrique: 11th grade, going to Nicaragua for 2.5 weeks
"I am from my grandpas name, whos daughter, mi mama, sacrifices everything for me.
I am from “termina tu tarea” and making mom proud."
Najah: 11th grade, going to Panama for 2 weeks
"Life is not all about self-serving. It's about learning and helping people. I want to
gain many things, but one is just an insight on a completely new environment."
Zeyta: 9th grade, going to Costa Rica for 3 weeks
"Through all of my education I have always felt that I have learned from the outside of the real problems, so this experience would benefit me in helping to develop different perspectives of the world."
Stay tuned for updates from the cohort in our Mentor Meetups!
We are excited to be accepting applications for our Student Fellowship until December 31! If you are, or know, a motivated, driven, curious high school student, we want to hear from them! This is a fully-scholarshipped program, at no cost to the student or family, so the only requirement is not being able to afford this experience otherwise. Free and reduced lunch eligibility is a good baseline. Because this program is such a great jump off for college, or any post-secondary program, we recommend sophomores and juniors to apply. Grades are important, but not everything.
Find the application here
Taty, Jenny, Angel, Fowzia and Anayah are back from their service-learning immersion programs in Panama, Costa Rica, and Puerto Rico!
Check out what our Student Fellows were able to do thanks to your support.
Anayah - "I learned a lot during my travels in Panama, but mostly through my homestay family who I spent the most time with. I learned to stay aware of the things and people that I am working for. To look for home in people and tranquility."
Taty - "In Kuna Yala, as well as San Juan, I was always surrounded by smiling faces. Nobody worked alone - if there was work to be done teams would form and they would conquer the task. The people in Panama lived up to the saying 'teamwork makes the dream work.'"
Fowzia - "The culture stuck out to me the most. There was music and dance everywhere. And the people were always laughing and talking in Spanish. It was just beautiful to watch and see."
Angel - "Kuna Yala really stuck with me. I loved the way the Kuna were so full of life and peaceful. They made each other happy and were content with that. It really makes me think about what I should be doing rather than focusing on the internet or newest technology. I realized that I really need to get out and enjoy life."
Jenny - "I loved my homestay family and working with the community. I got to learn more in-depth about their lives in Costa Rica. It was nice to experience living with actual locals and being involved in their work and lifestyle."
Circle of Writers
Our Student Fellows begin this three-week travel writing course to reflect on some of their most impactful experiences abroad, to create a polished, written piece.
Bring it Home Service Projects: Having learned about community engagement, local issues, and service work, our students bring new inspiration and skills to their home community, creating or collaborating to positively impact local issues.
Our trips are coming up. We've been busy preparing.
It's been a while and we thought you'd like to know what we've been up to!
Well, we've been very busy. Busy learning together, teaching each other, and laughing. A lot.
In preparing to go abroad our Student Fellows have explored:
We've also been planning a party.
If you're in the Portland area we'll be expecting you!
Mentor. Travel. Service.
Mentor. A mentorship is when one more experienced, knowledgeable person guides a less experienced, knowledgeable person. In our case, we flip this idea on its head, wherein ideas formulated through dialogue is transferred between both the teacher and the student. That is, we all learn from each other.
Mentorships are not straightforward or necessarily easy. They require honesty, openness, and curiosity. All parties involved must build a trusting relationship, and a space, where it is alright to get vulnerable. Judgement is out the door.
This is our model. Everyone learns from everyone. Everyone's opinion and experience is a valuable part of the program. Honesty is fundamental. We dig into who we are at our core, our greatest challenges, and most lofty aspirations. Then we make a plan.
We were fortunate enough to have Daniela, from our 2016 Student Fellowship, come visit our Portland cohort last Saturday, imparting her knowledge and taking in the knowledge of our 2017 Student Fellows. This is a program that continues to give back.
Self-proclaimed the Wolves: they travel as a pack but hold their own alone
Meet the crew for 2017:
In Portland, OR:
Angel : Going to Panama for 3 weeks - "I bring to this program patience. I bring desire. I bring myself, a young woman who is determined and deserving. After my mother passed, part of my healing process has been to give back and feel worth."
Fowzia : Going to Puerto Rico for 1.5 weeks - "I am very passionate about helping people and the environment. I think this program will help me gain understanding of other people's background and is a great way to live life in another person's perspective."
Taty : Going to Panama for 3 weeks - "Throughout my volunteering experience I've noticed that rewards can come in many ways, sizes, and amounts, so you should always do the work with patience and determination."
Jenny : Going to Costa Rica for 3 weeks - "With this program I will get out of my comfort zone to a place that I do not know, with people who I have never met before, but in the end I will find out more about myself and who I am as a person."
In Denver, CO
Anayah: Going Panama for 3 weeks - "I could gain not only a better understanding of a different language and people, but also to better understand communities that are overlooked and create a plan of action to support them."
Each one of our Student Fellows brings different motivations, backgrounds, and perspectives to the program this year. However, they all share a similar goal to do their part. We are honored to take this journey with them!
Stay tuned for updates from the cohort in our Mentor Meetups!
Applications are being processed - and we are beyond impressed!
We've been working with various youth-development organizations in Portland to get the word out about our unique program. We collaborate with these programs because they pass along the resilient, motivated, professional students that will most benefit from the Bring it Home Student Fellowship. Latino Network, Step Up, SUN, and various high schools have all been huge supports for us.
And they've delivered! Our applications are currently being reviewed to decide the group of five young adults that will be next to participate and go abroad. All of our applicants have been extremely impressive - making the decision very difficult.
We will be starting our Student Fellowship in March and can't wait to introduce our 2017 cohort!
Please check back in the fall of 2017 for next years applications!
Thanks to our generous donors for their support on this very successful #GivingTuesday. We are for the community, by the community, and cannot do it without our community. Thank you to the village!
(Up to $5,000)
We are looking for tough, curious, motivated students that want to learn, challenge themselves, and get engaged in their community. Are you one? Do you know one? Send them our way!
If you're looking to take the next big step, we're looking forward to hearing from you!
Daniela and Robin have completed the inaugural year of the Student Fellowship program, and that's a big deal
Starting in March, Robin and Daniela have been exploring service-learning, community engagement, and personal growth. With a mentor, and as a group, they have dug into local and global issues, traveled with purpose to Panama, and connected with their community in Portland. After 7 months of adventure, connections, and reflection, the 2016 year comes to a close.
We are honored to have such strong, open, thoughtful students on our program in it's first year. We hope Robin and Daniela remain involved in Global Works Community Fund, offering guidance for our programs and to future students. Mil gracias a las dos!