Today is the day! watch our campaign launching video!!!

Today is the day! watch our campaign launching video!!!

Today is the day! We are kicking off our holiday giving campaign and we need your help to make it a success! We have an ambitious goal of raising $50,000 to ensure Escuela Caracol continues to grow and remain a learning haven for the children of Lake Atitlán, Guatemala! Every week we’ll be giving you a glimpse of “A Day in the Life” here at Escuela Caracol. This week, we are excited to introduce you to Teresa, who is finishing sixth grade and Andrea her teacher!   We believe that through education we can plant the seed of transformation in one of the most vulnerable places in Guatemala. Escuela Caracol is the first Waldorf school in Guatemala. It facilitates K-6 education to children in San Marcos La Laguna in Lake Atitlán. 90% of our students are indigenous Mayan children from the lake. 80% of them students have the opportunity to study at Escuela Caracol thanks to our scholarship programs made possible by private donations from generous individuals and institutions in the U.S. and Europe. In this video we meet Teresita who is 12 years old and is currently in sixth grade, and Andrea, her sixth grade teacher. They share with us a glimpse of their experiences at Escuela Caracol.   Check it out and make your gift here: http://escuelacaracol.org/make-a-one-time-donation/ “A Day in the Life”  2018-2019 Holiday Campaign Escuela Caracol Lake Atitlán, Sololá, Guatemala  ...
Travis, the man who makes things fly.

Travis, the man who makes things fly.

During the last few weeks we had as a guest an incredible person, Travis Whitfield; an American aerospace engineer, who paused his trip across the American continent to share with us his charisma and knowledge. He worked as a volunteer doing endless tasks such as translations, helping Chico in the garden and making video recordings with his incredible drone; He also shared with the students of a great workshop in which our boys and girls learned about the work of an engineer and much about physics, in this same workshop the students built some “rockets” propelled with a kind of slingshot. We had an amazing time. Thank you very much for everything Travis! Have an incredible trip, we hope to see you soon back...
Theatre, an important artistic discipline at Escuela Caracol:

Theatre, an important artistic discipline at Escuela Caracol:

On Waldorf Schools around the globe, one of the many artistic disciplines integrated on a different way to each class is theatre.  Starting from kindergarten, as a part of the weekly rhythm during specific moments, children have the experience of participating together with their teachers using puppets; and of playing different roles from the fairy tales listened during class. And altho the kindergarten experience is quite different from the one with elementary and high school, it is a small step to what will be, in the future, the staging of stories related to the curricula studied at the time. These theatre plays variate depending on the age and come as a result of the development of our students. These theatre plays are picked to complement the stories told during school year; so, they go hand to hand with the curricula and with the nurturing needs of each of the students need according the development stage he or she might be at the time. I can clearly remember the first play I staged at Escuela Caracol, it was an amazing experience to adapt a play about Nordic Mythology that had been narrated in fourth grade class. And so, during elementary years we’ll begin by staging small plays about fairy tales; after that, the Fables, Hebrew stories, Saints and Heroes, Nordic Mythology, Local Mythology; until reaching fifth grade, where the plays are meant to represent an historical stage of one of the main civilizations studied in the classroom (India, Mesopotamia, Persia, Egypt, Etc.), but the traditionally picked is Greece; on sixth grade, it should be a play related with Rome or...
Kaqchikel Language in Escuela Caracol

Kaqchikel Language in Escuela Caracol

The most valuable inheritance from our mayan ancestors is the culture that has developed surrounding our language. At Escuela Caracol we look to promote it to strengthen the communication process with the local kaqchikel population in San Marcos la Laguna. At Escuela Caracol, action and exchange has build up based on respect an appreciation of cultural diversity, thats why the study of mayan languages is taken as an educational process within the life of children with the idea of strengthen our cultural roots with the purpose of achieving common wealth end the growth of our people. On each grade or level the pedagogical approach used to teach kaqchikel depends specifically of the age and phase the students are passing through. During the first three grades of primary school, students enter the classroom listening, singing and playing; they develop creative crafts among other activities through which the learning of the language is socialized in a very special and natural way. As from the fourth grade, children write and read the language, understand and communicate in Kaqchikel; they learn through the development of a more complex creative process that involves thinking, feeling and wanting, both in social activities inside and outside of school.   Ervin Quiacain Sajbin Maestro titular de segundo...
Thomas Wildgruber, You are always welcome.

Thomas Wildgruber, You are always welcome.

During October, we had the visit of one of the greatest Waldorf mentors, german teacher Thomas Wildgruber, an expert on Waldorf pedagogy and arts. On each visit, teacher Thomas shares with students and our team, leaving a trace of light and knowledge that translates into general growth of all of us at Escuela Caracol. Teacher Thomas is author of one of the most popular art books in the Waldorf community around the world, “Painting and Drawing in Waldorf Schools, Classes 1 to 8”. Danke für alles liebe Lehrer Thomas!...