A Magical Shelter

A Magical Shelter

As part of this year’s first block, third graders learned about using and building shelters in the wild. Using materials gathered in the gardens, our Caracolitos built two shelters with branches, flowers and leaves they found on the trails of our school. Having their teachers guide as a reference, our students built the structures to fit a few students inside. As a special detail, boys and girls decorated their shelters with flowers and leaves, giving the structures a more warm and homelike feeling. The stories the gardening teacher, Santiago, told them about the way bees and ants work, gave them inspiration to work as a team. Our Caracolitos had a great time while learning about construction and basic survival techniques. Now and for a few weeks on, third grade students will have a small place that can become a fortress, a castle, a house or a school, where all their dreams can become real through the...
Escuela Caracol, school year 2019.

Escuela Caracol, school year 2019.

Recently, with the help and coordination of all grade teachers, the students photoshoot took place. We took an image for each of the groups as well as one with all the students and staff of Escuela Caracol. We are thrilled to see how, year after year, Caracol family keeps growing. We want to share with you the final shots. Grupo de estudiantes y personal, ciclo 2019. Grupo de estudiantes y maestras de kinder para el ciclo escolar 2019 Primero primaria, ciclo 2019. Segundo primaria, ciclo 2019. Tercero primaria, ciclo 2019. Cuarto primaria, ciclo 2019. Quinto primaria, ciclo 2019. Sexto primaria, ciclo 2019....
The reunion

The reunion

Everything is ready… The time to reunite has come. From the entrance to the classrooms, the stone trail leads them, smiles and laughter walk by their steps. Those that come for the first time might be shy while grabbing the hands of their parents, some might have lost a tooth or two, and the blank space on their smile that tells us that the time to elementary school has come; among the older students, some tall and thin young ladies, some smiling and looking gorgeous. Boys always jumping, climbing, screaming… It’s a pure expression of happiness what is always experimented when coming back to school. Teachers and staff gratefully celebrate the reunion achieved despite all difficulties. Welcome to a new cicle at Escuela Caracol.     Gloria Elena Londoño Pedagogical Advisor....
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...