Our highest endeavour must be to develop free human beings, who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives. The need for imagination, a sense of truth and a feeling of responsibility -these three forces are the center of education.
Waldorf education is an art that gives teachers a depth of knowledge about the developmental stages and dimensions of the human being. Waldorf teachers broaden their horizons through the study and understanding of numerous areas of arts and sciences based in the work of Rudolf Steiner. The commitment, growth and development of teachers is of high value to the students and a daily source of inspiration and motivation.
IHF – Hulpfonds Internationaal is the organization that year after year supports teachers of Escuela Caracol in their Waldorf preparation. While local teachers go to Cuernavaca (Mexico), our international teachers receive training in Toronto, New York and California. This training is held annually during the month of holidays that the school has mid-year (July-August).
Escuela Caracol is the first and only Waldorf school in Guatemala and has achieved historical accomplishments through its support of teacher training. In 2013 Andrea Arrivillaga became the first Guatemalan to complete the Waldorf training program for primary school teachers, while this year 2014 Maribel Mendoza became the first indigenous Maya to complete the Waldorf teacher training.
Being a Waldorf teacher does not end with teacher training, it is a process that lasts a lifetime, and our school is the perfect setting for this evolution. Escuela Caracol is also a much needed community to support the emergence of a new intercultural community in Guatemala.