To recap, we run an English immersion camp during the summers, last summer being the first one, but it's something we plan on doing annually. The plan is to run an English immersion pre-school during the school year and the camp during the summers. The pre-school did not launch this year because we got started advertising way too late. So it is scheduled to launch fall 2012. And then the third component of Change My Stars is a scholarship program, where we have two scholarship holders this year.
Because the pre-school did not go, we have been making other use of the building in order to hold onto it until camp, and then pre-school. We are trying to use it to create an income to sustain itself, and while we're moving in the right direction, things are tough. We are late on rent this month and about to have to pay the Internet, phone, and electric bill, without funds available to do so. During camp, the program was self-sustainable because we collected fees from volunteer counselors who stayed in the building as well as campers who attended camp. When the pre-school is running, it will also be sustainable from student fees. However, we are now running it as a hostel with an art shop and some other things going on inside. So in order for it to be sustainable, we need more guests to stay at the hostel and more sales to be made at our art shop - both in town and online. We invite anyone who has a good attitude and is ready to serve to join us by staying in the hostel and volunteering in different ways. E-mail Hostel@EsperanzaMeansHope.org for more information if you have any interest in this.
We semi-attempted to run a mini camp during this Christmas break. A counselor from this past summer was prepared to come and run it. But we did not get enough other volunteers to sign up to turn it into a reality. Project Esperanza is now planning to launch its new website and will begin advertising for volunteers for the summer of 2012. A professional photographer volunteer who was here snapped photos of our sponsored campers and their families, which we will focus on the blog in order to get supporters that will enable them to attend camp again this summer.. some for the first time. We are just waiting to receive these photos from the photographer.
We are beginning to search for pre-school teachers for the pre-school next fall. Teachers should have a wonderful attitude, should be highly responsible and cautious as they will be responsible for small children, and should have some teaching experience as well as strong Spanish skills. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you or anyone you know has any interest. This position does include a stipend.
Lastly, we have one new scholarship recipient in mind. He has volunteered with Project Esperanza since the very beginning of 2007 and just recently graduated from high school. So we will do a specific scholarship for his university and will collect donations among his many friends he has made from their visits here. We hope, therefore, to be able to send Freddy Jean Piet to college beginning in the fall of 2012.
That is all that we have going on for now. Thank you for your support! Please help us spread the word about volunteers and visitors to come soon and stay in the hostel, for people to make purchases from the online store, for volunteer camp counselors this summer, and for pre-school teachers for next year. Also, keep an eye on the blog for the campers who need sponsors! Thank you! Happy Holidays!
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