In the beginning of April, our vacation courses at Clara Luna came to an end and kids went back to school. Over the summer vaction (February and March) Clara Luna held a total of six different clubs that youth could participate in; mural painting, guitar, environmental advocacy, journalism, dance, and a recycled art club. We had over 50 youth participating in our summer vacation courses.
In mural paiting, the youth worked on expressing emotion through art and the final project was to paint a mural in Puerto Lopez right next to the local high school. A mural that they designed and painted on their own!
In guitar, the students learned the basics and chords. By the end of the two months, they were each able to play a song on their own from memory.
In our environmental advocacy club the students learned about an animal each week that was native to our community Puerto Lopez and how that animal was being affected in its environment by humans, garbage, pollution, over-fishing, etc. At the conclusion of our vacation courses, they performed a play about turtle conservation something very important on the coast of Ecuador.
In journalism club the students learned what it takes to make a great article. They learned how to interview, write articles, take great photographs, and create a final article in the form of a blog. Each student choose one topic to write about and came up with a final article.
In our dance club, mainly girls (but a couple of boys once in a while) learned how to move their bodies to all different types of music. After a couple of weeks, the club decided to primarily focus on contemporary music. At the end of the summer vacation, they held a dance preformance with all they had learned.
And finally our recycled art club was busy all summer using their hands to make beautiful art out of primarily recycled materials. They made bracelets, candle holders, a bookshelf for Clara Luna, lamp shades and much more. Thanks to our very talented teacher, we have a lot of great recycled art!
The summer vacation courses were an absoute success for our first year. They achieved our goal of making sure youth were occupied during the summer break from school and they each learned something new, something they are not given a chance to learn during school. We can't wait to put on our vacation summer courses next year, bigger and better!