Benefits of Global Relationships
Why Join Our Program?
Our goal is to expand this exciting program in global citizenship as much as possible. By joining with Schools Beyond Borders, schools take advantage of the developed network. Schools will automatically access our tax-exempt status as a not-for-profit. They benefit from peace of mind, knowing how closely we monitor the fiscal integrity of recipient schools and work diligently toward ongoing program improvement.
Benefits To Participating Schools
- Cultural awareness
- Practical experience in developed country schools and understanding of foreign languages
- Ability to impact students of lesser privilege
- Expansion of students’ social development and global awareness through experiential learning
- Opportunity to become a global citizen with real impact
Benefits To Recipient Schools
- Basic school supplies and/or other assistance that might be offered for the benefit of the students
- Practical experience in reading and writing English through correspondence
- An understanding of the North American culture and people
- Experiencing the generosity of schools and students who care
Testimonials of Students’ Life-Changing Experiences:
The following three testimonials are from two students and an adult involved in the Casa Guatemala Global Education Project:
Steveston Senior Secondary School is located in the lower mainland of British Columbia, Canada. Steveston, together with neighboring schools and eventually the entire community, have been sponsoring the Casa Guatemala orphanage for the past 23 years. The principal involved in establishing the program is now retired but still very actively involved.
“Guatemala was a beautiful place. It was a place where poverty was a fact of life, where the starving and destitute littered the streets and where the dreams of one small child were brutally crushed by circumstance. It was a country where soldiers stood on every street corner, where children begged for food and money and where chance and fate made orphans of us all. It was a place where knowledge was a luxury, where life was a curse and where the crying of a baby could be heard echoing in the night…. I fell in love in Guatemala. Perhaps, in the end, that is all that matters. I sincerely hope that anyone who happens to read this journal decides to visit Guatemala and the Casa Guatemala orphanage. If, by some chance, you do happen to go to the orphanage and you happen to see a little Guatemalan girl with big brown eyes and the sweetest smile in the world, tell her that somewhere far, far, away, I am still thinking of her and that sometimes I cry…”
~ 17- year old male student
“The orphanage was truly a wonderful experience, definitely the most rewarding experience of my 15 years of life. During our stay at Casa Guatemala, I am sure that I went through every emotion possible: joy, at hearing the children’s laughter; sadness, at viewing their living conditions; distress, at not being able to help even more; confusion, as to why the children have to live like this; anger, at the parents who abused and abandoned some of them; admiration, for the way they handle such poverty; and finally, heartbreak, for having to leave them, as all volunteers must do.”
~ 15-year old female student
“One of the most effective school projects in ethics development I have seen is the Richmond-Guatemala orphanage project. The Richmond students who have had the experience of going to Guatemala and working with disadvantaged children have almost without exception taken part in an experience that has profoundly affected them and given many of them a sense of moral purpose they will carry their entire lives.”