Trying to find a practicum has become a stressful endeavor for many of the students at my school. Yet I have been extremely excited to see the possibilities out there in the world, and I rejoice every time I hear of the offers that my peers have received.
Caitlin and I were lucky enough to receive an offer to work with an organization in southern Mexico and Guatemala called Natik. They are an NGO that works to alleviate poverty in marginalized communities in Chiapas, Mexico and Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala. I will be working in their educational support as well as monitoring and evaluation. They are also helping Caitlin find opportunities teaching English and working in a women's clinic. We are extremely excited to be working with them for the next year or so. We will be leaving in September, and hopefully will make a trip out to see our families before we flee the country.
In the meantime, we are familiarizing ourselves with what Natik does and how we can help. They are running a Mother's Day fundraiser that helps support many of the mother's who participate in their programs. You can read all about the fundraiser here. Basically, if you donate to Natik, you are supporting our work down there as well. It's like a win-win situation!
So this means that our time is running out in Vermont. Come and visit ASAP! Or start planning a trip to Mexico. We love being tour guides. :)