|The group of students who receive scholarships in Bucaramanga. Alexandra on the right, in the gray striped shirt, |
is the projects coordinator and scholarships coordinator for the foundation.
I accompanied the foundation in about half of these workshops this year. This was an incredible opportunity for me to continue to get to know many more people from the different churches. The workshops were all a little different, but followed the same theme of "mi proyecto de vida" roughly translated as 'my life project' with a better idea translation being 'who I want to be'.
|Hopscotch: family, school, church, friendships,|
work, profession, partner and children, health,
hobbies, and finally my life project.
|Students in Tunja playing the hopscotch. Everyone was really|
into it - even the students in college.
We used several different activities to talk about the different options students have, aptitude tests to help students find their strengths, and talked about the importance of having a plan for your life...being the protagonist in your life.
|In Sogamoso we made family trees to|
talk about family relations and how that can shape
what type of jobs we choose.
Another portion of these weekends is the opportunity to visit with the students who are receiving scholarships, see how they are doing, and just generally check-in. I also accompanied many of these visits. These visits are always interesting to me, hearing stories, talking about life, and just learning about people. We are always warmly welcomed into the homes and a large snack is given.
We finished the last workshop of this year on Saturday, in Bogota. Where all the students from the different churches came together for a big workshop instead of several smaller ones. This workshop (because of the size of it) was totally different from the others. I was with Stella, the Executive Director of the foundation, with the elementary students.