Rural Ed Institute seeks housing for international volunteers
By Dan Castillo
The Rural Education Institute of Mexico provides educational programs in rural communities outside San Miguel de Allende. These are delivered by talented Program Interns, who donate their time, energy and experience to children and youth in these communities. The interns are international volunteers who hail from places as diverse as Canada, South America, the United States and Europe. The Rural Education Institute relies on them to form the backbone of its programs. They work full-time, traveling by bus to and from rural communities, in order to ensure that the children and youth in our programs have the best possible opportunities. They are creative, energetic and driven, with strong backgrounds in areas such as education and childhood development.
To assist them with financing during their stays – generally a four-month period — we are seeking to provide free or subsidized accommodations in San Miguel. If you might be willing to donate some of your space to one of our interns, for example, by offering a house-sitting experience or a furnished room or suite in your home, the Rural Education Institute of Mexico would love to hear from you. Our Program Interns work incredibly hard, and your generous donation will help to support them throughout their stay in San Miguel.
Although Mexico has become the second largest economy in Latin America, there remains a stark inequality in the country’s education system. Children in rural Mexico simply do not have the same opportunities as their urban counterparts. The problem is partly financial (there are few high schools in the campo, and the government does not provide transportation for rural children to attend urban schools), and partly cultural (in rural areas, literacy is low, and education is not always a priority). The Rural Education Institute of Mexico exists to help fill this gap, and to give children living in rural communities the incentive and means to go on to high school, and beyond.
Our skilled volunteers travel to and work in our rural centers, and encourage children and youth to develop a love of lifelong learning – helping to create a more viable financial future. We build libraries and help children improve their reading skills. Children learn art, drama and English, among other subjects, and are taught to use computers, which we supply. We also provide opportunities to children so they can meet the costs of going to high school by awarding scholarships.
For more information about the Rural Education Institute of Mexico, please visit our website at www.ruraledinst.org or call us at 415-124-1357.