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Help Support OYE Scholars!

OYE

OYE is participating in an IndieGOGO scholarship fund to help raise funds for some of our favorite scholars! Throughout our time in Honduras we were able to get to know these scholars on personal levels. They became more than just the scholars of OYE, they became our friends. If you have a few extra dollars to spare, put it towards the fund so you can help their dream of getting an education come through.

Click here to help our Scholars!

Here is some more information about the campaign copied from their page:

WHAT IS OYE?

Founded in 2005, OYE Adelante Jóvenes (Organization for Youth Empowerment) is a small NGO in the city of El Progreso that exists to empower Honduran youth with scarce economic resources to continue their education and become socially conscious leaders of positive change in their communities. We envision a society where Honduran youth are active contributors to the positive development of their country.

 

SCHOLARSHIP FUND.

Every year, OYE provides approximately 70 high school and university scholarships for at-risk youth who not only have a real economic necessity and maintain a respectable GPA, but also demonstrate leadership potential and a strong desire to succeed and overcome adversity.

 

In launching this campaign, we are calling on YOU to help us provide continued scholarship support to four of OYE´s greatest leaders.

 

HEYLI, ERICK, JEFRY and CLAUDIA are among our youth coordinators, those scholars who have dedicated their time and effort to help bring OYE’s five community action programs to new heights. They are dynamic leaders among their peers, provide invaluable support to our staff and serve as ambassadors when OYE hosts international volunteer groups. Each of these students have overcome severe obstacles to their success, from economic hardship to family disintegration. Without the financial support of an OYE scholarship, they would likely be forced to leave school and look for full-time work to contribute to the family income.

 

Please click the link at the top to learn more about the four scholars!

Best Day of Our Lives!

The ASB’er Katie made a music video and in summary slideshow of our trip! This video does an even better job of outlining in depth what had occurred each day. You did such a great job Katie! Enjoy:

 

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We’ll Met Again Someday, Guatemala

The morning of March 29th we all woke up packed and ready to go. We ate our last Amalia made breakfast of pineapple pancakes. Our favorite. And we did so with bittersweet feelings in our hearts. All loving the culture and wanting to stay in it while also looking forward to being home again. The best we can do from here is keep what we’ve learned and experienced close to us. We said our farewell to Jane, our fabulous and wonderful hostess! Then off to the airport.

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Thanks for reading and keeping along with us. Also thank you for putting up with all my iPod spelling errors. Mostly, thank you all for your support. This trip was incredible and wouldn’t have been possible without all the love, care and support we had behind us. We are really taking so much away from this trip. We’re all changed because of it whether it’s learning to appreciate the little things in our lives, simplifying what we make complicated, supporting others, or never being afraid to give or receive help of any kind. I hope by following along, we’ve been able to pass some of these things along to you.

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Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Nikki

PS: Check back for pictures!

A Short Summary of Our Week

Hello everyone!

The teammates of ASB Honduras have all made it safely home! We have tons and tons of stories to tell of our time in El Progreso, so be sure to ask us about it! To give you all a further glimpse, here is a quick video in summary:

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Once again, thank you OYE for having us! This experience was life-changing!

Guatemala: Day 7 – The Free Day!

Day 7:
The free day! We were given a selection of places to go and things to do for our free day and we chose to go to “The Lake”.  It was this huge, stunningly gorgeous lake 2 and a half hours away from San Miguel Escobar. It was surrounded by volcanos and mountains. The water was so clear! The lake was surrounded with wonderful foliage of all shapes, sizes and colors. The roads and sidewalks were again cobblestone. It was so beautiful I’d say it was paradise.  Ahhhh…

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We had a few different options of what we could do. The popular choice was to go zip-lining in the nature reserve on the edge of town. It was quite the nature reserve located within the mountains. So stunning. A foot long lizard even ran past my foot like it was nothing. While some of the group went zip-lining, Cassy, Sophie, Nikki and myself went kayaking in the lake. Jane joined us as well! It only cost us about $3.28/person/hour! It was picture-esk. Just paddling out to the middle of the bay of this massive lake we were in and just looking at everything. There were no words to be said or even to describe how beautiful, peaceful and serene this was. But! There was more to see!

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Back on land, the 5 of us went to this fantastic little outdoor cafe for lunch. It was beautiful AND delicious. Who could ask for more?

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About half way through, a van pulled up to the area and there was the zip-line crew! Well hey there guys, how was zip lining? They said it was fun. They did 8 different courses that went through the mountains and even past a waterfall. Their longest one lasted about 45 seconds. That’s a pretty long time to fly through trees! They said at the end they got to see some monkeys chow down on bananas! Whoa! The rest of our day at the lake was spent walking up and down their main road. It was filled with little shops and restaurants. Lots to see and take it. Such a pleasant day it was!

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Now, I personally get car sick real easy and the winding roads through the mountains, oof, not for me. So I stopped at a pharmacy before heading back to buy some benedryl to knock me out! When I asked for some, they sold it to me by the pill. I thought that was cool because then I didn’t have to buy a whole pack. I talked to Jane about it and she said that’s convenient however, that’s how all the medication is done there, even anti-biotics. So people don’t always get their proper dosage and prices can get weird as well. Another interesting thing I learned about their culture and another thing I find myself reflecting about my own culture. Thought I’d tell you all about that tidbit.

Needless to say I got in the van and the next thing I knew I woke up at a restaurant for dinner! Rad! We ate our final dinner in Guatemala at this really awesome crepe restaurant in Antigua. Crepes? In Guatemala? Yeah! And they were crazy good! Fresh made in a matter of minutes with both savory and sweet kinds. Mmm! And it was a pretty cool restaurant where you even had the option to eat on beanbag chairs out on a patio. Legit. After dinner we bid a fond farewell to Paula (an AGAIG gal who helped us translate at times) and Andy.

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Back at the house we had our final reflection in Guatemala. We reflected on how now that we’ve had this experience, what can we take from it? What can we start doing? What can we stop doing? What can we continue to do? Most of us said a lot of the same things. We’d like to start shopping locally more often, care about where our stuff comes from, use more sustainable resources in our lives and simplify. Wed like to stop complaining so much, taking things for granted and stressing out especially the little things because in the end it’s not that big of a deal and were all gonna be okay. We all seem to have taken a lot from this trip that maybe we didn’t think we would. I, for example, didn’t think I’d now start to put so much focus on where I buy things but now I totally am! Main St, USA here I come! Overall, we all got a great experience here in Guatemala.

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