Deaf Education Team’s Experiences in 3 Countries

Teaching literacy can be difficult in one language but when you need to teach literacy in Guatemalan Sign Language, Spanish and one of the indigenous languages all at the same time, the task becomes daunting. Sofy, the teacher in the Deaf classroom at Escuela Educación Especial in San Cristobel Verapez, Guatemala makes it fun. Using…

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The Rewards of Working with Others

The students at the Deaf school in Pacullpa, Peru wanted to share their culture and food with the team. We had a fun afternoon eating food prepared by the parents of each class. We had the task of eating each food and judging it on appearance and taste. The students explained how each dish was…

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Learning Sign Language in Central America

Older Deaf students at Escuela De Educación Especial Y Centro De Rehabilitación Integral Edecri in Coban, Guatemala help the younger students learn the signs associated with the lesson. Students work together in small groups to review the information and to practice the signs associated with the Spanish words they learned in the lesson. The Deaf…

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Making It Work

During our team trip to Peru, we visited some of the families that lived in communities outside of Lima. We took a subway train followed by a bus then a small 3-wheeled taxi and then followed that with a long and winding walk up the side of a mountain. It is hard to think that…

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Fun Times

In the school in San Cristobel Verapez, the teachers help the hearing students to learn sign language so they can communicate with the Deaf students of the same age. Kevin in the middle is Deaf and these 3 boys are the best of friends. At recess, they always fly kites and play ball together. In…

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Literacy with the Deaf Schools Training Team

Students at Escuela Educación Especial in San Cristobel Verapez, Guatemala are enjoying the books in the new library built in their school in partnership with the Deaf School Teacher Training Team. Guatemala continues to rank among the lowest in literacy within Latin American countries.  The Deaf Schools Teacher Taking Team has partnered with 2 schools…

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The Deaf Education Team returns to Guatemala

Trip dates: March 2022 (tentative) We will be partnering again with Escuela Educación Especial in San Cristobel Verapez and Escuela De Educación Especial Y Centro De Rehabilitación in Coban. These schools are located in the mountains of Guatemala and are a full day drive from Guatemala City. This will be our fifth trip working with these schools…

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Educators needed for the Deaf Schools Teacher Training Team

Team : Deaf Schools  Where: Guatemala Skills: School-based experience; know STEM curriculum, know basic coding skills, have experience setting up a library program and/or know sign language (Guatemalan sign language is very different from ASL but we are looking for people who know how to work in a visual language). Contact Team Leader:  Karen MacKenzie-Stepner mackenziestepnerkaren@gmail.com…

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