Breaking the Barriers of “Voluntourism”: Respectfully Teaching and Interacting with Communities Abroad
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Breaking the Barriers of “Voluntourism”: Respectfully Teaching and Interacting with Communities Abroad

Are you or your student group teaching English or volunteering abroad this spring break or summer?

The Quito Project is hosting a free educational workshop that is open to any student planning to teach English or volunteer abroad. At the workshop, students will learn from faculty experts about best practices for ESL and respectful international engagement, have the opportunity to share what they have learned from their previous experiences abroad, and receive resources to help them during their time overseas.

This workshop will not only help you prepare for your travels and lesson planning, but will also ensure that you and your organization gain the tools to ensure that your initiative is successful and beneficial to the international community you are interacting with.

Our workshop will take place from 6-8 pm on Tuesday, February 13th, in the Gallery Lab Room of the Hatcher Graduate Library.

Free dinner from Chela’s will be provided for all participants!

You may register to attend our workshop through this link:

For more information or if you have any questions please email:

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The Quito Project School Supply Donation Drive
to Apr 26

The Quito Project School Supply Donation Drive

The Quito Project is an organization of University of Michigan faculty and students of all disciplines, including liberal arts, education, and engineering. We travel to Quito, Ecuador every summer to run a free summer camp for approximately 60 children ages 5-12. Our aim is to improve the education, and well-being in the underserved and politically underrepresented communities of Quito in addition to raising discussions and awareness of the Ecuadorian culture and society at the University of Michigan and beyond.

Our students come from low resource backgrounds and due to their financially destitute situations, we provide our students with two meals a day, hygienic supplies, and school supplies to help give them the tools they need to succeed through education, encourage our students to continue onto higher education, and provide them with some of the basic necessities every human being should have access to.

We are trying to collect school supplies In order to allow our tutors to continue creating fun and engaging lesson plans and to give our students the best experience possible.

We are looking for any school supplies that you may have left over from the school year or if would be willing to donate any new supplies as well. Some suggested supplies to donate include: construction paper, pencils, markers, colored pencils, crayons, glue, lined paper, scissors, books (ages 4-14), rulers, folders, pencil sharpeners, erasers, coloring books, highlighters etc.

But please keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list and all donations are welcome and appreciated!

The dates of the drive are from April 2nd-April 26th.

Donations can be dropped off at the following locations:

Bert's Cafe Entrance of UGLi

North Lobby, Hatcher

1816 East Quad

1500 North Quad

Suite 500, Weiser Hall

1122 Lane Hall

4108 Modern Languages Building

Ginsberg Center

If you are unable to make a donation please still let all of your professors and fellow students know about this drive to help spread the word.

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                                      The Quito Project Fundraiser!
to Apr 9

The Quito Project Fundraiser!

Stop by Mason Hall to shop our selection of alpaca sweaters, scarves and gloves, all handmade by indigenous Andean artisans! All profits will help finance our free education program for underprivileged primary students in Quito, Ecuador.  We will also be selling doughnuts!

Come learn about our project for education equity in Ecuador, support our program, ask for last minute application tips and learn how you can get involved!

We will be hosting a fundraising table in Mason Hall on March 9th from 10am-3pm and on April 6th from 10am-3pm.

Can't make it to our fundraiser?  Please consider making a monetary donation on our website or donate any new or gently used office/school supplies during our donation drive beginning April 2nd-April 26th.

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