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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Compadres Schedule for this year

Here is the final agenda for this year's trip - very excited to be able to post this. The trip this year will be very different from what we have done in the past - looks like the start of a great experience!

Really looking forward especially to our time in San Jose Las Flores




DRAFT WORKING ITINERARY
ONTARIO TEACHERS DELEGATION – COMPADRES, 3-17 OF JULY 2011
(With focus on San José Las Flores, Chalatenango, CCR)
SUNDAY, JULY 3
7: 45 PM: Arrival to El Salvador on Continental Flight 848. Pick up at Comalapa International Airport and transport to La Amistad Guest House: Avenida Izalco No. 218, Colonia Centroamérica, San Salvador, Tel: (503) 2226-0437
MONDAY, JULY 4
8 AM: Orientation Meeting with Miguel and
9 AM: Meeting with Equipo MAIZ. Popular education experts share with us a brief history of El Salvador.
10: AM: Meeting with CRIPDES
Lunch
2 PM: Meeting with CORDES
Free evening
TUESDAY, JULY 5
7:30 AM: Meeting with National Roundtable on Metallic Mining facilitator, followed by historical-political-cultural tour of San Salvador – including a visit to the National Cathedral, Archbishop Oscar Romero’s tomb, the Divine Providence Chapel (where Archbishop Romero was assassinated), the monument to the civilian casualties of the civil war, the Central American University and the monument to the 5 assassinated Jesuit professors.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 6
8:30 AM: Historical–political–cultural tour, continued
9 AM: Meeting with Concertación de Mujeres
10:30 AM: Visit single mothers sewing cooperative
Lunch
Afternoon: Visit to the Mayan Ruins of San Andrés.
THURSDAY, JULY 7
8 AM: Drive to Chalatenango Department (2.5 hour drive)
9:30 AM: Meeting in CCR in Chalatenango City with Nelson Orellana and the CCR’s Education Committee.
11 AM: Drive to San José Las Flores
12 PM: Lunch at the community restaurant established and operated by organized women. This will also be a chance to meet your homestay families.
3 PM: Meeting with the Community Council Executive where they wíll share the history of the community and their ongoing development and social justice challenges, including their struggle against the Canadian mining companies
4PM: Tour of community and various collective development projects
6PM: Dinner and time for rest and relaxation
NOTE: The following days are slated for San José Las Flores and surrounding communities. The schedule is finalized; however, even when finalized, things may change once on the ground. This year the COMPADRES are trying a few new things. Flexibility will be important, as will an openness to make schedule changes as needed and/or desired.
FRIDAY, JULY 8
8 – 11 AM: Meet and greet activity and chance to talk about mutual needs/expectations.
Lunch
2 – 5 PM: Meet and greet activity continues. (Please note: School is in session. So that teachers do not miss work days, two groups will participate in the meet and greet, one in the morning and another in the afternoon. The same dynamic is likely for any other workshops during the week.)
SATURDAY, JULY 9
8 – 11 AM: Workshop/dialogue on the impact of violence, war trauma, self-esteem, and anxiety in the classroom – discussion co-facilitated by Kim Kramer. (Please note: Because weekends are when teachers spend leisure time with their families, the workshops/dialogues on Saturday and Sunday will only be in the mornings.)
Afternoon: Debriefing, Spanish lessons by Pablito McGuire, other
SUNDAY, JULY 10
8 – 11 AM: Workshop/dialogue on the impact of violence, war trauma, self-esteem, and anxiety in the classroom continues – discussion co-facilitated by Kim Kramer.
Lunch
Afternoon: Debriefing, Spanish lessons by Pablito McGuire, other
MONDAY, JULY 11
8 – 11 AM: Workshop/dialogue on possible ways to use technology in the classroom, given the local context – discussion co-facilitated by Katie Brown.
Lunch
Afternoon: Debriefing, Spanish lessons by Pablito McGuire, other
TUESDAY, JULY 12
8 – 11 AM: Workshop/dialogue on community organization in the face of mining operations as a popular education tool in the classroom – discussion co-facilitated by Célyne Brunet.
Lunch
Afternoon: Debriefing, Spanish lessons by Pablito McGuire, other
WEDNESDAY, JULY 13
8 – 11 AM: Workshop/discussion on popular education pedagogy.
Lunch
Afternoon: Debriefing, Spanish lessons by Pablito McGuire, other
NOTE: For all workshops, a COMPADRES delegate will take systematic notes in order to use the experience in future work. The delegate will work with a local popular educator to also leave a written record in Spanish.
THURSDAY, JULY 14
Farewell group outing – Sumpul River Eco-Park. This will be a chance to say farewell to your host families, teachers, and Las Flores community friends.
FRIDAY, JULY 15
8:30 AM: Leave for Suchitoto, UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Lunch in Suchitoto
Short tour of town
Free afternoon and evening in Suchitoto
SATURDAY, JULY 16
8 AM: Drive to the Costa del Sol for a BEACH DAY
SUNDAY, JULY 17
4:30 AM (sharp): Departure to Comalapa International Airport for 3 participants

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