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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Compadres in November

It seems these days I spend my days reading other people's blog posts. In my day job, I am a principal in a small elementary school here in Ottawa. People have lots to write about and i guess, so do I.

I would like to write a series of posts on Compadres. The project includes teacher and student trips and there are all sorts of possibilities for the future.

Right now, I am working on recruiting participants for the July trip. One of our participants has put together a great video collection of pictures from last July - I am happy to share it here.

It is hard to say how many people we will be able to attract for this year's trip.  We have had an introductory meeting and lots of good e-mail traffic.  There is also the possibility of linking our program up to university credit.  I hope I will soon have more to share on this soon.

For now, as the days get cooler and darker, I am working on my Spanish via Skype with a great teacher from Celas Maya!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Planning for the group of 2012

We held our first information session today. You have all received the main presentation we used today and there is not much to add to this. Now, I am working on developing a group for the 2012 trip.

A few important notes:

1) I am looking for a commitment by December 15. By this date, I am asking for a deposit cheque of $500.00 made out to Compadres. I will use this first cheque to secure a reservation on flights - I want to do this early so I can get a good price for us.

2) I am happy to visit your school to do a presentation on the upcoming program. All that I ask is that you gather a few people together for the presentation. No other commitment is necessary. I have found it is important to have a face-to-face meeting before people commit, so I am willing to come out - the presentation is ready!

3) I am ready to bring a group down as long as I get four people. Do you know someone who should come down with you?

4) This will be a terrific trip - we plan on building on the success of last summer and we will be looking for ways of making the experience even better than what we planned last year!

Thanks to all those who have been in contact with me through Facebook, e-mail and phone. We are slowly building a group which is the way I like to do things.

Please feel to write me with your questions, concerns and requests!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Compadres meeting tomorrow (Monday, November 7)for new program

Here is our newest presentation!