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It is a completely life-changing experience. The circumstances can be really hard at the beginning, but the learnings and memories you are going to get from your stay at the Escolinha are definitely worthy. The kids are miraculous, always expecting your love and attention. Thank you very much, Alex, for your incredible work and for offering us, the volunteers, this indescribable experience!
The school is great when it comes to passing things that are useful for a successful future for children.
Does the World respect those children?
The truth is that we must at all times be aware that we are in an oppressed region and with people who are very exploited by a cruel system. So requiring a learning from them will never be too much.
We know that children who study in the best private schools in Brazil learn three languages, have theater, swimming, among other things. So our maximum effort is the least we can offer.
I think the Itacoatiara students deserve a chance!
A Escolinha Itacoatiara é um desafio desses que nós brasileiros, se quisermos um país radicalmente diferente, devemos assumir. É uma das poucas chances (pelo menos que eu tenha encontrado na região Norte do país) de um viajante assumir um papel transformador e tentar desenvolver um trabalho social. Mas vá preparado para o melhor e o pior. Pense nela também como um investimento em si mesmo: ao descobrir seus limites , ao se sentir desafiado a transpor barreiras físicas e psicológicas -sobretudo para quem vai passar longa estadia- ao procurar bonficações em coisas muito simples. Boa Sorte!
I loved the experience, it was surely very different from all of my other trips. The place and the neighbourhood are extremely simple, but I got used to it very fast. The kids are really lovely, although it can be a little messy when there are lots of them. I was a little insecure about how to deal with them, but at the end they are just happy for being there with someone who cares about them. Congratulations to Alex for this beautiful initiative!