Improving English with US Volunteers

Improving English with US Volunteers

One hundred twenty Medellin public school teachers in information technology and physical education who altogether reach 7000 students, graduated in October from a Department of Education and city of Medellin sponsored English course taught by volunteers from the Marina Orth Foundation. Former Colombia PCVs Arleen Cheston, Mary Ray and Barbara Muchisky led a popular week long workshop during the course that emphasized teaching better ways to communicate and teach English for their specialities. The foundation is paid for these courses by the city and their revenue helps sustain our volunteers who also make…Read more …
Seminar Future of Philanthropy

Seminar Future of Philanthropy

Marina Orth Foundation Executive Director Luis Fernando Sanchez, attended the annual "Future of Philanthropy" seminar begun in 2010 by the philanthropic foundations, Give to Colombia and We Share with Colombia, that is held yearly and aims to create a community of strategic philanthropists throughout Colombia who can come together to share best practices and increase the flow of smart social investments in Colombia.Read more …
Thanks to Empiricus Medellin

Thanks to Empiricus Medellin

In internet slang, a "white hat hacker" deliberately breaks into a protected system to assess its vulnerabilities before it can be compromised by the bad guys. Thanks to the Empiricus Company of Medellin, a private computer security firm, 25 students from the Marina Orth School are taking a course that tests their aptitude for internet security and allow Colombia to increase the number of white hats in the country. 1245Read more …
Visit To Nuquí , Chocó

Visit To Nuquí , Chocó

From the 16th to 18th July, thanks to Auteco, Mr. Luís Fernando Sánchez, the director of the foundation had the opportunity to travel to Nuquí, Chocó. Mr. Sanchéz was accompanied on his trip by Dr. Luís Fernando González, an advisor to the foundation. Together they visited the Chocó to explore the possible implementation of the Step by Step Project in Institución Educativa Ecoturística del Litoral Pacífico. They met with various local people who would be involved in the project should it take place, this included the principal of the school, Ms. Dora Lucía…Read more …
Participation In Sugar Camp – Bogotá

Participation In Sugar Camp – Bogotá

The Marina Orth Foundation had the opportunity to travel to Bogota to participate in Sugar Camp, 2014. The I.T. teachers from the Mariana Orth School and El Progreso in el Carmen de Viboral went to represent the foundation. The event took place in the municipality of Chía, Cundinamarca from the 17th to 19th of July. At Sugar Camp our team met programmers from the Young Python Project from Uruguay who not only showed them the thousand-and-one uses of Python software for students to learn to program, but also motivated them to continue their…Read more …

Advances Made By The Foundation In The First Semester 2014

On Friday the 27th of June 2014, everyone from the foundation’s various projects came together at the main office to present their projects advances to the rest of the Mariana Orth team. The projects were presented by the following teams: Marina Orth Rural School and Santa Clara site, the Inder Ludateka (Casa Creas), Camino de Paz School who work with Golondrinas Foundation, El Progreso School (in El Carmen de Viboral, Antioquia ), Campo Alegre School (in El Carmen de Viboral), Robotics clubs, the Manualita team, the Auteco team who work in five school…Read more …

The Foundation Welcomes New Volunteers

In June the Marina Orth Foundation’s team continued to grow as we welcomed four new volunteers, three of whom are from the United States. Holly Malerba and Danielle Hungerbuhler will be working in Camino de Paz School with the students. They have also begun working teaching some of the 70 non-English teachers English in a project that the foundation runs in conjunction with Medellin Multlingue, a subsection of the Secretary of Education. At the moment they plan to stay at least until December. The third volunteer from the U.S. Ms Ruth Young, has…Read more …

School Newspaper Project In Conjunction With El Colombiano

For a second year, the Marina Orth Foundation has been working with El Colombiano’s school newspaper project (Prensa Escuela). The project works to produce a school newspaper and with accompanying educational training. This project has been taking place in the Marina Orth Rural School where the team from El Colombiano have trained a core of leading teachers at the school in the all areas related to the production of the newspaper. They have also executed a workshop with 20 secondary school students. This workshop has been designed to encourage the development of critical…Read more …

The “Paz A Lo Bien” Methodology Has Been Passed On To The Teachers At The Marina Orth School

Since 2013, Mi Sangre foundation included education in its outreach. Staff and students at the Marina Orth School have been fortunate enough to be partaking in some of these processes with Mi Sangre. One example of this is the participation of some of our teachers and young people at the 7th World Urban Forum which took place in Medellin in April 2014. The support from Mi Sangre has not stopped there; in 2014, they have put into place a plan to strengthen creativity and active participation in school through the development of the…Read more …

Marina Orth Foundation In The School Yard Workshop In California, USA

On June 22, Susana Urrego had the amazing opportunity to travel to Berkeley California to participate in the Edible school yard and be one of only four first international participants. The Edible School yard Academy trains educators to create powerful and sustainable edible education program in their school and communities. Each June, they invite over 90 participants to spend five days experiencing their typical kitchen and garden classes. During this week, she learned about class scheduling, rituals and routines of garden and kitchen classrooms and curriculum integration with all this knowledge Susana and…Read more …