Campamento Tortuguero Ayotlcalli A.C. Summer Program

Once again, this year, we are planning to have a summer program during the first two weeks of August, 1st to the 12th.   Children who are 7 to 12 years old will attend daily sessions Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.

The curriculum is very rigorous and integrates the areas of Values, Reading, Language, Mathematics, Environmental Science, Fine Arts, Physical Education, and Leadership Skills. The central themes this year are dinosaurs, reptiles, rocks, and minerals.

Three field trips have been scheduled:

One to “El Refugio de Potosi”, where students will participate in diverse educational and hands-on activities related to reptiles, rocks, and minerals. At the end, children will have the opportunity to release some baby iguanas into their natural habitats in order to preserve the species.

The second field trip will be at a nearby ecosystem where students will have the opportunity to observe various animal tracks and identify the reptiles. (Previous preparations are planned).

The third field trip will be a visit to “El Museo del Coco” in the community of Coacoyul. Some of the activities include a guided tour through the coconut plantation, learning about the process and making of several products. Students will have the opportunity to observe types of rocks, minerals, and endemic reptiles.

A night patrol will also be scheduled. Students will have the opportunity to search for sea turtle eggs and relocate them into the camp’s hatchery. Other activities include educational games and a lesson on astronomy.

At the end of the session, children will have a presentation for parents and sponsors who are able to attend.

Most of the children who attend summer camp come from unprivileged families who are unable to afford a decent education. During the pandemic, these children fell far behind on their grade level, due to the lack of jobs for their parents and the deficiencies of the online education.

This year, the cost of the program is $1,500 pesos ($75.00 USD) and includes school supplies, materials, field trips, t-shirt, and lunch each day.

Please consider sponsoring one or more student. A summary report will be provided at the end of the program, unless you request particular progress about your sponsored child.

Click here to sponsor a child.

Thank you so much for your generosity.

Damaris Marin Smith

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