“Getting to Know Karen”Posted: March 3, 2017 Filed under: editorials, world travels | Tags: expats, Mexico, retirement, travel, Yucatán Leave a comment
Episode One, Real Expats of the Yucatán
New Infotainment series about the life and adventures of American and Canadian expat women and their friends who have retired in the Yucatan, Mexico. They hilariously navigate their new life in the small fishing villages of Chelem and Chuburna on the Gulf Coast of the Yucatan peninsula. From immigration to internet, water and electricity (or lack thereof), spiders, snakes and scorpions, construction and housing, ocean and beach, a food, drink, entertainment and music recommendations, Mexican holidays and fiestas, real cost of living and aging parents and millennial children, new grandchildren, the Expats cover the real truth what daily life is in the Yucatan.
The premiere Episode of The Real Expats of the Yucatan! Learning all about Karen…..Our hippie chill Earth Mother with an EDGE.
The ISBerne Art ProgramPosted: November 14, 2012 Filed under: editorials Leave a comment
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Swiss artist, Paul Klee, was quoted as saying, “”Kunst gibt nicht das Sichtbare wieder, sondern macht sichtbar” or in English, “Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see.”
In this post, we interview ISBerne Secondary School Art Teacher, Mr Tom Sunthornwat, and watch his students work in the newly outfitted Art studio. 11th and 12th Grade students at ISBerne have the opportunity to choose IB Art, requiring them to spend 2 years preparing for a solo art show for the examination.
Today there was musicPosted: November 12, 2012 Filed under: editorials Leave a comment
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Mr David Ritsema comments on the passion, commitment, and goals behind teaching and making music at ISBerne. Talented students are supported by Mr Ritsema, Mr Christian Stübi and Ms I-Mei Lu. In today’s post, the music speaks for itself.
the OYE documentaryPosted: November 1, 2012 Filed under: editorials, NGO Leave a comment
This is the story of four extraordinary young women. It’s easy to slip into hyperbole when writing an editorial like this, but “extraordinary” is the appropriate description. Occasionally you come across people who make a lasting impression on you, and that was the case with OYE scholars Neris, Rosa, Sandra, and Oriel during my three-week visit to the Organization for Youth Empowerment in El Progreso, Honduras.
Neris’ diminutive physical size (well under 5′) and infectious laugh belie her personal intensity and her desire to complete her education. Often in my travels, I see some pretty tragic circumstances. Neris, however, has a positive family environment and lives in one of the most beautiful areas that I’ve ever seen. Campo Monterrey is deep in the plantation region of Honduras. We drove an hour and a half through miles of banana, sugarcane, and palms (used to make palm oil) to her family’s modest home…
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The $1,000 NGO social media projectPosted: October 19, 2012 Filed under: editorials, NGO | Tags: Central America, Honduras, Organization for Youth Empowerment, socai media Leave a comment
the epilogue of a shoestring-budget communications campaign
This past February I started this WordPress blog for the Organization for Youth Empowerment in Honduras. The object of this campaign was two-fold: 1) to advance the global visibility of this small, but committed NGO that provides mentoring and scholarships for at-risk youth in Northern Honduras, and 2) to create a kind of “open source” social media campaign for non-profits with a shoestring communications budget. This project, which lasted about 5 months, had a total cost of approximately $1,000 USD in travel expenses (plus, a $99 WordPress upgrade), but attained substantial international exposure. Much effort was put into determining which platforms were the most effective in generating site traffic, dialog, and shares.
I hope that your organization can benefit from our experimentation, research, and analysis. Although this project came to a close in August 2012, I am going to keep this site up…
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Emmanuel Boyz Center-Nairobi, KenyaPosted: January 26, 2012 Filed under: editorials, NGO | Tags: Emmanuel Boyz Center, Kenya, Nairobi, rehab Leave a comment
The Emmanuel Boyz Center helps street children in Nairobi, Kenya.
Daniel Nduati (center) and staff with street boys in the Dogheretti area of Nairobi. Several of the boys are sniffing glue in the photo. Most of the area’s street boys are drug-addicted and HIV+.