La Búsqueda #StarfishSearch 2019

  1.     (Foto) Tómense una foto con gemelos – Enviado por un estudiante de Estrellitas de Mar 18 puntos
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         Participantes de Ecuador:  Preparen y prueben una comida china – Puntos extra  si es pan bao / bollos bao

Otros participantes: Preparen y prueben una comida ecuatoriana – Puntos extra si es encebollado – Enviado por un estudiante de Estrellitas de Mar 27 puntos

  1.     (Video – Hasta 20 segundos) Explicar una lección de matemáticas a un profesor – Enviado por un estudiante de Estrellitas de Mar [30 puntos]
  1.     (Video – Hasta 15 segundos) Hagan serenata a una mamá de alguien del grupo – Enviado por un estudiante de Estrellitas de Mar 21 puntos
  1.     (Video – Hasta 20 segundos) Formen un Círculo de la Amistad de las Chicas Exploradoras con por lo menos 5 amigos (asegúrense de cruzar brazo derecho encima del izquierdo), canten una canción rápida, y muestren el giro mirando hacia afuera.

Ejemplo:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w91whSUVJY4 32 puntos 

  1.     (Foto) Dale a alguien un abrazo HOBY. ¿Qué es un abrazo HOBY? Es una tarjeta de índice que en un lado está decorada bonita (frase inspiracional, algún dibujo con mucho color, etc.) con un dulce adjunto… ¡y al otro lado tiene una nota de amor a esa persona! [12 puntos]
  1.     (Foto) Entren a un desfile. Levanten un letrero que diga algo importante para ustedes – Anna J. [65 puntos]
  1.     (Video – up to 30 seconds) Elijan una comida ecuatoriana para hacer… pero este es el desafío: no pueden usar sus manos o utensilios. Solo pueden usar su cara (boca, nariz, barbilla, etc.). Sigan la receta lo más que puedan. (Lapso de tiempo esta bien) [47 puntos]
  1.     (Foto) El día de los muertos es una celebración muy popular en muchas culturas Latinoamericanas. En Ecuador, una de las tradiciones es hacer guaguas de pan. Hagan sus propias guaguas de pan para recordar a alguien en sus vidas. – Inspirado por Anna J. [44 puntos]
  1. (Foto) Reúnan a personas de 4 o más generaciones para una foto (milenaria, baby boomer, generación x, etc.) Cada persona debe de tener un letrero del año en que nacieron. Ustedes deben tener el volante o tarjeta de su equipo. – Anna J. [56 puntos]
  1. (Video – Hasta 20 segundos) Una banda mariachi o cantante cantando acerca de la Fundación Estrellitas de Mar. [90 puntos]
  1. (Foto) Encuentren una pieza de arte ecuatoriana. Tómense una foto junto al arte. Pongan la foto en Twitter etiquetando al artista (si es posible) y a la fundación Estrellitas de Mar. Mencionen por que les gusta/ los inspira en el tweet. Presenten la captura de la pantalla del tweet en la página de Facebook. – Inspirado por Anna J. [28 puntos] 
  1. (Foto) Recreen las MISMA pieza de arte ecuatoriana (del #12) usando solo cosas que se encuentran en la cocina – especias, condimentos, jugos, fideos, etc. Puntos extras si no hay comida desperdiciada. (sobras, compost/abono) [45 puntos] 
  1. (Video – Hasta 60 segundos) Encuentren a una persona indígena y hagan una entrevista acerca de su comunidad, herencia, tradiciones o creencias. Encuentren una cosa que ellos quisieran que personas no-nativas sepan de su cultura. Compartan el video en la red social de su elección. [52 puntos]
  1. (Foto) Hagan una recaudación de fondos para la Fundación Estrellitas de Mar por Facebook o GoFundMe. Que por lo menos 5 personas que NO estén en su equipo donen. Presenten una captura de pantalla de los donantes antes que termine la búsqueda. El equipo que recaude más dinero ganará puntos extras. Nota: Si no pueden hacer este reto por que el país en el que viven no deja hacer recaudación de fondos en línea, hagan voluntariado por lo menos 2 horas en la organización que elijan y presenten una foto de ustedes trabajando. Incluyan una descripción de lo que hicieron en los comentarios. [92 puntos] 
  1. (Video – Hasta 20 segundos) Hagan un rap de la Fundación. [26 puntos]
  1. (Foto) Tomen una foto con el mayor número de personas que puedan dentro un carro estándar de 5 asientos [29 puntos]
  1. (Foto) Abbey Road – Tómense una foto cruzando una calle callada / no ocupada con los miembros del equipo recreando la cubierta famosa del álbum de los Beatles “Abbey Road”. Si no todos los miembros del equipo están en el mismo lugar geográfico, se puede hacer con un miembro del equipo y 3 amigos. [17 puntos]
  1. (Video – Hasta 20 segundos) Elijan una canción de las Mejores 10 (miren abajo) recreando el video musical a lo mejor de sus habilidades. Se animan usar disfraces y accesorios. [45 puntos]

      Participantes de Ecuador:  Miren las mejores 10 canciones de Estados Unidos: (https://www.icharts.co.za/us/music/topsongs)

      Otros participantes: Miren las mejores 10 canciones de Ecuador: (https://www.icharts.co.za/ec/music/topsongs)

  1. (Foto) Encuentren un lugar épico y tomen una foto con dos personas recreando la famosa escena de Jack y Rose en frente del Titanic. [14 puntos]
  1. (Foto Collage) El cumpleaños número 8 de la Fundación Estrellitas de Mar es en noviembre. Tomen una foto de cada miembro de su equipo con su traje más festivo y un sombrero de cumpleaños. Entre más divertidos, mejor. Cada persona también tiene que tener la tarjeta o volante de su equipo. Pongan las fotos juntas en un solo collage y publican una foto de su equipo entero en lo mejor de cumpleaños. [51 puntos]
  1. (Foto) Ecua-recomendaciones: Creen un gráfico mostrando su libro favorito, programa de televisión, o canción. En los comentarios, escriban por que es su favorito. [20 puntos]
  1. (Foto) Usando un proyector, proyecten una página del reporte anual de Estrellitas de Mar en un aula con estudiantes o trabajadores tomando apuntes. [32 puntos]
  1. (Video – Hasta 30 segundos) Actúen su obra favorita de Shakespeare en 30 segundos o menos. Publiquenlo en redes sociales y etiqueten a Baltimore Shakespeare Factory. Agradézcanle por su apoyo a Estrellitas de Mar en su publicación. [41 puntos]
  1. (Foto) Creen un perfil de citas a un dios/diosa griega de su elección. [16 puntos]
  1. (Foto) La Taberna Ropewalk en Federal Hill, Baltimore ha apoyado a Estrellitas de Mar por un largo tiempo. La taberna ha existido desde antes de la prohibición y está situada en una de las calles más viejas de Federal Hill. Para honrar su apoyo a la fundación, organicen un juego de jalar la cuerda (con por lo menos dos personas en cada lado) en un lugar histórico de su ciudad.  [37 puntos]
  1. (Video – Hasta 15 segundos) Han escuchado de yoga para gatos y yoga para cabras, pero ¿cuál es la próxima gran idea? Elijan un animal y muestren su rutina de yoga de la mañana. [26 puntos]
  1. (Foto) Al principio del año, estudiantes en Ecuador “adoptaron” huevos para cuidarlos para aprender responsabilidad. Construyan el coche, cuna o cuarto de bebé perfecto para su bebé huevo. [35 puntos]
  2. (Foto) En la publicación de Instagram más reciente de Estrellitas de Mar hagan que por lo menos 10 amigos o familia escriban un dato sobre la fundación en los comentarios, seguido por el hashtag del nombre de su equipo. Publiquen la foto con todos sus nombres e incluyan el número total de los comentarios. [58 puntos]
  1. (Foto) Si tu hijo fuera un artista prodigio y tu estuvieras dormido y él estuviera inspirado para “embellecer” tu cara, ¿Cuál sería el resultado? [30 puntos]
  2. (Foto) Tome una foto con un trabajador de construcción – el trabajador debe estar llevando un casco de seguridad u otra cosa que claramente le identifica como una persona de esta profesión. Puntos extras si pueden ver la sede de construcción en acción en la foto. [50 puntos]
  3. (Foto) Encuentre una moneda con el año de tu nacimiento. Muestralo en una foto selfie con tu tarjeta o volante del equipo. [10 puntos]
  4.   (Video – Hasta 15 segundos) Una persona con traje formal y un maletín saltando en un montón de hojas o en una masa de agua. [61 puntos]
  5. (Foto) The Well (https://thewellacu.com/), Local Color Flowers (http://www.locoflo.com/), and Mindful You (https://mindfulyouyoga.com/) apoyan a la Fundación Estrellitas de Mar. Usando tu nariz, codos, dedos de los pies, o cualquier otra parte de tu cuerpo menos tus dedos o manos, pinten sus logos. Publique en la red social de su elección y etiqueten a cada uno y @starfishchange. Asegúrese de agradecerles por su apoyo a la fundación en su publicación. [53 puntos]
  6.  (Foto) Siéntese en una cita romántica con un dinosaurio. 36 puntos
    1.     (Foto) Haga que un periódico o revista publique un artículo o anuncio acerca de la Fundación Estrellitas de Mar. [92 puntos]

     

    1.   (Video – Hasta 20 segundos) Haga que alguien que tenga 5 años o menos se vista con su ropa más formal y explique acerca de la fundación a un grupo de oyentes ávidos. [20 puntos]

     

    1.     (Video – Hasta 90 segundos) Vístete de tu superhéroe favorito y filmen un acto de bondad y con música. Si no es claro cual es el acto de bondad, pónganle voz/audio al video. [41 puntos]

     

    1.     (Video – Hasta 30 segundos) Reúna por lo menos 5 papás para cantar el coro de su canción favorita de Disney. Pueden cantar todos juntos o pueden editar múltiples cortes en un video. [39 puntos]

     

    1.     (Foto) Esculpa / talle el nombre de un miembro de la directiva de Starfish en una fruta o vegetal de su elección. [22 puntos]

     

    1. (Foto) Haga una escultura de arena o barro de su persona favorita de la historia de Ecuador. [37 puntos]

     

    1. (Foto) Usando cosas naturales (madera, hojas, rocas, etc.) escriba un mensaje (por lo menos dos palabras) lo más GRANDE que puedan. Mínimo 10 pies x 10 pies (3 metros x 3 metros). Si es muy grande para que entre en una foto, puede tomar varias fotos y juntarlas. [60 puntos]

     

    1. (Video – Hasta 15 segundos) Recite un poema de un animal al animal del que el poema se trata. Por ejemplo, Oda al Gato a un gato o Martín Fierro a un caballo. [11 puntos]

     

    1. (Foto o video – Hasta 15 segundos) – Este año durante Marzo Loco (March Madness, el torneo de basket en EEUU*), para los semifinales, solo 11 personas de nuestro grupo todavía tenían su campeón elegido – Obviamente no somos muy buenos eligiendo equipos. Invente maneras nuevas y divertidas para adivinar los campeones de 2020 y demuéstralo. [25 puntos]

*Para este torneo es costumbre llenar una tabla prediciendo quien ganará cada etapa del torneo. Algunas personas eligen según quien cree que es el mejor equipo, pero el reto es inventar otro criterio nuevo y divertido para clasificar a los equipos

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    1. (Video) Encuentre a alguien que lo merezca y dele un masaje de pies. [17 puntos]

     

    1. (Foto/video – Hasta 20 segundos) Usando un talento o habilidad que sea único para ti, mejora el día de alguien. Explica tu talento o habilidad en el subtítulo. [21 puntos]

     

    1. (Foto) Que una cuenta de Twitter con más de 1,000 seguidores comparta un tweet de Starfish. Presenta una captura de pantalla. [84 puntos]

     

    1. (Video – Hasta 15 segundos) Envuelto en la bandera ecuatoriana, párate en frente de una biblioteca, oficina de correos, o edificio gubernamental leyendo de la constitución ecuatoriana. [42 puntos]

     

    1. (Video – lapso de tiempo – Hasta 15 segundos) Recoge hasta 50 basuras de un espacio público vestido de hippie de los años 60s. [51 puntos]

     

    1. (Foto) Crea una tarjeta de constelación (Haz agujeros en una cartulina para ilustrar tu constelación favorita) y pon una luz atrás para mostrar la constelación con la reflexión en la superficie de tu elección.  [38 puntos]

     

    1. (Video – Hasta 20 segundos) Encuentra una manera de “hacerte uno” o sumergirse con la naturaleza por una hora. Desconéctate. Dinos lo que hiciste y comparte un video/foto de tu experiencia. [15 puntos]

     

    1. (Foto) Creen su propia publicación de Humanos de Estrellitas de Mar (Humans of Starfish). Hable de un estudiante, maestro o voluntario (no pueden ser de su equipo). Conozcalo y escriba su historia en el subtítulo. [43 puntos]
    1.     (Foto) No todos los insectos aspiran ser insectos. ¡Algunos tienen ambiciones y pasatiempos! Encuentre un insecto vivo para poner en una hoja de papel y sin lastimarlo, dibuje un escenario alrededor mostrando su trabajo o pasatiempo. [22 puntos]

     

    1.     (Video) Invente una canción de cuna para un animal nativo de Ecuador. [26 puntos]

     

    1.     (Foto) Este año celebramos el aniversario número 50 del aterrizaje en la luna. Construya un cohete hecho completamente de materiales reciclados. [50 puntos]

     

    1.     (Foto o video – Hasta 20 segundos) Si estuvieras a cargo del marketing para nuestro “Martes de Dar” (Giving Tuesday*), ¿como se vería tu publicidad? Pueden usar imágenes y datos de la página web, redes sociales, o Reporte Anual. (Martes de Dar as un día mundial donde muchas fundaciones recaudan fondos virtualmente – pueden buscar en Google más acerca de “Giving Tuesday”). [75 puntos]
      • * (Martes de Dar as un día mundial donde muchas fundaciones recaudan fondos virtualmente – pueden buscar en Google más acerca de “Giving Tuesday”).

     

    1.     (Video) Cree un video de animación cuadro por cuadro (stop-motion) de su rima de cuna favorito. Termine el video con una foto tuya con la tarjeta o volante de su equipo. [63 puntos]

     

    1.     (Foto) Cuente la historia de Estrellitas de Mar como un haiku (Haiku es un género de poema – busca “Haiku” en google para ver la forma de 3 líneas de 5 sílabas, 7 sílabas, 5 sílabas, sin rima). [13 puntos]

     

    1.     (Foto) ¡Haz mi trabajo por mi! Otra vez! Cada Noviembre, Estrellitas de Mar hace una publicación acerca de lo que estamos agradecidos. Haz que cada miembro de tu equipo termine la oración “Estoy agradecido por…” y envía la lista a amanda.benton@thestarfishchange.org con “(Nombre del Equipo) está agradecido por” en el nombre del correo. Doble puntos si traduces la lista para que este en ingles y español. [57 puntos]

     

    1.     (Foto) Crea un retrato de uno de tus iconos/héroes primero pintando una página con lápices de colores o pasteles al óleo con todos los colores del arcoiris. Luego usa un borrador para borrar el espacio negativo, dejando el retrato pintado. Publicalo en una red social y etiqueta a la persona (si está en redes sociales) y publica el enlace del retrato (si hay) en los comentarios. [44 puntos]

     

    1.     (Video – Hasta 20 segundos) Vístase como una figura famosa de historia y juegue un partido de fútbol.  [38 puntos]

     

    1. (Foto) Yo sé que siempre han querido estar a cargo; si ustedes estuvieran a cargo de crear esta lista, ¿Cuales son 5 retos que incluirían? [48 puntos]

     

    1. (Foto) El año pasado tenían que imitar un cóndor andino en público. ¡Qué verguenza! Este año lo van a hacer a puertas cerradas – vístete de un cóndor andino en el trabajo (no tiene que ser TU trabajo, pero si tiene que verse claro que el cóndor andino está trabajando como un trabajador.) [49 puntos]

     

    1. (Foto) Crea un autorretrato usando solamente pelos de animal [37 puntos]

     

    1. (Video – Hasta 30 segundos) Haga un video mostrando los momentos destacados de los retos para tu equipo. Terminelo con una frase famosa que resuma su experiencia. [62 puntos]

     

    1. (Video – Hasta 60 segundos) Pregunte a una persona con más de 80 años cuál ha sido la mayor aventura que han hecho. [28 puntos]

     

    1. (Foto) Elije a alguien que consideres un buen amigo y diles lo mucho que lo admiras en una carta. Toma una foto con tu persona y haz que muestren la carta. [33 puntos]

     

    1. (Foto) Vístete de una estrella de mar y muestra su día haciendo cosas de “humanos.” Tal vez trabajan de 9-5, van a la escuela, o tienen una granja… ¡hay muchas posibilidades! [56 puntos]

     

    1. (Video – Hasta 30 segundos) Una de las voluntarias de Estrellitas de Mar, Amanda Benton, le pidió a una amiga que sea jueza de la búsqueda (los retos) de este año. El nombre de su amiga es Christina. Christina y Amanda tienen un erizo juntas que se llama “Bear,” (oso). Inventa una canción original acerca de Amanda, Christina, y Bear. Puntos bono si incluyen instrumentos musicales y/o bailes. [55 puntos]
    2. (Foto) ¡Crea el sombrero de papel más extravagante que se haya visto en el mundo!       El sombrero debe medir por lo menos dos pies de alto (un poco más de medio metro) y debe estar hecho para llevar a una “Gala de Unicornio”. Puntos extras si puedes modelar el sombrero en un lugar público lleno de gente. [47 puntos]

#StarfishSearch 2019

  1. (photo) Take a picture with twins – Submitted by a Starfish Scholar [18 pts] 
  2. (photo)  Let’s Cook Something!
    – Ecuadorian participants: Prepare and try an Asian food – extra points if it’s bao / bao buns

    – All Other participants: Prepare and try an Ecuadorian food – extra points if it’s encebollado – Submitted by a Starfish Scholar [27 pts] 
  3. (video – up to 20 seconds) Explain a math topic to a teacher. – Submitted by a Starfish Scholar [30 pts] 
  4. (video – up to 15 seconds) Serenade the mom of someone from your group. – Submitted by a Starfish Scholar [21 pts] 
  5. (Video – up to 20 seconds) Form a Girl Scout Friendship Circle with at least 5 friends (be sure to cross right arm over left), sing a quick song, and show us the twist to facing outwards. [32 pts] 
  6. (photo) Give someone a HOBY Hug. What is a HOBY Hug? It’s an index card with one side decorated pretty (inspirational quote, colorful drawing, etc.) with a piece of candy attached … and the other side has a love note to that person! [12 pts] 
  7. (photo) Get yourself into a parade. Hold up a sign stating something that is important to you. – Anna J. [65 pts] 
  8. (Video – up to 30 seconds) create an Ecuadorian meal of your choice… but here’s the catch: You cannot use your hands or utensils. Using only your face (mouth, nose, chin, etc.) follow the recipe to the best of your ability. [47 pts] 
  9. (photo) El dia de los muertos is a popular holiday celebrated in many latinoamerican cultures. In Ecuador, one of the traditions is to make guaguas de pan (bread babies). Make your own guagua de pan to remember someone in your own life. – Inspired by Anna J. [44 pts] 
  10. (photo) Get people from 4 or more generations together for a photo (millennial, baby boomer, etc.) Each person should be holding up a sign with the year of their birth. You should be holding your team card/flyer- Anna J. [56 pts] 
  11. (video – up to 20 seconds) A mariachi band / mariachi singer singing about The Starfish Foundation [90 pts] 
  12. (photo) Find a piece of Ecuadorian art. Take a picture next to it. Tweet the picture tagging the artist (if possible) and the Starfish Foundation. Mention why you like it / it inspires you in the tweet. Submit a screenshot of the tweet to the Facebook page. – Inspired by Anna J. [28 pts] 
  13. (photo) Recreate that SAME piece of Ecuadorian art using only items found in your kitchen – spices, condiments, juice, noodles, etc. Bonus points if there’s no food waste (all scraps / compost). [45 pts] 
  14. (Video – up to 60 seconds) Find an indigenous person and interview them about their community, heritage, traditions or beliefs. Find out what one thing they most wish non-natives knew about their culture. Share the video to the social media channel of your choice. [52 pts] 
  15. (photo) Set up a fundraiser to the Starfish Foundation through Facebook or GoFundMe. Get at least 5 individuals who are NOT on your team to donate. Submit a screenshot of your donors before the end of the hunt. The team that raises the most money will earn bonus points.
    1. Note: If you are unable to complete this task because the country you live in does not allow online fundraisers, volunteer for at least two hours at the organization of your choice and submit a picture of you at work. Include a description of what you did in the comments. [92 pts] 
  16. (video – up to 20 seconds) Make a rap about the Starfish Foundation [26 pts] 
  17. (photo) Take a photo fitting as many people as you can find into a standard 5-seat vehicle. [29 pts] 
  18. (photo) Abbey Road – Take a photo at a quiet street crossing of your team members recreating the Beatles’ famous album cover. If your team members are not in the same geographic location, this can be one team member with 3 friends. [17 pts] 
  19. (Video – up to 20 seconds) Pick one song from the Top 10 (see note below) and recreate the music video to the best of your ability. Costumes and props are encouraged. [45 pts]
    1. Ecuador participants: Take a look at the Top 10 Singles Chart in the U.S.(https://www.icharts.co.za/us/music/topsongs)
    2. All other participants: Take a look at the Top 10 Singles Chart in Ecuador (https://www.icharts.co.za/ec/music/topsongs) 
  20. (photo) Find your own epic location and take a photo of two people reenacting the famous Jack and Rose scene at the front of the Titanic. [14 pts] 
  21. (photo collage) Starfish’s 8th birthday will be held this November. Take a picture of each member of your team wearing their most festive birthday outfit and hat. The sillier the better. Each person should also be holding your team’s business card or flyer. Collage the pictures together and submit one photo of your entire team in their birthday best. [51 pts] 
  22. 22. (photo) Ecua-Recommends: Create a graphic highlighting your favorite book, tv show, or song. In the comment, write why it is your favorite. [20 pts] 
  23. (photo) Using a projector, project one page from the Starfish Annual report in a classroom or boardroom while students or workers are taking notes [32 pts] 
  24. (video – up to 30 seconds) Re-enact your favorite Shakespeare play in 30 seconds or less. Post it to social media and tag the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory. Thank them for their support of Starfish in your post. [41 pts] 
  25. (photo) Create a dating profile for the Greek god/goddess of your choice. [16 pts] 
  26. (photo) The Ropewalk Tavern in Federal Hill (Baltimore) is a longtime supporter of the Starfish Foundation.  The tavern dates back to pre-prohibition and is situated on one of the oldest streets in federal hill. To honor their support of Starfish, organize a game of tug-o-war (With at least 2 people on each side) in a historical spot in your own hometown. [37 pts] 
  27. (video – up to 15 seconds) You’ve heard of cat yoga and goat yoga, but what’s the next big idea? With an animal of your choice, show off your morning yoga routine. [26 pts] 
  28. (photo) Earlier this year, scholars in Ecuador “adopted” eggs that they cared for to learn responsibility. Construct a stroller, crib, or nursery perfect for an egg baby. [35 pts] 
  29. (photo) On Starfish’s most recent Instagram post, get at least ten friends or family members to write one fact about Starfish in the comments, followed by a hashtag with your team’s name. Submit a photo with all of their screen names and include the total number in the comments [58 pts] 
  30. (photo) If your child was a prodigy artist and you were deep asleep and they were inspired to “beautify” your face, what would the result be? [30 pts] 
  31. (Photo) Take a picture with a construction worker – they must be wearing a hard hat or something else that clearly identifies them as a person of this profession. Bonus points if you can see the construction site in the picture. [50 pts] 
  32. (photo) Find a coin from the year of your birth. Hold it and your team business card or flyer up. Take a selfie with it. [10 pts] 
  33. (video – up to 15 seconds) A person in a business suit with a briefcase jumping into leaf pile or a body of water. [61 pts] 
  34. (photo) – The Well (https://thewellacu.com/), Local Color Flowers (http://www.locoflo.com/), and Mindful You (https://mindfulyouyoga.com/) are all supporters of the Starfish Foundation. Using your nose, elbows, toes, or any body part except for your fingers/hands, paint their logo. Post to the social media page of your choice and tag them and @starfishchange in it. Be sure to thank them for their support of Starfish in your post. [53 pts] 
  35. (photo) Sit down to a romantic dinner with a dinosaur. [36 pts] 
  36. (photo) Get an ad or article about the Starfish Foundation published in a newspaper or magazine [92 pts] 
  37. (video – up to 20 seconds) have someone under the age of five dress in their most fancy attire and explain what the Starfish Foundation is to a group of avid listeners. [20 pts] 
  38. (video up to 90 seconds)  Dressed as your favorite superhero, film a Random Act of Kindness and set it to music. If it’s not clear what your act of kindness is, include voice over. [41 pts] 
  39. (video – up to 30 seconds) Get at least 5 fathers to sing the chorus of your favorite Disney song. They can all sing together, or this can be multiple clips edited together. [39 pts] 
  40. (photo) Carve the name of a Starfish board member into any fruit or vegetable of your choice. [22 pts] 
  41. (Photo) A sand or mud sculpture of your favorite Ecuadorian from history. [37 pts] 
  42. (Photo) Using all natural items (logs, leaves, rocks, etc.) Write a message (at least two words) as BIG as you can. Minimum 10ft x 10ft. If it’s too large to all fit in one photo, you can take multiple photos and collage it together. [60 pts] 
  43. (Video – up to 15 seconds) Recite a poem about an animal to the animal it is about. For example, The Sweetness of Dogs to a dog or The Squirrel Olympics to a squirrel. [11 pts] 
  44. (photo or video – up to 15 seconds) – This year during March Madness, only 11 people still had their chosen Champion still in play as we entered the Final Four – Clearly we’re not very good at picking teams. Come up with a fun “new and improved” way for guessing the 2020 champions and demonstrate it. [25 pts] 
  45. (video) Find someone deserving and give them a foot rub [17 pts] 
  46. (photo/video – up to 20 seconds) Using a skill/talent that is unique to you, brighten someone’s day. Explain skill/talent in caption. [21 pts] 
  47. (photo) Have a Twitter account with more than 1,000 followers retweet one of Starfish’s tweets. Submit a screenshot. [84 pts] 
  48. (video – up to 15 seconds) Wrapped in an Ecuadorian flag, stand in front of a library, post office, or government building reading from the Ecuadorian Constitution. [42 pts] 
  49. (Video – timelapse – up to 15 seconds) Pick up 50 pieces of trash in a public space while dressed in your best 60s hippie attire. [51 pts] 
  50. (Photo) Create a constellation card (poke holes in piece of cardboard to illustrate your favorite constellation) shine a light on it to show the constellation reflection on a surface of your choosing [38 pts] 
  51. (video- up to 20 seconds) Find a way to become one with nature for an hour. Disconnect. Tell us what you did and share a highlight video/photo of the experience. [15 pts] 
  52. (Photo) Create your own Humans of Starfish post. Talk to any Starfish Scholar, educator, or volunteer (they cannot be on your team). Get to know them and write their story in the caption. [43 pts] 
  53. (photo) Not all insects aspire to just be insects. Some have ambitions and hobbies! Without harming it, find a LIVE insect to sit on a sheet of paper and doodle an environment around it showing it at its job or hobby. [22 pts] 
  54. (video) Make up a lullaby for an animal native to Ecuador. [26 pts] 
  55. (Photo) This year we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Build a spaceship or rocket entirely out recyclable materials. [50 pts] 
  56. (photo or video – up to 20 seconds) If you were in charge of our GivingTuesday marketing, what would your ad look like? Feel free to use images and facts from our website, social media channels, or Annual Report. [75 pts] 
  57. (Video) Create a stop-motion story of your favorite nursery rhyme. End the video with a picture of you holding your team’s business card / flyer. [63 pts] 
  58. (photo) Retell the Starfish Story as a haiku. [13 pts] 
  59. (Photo). Do my job for me! Again! Every November, Starfish makes a post sharing what we’re thankful for. Have each person on your team finish the sentence “I am thankful for…” and send the compiled list to amanda.benton@thestarfishchange.org with “Team Name is Thankful for” in the subject line. Double points if you translate the list so it is in both English and Spanish. [57 pts] 
  60. (photo) Create a portrait of one of your icons / heroes by first filling up a page with a rainbow of colored pencils or pastels, then use an eraser to lift out the negative space, leaving the colored portrait behind. Post it to social media and tag the person, if they’re on social media, then submit your portrait with the link (if any) in the comments. (This may be done in oil pastels as well.) [44 pts] 
  61. (Video – up to 20 seconds) dress up as any significant historical figure and play a game of soccer. [38 pts] 
  62. (Photo) I know you’ve always wanted to be in charge: If creating this list was entirely up to you, what 5 tasks would you include [48 pts] 
  63. (Photo) Last year you had to imitate an Andean Condor in public. How embarrassing. This year we’ll keep it indoors – Dress up as an Andean Condor at work (it doesn’t have to be YOUR work, but it does have to be clear that the Andean Condor is working hard as an employee) [49 pts] 
  64. (photo) create a self-portrait using only pet hair [37 pts] 
  65. (video – up to 30 seconds) Make a video showcasing the highlights of your team’s hunt. End it with a famous quote that sums up your experience. [62 pts] 
  66. (video – up to 60 seconds) Ask a person over the age of 80, what is the most adventurous thing they have ever done. [28 pts] 
  67. image) Pick someone you consider a good friend and tell them how much you admire them in a letter. Take a picture with your person while they are holding up your letter. [33 pts] 
  68. (image) Dress as a starfish and show us what it’s day looks like doing “human” things. Maybe they work a 9-5 job, go to school or run a farm…the possibilities are endless! [56 pts] 
  69. (video- up to 30 seconds) One of your Starfish volunteers, Amanda Benton,asked a friend to judge the scavenger hunt this year. Her friend’s name is Christina. Christina and Amanda own a hedgehog together named “Bear”. Let’s hear your original song about Amanda, Christina and Bear. Bonus points if you include musical instruments and/or a dance with it. [55 pts]
  70. (image): Create the most extravagant paper hat the world has ever seen! The hat must be at least 2 feet high and be fit for the Unicorn Gala! Bonus points if you are able to model this hat in a crowded public location. [47 pts]

Spotlight on a Scholar: Daniela

Guest Writer: Program Manager Stephanie

danielaDaniela is in the equivalent of  9th grade and has been coming to Starfish for the past three years. She is a soft-spoken student; she doesn’t seek attention but often quietly goes about completing her homework and Starfish activities. Daniela is from a single-parent home that doesn’t count on a steady source of income. Often times she returns home from school and is home alone while her mom is out working. Because of the instability and often times solitary nature of her home life, Daniela seeks out opportunities to be at Starfish even when she doesn’t have to be at tutoring. This year, Daniela was the only student who received recognition at our end of year ceremony for her dedication to soccer club as one of few students who showed a real commitment to the club and had excellent attendance. It was clear that not only did she enjoy soccer club, she also valued the time she could spend at Starfish.

Facing challenges in a public school where getting access to something as basic as a report card is difficult, Daniela struggled in two subjects and had to do summer school to pass these courses. Because of this, she was not eligible for a scholarship this year. However, Daniela is re-enrolled in our programs for the new school year and is committed to working hard to improve her academic performance. She is also committed to a position as a student volunteer with us, completing about 10 hours of volunteer work at Starfish a month. During the first month of school she has proven to be dedicated and eager to help and even surprised us all when she offered to lead icebreakers for students in other tutoring sessions. Daniela has found her place, and we’re so glad she’s found it at Starfish. 

Starfish isn’t just about giving a student a scholarship. It’s not just tutoring, either. Starfish is a safe space for students like Daniela. A place where they belong, where they are valued, where they are challenged and where they are cared for. Starfish is the village helping to raise the next generation who will persevere in the face of adversity to achieve their dreams and become productive, respectful and educated citizens. It is a privilege to know our scholars and walk the dusty roads of Flor de Bastión with them. I hope you’ll continue to journey alongside us to see all of the wonderful things that Daniela and her fellow scholars accomplish.

Spotlight on a Scholar: Jostin

Guest Writer: Lindsay, Year-long CEA Volunteer

UntitledWhen I first met Jostin, I was only a couple weeks into my volunteer program. I was in a brand new, unfamiliar environment. I had virtually no confidence in myself and was very quiet, and often shied away from opportunities to talk to my colleagues. Jostin was the same, but with his peers. I remember sitting at his group’s table, watching them work together on a project, and Jostin sat quietly to the side. It wasn’t because he didn’t want to participate —  you could see he was actively paying attention and listening to his peers. When presentation day came, and it was Jostin’s turn to present his information, he stepped to the front of the room and froze. His face was blank as he shuffled through his notes. The room was silent. A few tears rolled down his cheek. And the presentation ended.

Not long after that presentation, I was approached by our psychologist, Karen, and our education manager, Fred. After meeting, they determined that Jostin needed more individualized attention, for both social and academic reasons. With my background in Special Education, and experience working with students with unique needs, they thought we’d be a good fit. We determined that our main goal with Jostin would be to improve his handwriting, as his slow speed was the reason he was falling behind in classes. I immediately went to the internet, and we purchased different types of pencils and pencil grips that can help build finger strength and improve handwriting. I also came up with occupational therapy activities that can improve fine motor skills. While I was excited to work with him one-on-one, I was also incredibly nervous.

jostin familyAll of my fears were quickly diminished after our first meeting. That first Monday, along with every Monday to follow, Jostin showed up 10 minutes early and eager to learn. He played along with all of my activities, some of which were successful, and others that just failed. He gave me honest feedback on what strategies helped his writing, and which weren’t a good fit for him. I gave him writing prompts to learn more about him personally and discovered that he has a younger sister, some pets, and wants to be an engineer when he grows up. After further conversation with his school, we also learned that he has a particular difficult situation at home, which could be impacting his social skills and lack of confidence.

Over the course of the next few months, our team here at Starfish did everything we could to support Jostin. While I supported Jostin with his handwriting, Karen did weekly reading comprehension lessons with him. Pamela, his educator at Starfish, acted as his cheerleader and was always encouraging him to be his best. We all had the same goal in mind: to have Jostin come out of his shell and be successful in school.

Flash forward to the present, seeing Jostin now is like seeing a completely different kid. If I look over to his table during tutoring, I no longer see a quiet student sitting off to the side. I see a typical kid chatting, laughing, and collaborating with his peers. Recently, he stood in front of the room and spoke to the group with confidence and ease. It was amazing to see how much he was able to transform, all because of the support we gave him. 

Highlights from March and April 2019

The students were on vacation from school throughout much of March and April, but that doesn’t mean they took a break from learning! During the vacation period, our educators shared their knowledge through fun Vacation Clubs that challenged the students and gave them the chance to try new things. Pamela and Cecilia ran a jewelry-making club, where the students made beautiful bracelets and earrings out of thread. Jordy taught a Rubix Cube club where students figured out how to solve the classic brain-teasing puzzle. In Lili and Diego’s cooking class, students learned to make pasta salad, enrollado de atún (a traditional tuna dish) and even made cake without using an oven!

Cooking Club

CEA Volunteer Lindsay taught an English club with lessons about parts of the body, clothing, fruits, colors, and more. Diego and Josue’s videography club gave students the opportunity to take and edit photos and videos. Mirka taught students how to cure wounds and offer first aid. The Vacation Clubs were a big success and a delight for everyone involved!
 
First Aid Club

In April, we had our Scholarship Ceremony, where new and returning scholars were honored and presented with new backpacks and uniforms!

Scholarship Ceremony

The new school year started the week of April 22nd, which means that the students started again at the Foundation, too. The students created SMART goals for themselves to work on all year to improve personal and academic skills, and our staff put together individualized student logs to help each student reach their goals. Fred, our Education Manager, designed a new and improved curriculum to better serve the students. With so much preparation by our students and staff, the school year is definitely off to a great start!

In the United States:

Food and fun to benefit the Stars? Yes, please! The 2019 Evening for the Stars, Starfish’s annual benefit dinner, held on April 27, 2019 was a huge success. Thank you to the 172 supporters who traveled from near and far to The Red Lion Hotel in Timonium, MD for an evening to support Starfish and its programming. At the dinner, guests could view silent auction items in-person, purchase Ecuadorian crafts, pick a student to sponsor and get their fortunes read by a fortune teller.

For the first year ever, co-founders Beth and Jenn were at the event together, now that Jenn has moved back to the USA from Ecuador. It was also the first year for our inaugural VIP reception held before the event. During a delicious dinner featuring Ecuadorian inspired cuisine, guests enjoyed being welcomed by Beth, hearing stories about our students from Jenn, and learning how to get more involved from board member, Casey.

Our generous donors and sponsors helped Starfish raise $107,559! Thank you for helping the event be so successful, and we look forward to seeing you at The Evening for the Stars in 2020!

 

StarfishSearch Item List

Please note … unless it says otherwise, all videos should be less than 15 seconds.
Please only submit once per item.

  1. 73 points: (Image) Create a Facebook Fundraiser for the Starfish Foundation. Get at least 5 different people to donate.  
    Note: If Facebook fundraisers are not possible in your country, choose another way to support the organization – can you host a drive for school supplies? Ask friends and family for a monetary donation? The choice is yours.
  2. 14 points: (Image) Sign up to attend or host a Giving Tuesday event in your area. Submit a screenshot of your registration. 
  3. 38 points: (Image or Video) What advice do you wish you had gotten (or at least listened to) when you were younger? Pass on your current wisdom. Your #StarfishSearch máscot should make an appearance. 
  4. 22 points: (Email) Every November, Starfish makes a post sharing what we’re thankful for. Have each person on your team finish the sentence “I am thankful for…” and send the compiled list to amanda.benton@thestarfishchange.org with “Team Name is Thankful for” in the subject line. Double points if you translate the list so it is in both English and Spanish. 
  5. 17 points: (Image) Giving Tuesday is on November 27th this year, and we need your help. Make a post on the social media platform of your choice (photoshop, canva, or other editing tools are okay), sharing why you support the Starfish Foundation. Tag us in it, and provide a link to our giving page. Submit a screenshot of your post. 20 bonus points if you get more than 50 reactons (likes, loves, etc.) 
  6. 32 points: (Image) Not all scarecrows want to stand around outside all day. Let’s see a scarecrow in interview attire applying for their dream job. 
  7. 27 points: (Image) Your pet is looking for love. Show us what picture your pet would use if they had an online dating profile 
  8. 49 points: (Image) Frankenstein. Ghosts. Vampires. Werewolves. Witches. The traditional monsters don’t get as much love anymore. Let’s see a classic Halloween monster shopping for fruits or veggies. 
  9. 59 points: (Image) A Disney princess confused about public transport. 
  10. 72 points: (Video – up to 20 seconds) Let’s see the 5th grade science project you always wish you had done. Final video must show both the hypothesis and the conclusion. 
  11. 40 points: (Video) Create a commercial for Winommutio. Don’t know what Winommutio is? That’s because I just made it up. I hear it’s super helpful when you’re hiking or camping. 
  12. 82 points:(Video) Last year we asked you to learn a dance from someone over the age of 80. No one accomplished that task so we’re bringing it back, but with a twist: Learn a dance that is traditional to your country from either a grandparent or a professional instructor. Costumes required. 
  13. 95 points: (Image) Pumpkin spice is all the rage this time of year. Create your own never-before-heard-of coffee or tea flavor and get it on a menu at your local coffee/tea shop. 
  14. 56 points: (image) There are lots of people who never get thanked for doing their job. Find one of these people and give them a flower and a note thanking them for their hard work, and let them know you appreciate them. If it is not clear from the photo, write in the comments what their job is. 
  15. 29 points: (Video) Gather 4 or more friends and choreograph a dance to Despacito. Wear “creative” clothing. Make us laugh. – Pamela 
  16. 61 points: (Video or Image) What do superhero sports look like? Show us. (Photoshop and SFX / video editing are okay for this item) 
  17. 21 points: (Image) US participants: Find someone who is not registered to vote, and register them. (Based on deadlines, they most likely will not be able to vote in the 2018 midterm election, but their registration is for life)
    If Team has No US Participants: (Video) Create the largest paper airplane we’ve ever seen. The plane should be AT LEAST 3 feet long. We must see it fly. 
  18. 30 points: (Video) Do a dramatic reading in front of a school or courthouse of your favorite poem. Hold your team’s #StarfishSearch máscot. 
  19. 32 points: (Image) Two young aliens in love walking across a bridge 
  20. 35 points: (Image) Beth, one of the co-founders of Starfish, got married this year. Using only recyclable material, design and model the beautiful wedding dress and veil she could have had if she had asked you to make it for her. Bonus points if the photo is taken in front of a church or other place of worship. 
  21. 26 points: (Video) Jenn, one of the co-founders of Starfish, moved back to the United States this year from Ecuador. But sometimes she still misses it. Record a video, in Spanish of course, telling her about your favorite Ecuadorian from history. 
  22. 66 points: [Image or Video] Get your team on the news! Get a newspaper, radio, or tv program to cover one of your tasks from this year. 
  23. 57 points: (Video) Take your #StarfishSearch máscot for an adventure! Take them on the swings, teach them soccer, and/or watch the sunset – the choice is entirely yours. Be creative and make sure they have a great day full of activities. 
  24. 43 points: (Video) Find a song about the town, state, or country in which you live. Sing it in front of your local town hall, police station, or post office. 
  25. 19 points: (Video) Eat a plate of spaghetti with no hands. 
  26. 16 points: (Video) Write a limerick about the Starfish Foundation. Recite it. 
  27. 16 points: (Image) Mail a postcard to someone in a different country. It does not have to be another hunt participant, but it can be. 
  28. 12 points: (Image) Collect 10 or more pieces of trash along a hiking trail 
  29. 19 points: (Image) Convince a non-StarfishSearch participant to paint a Starfish Logo on their face. 
  30. 26 points: (Video – up to 20 seconds) Recommend your favorite book with a brief explanation why. Oh yeah, this one has to be in English. 
  31. 22 points: (Video) Introduce us to your favorite place. Tell us why it’s special to you. 
  32. 67 points: (Image)  Make a smoothie using at least 5 different fruits and vegetables. At least one ingredient must be native to Ecuador, and at least one ingredient must be native to the United States. List the ingredients in the comments when submitting. 
  33. 70 points: (Video) Last year we learned that the Andean Condor is the national animal of Ecuador. Mimic one while crossing the street in a crowded place. (Be safe! Use a crosswalk!) 
  34. 25 points: (Image) Donate healthy non-perishable food to the homeless shelter or food bank of your choice. Minimum two items per teammate. 
  35. 12 points: (Image) Skype, Hangout, or FaceTime with a family member or significant other. Tell them you love them, and tell them about your day. 
  36. 20 points: (Image) Perform a random act of kindness. Include a short text explanation in your comment. Do something meaningful and make it count! 
  37. 30 points: (Image) Make a puzzle with the Starfish logo. -Karen Q 
  38. 45 points: (Video) With a group of people you don’t know, make up a cheer for Starfish -Karen Q 
  39. 92 points: (Video) Complete the Mannequin Challenge. Be sure your #StarfishSearch mascot participates as well -Karen Q 
  40. 70 points: (Video) What is your favorite ice-breaker activity? Teach it to a group of 7 people (One person for each year Starfish has existed) -Karen Q 
  41. 45 points: (Image) Starfish turns 7 this November! Bake a starfish-shaped cake in it’s honor, and write a positive message on top. 
  42. 54 points: (Video – up to 30 seconds) Act out a scene from your favorite childhood movie as a silent black and white film – Christina M 
  43. 47 points: (Image) Create an origami of your favorite animal and place it in its natural habitat. Use perspective to make the origami animal true to its actual size in real life. – Christina M. 
  44. 23 points: (Video) Most of us born in the 90s and before had to find ways to entertain ourselves before iPhones were a thing. One thing I remember doing is talking into a fan to hear how it changed my voice. Bring back the old days and sing a current pop song into a fan while wearing your best 90’s inspired gear. – Christina M. 
  45. 51 points: (Image) A popular tradition in a Hawaii that we often see in films and in real life is natives placing a lei on the neck of people stepping off the plane. Make the most outlandish lei you can think of from materials other than flowers and lay it on an unsuspecting person. They don’t have to be stepping off a plane but maybe someone leaving a grocery store or stepping out of their car. – Christina M. 
  46. 18 points: (Image) The work day can be so boring! Hang up a sign or poster at your place of employment with a rule that would make your day so much better. – Inspired by Marybeth M. 
  47. 20 points: (Image) Your ideal pet – Marybeth M. 
  48. 28 points: (Image) Sunrise yoga 
  49. 36 points: (Image) Sunrise yoga is overrated. Let’s see you doing something that really gets the blood pumping at sunrise. A kickboxing class or dance party perhaps? The choices are endless. Have your #StarfishSearch mascot join you. 
  50. 80 points: (Video) Trash Street Hockey: Clean the streets of all trash, then play broom hockey with what you’ve collected. Trash cans or dumpsters should be your goals. 
  51. 56 points: (Image) Foamhenge. (No, that’s not a typo) 
  52. 77 points: (Image) Channel your inner Picasso and recreate the Starfish Logo 
  53. 50 points: (Image) Collage together a picture of each member of your team dressed as what they wanted to be be when they grew up if we asked them when they were seven. 
  54. 84 points: (Image) Your house, school, or place of employment is haunted. Prove it. 
  55. 51 points: (Video – up to 45 seconds) Ask someone aged 7 or younger their favorite food and how to make it. You must follow their directions exactly. 
  56. 56 points: (Image) There’s a children’s song that says “Make new friends but keep the old. One is silver the other gold.”  In the spirit of this, gather one old friend and one new to pose with you, BUT the new friend must be all silver, the old friend all gold. 
  57. 64 points: (Image) Amanda/Benton has been putting this list together for 3 years now, so hopefully you have an idea of what she looks like. Using only things found in a kitchen (condiments, spices, coffee, etc.) “paint” her portrait. 
  58. 34 points: (Image) Make a sign that says “Starfish is…” and include at least 3 words to describe the organization. Hold your sign while standing next to a motorcyclist (must have their bike) who is holding your #StarfishSearch máscot. 
  59. 24 points: (Image) Get a business card from someone who has the same first name as someone on the Starfish Board of Directors 
  60. 94 points: (Image or Video) Last year, UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) beat Virginia in the 1st round ruining everyone’s March Madness brackets. But hey, we like rooting for the underdog. Show “True Grit”, UMBC’s máscot (a golden retriever), playing basketball and winning against the máscot of another school/university of your choice. Don’t have a golden retriever who can play basketball? Dressing up in costume is fine. 
  61. 68 points: (Video – up to 45 seconds) Find a quote, story, or teaching about education that is impactful to you. Create a stop motion video with your chosen quote/story/teaching as the main theme or plot.

La Búsqueda:

Toma nota … a menos de que se indique, todos los videos deberán ser de menos de 15 segundos.

  1. 73 puntos: (Imagen) Crea una Recaudación de Fondos en Facebook para la Fundación Starfish. Encuentra al menos 5 personas que donen.
    Nota: Si en tu país no es posible hacer una recaudación de fondos en Facebook, encuentra alguna otra forma de apoyar a la organización – ¿Podrías recaudar fondos para útiles escolares, o pedir donaciones de dinero a amigos y/o familiares? Tú escoges.
  2. 14 puntos: (Imagen) Inscríbete para asistir o ser anfitrión(a) de un evento de Giving Tuesday (Martes Para Dar) en tu área. Presenta una captura de pantalla de tu inscripción. 
  3. 38 puntos: (Imagen o video) ¿Qué consejo hubieses querido recibir (o al menos escuchar) cuando eras más joven? Comparte tu actual sabiduría. Tu máscota de #StarfishSearch debe hacer una aparición. 
  4. 22 puntos: (Email) Cada noviembre, Starfish publica una lista para compartir las cosas por las cuales estamos agradecidos. Pide a cada persona de tu equipo que complete la oración “Doy gracias por…” y envía la lista de oraciones a amanda.benton@thestarfishchange.org. Escribe “Nombre del equipo está agradecido por”  en la línea de asunto. Los puntos se duplicarán si traduces la lista para que esté en inglés y español. 
  5. 17 puntos: (Imagen) El Martes Para Dar es el 27 de noviembre de este año, y necesitamos tu ayuda. Publica un mensaje en una plataforma de red social de tu escogencia (se permite usar photoshop, canva u otras herramientas para editar) y comparte tus razones por las cuales apoyas a la Fundación Starfish. Etiquétanos  e incluye un enlace a nuestra página de donaciones. Envía una captura de pantalla de tu publicación. Recibirás 20 puntos extras si te dan más de 50 reacciones (me gusta, me encanta, etc.) en tu publicación en Facebook. 
  6. 32 puntos: (Imagen) No todos los espantapájaros quieren estar parados afuera todo el día. Queremos ver un espantapájaros vestido para asistir a una entrevista para el trabajo de sus sueños. 
  7. 27 puntos: (Imagen) Tu mascota (animal vivo que es parte de tu familia – como tu perro, gato, gallina, chancho, etc.) está buscando amor. Muéstranos la foto que tu mascota usaría si tuviese un perfil en una página de citas en línea.
  8. 49 puntos: (Imagen) Frankenstein. Fantasmás. Vampiros. Lobos. Brujas. Los monstruos tradicionales ya no reciben mucho amor. Enséñanos un monstruo tradicional del Día de las Brujas (Halloween) comprando frutas o vegetales. 
  9. 59 puntos: (Imagen) Una princesa de Disney confundida acerca del transporte público. 
  10. 72 puntos: (Video – de hasta 20 segundos) Enséñanos el Proyecto de Ciencias que tu siempre deseaste haber hecho. El video debe mostrar tanto la hipótesis como la conclusión. 
  11. 40 puntos: (Video) Crea un comercial para Winommutio. ¿No sabes lo que es Winommutio is? Es porque yo lo acabo de inventar. He escuchado que es de mucha ayuda cuando vas de camping o de excursión a la montaña. 
  12. 60 puntos: (Video) El año pasado te pedimos que aprendieras de alguien mayor de 80 años un baile. Nadie logró cumplir esa tarea, así que la estamos trayendo de nuevo, pero con un  toque novedoso: aprende de un abuelo o de un instructor profesional un baile tradicional de tu país. Se requiere el traje tradicional. 
  13. 95 puntos: (Imagen) Comidas y bebidas con sabor a calabaza están muy populares en EEUU en esta época del año. Crea tu propia receta de café o te con sabor y logra que una cafetería o coffee/te shop local la incluya en su menú. 
  14. 56 puntos: (Imagen) Hay muchas personas que nunca reciben agradecimiento por hacer su trabajo. Encuentra una de esas personas y entrégale una flor o una nota agradeciéndole por su trabajo y haciéndole saber que tu la aprecias. Si no queda claro en la foto, escribe un comentario aclarando cual es su trabajo. 
  15. 29 puntos: (Video) Encuentra 4 o más amigos y hagan una coreografía de baile para la canción “Despacito”. Pónganse vestimenta creativa. Hágannos reír. – Pamela 
  16. 61 puntos: (Video o imagen) ¿Cómo lucen los deportes de súper héroes? Muéstranos. (Se permite usar Photoshop y SFX / edición de video para esto) 
  17. 21 puntos: (Imagen) Participantes en US: Encuentra alguien que no esté inscrito para votar e inscríbelo. (De acuerdo a la fecha límite, lo más posible es que no pueda votar en las elecciones de noviembre de 2018, pero quedará inscrito permanentemente)
    Si el equipo no tiene nada miembros en EEUU: (Video) Creen el avión de papel más grande que hayamos visto. El avión debe medir al menos 3 pies (91 cm). Debemos verlo volando.
  18. 30 puntos: (Video) Haz una lectura dramática de tu poema favorito frente a una escuela o un edificio de la corte. Sostén la mascota de tu equipo de #StarfishSearch. 
  19. 32 puntos: (Imagen) Dos jóvenes extraterrestres enamorados caminando por un puente 
  20. 35 puntos: (Imagen) Beth, una de las cofundadoras de Starfish, se casó este año. Usando solamente materiales reciclables, diseña y modela un bello vestido y velo de bodas que ella se hubiera podido poner si te hubiera pedido que se los hicieras. Puntos extra si tomas la foto en frente de una iglesia u otro sitio de culto. 
  21. 26 puntos: (Video) Jenn, una de las cofundadoras de Starfish, se regresó de Ecuador a los Estados Unidos este año. Pero a veces todavía extraña Ecuador. Graba un video, en español por supuesto, contándole sobre tu personaje favorito de la historia ecuatoriana. 
  22. 66 puntos: [Imagen o video] ¡Logra que tu equipo esté en las noticias! ¡Logra que algún periódico, radio o programa de televisión le dé cobertura a una de tus tareas de este año! 
  23. 57 puntos: (Video) ¡Lleva a tu mascota de #StarfishSearch a una aventura! Llévala a los columpios, enséñale a jugar fútbol o a mirar el atardecer – tu puedes escoger. Solo asegúrate de que es un gran día lleno de actividades. 
  24. 43 puntos: (Video) Encuentra una canción acerca de la ciudad, el estado o el país donde vives. Cántala en frente del ayuntamiento, estación de policía, u oficina de correos local. 
  25. 19 puntos: (Video) Cómete un plato de espaguetis sin usar las manos. 
  26. 16 puntos: (Video) Escribe un poema en forma de quintilla cómica” sobre la Fundación Starfish. Recítalo. 
  27. 14 puntos: (Imagen) Envíale una postal a alguien en otro país. No tiene que ser otro participante de la búsqueda, pero podría serlo. 
  28. 12 puntos: (Imagen) Recoge 10 o más objetos de basura en una senda para caminar. 
  29. 19 puntos: (Image) Convence a alguien que no sea participante de la Búsqueda Starfish para que se pinte un logo de Starfish en la cara. 
  30. 26 puntos: (Video – de hasta 20 segundos) Recomienda tu libro favorito con una breve explicación del por qué te gusta. Y sí, esto tiene que ser en inglés. 
  31. 22 puntos: (Video) Preséntanos tu lugar favorito. Dinos por qué es especial para ti. 
  32. 67 puntos: (Imagen)  Prepara un batido con al menos 5 clases de frutas y vegetales. Al menos un ingrediente debe ser nativo de Ecuador y al menos un ingrediente debe ser nativo de Estados Unidos. Cuando presentes esta tarea, enumera los ingredientes en los comentarios. 
  33. 70 puntos: (Video) El año pasado supimos que el Cóndor de los Andes es el animal nacional de Ecuador. Imita un cóndor mientras estés cruzando la calle de un sitio lleno de gente. (¡Mantente seguro! ¡Usa el cruce de peatones! 
  34. 25 puntos: (Imagen) Haz una donación de alimentos no perecederos a un albergue de indigentes o banco de alimentos de tu escogencia. Mínimo de dos alimentos por cada miembro del equipo. 
  35. 12 puntos: (Imagen) Comunícate por Skype, Hangout, o FaceTime con un miembro de tu familia o con tu persona especial. Dile que lo/la quieres y cuéntale sobre tu día. 
  36. 20 puntos: (Imagen) Realiza un acto de bondad al azar. Incluye en tu comentario un texto corto explicando lo que hiciste. ¡Haz algo significativo y haz que cuente! 
  37. 30 puntos: (Imagen) Haz un rompecabezas con el logo de Starfish. – Karen Q 
  38. 45 puntos: (Video) Inventa un barro para Starfish con un grupo de personas desconocidas  -Karen Q 
  39. 92 puntos: (Video) Completa el desafío de Mannequin. Asegúrate de que tu mascota de  #StarfishSearch también participe -Karen Q 
  40. 70 puntos: (Video) ¿Cuál es tu actividad de dinámica favorita? Enséñasela a un grupo de 7 personas (una por cada año que Starfish ha existido) -Karen Q 
  41. 45 puntos: (Imagen) ¡Starfish cumple 7 años en noviembre! Haz un pastel con la forma de una estrella de mar en su honor y escribe un mensaje positivo encima del pastel. 
  42. 54 puntos: (Video – de hasta 30 segundos) Realiza una actuación de una escena de tu película favorita de cuando eras niño(a). Hazlo como una película silenciosa de blanco y negro – Christina M. 
  43. 47 puntos: (Imagen) Crea un origami de tu animal favorito y colócalo en su hábitat natural. Usa perspectiva para que el origami del animal se vea como en su tamaño original en la vida real. – Christina M. 
  44. 23 puntos: (Video) La mayoría de nosotros los que nacimos en los años 90 o antes teníamos que encontrar formas de distracción antes de que existieran los iPhones. Una de las cosas que recuerdo haber hecho es hablar en frente de un ventilador para escuchar como mi voz cambiaba. Regresa a los viejos tiempos y canta una canción de la actualidad en frente de un ventilador y vístete con ropa inspirada en los años 90. – Christina M. 
  45. 51 puntos: (Imagen) Una tradición hawaiana popular que vemos con frecuencia en películas y en la vida real, es como los nativos le ponen a las personas un lei en el cuello cuando se bajan del avión. Haz el lei más extravagante que se te pueda ocurrir usando materiales que no sean flores y pónselo a una persona desprevenida. No se tiene que estar bajando de un avión, pero a lo mejor podría estar saliendo del supermercado o bajándose del carro. – Christina M. 
  46. 18 puntos: (Imagen) ¡El día de trabajo puede ser muy aburrido! Guinda un cartel o un aviso en tu sitio de trabajo con una regla que haría que tu día de trabajo fuese mucho mejor. – Inspirado por Marybeth M. 
  47. 20 puntos: (Imagen) Tu máscota (animal vivo que es parte de tu familia – como tu perro, gato, gallina, chancho, etc.) ideal – Marybeth M. 
  48. 28 puntos: (Imagen) Yoga al amanecer 
  49. 36 puntos: (Imagen) Yoga al amanecer es una práctica sobrevalorada. Queremos verte haciendo algo que realmente te ponga la sangre a bombear al amanecer. ¿Quizá una clase de kickboxing o una fiesta bailable? Las opciones son interminables. Tu máscota de #StarfishSearch debe hacer una aparición. 
  50. 80 puntos: (Video) Hockey de basura en la calle: Recoge toda la basura de las calles y después juega hockey con un palo de escoba usando la basura que recogiste. Botes de basura o contenedores deben ser la meta. 
  51. puntos: (Imagen) Foamhenge. (No. No es un error) 
  52. 77 puntos: (Imagen) Canaliza tu Picasso interior y recrea el logo de Starfish 
  53. 50 puntos: (Imagen) Haz un collage que incluya a todos los miembros de tu equipo con la vestimenta del profesional que hubiesen querido ser si les hubiésemos preguntado cuando tenían 7 años. 
  54. 84 puntos: (Imagen) Tu casa, sitio de trabajo o escuela está embrujada(o). Pruébalo. 
  55. 51 puntos: (Video – de hasta 45 segundos) Pregúntale a un niño(a) de 7 años o menos cual es su comida favorita y cómo hacerla. Debes seguir las instrucciones que te de al pie de la letra. 
  56. 56 puntos:(Imagen) Hay una canción que dice, “Haz nuevos amigos pero mantén los viejos. Uno es plata, el otro es oro”. Siguiendo este sentimiento, reúne un nuevo y un viejo amigo para que se tomen una foto contigo, PERO el nuevo amigo debe ser todo de plata y el viejo amigo todo de oro. 
  57. 64 puntos: (Imagen) Amanda (Benton) ha publicado esta lista por 3 años, así que esperamos que tengas una idea de cómo luce. Usando solamente objetos que se encuentren en la cocina (condimentos, especias, café, etc.) pinta su retrato. 
  58. 34 puntos: (Imagen) Haz un cartel que diga ‘Starfish es …” e incluye al menos 3 palabras que describan la organización. Sostén el cartel y párate al lado de un motociclista (debe tener la motocicleta), el cual esté sosteniendo tu máscota de #StarfishSearch. 
  59. 24 puntos: (Imagen) Encuentra la tarjeta de presentación de alguien que tenga el mismo nombre que alguien en la junta directiva de Starfish. 
  60. 94 puntos: El año pasado, UMBC (Universidad de Maryland, Condado de Baltimore) le ganó a Virginia en la primera ronda del campeonato de basquet, lo cuál negó las predicciones de muchas personas para el torneo. Pero, no importa, a nosotros nos gusta alentar al equipo no favorecido. Muestra a “True Grit” (la mascota o símbolo disfrazdo del equipo de UMBC quien es un perro cobrador dorado / Golden Retriever), jugando a basquet y ganando contra una mascota (símbolo disfrazado) de otro equipo de tu elección. ¿No tienes a un Golden Retriever que puede jugar basquet? Disfrazarse está bien. 
  61. 68 puntos: (Video – de hasta 45 segundos) Encuentra un dicho, historia o enseñanza sobre educación que sea influyente para ti. Crea un video de animación cuadro por cuadro (stop motion)en el que tu dicho/historia/enseñanza sea el tema principal o la trama.

 

#StarfishSearch 2018 Info

¡Hola!

We hope you’re ready for the 2018 #StarfishSearch virtual scavenger hunt! This year, the hunt will take place from Friday, October 26th to Monday, October 29th.

What exactly is it? I’m so glad you asked! When the hunt starts, you’ll receive a list of tasks to complete, and have 84 hours to complete as many tasks as possible. Some will be about raising awareness, some will be about community service, some will be to learn more about Ecuador, and some will be just for fun or to test your creativity! You’ll earn points for each task that your team completes.

mischief 5If you participated last year, you should know that this year’s hunt comes with 12 whole extra hours of fun! More hours means more items and more ability for everyone to schedule around their other commitments. There also will be a few pre-hunt tasks on the week before the hunt to help your team bond and practice working together. Points from these bonus tasks will count towards your team’s total.

Everything else will be the same as last year.

Are you ready? Sign up here: https://www.jotform.com/82517314795160

Do you have no prior experience? No problem! Here’s everything else you’ll need to know:

Who: ANYONE! Teams can range from 2 to 5 people and can be comprised of team members around the world. (You won’t need to meet up in person to complete tasks, but you’ll need to be able to communicate virtually.) If you don’t have anyone with whom to compete, tell us when you register, and we’ll place you in a team with other participants.

Prizes: Top-scoring teams will win prizes, but we’ll also award prizes for particularly creative or popular submissions. This means if you don’t want to tackle the whole list, you can still win prizes just by choosing your favorite items and doing them well! Bonus points can be earned for exceptionally well-done items.fav 2

When: The list will be published at 8 a.m. EDT on Friday, October 26th. You’ll have until 8 p.m. EDT on Monday, October 29th to complete and submit your tasks.

Where: Anywhere! You can complete the #StarfishSearch from anywhere in the world! However, someone on your team must be able to access Facebook and post pictures there for scoring purposes.

Why: To raise awareness (and funds) for the Starfish Foundation!

Cost: Each team member will need to pay $20 to play.

Whew! How exciting is that? Ready to take the plunge? Sign up here: https://www.jotform.com/82517314795160

We also want to make sure everyone you love gets a chance to participate in this year’s search, so we’re encouraging you to start recruiting others now. Let them know how great this is as an opportunity to raise awareness of the Starfish Foundation while having fun with your friends! So, go on… Get your friends and family in on what may be the most fun they’ll have this fall!

Questions? Just ask me at amanda.benton@thestarfishchange.org!
Thank you!
Amanda
Communications Co-Manager, The Starfish Foundation

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Introducing Stephanie Allen, Program Manager

As you may have seen in our last Ecua Update, we are lucky to welcome Stephanie Allen as the newest member of our staff. She started as our new Program Manager earlier this year.

Stephanie originally heard about Starfish through a year of Service with Rostro de Cristo,  a Catholic volunteer program that invites young adults practice a ministry of presence within marginalized communities in Ecuador.  While there, she met Beth, one of our co-directors and co-founders.

Looking back at that meeting, Stephanie says, “I was interested in working with Starfish because of their mission to empower Ecuadorian youth through education as I had seen first-hand during my time as a volunteer in Ecuador, the barriers that exist to pursuing higher education and breaking the cycle of poverty for young people in and around Guayaquil. I truly believe in Starfish’s mission and am grateful to have the opportunity to work with our team to serve our scholars!”

stephanie allen homeWith volunteer experience in Ecuador already under her belt, she already has great ideas for Starfish, and has enjoyed getting learn a lot about Starfish during her first two months in the position. “My hope is that in my position as Program Manager, I’m able to support our Ecuadorian staff to provide the best service we can to our scholars and their families. I also look forward to the opportunity to expand our programs to be able to serve even more students and pursue partnerships for Starfish here in Ecuador. Most of all, I hope to continue to learn and grow in this role!”

Before starting at Starfish, Stephanie spent 2+ years as the Director of Volunteer Programs and Medical Outreach at Make-A-Wish New Hampshire and had spent a few months working in intercultural exchange in Cuenca, Ecuador.

She also has extensive volunteer experience. “My previous volunteer experience includes volunteering with the elderly, a year of service in Ecuador working with youth, and currently, as a volunteer translator for Kiva. My volunteer experiences are what ultimately led me into a career in the nonprofit sector.”

Speed Round

Stephanie agreed to a speed round of “favorites” questions to help us get to know her better.

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Favorite quote?
“Do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa

I love this quote as a reminder that everything that we do, from the big to the small, can have a positive impact on those around us if we act intentionally and give freely of ourselves.

Favorite food?
Ice cream!

Favorite beverage?
Lime Polar seltzer

Favorite hobbies?
Reading, hiking, traveling to and exploring new places, and spending quality time with my family and friends.

Favorite place?
Driving around and exploring the beauty of New Hampshire with my mom, a hammock in Ecuador on a lazy Sunday, anywhere where I am surrounded by good company!

Favorite game?
Puzzles – number, word, jigsaw – I like them all!

Spotlight on Volunteers and Educators

The Starfish Foundation relies on both volunteers and educators from Ecuador to run successfully. This week, we’re catching up with William (an educator) and Jhon (a volunteer), to learn a little more about them, their interests, and how Starfish has benefited their lives.

William- March 2Question: Please introduce yourself
William: My name is William Segura, and I am an educator in the Starfish Foundation.

Question: What is your average day like outside of Starfish?
William: After arriving home from work, I quickly get ready to go to the university. I eat and prepare my necessary materials. I really like my time occupied with things that are important to me; it makes me feel that my dreams are being accomplished.

Question: What do you like to do for fun?
William: My friends and I like to go out to places in my city, Guayaquil, and enjoy what it offers. Of course, it’s quite hot here. Occasionally, we get together to celebrate someone’s birthday or to practice sports.

Question: What have you learned from working at the Starfish Foundation?
William: In the foundation, I have honed skills that I didn’t know I had. Speaking in front of students and patiently explaining assignments to them are things that I didn’t think I could do. I’ve also learned that with sacrifice and hard work, you can accomplish unimaginable things.

Jhon B - volunteer.jpegQuestion: Please introduce yourself
Jhon: I’m Jhon. I was a Starfish Scholar throughout high school and I graduated from the foundation; now I am a new volunteer.

Question: When you’re not volunteering with Starfish, what do like to do?
Jhon: In my free time, I practice sports. I like to have fun with my friends by playing board games, such as chess and checkers. In this way, we see who is the smartest, and we laugh a good bit.

Question: What’s a random fact that you want people to know about you?
Jhon: My favorite animal is a crocodile. I like them because most of the time they are solitary, but they are also seen in groups, and they’re really strong.

Question: What have you learned from the Starfish Foundation?
Jhon: In the foundation, I’ve learned about values and how to practice them each day. Putting one’s values into action is the most important thing. I know that I must be a good example for the rest and always do good deeds.

We’re so thankful for both Jhon and William for everything they do!