What We’ve Learned: Thoughts from Our Scholars

We caught up with 3 Starfish Scholars – Uberlinda, Leonardo, and Juleysi – to chat about their school year, and see what they’ve been learning at school and with Starfish. We asked them what the most important lesson this year was.

Uberlinda, a 14 year old student went first. “Plants are important!” she exclaimed right off the bat. With a few more seconds to think on the subject, she added, “I realize I have learned a lot this year. There are two places that I go to where I learn a lot every day. These places are my school and the Starfish Foundation. In my school, I have learned about basic subjects like social studies, mathematics, and natural sciences, with the latter being a subject that I really like and that I want to learn more about.

The other place where I have learned many interesting things is the (Starfish) Foundation that I have attended ever since the beginning of this school year. Here we learn a lot and I really liked last month because of how much we talked about nature. We even made a small orchard and we planted many kinds of plants. While this was happening, the educators explained to us the benefits that plants give to us and their great importance for the environment, medicine, and food. This was great to learn because plants help us, even when we’re at home.”

We couldn’t agree more! Plants are super important. To see some ways plants help us everyday – providing food, water, medicine, and even clothes – you can check out this educational video.

29288735681_1a98bb1312_zNext we caught up with Leonardo. He’s a 10th grade student specializing in accounting, so it’s no surprise what he thinks the most important lesson of the year is. “So far this year, I have learned a lot about accounting processes and accounting in general. At the beginning of this year, they asked for some materials, which without the help and finances from the foundation, I would not have been able to acquire. This really incentivized me to be a good student, which I am very pleased with.”

We’re so pleased to have been able to help Leonadro obtain the materials he needed, and couldn’t be prouder of his work in school. The last scholar we chatted with on this topic is 12 year old Juleysi.

When asked what she learned this year, she said, “I have learned about math and language. The most interesting thing during this period was how to use padlet, an interactive board online! I really liked this because you can put notes on there that we all can see and there’s so much more to it!”

29080076240_a05404ecb3_zFor those that don’t know, Padlet is an online bulletin board that can be shared between students, teachers, and other collaborators – it allows each person to add images, links, videos, and more.

Well, that’s all for now! Be sure to check back next week, so you can hear all about our annual Starfish Talent Show – we can’t wait to show off our skills!

Guest blogger Maria Belen is a student at our Flor de Bastión location. She is in 9no (8th grade equivalent) and has participated in Starfish for 2 years.

 

Hello, my name is María Belén and I think that I have changed a lot during my time at school in many different ways, like my way of thinking, how I get along with my friends. I’ve also changed because there are already so many things that I now know that I didn’t know before I started high school. But my change has not been alone as a lot of things around me have changed because I have started to go to the foundation since last year.

The foundation is very near to my house. Here I have met many new friends that before I had seen in school but never conversed with, perhaps because of shame. In the foundation we can mingle, create very good friendships and besides that also there we learn a lot with the workshops they give. All of this helps me to change and every day I learn more, which makes me very happy.

This year I was chosen as a conditional fellow, that is if I want to win the scholarship I will have to work hard and have excellent grades. I will also need to keep my notebooks up to date and well decorated.

These are the things in which I have changed.

Wherever you are…best regards!

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Hola, soy María Belén y pienso que he cambiado mucho durante mi etapa en el colegio en muchas cosas como la forma de pensar y de cómo me llevo con mis amigos y también porque ya se muchas cosas que antes yo no sabía. Pero mi cambio no ha sido solo, también ha cambiado mucho las cosas a mí alrededor ya que desde el año pasado voy a la fundación.

La fundación queda muy cerca de mi casa, allí he conocido muchos nuevos amigos que antes los veía en el colegio pero no conversaba con ellos quizá por la vergüenza. En la fundación nos podemos relacionar, crear amistades muy buenas y aparte que también allí nosotros aprendemos mucho con los talleres que dan, eso también me ayudo a cambiar y cada día yo aprendo más, eso me alegra mucho.

Este año que entre me eligieron como becada condicional, es decir que si quiero ganarme la beca tendré que esforzarme mucho y tener calificaciones excelentes también tener mis cuadernos al día y bien decorados.

Estas cosas son en las que yo he cambiado.

Donde estés… Saludos!

Senior Project Final: Informe Adultos Mayores

Hey everyone! I hope you’re enjoying some nice, Spring weather, wherever you are! This week, it’s time to check in with our Senior students and find out about one of their senior projects! Over the weekend, I met with members of the team “Adultos Mayores,” Screen Shot 2017-04-20 at 11.53.17 AMincluding:Joselyn C., Jordy L., Julio P. and Ariana S. Let’s find out what they did during their five week project!

The team members began by telling me that the goal of their project was to visit the elderly home, Damien House, over the course of five Fridays, to bring residents happiness and to show that they are valued. Before attending the home, the team members fundraised by selling jello! The students raised $9, to cover the cost of snacks that they would provide to the residents.

During their first visit on January 20th, they had breakfast with some of the residents. They helped some of them drink their oatmeal drink, as it wScreen Shot 2017-04-20 at 11.54.40 AMas challenging for them. After breakfast, they went to the patio, explained their project to the residents and invited them to participate. The residents were very excited and decided to start off with an icebreaker, to get to know each other. Finally, when it was time to go, the students gave the residents bananas as a snack. Then, the residents told the students that they were very excited about their visit!

January 27th was the students next visit. As the students arrived, the residents were waiting on the patio with very excited expressions. The students handed out badgesScreen Shot 2017-04-20 at 11.55.17 AM to the residents, they played another icebreaker and then they played dominoes. Since some of the students didn’t know how to play, the residents taught them. Finally, they caught up for the week and then gave the residents an oatmeal beverage as their snack.

The students visited the residents for a third time on February 3rd. They said, “this day, we were surprised with the excitement of the adults, which was greater with each visit!” For the visit, they passed out badges played an icebreaker named “cow tail” and then discussed the residents’ lives from when they were young. The residents gave the students advice and in return, the students gave them sandwiches as a snack!Screen Shot 2017-04-20 at 11.56.29 AM

Their fourth visit to the home was very rainy and the residents were worried that the students weren’t going to show. So, when they arrived, the residents were still in the dining room eating their breakfast. After breakfast, they played another icebreaker, called “the spider web.” Then, the residents taught the students how to weave hammocks and told them that they make handicrafts and sell them to people who visit the home. Finally, the students gave orange juice as a snack and said goodbye.

February 17th was the final visit for the students. They said, “this day we felt a bit sad to think that it would be our last visit with our new friends. We wanted the end of the project to be unique, so we brought picture frames with pictures that we had taken with them.” The students also included a lot of balloons to decorate the home and make the residents happy. The morning was filled with emotions from both the students and the residents. The residents expressed their gratitude toward the students for their visits and let them know that they would miss them every Friday. For their final visit, the students gave the residents an oatmeal drink with bread as their snack.Screen Shot 2017-04-20 at 11.57.09 AM

Looking back at their time with the residents, the students said, “We were able to understand the value of solidarity and love because each time we arrived at the Father Damien House, we were filled with happiness, feeling that our presence was important for them. We understand that each person that we encountered in the home needs us, so that they do not feel alone. The environment in the home makes them feel a deep sense of solitude.”

I am so proud of these students for their accomplishment. Not only did they complete their Senior project, but they formed new bonds that will last a lifetime. Great job Starfish Scholars!

Carnaval: An Opportunity of a Lifetime

When many people think of Carnaval, scenes of Brazil’s or Germany’s super-famous parades may come to mind: Colorful costumes. Huge parade floats. Music and dancing. Food and drink. But Carnival in Ecuador isn’t quite the same.

Many countries around the world with dominant Catholic populations observe a form of Carnaval. It is a celebration before the start of Lent, and by many Ecuadorians it is considered a very special day.

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Photo Credit: El Comercio (x)

On Carnaval they enjoy the company of their families and find fun and festive ways to celebrate. “Every minute is incredible and you have to enjoy each of them because you have to wait a whole year to be able to do it again,” says one participant. Armed with water balloons, water guns, and colorful paint, many Ecuadorians turn public spaces into jubilant battlegrounds. Balconies and other high places serve as strategic positions from which to soak unsuspecting passersby.

I stopped in to speak with two of our Starfish to find out about their families traditions.

Elkin Moreno:
“In my case we go to the beach with my family, we bring artificial colors and balloons and as soon as we arrive at the beach we are very excited and we run to the sea to feel the waves. Then we fill the balloons with water and to play. We are never the only ones there; other people also show up and play excitedly. It’s a great chance to meet new people. Throughout the day there are also nautical and land shows, which are very beautiful and funny and they make that day really amusing and unique.”

Dervis de la Rosa
“In the morning, I have fun with my family. We prepare balloons filled with water and put them in a bucket until we have a considerable amount of them. We also go to the store to buy artificial colors to play with – this is real fun. At the end of the day we are very tired and happy for the playful day, but the most important is that we spent it with our family.”

This year, Carnaval in Ecuador will be on February 27th and 28th. I can’t wait until the festivities begin!

Senior Project Check-In: Ruddy Figueroa

Hi everyone! This past week I decided to check in on some of our senior students. As they enter the halfway point of their final year, a lot of them are making great progress on their Graduation Projects! So, I met up with one of our students, Ruddy Figueroa to discuss the theme and status of her project, both before and after she accomplished it!

screen-shot-2017-02-09-at-10-53-39-amWhen I met with Ruddy a couple of months ago, the first thing I asked of her was to give a little introduction and description of her project. Ruddy told me that her project, “consists of hosting a little Christmas party for the boys and girls of my neighborhood: Guasmo Sur Coop. Julio Potes Jiménez, in the city of Guayaquil, based on the needs and scarce economic resources of the families who live in the area.” I was immediately intrigued, as this project sounded like a success already!

But, I wasn’t only impressed with the the project itself, I was impressed with Ruddy’s reasoning behind it. She said, “these families are made up of little kids that often can’t receive any gifts from their parents because of their financial situation. I want to organize this party to help and contribute to the happiness that doing community service generates.” Ruddy continued by telling me how she was going to achieve this goal. “I’ve decided to do a few different activities in order to be able to complete my project on time, including sending letters asking for donations and collaboration. I won’t need a building for the event because I plan to do it outside on a street with low a low volume of traffic. For my project I have the help of several community members who are available to help and collaborate.”

Flash forward to a week ago, and it was time for me to follow-up with Ruddy after she accomplished her Christmas party. I asked Ruddy to reflect on the project and let us know how she achieved her goal and how it made her feel. First, Ruddy said,

          “Not long ago, we started to work on a project, supervised by our foundation, the Starfish Foundation. In this project, many people close to me got involved. These people, in addition to my parents, helped me so that my idea could become a reality. Really, we started this project without knowing a lot about how to do this, but so many people were willing to help. Once we saw how abundant the help was, we decided to make the event even bigger.
When I sent letters to businesses, I received overwhelming and encouraging responses. This motivated me to keep moving forward with the idea to make the event bigger and reach out to more children than I had planned for in my project. The toys came in by the hundreds. I never thought that I would receive so much help. It really outdid my expectations.
The happiness kept growing when my classmates at Starfish offered to help me with the face painting activities for the children. Furthermore, around 250 children were able to receive gifts, and this included the younger brothers and sisters of my classmates from Starfish. I must admit, it was tiring and hard work, but the feeling of being able to was very comforting.
I also had the support of a school from my area, the “Escuela Fiscal Mixta Blanca Goetta de Ordoñez”. They lent me chairs, even though since we had a lot of children we still needed more chairs! In spite of this small challenge, the kids had a great night and had lots of fun with the activities we prepared for them. The skills of many were of great help to me in setting up the decorations for the party. My neighbors also helped me by lending me some lights, and my dad helped me to install them, so that the area was well lit for the event.”

It was so great to hear how many people and organizations were willing to chip in to help Ruddy with her party. She was so appreciative of their support and said, “That same night, at the end of the event, those who helped me with the party came over to my house where I had also prepared a meal for them to thank them for their enthusiastic efforts in making this event a success.” Well done Ruddy! Lastly, I asked her for one final thought on both the party and the project. Ruddy said, “There are so many ways to help someone who needs it, and so many ways that we can collaborate to help.”

I am so proud of Ruddy and all of our Starfish students!

Until next time,
Henry

My Heart is Full: Notes from a Volunteer Abroad

Last week, Anna Evich shared a summary of her time volunteering in Ecuador, the work she did, and how her time there changed her as a person. This week, we’re checking back in with Anna to have her share some of her most memorable moments, favorite words, and and things she learned.

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Most over-used phrase?
No entiendo (I don’t understand)

Favorite word?
Enserio?! (Seriously?!)

Favorite song?
Andas en mi cabeza (I’m still trying to learn the rap part in español)

Most embarrassing moment?
Saying that I was turned on “Estoy caliente,” instead of that I was physically warm, “Tengo calor.” BE CAREFUL!

Pop culture references?
When my host sister and her cousin sang “Let it Go” in Spanish (“Libre Soy”), as I sang it in English at the same time. Also, hearing everyone refer to Spongebob Squarepants as “Bob-espongha.”

anna7Funniest memory?
When one the the educators was acting out Jackie Chan for English class charades, and was running around the Foundation doing karate kicks and chopping tables, and broke a leg off of one of the tables (#commitmenttocharacter)

Fondest memory?
Being nicknamed “Anita” by my host family, having them call me “Anita Barrezueta” (their last name), and telling me that I was a part of their family.

What is one thing you might be remembered for?
Sleeping. A lot. Running joke: “Dónde está Anita?” (Where is Anna?) “Durmiendo.” (Sleeping) … I think the heat and lesson planning got to me!

Something you’ll never forget?
I lost my iPhone and had the whole Starfish staff searched around the Foundation for 20 minutes or more, trying to track and locate it on “Find my iPhone,” only to realize that it was in my room at my host family’s house.

Favorite lesson?anna4
A tie between “Cómo hablar en público” (How to Public Speak) and “Sinónimos y Antónimos” (Synonyms and Antonyms). Cecilia’s performance of what not to do when public-speaking was truly Oscar-worthy, and Maria and Jessica’s creative balloon-popping activity was the coolest lesson I have ever seen!

Greatest challenge?
Communicating! I only studied Spanish as my language core in college, and didn’t have much to go off of. Giving professional developments in Spanish
and collaborating with staff to plan and prepare lessons for the kids were definitely some of my greatest challenges! However, I learned so much in the process, and am so grateful to have been pushed in that way.

A moment you’ll never forget?
Something really special happened here that defines this beautiful culture in the most genuine way. One of the Starfish students, Bryan, noticed that my
friend (and fellow volunteer) Kaitlyn and I were leaving the Foundation after dark. He started yelling in Spanish across la cancha (the outdoor open space of the property) to one of the older male educators to come over to walk us home. The educator was busy talking to someone and didn’t come over after Bryan called out to him twice.
So, Bryan took it upon himself (at the young age of 13), to walk the two of us home. He told us it was dangerous for us to walk home by ourselves at night. On the way up the massive hill that led to our house, we asked Bryan how often he walked up that hill, as we were huffing and puffing and complaining about the difficulty of it, and he said “This is my first time.”
I immediately got chills. What a beautiful moment. What a beautiful soul. Without hesitation, a young child took on the role of the protective male figure, watching over us and ensuring our safety, without thinking twice about it.

What did you learn from your volunteer experience?anna5

  • Say what’s on your mind
  • Love deeply and vulnerably
  • Ask and you shall receive
  • Stand up for what is right
  • Be the voice when others can’t
  • Tell the people you love that you love them
  • Say thank you
  • Enjoy the little moments
  • Look around you
  • Give thanks to God
  • See the beauty in others
  • Appreciate the simplicity of life itself
  • Be your most genuine self
  • Be patient with yourself
  • Try, try again
  • Suffer with grace
  • Apologize when you’ve done wrong
  • Allow others to help you
  • Be present. Just be.

Happy 5th Birthday Starfish!

Earlier this week, the Starfish Foundation celebrated it’s 5th birthday! That’s five years of providing scholarship, tutoring, and leadership development to youth living in extreme poverty in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Over that time frame, Starfish has grown and grown – and currently serves over 120 scholars in Guasmo and Flor de Bastion.

Jenn and beth.jpgThe idea for the Starfish Foundation developed after co-founders Beth and Jenn volunteered for a year in Ecuador, where they volunteered at a shelter for former street kids. A lot of these kids had no family or little support at home. Though many of them had the motivation to study, they lacked financial resources to be able to attend school once leaving the shelter.

Though public schools in Ecuador are free, families often still struggle to provide all the necessary materials (uniforms, books, school supplies, etc) while living on minimum wage and trying to feed a whole family. For many, the easiest solution was to not go to school. The Starfish Foundation works to fill a need that focuses on the importance of education as a catalyst for future success of each student and their communities, and provides scholarships and mentoring to students in financial need who have the motivation to continue their studies despite challenging circumstances.

But the success comes not just from funding scholars, but also seeing bright, caring, thoughtful individuals find the means to achieve their goals. It’s about seeing faces light up with smiles. It’s about promoting confidence through talent shows and interviews. It’s about creating a sense of community through outreach. It’s about improving our environment by encouraging sustainable living and recycling. It’s about service and instilling the values of hard work and giving back to the community in our scholars. It’s about big dreams, and big plans, and big ideas.

It’s about giving every scholar the boost they need to be the best version of themselves.

Over the last 5 years, there have been a lot of incredible moments for Starfish. Some highlights for Beth include:

  • On the trip last year, there was a moment when we got together all the “original” Starfish Scholars. It was kind of like the end of A League of Their Own – very nostalgic to remember back those early days, but impressive to see how these young adults (now) have grown up and are now giving back to Starfish as employees or volunteers!
  • Bringing my parents and best friend (basically my sister, in Spanish they call her my ñaña) to see Starfish. They are SO supportive and it was so special to have them meet our Scholars and their families!
  • The experience of growing our Board this fall. It was really the first time we had done anything quite like this – but the interviews with so many WONDERFUL people were delightful. I have loved getting to know our new members and seeing their positive energy. They have already started to give back in so many extraordinary ways!
  • Our 5th birthday! It was a tiring week, and a challenging time to see our country divided in the election, but in the midst of stress and discord, it was something to celebrate. The amount of people who wished me a happy birthday that day — I wondered if I should double-check my birth certificate 😉

As we look back, we’re so thankful to everyone who has been a part of this journey – we’re thankful for the support, friendship, prayers, and donations. As we look back, we know it is also important to look ahead, and look forward to continuing to grow and serve in the coming years. Some of our goals include:

  • Putting together a robust U.S. Operations team. We’re well on our way to doing so – an amazing set of Managers / Advisers for Development, Communications, and Volunteer Management, efficient Admin team of our Sr. Admin Assistant, Accountant, and Tech Guru, and an amazing team of Social Media interns. We have work to do, though, in creating the best structure to maximize capacity and efficiency – and I’d love to see us get to a great point with that.
  • Officially registering in Ecuador, buying land, and building our dream “house.” It’s the longest, most complicated process EVER, but we are nearing the end, and that’s pretty incredible.
  • Supremely increasing the attendance at our Giving Tuesday and An Evening for the Stars (Baltimore Benefit Dinner) events. We have some SNAZZY new tricks up our sleeve (this year, for example, just your presence at any Giving Tuesday results in a $10 donation to Starfish – thanks to a generous match!)
  • Seeing the amount of people who learn about Starfish continue to increase!

I hope you can agree it’s been an incredible Journey, and yet an even more amazing one awaits us. I also hope you’ll join me in wishing Starfish a very warm and loving HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

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2016 #StarfishSearch Task List / Lista de Tareas

Welcome to the 2016 #StarfishSearch Scavenger Hunt! Below you will find a list of tasks that you will complete to earn points toward fabulous Starfish prizes (t-shirts, jewelry, drinkware, totes, and MUCH MORE!). Each item below will tell you what you need to do, how and where to document it, and how many points you will receive for successful completion. HINT: Be sure to check the Starfish social media accounts throughout the day for surprise tasks and ways to earn extra points!

IMPORTANT: Before you get started, make sure that we have the up-to-date list of all team members (up to 6 people), your full team payment ($100/team), and a digitally signed Rules and Regulations form from each team member.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • All submissions will be shared through social media. You can choose one team member to do the posts from his or her account or alternate. Only one post needs to be made per team (this post can then be shared by other team members for extra incentives).
  • Whoever does post should be sure that his or her Instagram and Twitter accounts are not protected (i.e. we will be able to see your posts!). Also be sure that your Facebook posts are made available to the public (you should see a globe icon once posted). If you have any questions about this, please contact us!
  • Be sure to use the #StarfishSearch hashtag AND your team hashtag so that we can see your posts and reward you with the appropriate amount of points.
  • Complete as many tasks as possible within the 12-hour scavenger hunt period (8am to 8pm EST). The only required task is the first one listed here. This must be completed in order to qualify for prizes.
  • Encourage your friends to like and share your posts.
  • Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: (1) Team with the most points; (2) Most creative overall team (to be judged by Starfish staff); (3) Facebook post with the most likes/shares; (4) Tweet with the most likes/retweets; and (5) Instagram post with the most likes. There may be other prizes given out to outstanding teams and individuals as well!

For questions and/or support on the day of the event, please contact Amanda Benton at amanda@thestarfishchange.org or send a message through our Facebook Page (facebook.com/thestarfishchange).

 

Task How to Document Where to Document Points
REQUIRED: Take a team photo using the flag that was provided to you in the #StarfishSearch materials. Post it with the following caption: “Today (names of teammates-you may want to tag them) and I will be taking place in the #StarfishSearch Scavenger Hunt to raise awareness for The Starfish Foundation (tag). Follow along throughout the day to learn more about the Starfish mission to provide scholarship and mentoring to youth living in extreme poverty in Guayaquil, Ecuador.” Photo & Post Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram 5 points for each social media platform
Create a 15 to 30 second video with your team captain explaining why he or she supports the Starfish Foundation. Video Facebook 10 points
Create a 15 to 30 second video of any team member explaining why he or she supports the Starfish Foundation in Spanish. Video Facebook 10 points
Tell a stranger about the mission of the Starfish Foundation. Video Facebook 15 points
Create an interpretive dance that represents the Starfish Foundation with at least 2 team members. Video Facebook 15 points
Create an outfit for a team member using anything but clothes! You can use construction paper, newspapers, bottles, trash bags, toilet paper, etc. Pose in the outfit outside of  local landmark holding your Starfish flag. Photo Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram 15 points for each social media platform
Have a team member stand in front of “famous” building in your hometown with a sign that says “Starfish makes me feel _________.” (Fill in the blank!) Photo Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram 5 points for each social media platform
Write a theme song for Starfish and have at least 1 team member perform it. Video Facebook 15 points
Find a REAL Starfish. Extra point if it is alive! Photos Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram 10 points for each social media platform (+5 if it is alive!)
Create a video of one or more team member performing a dramatic reenactment of the Starfish Story (hint: you can find it on our website!). Video Facebook 15 points
Perform a random act of kindness (help a stranger carry their groceries, pay for someone else’s coffee in line behind you, etc. Be creative!) Tell us about it in a post! Facebook 10 points
Take a photo with a city official holding the Starfish flag. Photo Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram 10 points for each social media platform
Take a photo with a professional sports player holding the Starfish flag. Photo Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram 10 points for each social media platform
Take a photo with a TV, newspaper, or radio reporter holding the Starfish flag. Photo Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram 10 points for each social media platform
Take a photo with a firefighter holding the Starfish flag. Photo Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram 10 points for each social media platform
Take a photo with a police officer holding the Starfish flag. Photo Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram 10 points for each social media platform
Take a photo with a mascot holding the Starfish flag. Photo Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram 10 points for each social media platform
Take a photo with a school principal holding the Starfish flag. Photo Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram 10 points for each social media platform
Have at least 3 team members dance the Macarena together in a public place. Video Facebook 15 points

 

Lista de Tareas de la #BúsquedaStarfish (#StarfishSearch) 2016

¡Bienvenidos a la Búsqueda del Tesoro #StarfishSearch 2016! A continuación encontrarán una lista de tareas que deben ser completadas para ganar puntos canjeables por fabulosos premios Starfish (camisetas, alhajas, recipientes para bebidas, bolsas, ¡y MUCHO MÁS!). Cada artículo incluido abajo te dirá lo que necesitas saber, cómo y dónde documentarlo y cuántos puntos recibirán al finalizar  exitosamente. PISTA: ¡Asegúrense de revisar las redes sociales de Starfish a lo largo del día para conocer tareas sorpresa y otras formas de ganar puntos extra!

IMPORTANTE: Antes de empezar, asegurarse de que hemos recibido la lista actualizada de todos los miembros del equipo (hasta 6 personas), el pago de todo su equipo ($ 100 / equipo), y el formulario de Normas y Reglamentos firmado digitalmente por cada uno de los miembros  del equipo.

Estas son algunas cosas a tener en cuenta:

  • Todas las publicaciones serán compartidas a través de las redes sociales. Se puede elegir a un miembro del equipo para publicar los mensajes desde su cuenta o ir alternando. Sólo se necesita hacer una publicación por equipo (Esta publicación puede ser compartida por otros miembros del equipo para obtener incentivos adicionales).
  • Cualquiera que haga la publicación debe asegurarse que su cuenta de Instagram y Twitter no estén protegidas (es decir, ¡podremos ver sus mensajes!). También asegurarse de que las publicaciones de Facebook estén disponibles al público (deberían ver un icono del planeta una vez publicada). ¡En caso de dudas o preguntas sobre esto, por favor contactarnos!
  • Asegúrense de utilizar el hashtag #StarfishSearch para que podamos ver sus publicaciones y recompensarles con la cantidad correspondiente de puntos.
  • Completen tantas tareas como sea posible dentro del período de búsqueda del tesoro de 12 horas (08 a.m.-8 p.m. EST – Hora estándar del este). La única tarea obligatoria es la primera de la lista adjunta aquí. Esta deberá completarse a fin de calificar para los premios.
  • Animen a sus amigos a dar “me gusta” y compartir sus publicaciones.
  • Se entregarán premios en las siguientes categorías: (1) El equipo con más puntos; (2) El equipo más creativo en general (a ser definido por el personal de Starfish); (3) Publicaciones de Facebook con más “me gusta/compartir”; (4) Tuit con más “me gusta/retuitear”; y (5) Publicaciones de Instagram con más “me gusta”. ¡Puede haber también otros premios otorgados a equipos o personas destacadas!

 

 

Tarea Cómo Documentar lo Dónde Documentarlo Puntos
OBLIGATORIO: Tomar una foto del equipo con la bandera que les fue entregada junto con los materiales de #StarfishSearch. Publicarla con la siguiente leyenda: “Hoy (nombres de los miembros del equipo-es posible que quieras etiquetarlos)  y yo participaremos de la Búsqueda del Tesoro #StarfishSearch para generar conciencia sobre la Fundación Starfish –The Starfish Foundation– (etiquetar). Síguenos a lo largo de este día para conocer más sobre la misión de Starfish de otorgar becas y asesoramiento (mentoring) a jóvenes que viven en la pobreza extrema en Guayaquil, Ecuador.” Foto & Publicación Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram 5 puntos por cada plataforma de la red social
Crear un video de 15 a 30 segundos con el capitán de su equipo explicando por qué él o ella apoyan a la Fundación Starfish. Video Facebook 10 puntos
Crear un video en español de 15 a 30 segundos con cualquiera  de los miembros del equipo explicando por qué él o ella apoyan a la Fundación Starfish. Video Facebook 10 puntos
Contarle a un extraño sobre la misión de la Fundación Starfish. Video Facebook 15 puntos
Crear una danza interpretativa que represente a la Fundación Starfish con al menos dos miembros. Video Facebook 15 puntos
¡Crear una vestimenta para uno de los miembros del equipo utilizando cualquier cosa excepto ropa! Se puede usar papel de construcción, periódicos, botellas, bolsas de basura, papel higiénico, etc. Posar con la vestimenta en un sitio local destacado  sosteniendo la bandera de Starfish. Foto Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram 15 puntos por cada plataforma de la red social
Hacer que un miembro del equipo se pare frente a un edificio “famoso” en su ciudad natal con un cartel que diga “Starfish me hace sentir_________.” (¡Completar el espacio en blanco!) Foto Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram 5 puntos por cada plataforma de la red social
Escribir una canción para Starfish y que por los menos un miembro del equipo la interprete. Video Facebook 15 puntos
Encontrar una VERDADERA Estrella de Mar (Starfish). ¡Puntos extra si está viva! Fotos Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram 10 puntos por cada plataforma de la red social (+5 ¡si está viva!)
Crear un video de uno o más miembros del equipo realizando una dramatización sobre la Historia de Starfish (pista: ¡puedes encontrarla en nuestro sitio web!). Video Facebook 15 puntos
Realizar un acto de bondad al azar (ayudar a un extraño a llevar las compras, pagar por el café de alguien en la fila detrás suyo, etc. ¡Sea creativo!) ¡Cuéntanos en una publicación! Facebook 10 puntos
Tomar una foto con un funcionario público sosteniendo la bandera de Starfish. Foto Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram 10 puntos por cada plataforma de la red social
Tomar una foto con un deportista profesional sosteniendo la bandera de  Starfish. Foto Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram 10 puntos por cada plataforma de la red social
Tomar una foto con un periodista de la televisión, el periódico, o la radio sosteniendo la bandera de Starfish. Foto Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram 10 puntos por cada plataforma de la red social
Tomar una foto con un bombero sosteniendo la bandera de Starfish. Foto Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram 10 puntos por cada plataforma de la red social
Tomar una foto con un oficial de policía sosteniendo la bandera de  Starfish. Foto Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram 10 puntos por cada plataforma de la red social
Tomar una foto con una mascota sosteniendo la bandera de Starfish. Foto Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram 10 puntos por cada plataforma de la red social
Tomar una foto con un director o una directora de escuela sosteniendo la bandera de Starfish. Foto Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram 10 puntos por cada plataforma de la red social
Hacer que al menos tres miembros del equipo bailen juntos la Macarena en un lugar público. Video Facebook 15 puntos

 

Starfish Scholar Spotlight: Oscar Vargas

Hello all! Henry here with more stories from Ecuador. This week, I swam right on over to Ecuador to have a conversation with Oscar Vargas about school, his daily routine, and education.

My daily routine for school begins at 5:30 am, the time when I get up everyday, although sometimes I’m still a little sleepy. Then I put on my uniform, and once dressed, I brush my teeth so that I can have breakfast; a delicious breakfast my mom prepares for me with a lot of love everyday. Once I’m finished with breakfast, I check my backpack to make sure I have all the supplies I’ll need according to today’s class schedule. When I’m ready, my mom gives me a kiss on the forehead and tells me to have a great day…

Getting to school does not take long because, fortunately my school is close to home and I don’t have to take a bus. Everyday I walk and it takes me about 10 minutes or less.

I always arrive on time to school, so I can greet my friends and other people without any problems.

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Mi rutina diaria para ir al colegio, comienza a las 5:30 de la mañana pues a esa hora todos los días me levanto, aunque en ocasiones con un poco sueño todavía, luego me pongo mi uniforme, una vez vestido me dirijo a cepillarme los dientes para poder desayunar y recibir ese rico desayuno que todos los días con mucho amor me lo prepara mi mamá, una vez que termine de desayunar, reviso mi maleta para saber si llevo todos mis útiles de acuerdo al horario correspondiente, cuando ya estoy listo mi mama me da un beso en la frente y me dice que tenga un excelente día.

Para llegar al colegio no me toma mucho tiempo pues afortunadamente mi colegio queda cerca de casa y no tengo que coger ningún bus, todos los días me voy caminando y esto me toma unos 10 minutos o menos. Siempre se llegar con tiempo a mi colegio, así puedo saludar a mis compañeros y otras personas sin ningún tipo de inconveniente.

Thanks Oscar! I love getting a sneak peak into Ecuadorian life through the eyes of our scholars. I hope all you students in the US are having a good first few weeks back at school. Education is important the whole world over.

Starfish Scholar Spotlight: Ysis Matias

Hello, Henry here! I recently checked in with Ysis Matias, one of the Starfish Scholars, to get a feel for what an average day is like. We talked about her goals, her role models, and life in Ecuador. I can’t thank her enough for taking the time to share her thoughts with us, so without further ado, I’m passing this over to Ysis.
-Henry

Hello, my name is Ysis. I imagine myself being in another country within 7 years. My favorite subject is English because I think it’s very important to learn since it’s universal and it will help me a lot in life. I’d like to be an orthodontist because that profession really calls my attention, or I’d like to keep learning languages because I really like learning other languages.

The person that’s helped me realize my academic strengths is my mom. She always supports me in all my big ideas for what I’d like to do.

At 7am I get to school, I hang out for 20 minutes with my friends and classmates and then leave school at 1:45 to eat lunch. After I go to Starfish and do my homework and then head home. I have to think about what I value more when I get home, when I see my parents working hard to give me everything they really motivate me. I’m proud of them and of my country and its great president who’s made our country known to a lot of the world.

The thing I’d like to change would be how society thinks, to get everyone talk and see the realities of society and what really is happening, then we can find a solution if we only look together.

Wow, what an amazing young lady! I’ll share stories from more students throughout the Fall, so stay tuned to get an inside look at what our Starfish Scholars are thinking, dreaming about, and getting excited about. I can’t wait to share their stories with you.

Until next time!
Henry