What I'm doing and how I'm going to do it
I have been invited to be a volunteer for two weeks and teach art at a children's library that hosts a free after school program for kids in Baños, Ecuador. Here I will teach different styles of art, crafts, and theater. I would specifically like to bring jewelry making to the program by teaching different styles of jewelry and how to use wire to wrap all of the beautiful stones that can be found in Baños. We'll also be looking at traditional Ecuadorian jewelry and the use of colors.
This after school program is completely run by volunteers! It is a great place for kids to come after school to practice reading and learn new skills in the arts.
Another project I would like to do with the kids is a butterfly painting display to bring awareness to the importance of butterfly conservation. Ecuador hosts 25% of all butterfly species in the world, and it is vital that these species are protected.
I can't wait to share my skills with the whole community as well as have them share their culture with me. Living with other people is a huge part of my life. I've been living in a dorm since I was 15, so I'm looking forward to living with my fellow volunteers and the community of Baños. Whenever I've been living in these places so far from home, it's been important to me to share my experiences with the people around me and for them to share theirs with me. I've been working really hard to perfect my Spanish speaking abilities, because I love being able to speak with all the incredible people of Baños. This project will be my first opportunity to combine my love for art with my love for Ecuador and it's culture. I'm hoping that this experience will lead to bigger projects like introducing photography and a ceramics studio to Baños.
This project will have a huge impact on me, the kids I will be teaching, and the community of Baños, as this is only the beginning. This program gives students the opportunity to explore their talents in the arts and share it with their community. This will pave the way for even bigger future projects that will have a bigger impact on the community and environment. I will be teaching the kids how to portray a message or information through art. This way they will be inspired to spread their ideas visually. An example of this is the Butterfly Project, which will spread awareness of the importance of butterfly conservation.
Flight - $850
Accommodation for 2 weeks- $120
Bus to JFK- $50
Taxi from Quito airport to bus station- $10
Bus to Baños- $4
Bus back to Quito- $4
Taxi back to airport- $10
Donations of art supplies- $140
Any money that I raise that exceeds my goal will go toward more art supplies and books to bring for the kids.
What's in it for you?
Reward # 2
I've been studying and working in photography for four years now. Backers will receive a professional quality 8x10 photo taken by me during my time in Ecuador. Here is an example of one of my photos.
Reward # 3
I've been making and selling jewelry on Etsy for over a year now, and this skill is one that I'm bringing to the youth in Ecuador. So a lot of my rewards are a piece of my handmade jewelry, but these ones will be made with stones and crystals from Ecuador!
Reward # 4
A photo and jewelry!
Reward # 5
You'll receive a painting, jewelry, and an 8x10 photo taken by me while in Ecuador. Here's an example of one of my paintings.
Reward # 6-8
Increasing amounts of photos, necklaces, and paintings!
Reward # 9
I will bring you back a handmade Ecuadorian table cloth (I use mine as a tapestry). As well as make you a necklace using crystals or stones from the Ecuadorian rain forest and a handmade note card thanking you for your support. You will also get 3 professional 8x10 framed photos taken by me during my stay and a personalized 4x6 painting inspired by Ecuadorian culture.
Other Ways You Can Help
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Risks and challenges
There are not very many risks due to the fact that I have experience traveling all over Ecuador so I am perfectly capable of using public transportation, and I won't be doing it alone. I can speak Spanish so I am capable of asking people for help or directions, etc. Other than not reaching my financial goal, I do not see any risks.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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