¡Hola, Bienvenidos, y K’iimak ‘oolal!
We are l0 high school students from New Orleans Charter and Science Mathematics High School who were selected to travel to the Yucatán peninsula in Mexico this summer – but we need your help to get there!
Our 10 day trip will include working with local organizations and communities on the issue of access to clean water, collecting and bringing donations for a local elementary school, visiting 2 ancient Maya sites, swimming in cenotes, practicing our Spanish (and Maya) and so much more!
We must raise $25,000 to make our trip happen – and you can help!
Taking Our Grand Challenge International
Students at Sci High chose “Access to clean water” as our school’s Grand Challenge in Engineering this year. We will be taking our Grand Challenge international by learning about the Yucatán peninsula’s unique geology and designing a service project in partnership with local organizations who work on water conservation. Our service learning will include visiting Río Secreto and Los 7 Cenotes eco-tourism projects and several cenotes, including Cenote Zaci in Valladolid and Cenote X’Canche in Ek’ Balam. We will also tour the Xkopek Parque Apicola to learn about bee species native to the peninsula and conservation efforts to protect them.
Language Immersion and Homestays
We are so excited to practice our Spanish and Maya. We will be staying in several different cities across the peninsula and doing a homestay in the small rural Maya community of Popola. While staying with host families, we will learn about contemporary Maya life, agriculture, apiculture, and craft-making. We are also collecting donations for the local elementary school to support their students.
We will visit two ancient Maya archaeological zones – Ek’ Balam and Chichén Itzá. We will also tour the Gran Museo del Mundo Maya, Mérida’s world-class museum on ancient Maya civilization.
We must raise $25,000 to make this trip a reality. Sci High students are working, doing individual fundraising, hosting snack sales and dress down days, providing lunch for the Tulane Maya Symposium, planning a silent auction and benefit, and so much more. We are depending on the generosity of our extended communities to make this transformative experience a reality!
¡Muchas gracias por su tiempo!