Summer Program: Since 2004, TQP has created a summer program which encourages our student's academic success and provides them with the support to continue onto higher education. We also are working towards providing a library for our students which will boost their academic performance and literacy comprehension in both Spanish and English. Finally, we hope to continue educating the University of Michigan community on how to be positive global leaders, learn more about Ecuadorian culture, and encourage other students to be catalysts for change through education for other low-resource zones across the globe.
Donation Drives: This initiative began as a way for our organization to allocate our limited budget into other endeavors such as purchasing food for our students and providing transportation.We host two drives throughout the year, one for school supplies and the other for oral hygiene supplies.Because of these donation drives, we have been able to go above and beyond in providing the necessary resources to run our summer camp while also supplying our students with supplies to use during the school year and to improve the mental and physical well-being of the children that attend our summer program in Quito.
Pen-Pal Program: Students from Ann Arbor and Quito will then write letters to each other in Spanish. These letters consist of the students sharing information about their everyday lives and other information to help each student to get to know each other better and to gain a better understanding of what life is like in both the United States and Ecuador. The goal of this initiative is to teach students to not only gain a better understanding of Ecuador but to also help them understand that children in Ecuador, and across the world, are just like them.
Breaking the Barriers of Voluntourism Workshops: We have expanded our organization by partnering with the University of Michigan Library to host annual workshops that cover the topics of effective ESL practices, respectful intercultural engagement practices, and how to avoid the pitfalls of "voluntourist" behaviors. Resulting in not only an improvement in the quality of our summer program but has also positively impacted and improved the quality of all UM volunteer/teach abroad students and groups that attend to be positive global partners and leaders.