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Skyping with Project Somos

8 May

In February, the Spanish for Social Justice Club held an English lesson for the Project Somos family over Skype. We had some difficulty with the Internet connection but we’re eventually able to secure our video call with the Project Somos site located in Tecpán, Guatemala. As soon as we saw each others’ faces, happy voices immediately cried out, “Hello!” and “Hola!”

We started out with some introductions and catch up time in Spanish and English before moving on to the English lesson portion of our call. First, we went over some basics in English conversation such as, “How are you?” and “What are you doing?” The mothers living at Project Somos often need help from volunteers on the site but cannot communicate with them so it is important that they learn a few basic conversational phrases in order to communicate with English speaking volunteers. Next, we worked with the kids on counting in English. They were all very enthusiastic and fast learners!

Finally, we wrapped up the call by singing a couple of nursery song and rhymes for each other: YHS students sang Itsy Bitsy Spider, complete with actions, and the Project Somos family performed No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed with admirable passion! With a promise to Skype again, we ended off the English lesson shouting, “Bye!” and “Adiós!”

These Skype sessions are very insightful and also inspiring. The mothers at Project Somos still remember the YHS volunteers they met last year and shared with us again how thankful they are to have met us, and how excited they are to continue keeping in touch with us! The kids are also incredibly enthusiastic about learning English and are not only great students, but also very cute and kind children! I hope that the Spanish for Social Justice Club will be able to organize more of these Skype sessions to continue building our relationship with the amazing human beings at Project Somos!


If you would like to join us for the next Skype session, please email and we’ll keep you updated!

Click on the link below to view our Skype session!

Written by Angela Fong

May 5, 2015



Nuestra Skype con Proyecto Somos – Staying Connected

13 Mar
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Skyping with Proyecto Somos from the YHS Spanish classroom.


Skyping with YHS from Proyecto Somos, Guatemala.

On Monday, March 9, the Spanish for Social Justice Club held a Skype video call with Project Somos. Two of the mothers and five children at Project Somos were able join us for the 30 minute exchange! The call consisted of a short English lesson, in which we reviewed numbers, greetings and basic conversation. After the English lesson, both groups sang two songs for each other. Us Yorkies sang in English and the Project Somos families sang in Spanish and in their native language, Kaqchikel. To wrap up the call, we sent the mothers and the children a worksheet consisting of a fun review of the lesson’s content. Finally, we ended the lesson off with an exciting promise to begin weekly English lessons through Skype after the Spring Break!

If you are interested in joining us for these weekly English lessons with Project Somos, please let Señora Marte know! We’d love to have you join us!

Click the following link to view short clip of our first Skype English Lesson with Proyecto Somos:

Written by Angela Fong.

Personal Experience

20 Feb

Personal Experience

During March of 2014, I experienced the most eye-opening and life-changing trip of my life. Along with 11 other YHS students from Grades 10-11, Señora Marte, Ms. Kaddage, and I travelled to Tecpán in Guatemala. We spent four days volunteering at an organization called Project Somos, which aims to provide safe homes and new opportunities for single mothers and their children. Through this service trip, my eyes have been opened to the perseverance of families in rural Guatemala and their beautiful personalities. In addition to making monetary donations to organizations, I hope to continue volunteering and meeting the people I wish to support, face to face. It has made all the difference in both my life, and hopefully theirs as well.

Written by Angela Fong in May of 2014.

Click here to read more about my experience.