AUF’s Educational Scholarship/Tutoring Program:
Creación de alumnos sin fronteras
About Our Program
Creación de alumnos sin fronteras (CASF) is AUF’s educational scholarship/tutoring program. The CASF program currently sponsors 45 k-12 students in Guasmo Sur, Ecuador. Although public education is technically free in Ecuador, there are still costs associated with schooling that are difficult for families to manage, such as uniforms, textbooks, school materials, and matriculation fees. Furthermore, we encourage our students to attend local private/parochial schools, which are better funded and more regularly staffed than public schools.
Our tutoring/enrichment program has a monthly “thematic” curriculum designed to enhance what students are learning in their schools, with special emphasis placed on the areas that receive little or no focus in the public system, such as the arts and sciences, geography, and health. Our Director of Education, Angelica Montaño Reyes, works with a team of three teachers from the community (Kristel Noboa, Alvaro Paja, and Daniel Lucio) who are participating in a work-study program. Angelica, Alvaro, and Daniel are CASF alumni.
If you are interested in sponsoring one of our students, a full-year scholarship costs $450, while a half-year scholarship costs $225. All of our CASF students required to attend our biweekly tutoring/enrichment program and to maintain a “C” average in all of their classes.
In 2003, two high school students participating in AUF’s summer building project expressed concern when they learned that many of the children they met during their stay in Guasmo Sur were not attending school regularly. They learned that many families could not afford the cost of education in Ecuador. Their new friends explained that students often took turns attending school each year. As a result, some of the young adults they met that should have been in their final year of high school were still in elementary school! The high school volunteers decided to act. That fall, they started a club at their local high school called Students for Students.
In its first year, Students for Students raised enough money for 10 scholarships. In 2007, AUF had the pleasure of celebrating the high school graduation of the first five students who had been sponsored by the grant program. That same year, AUF expanded the scholarship program by adding the tutoring/enrichment program component. The tutoring/enrichment program was designed and implemented by Abby Smith, a long term participant of AUF’s building project. The mission was to help the scholarship recipients develop a deeper love for learning and support them with their studies. This program, which came to be known as Creación de alumnos sin fronteras (CASF), has been based out of Mi Cometa, the neighborhood community center, since its inception.
CASF has also boosted a number of North American summer interns. If you are a college student and would like to know more about our internship opportunity, please take a look at our intern application. The deadline to apply for the 2019 Summer Internship is November 15, 2018.
Welcome to Our New Students!
Douglas still needs a half scholarship!
Jandry still needs a full scholarship!
Karolay still needs a full scholarship!
Karina still needs a full scholarship!
Dayanna still needs a full scholarship!
Gabriela still needs a full scholarship!
Our Book Drive
We would like to grow CASF’s small library collection! Help us fill the shelves! Our book drive is ongoing! All books will be shipped directly to Christine Olt, Education Committee Chair for AUF, Inc., and will be hand delivered to Ecuador on our next trip.
Our registry includes suggested titles but we will gladly accept any new or gently used Spanish or bilingual (Spanish/English) books appropriate for k-12 students. Donations that are purchased off-registry can be mailed to:
136 Whiting Lane
West Hartford, CT 06119
2017 Educational Mission to Ecuador
CASF 2019 Project Brochure
How Can You Help?