EduJAM/2011/Conozco Uruguay Tour
eduTRIP! 2011 --- Community Exploration Tour --- Saturday April 30 to Thursday May 5
DETAILS EMERGING BELOW AND ON OUR DISCUSSION BLOG!
WRITE TODAY IF YOU WANT TO JOIN!
The Conozco Uruguay (C U!) community exploration tour will bring South American (and the world's) most passionate edutechnologists and committed teachers/mentors together, to witness Uruguay's and Plan Ceibal's profound journey. In conjunction with Uruguay's stongest volunteers, from CeibalJAM! to RAP Ceibal to Flor Ceibal and beyond. As the single country which has done the most with One Laptop per Child's XO Laptop and Sugar Labs' software (the Sugar Learning Platform) there are few places on earth where humankind's increasing marriage to educational technology is on more vivid display.
Who is Welcome
Tech-savvy education people from around South America. Education-savvy hackers from around the world. While OLPC and Sugar Labs experience is not required -- nor is Spanish fluency -- enthusiasms around bringing exploratory learning into the 21st century are!
We assume participants will also participate in Montevideo's Uruguay Summit 2011 May 5-7, focusing on practical futures for free educational software.
Finally, attendance will in fact be limited to a maximum number of (approximately) 15 independent travelers.
Participants must be independent, able to travel lightly and completely self-sufficiently. Day trips in and around Montevideo, from Saturday April 30 until Wednesday/Thursday May 4/5. Thanks for posting your feedback on our DRAFT SCHEDULE BELOW! SEE ALSO THESE SUGGESTIONS
|Saturday/Sábado 30 de Abril||PM||Welcome Dinner in some place: May be Pony Pisador Pocitos. (Martin - ANTEL)|
|Sunday/Domingo 1 de Mayo
|AM/PM||Visit to a Rural City of Canelones to the "Aurora Project" with volunteers and members of the community and Barbeque (Local contact: Edinson - RAP Conecta).|
|Monday/Lunes 2 de Mayo||AM||Two schools in Las Piedras (Local contacts: Oscar/ RAP Canelones - Paolo/ RAP Montevideo)|
|PM||wine tour "Bodega Joanicó" likely moving to Thur May 5 AM|
|17:30 hs||Meeting with as many as 25 professors from "Flor de Ceibo"|
|Tuesday/Martes 3 de Mayo||AM||No. 33 School "La Paloma" (Local Contact: Rosamel Ramirez - RAP Durazno)--- on site they have a person that can translate all the day|
|PM||Overnight ranch stay (Durazno)|
|Wednesday/Miércoles 4 de Mayo||AM||City Tour Montevideo (Organizer: Micaela CeibalJAM)|
|PM||visit the School of Euskal Erria and after that, the "Help Center" RAP Montevideo in order to interact with volunteers (Local contact: Rocío / RAP Montevideo)|
|Thursday/Jueves 5 de Mayo||AM||Wine Tour in "Bodega Joanicó" nearby countryside? (Organizer: Micaela CeibalJAM - Gustavo Ochoa / Joanicó)|
Alternate ideas: (ASK US!)
- BAP (Barrio de Atención Prioritaria) a low-income Montevideo neighborhood, with RAP Ceibal Saturday Apr 30?
- Euskal Erria
- Las Piedras
- Tala (rural)
- Cardal (1st OLPC school)
- Paso de los Toros (small city)
- Salinas (Bernie recommends)
How on Earth is this Possible?
Volunteers from RAP Ceibal, CeibalJAM! and Flor de Ceibo have spent over 3 years building real-world community networks to bring Uruguay's youth and families more meaningfully into the 21st century. If globalism means anything at all, it means paying full and proper respect to people like these who organize to make a difference!
Hostel-style options to be determined. Uruguayans eat well!!
Wifi access will be sought where possible, but not guaranteed.
Please see Discussion page for questions and discussion related to Housing.
Expect to pay $500 or higher for housing/food/bus etc to cover your 6 days, from Saturday April 30 to Thursday May 5 inclusive. Homestays may reduce this cost if we are so lucky to build strong local relationships.
Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org explaining what you hope to bring to the group! Thanks for including the reasons you're interested -- and what you want to get out of this lifetime opportunity. Remember to list ALL allergies and medical conditions, roommate preferences, as well as your phone number(s).
Reality Check: If you are looking for packaged voluntourism and flush toilets at every turn, you've come to the wrong place. Have you traveled in developing countries before? You must be an independent traveler, open-hearted with all comers, understanding Uruguay is a safe country but not without its risks. And Take Complete Medical/Insurance/Safety/Financial Precautions Now!
THANKS everyone for mindfully preparing together today, for a trip more rewarding than money can buy.
- Aaron Borden, San Francisco
- Adam Holt, Boston
- Bernie Innocenti, Italy
- Carol Ruth Silver, San Francisco (arriving late)
- Caryl Bigenho, Los Angeles
- Cecilia Alcala? Paraguay
- Christoph Derndorfer, Vienna/Madrid
- Ed Bigenho, Los Angeles
- Harriet Vidyasagar, India
- Kacandre Bourdelais? Gabon/Canada
- Luis Galindo, Santa Cruz, Bolivia
- Leticia Romero, Uruguay
- Kevin Benavides, Nicaragua
- Nick Doiron, New Hampshire
- Pablo Flores, Montevideo
- Rabi Karmacharya, Nepal
- Sameer Verma, San Francisco (arriving late)
- Suzanne Adatto, Ann Arbor, Michigan
- Simon Schampijer, Germany
- Tony Anderson, Texas/Rwanda
Please check out the "Accomodations" section of the Discussion and add your comments and preferences.