HELPING TO PROMOTE VOLUNTEERISM IN COLLEGES ACROSS THE WORLD
On October 7, 2013, MSPP’s president Terri Cranmer presented at an education fair put on by Education USA/Guatemala, a department of the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala. The presentation, “The Importance of Volunteerism” was presented to potential college students as well as several students from rural Guatemala. The rural students have been chosen by the U.S. Department of State to participate in the English Access Micro Scholarship Program, which provides a foundation of English language skills to non-elite, 14 – 18 year old students. The Access students gain an appreciation for American culture and democratic values, while increasing their ability to participate successfully in the socio-economic development of their countries. They also gain the ability to compete for and participate in future U.S. exchange and study programs. Since the inception of the program in 2004, approximately 173 students have participated. It was a great event for MSPP and Terri to strengthen our ties to the youth in Guatemala, network with new people and share our mission. We were honored to be asked to present at this event.