The Power of Safe Spaces

Posted by on May 19, 2017 in Recent Stories

We had a major win last week at Casa Mantay, a home and school for teen mothers aged 12-17. We work with the girls once a week in the morning and always have a lot of fun letting loose and playing outside for an hour and a half. They are pure goofballs, and it has […]

I Did It, Profe!

Posted by on May 11, 2017 in Recent Stories

With a little over two months left, I want to share small, cute moments during class to commemorate our awesome students. For today’s cute moment I introduce you all to Aracely! Aracely is a shy, goofy fourth grader from Colegio Santoni that we love having join us. We taught the girls the proper way to […]

Get a Move on, Profe!

Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Recent Stories

85 days away, but who’s counting? It’s surreal that we’re a mere 12 weeks away from landing on US soil after a year in this beautiful city. There is still so much to do before we head out, that instead of a goals-setting foundational lesson with our girls this week, we’ll be doing some goal-setting […]

GirlSportWorks’ Five Life Skills

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in Recent Stories

We are trained in a curriculum that teaches five core life skills (leadership, self-confidence, teamwork, healthy habits, and communication) through sports. This makes our program unique and is the basis for why GSW exists. We try to include as many lessons as possible every class and aim to assess the program’s importance by evaluating the […]

The Joys of Being the Bad Cop

Posted by on Apr 8, 2017 in Recent Stories

My whole life, I have been the good cop. I’ve been described as “too nice” and “a hopeless optimist,” and people tell me that others sometimes take advantage of me because of how nice I am. I am a people-pleaser in everything I do. My co-captain in college and I would joke about how she […]

The Light of Our Life: Luz

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Recent Stories

On Monday, we had our second sports class at Los Nogales. We started the day teaching English to 4th 5th and 6th grade, then quickly ate a hearty lunch to give us enough time to return to play with the girls before officially starting classes. We were playing soccer against the boys (winning, as usual) […]

The Profes’ New Groove

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Recent Stories

  Our first few weeks back to Cusco have been a whirlwind! As we stepped off our last 26-hour bus ride from Lima, it definitely felt like home returning to this city that only nine months ago was foreign territory. Seeing familiar buses, street signs, and knowing with complete certainty when a cab driver was […]

Adventures with the Girls in February

Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 in Recent Stories

  Manaus Boat We decided to take a slow boat from Manaus to Tabatinga in the Brazilian Amazon. In a nutshell, our days consisted of eating beans and rice, searching for animals that we never saw, introducing our girls to our neighbors, three young girls and a grandpa, napping in our hammock beds, eating more […]

The Power of Leading With an Open Heart

Posted by on Feb 18, 2017 in Recent Stories

Treat others the way you want to be treated. I remember learning the Golden Rule in elementary school. Not only does this way of life have good karmic effects, but it also encourages one to see the world through the eyes of others and to ensure a daily practice of empathy. These past two months […]

Pushing Through

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in Recent Stories

It was 6:37pm, and we were 15 minutes into our 3-day journey down/mostly up the beautiful Camino Siete Lagos, or the Seven Lakes Road.   I am by no means an experienced biker and, since my injury during the last season of college soccer, I haven’t the level I would need to survive this biking […]