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My name is Molly Clesen and I currently work as a teacher of students with visual impairments in Springfield Public Schools. I interned for 5 weeks this summer with the Manuela Gandarillas Center for the Blind in Cochabamba, Bolivia. This was an opportunity to empower and contribute to an amazing program in this local community by working with the clients to help them complete tasks independently, teaching lessons on writing, Braille, and other techniques, and participating in games and exercises to stimulate other senses. My goal has been to keep all supporters informed with up to date information about my fundraising efforts and experiences abroad. Even though I have returned, the center for the blind continues to need support. If you would like to donate to a very worthwhile cause, please click on the "Donate" button below. Thank you and any support you can provide is very appreciated. --Molly

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Friday, July 8, 2011

Mucho Trabajo!


So we successfully shared in very broken Spanish everything we could about the education system in the US for people with visual impairments.  There was a lot of great information shared between the US teachers and Bolivia and it has been very interesting to learn about the way things work here.  After two very tiring days of sharing, we went to the blind center today and were given our next project.  The director has requested that Katrina and I create a "how to guide" for school integration to be used at the Manuela Gandarillas Center for the Blind.  We´re going to begin by making a table of contents and then flesh out the remaining part with two of the teachers who specialize in school integration.  It´s going to be a lot of work, but we have the time because apparently it´s too cold for kids to go to school here, even though it´s usually about 70-80 degrees each day.    It´s freezing in the morning and at night but it´s usually nice and sunny during the day.  Since we have the break, we´ll be going to the campo in order to "relax" with the other teachers. It sounds like  we´ll be  having a lot of fun and playing games and things before the students return next week.  Anyway, I will be posting pictures and a letter about what we´re doing soon.  Unfortunately, we are not supposed to upload pictures during work hours because it really slows down the internet connection.  This weekend we´re going to try and relax because it seems that we spend a lot of time hurrying from one place to another and enjoying time with the other volunteers from other countries.  Well I´ll update you all soon!


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