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Esperanza Festival at Rushcliffe School


Rushcliffe School in Nottingham has supported EFTC for the past 6 years. As well as sponsoring 5 students at the School of Hope, the Rushcliffe Spanish Department now teaches a special module on Guatemalan culture as part of the curriculum. In 2015, Jorge Castillo, our head of secondary went to Rushcliffe School during a special visit to the UK to talk to students and teachers about life in Guatemala. Inspired by the close relationship between the two schools, various ex Rushliffe students have since been out to volunteer at the School of Hope independently after finishing their studies. 


Teachers at Rushcliffe School are therefore excited to announce that they have been working with EFTC to plan a future school trip to Guatemala! Students will spend a week volunteering at the School of Hope, helping in class as well as running their own after school workshops. During the second week they will volunteer on a conservation project in the Garden of Hope next to the school. At the weekends they will have the opportunity to do some sightseeing around Antigua as well as visit Pacaya volcano and Lake Atitlán. EFTC is very excited for their visit! 


Last week we had the pleasure of attending Rushcliffe School’s annual Esperanza Festival. This is the sixth year Rushcliffe school have run the fundraising event, and every year it gets more popular! The school arranges a fair for all the students to attend, where they can listen to music, play on the bouncy castle and peruse the various stalls on offer.

This year EFTC had its own stall, selling handcrafted items from Guatemala. The worry dolls, purses, bracelets and headbands were very popular with students, as well as the more unusual items such as the beaded animal keyrings and notebooks. All the items are made by Guatemalan artisans local to the School of Hope. Lots of the students were really interested in Guatemala, where the items came from and how they were made. It was fantastic to hear so many questions.

Many of the other stalls were run by the students themselves, helping to raise money for the School of Hope. Among these there was a barbecue, a raffle, sweets for sale and plenty of other treats. We were lucky to enjoy great weather and music, provided by the students, who sang covers of their favourite songs. Overall, the event was a great success and we managed to raise a good amount of money for the School of Hope. Perhaps more importantly, however, the students were able to learn more about the School of Hope and life in Guatemala, and give charity fundraising a go for the first time.


We would like to thank all those involved for organising the event and being so willing to help raise money for our cause. It was a wonderful event and we’re looking forward to attending again next year!