november-11

For the Love of Learning

What is Valentine’s Day? Many of us know it as the holiday retailers use to sell hearts, chocolates, and cards. However, we may not know the history behind this romantic celebration. Today we’ll take a look at the history behind Valentine’s Day. In Ancient Rome, Lupercalia took place between February 13th and 15th. This was an […]

november-10

We Love Our REACH Teachers!

Although we wish we could personally motivate all students around Chiapas, and especially those who receive our REACH program, we are a small team and there are a lot of schools. That’s why an important part of  REACH involves working with local teachers to teach them the REACH materials, support them, and motivate them throughout the […]

november-2

10 Questions with Ann

This year we want you to get to know us. On a monthly basis, we’ll be sharing “10 Questions with Escalera” so you can get to know the wonderful people working in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas. We’ll start with Ann, our CFO and founding family member, who has been with Escalera since 1998! […]

november-3

Behind the Scenes with Escalera

Imagine you walk two hours to school on a dirt road. The way there is all downhill but when you come back after a busy day at school, that two hour trip is now uphill. The students who go to school with such dedication are inspiring, and at Escalera we want them to realize how […]

november-9

Thank you from Mexico!

In Mexico, we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in the traditional sense, no turkey dinners, no big family gatherings, and Christmas decorations are up before the third Thursday of November. However, this doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the spirit of Thanksgiving, being thankful for all the year has given us and what has yet to come. This […]

november-6

Reflecting on a week of school visits

This year, there have been changes in Mexico’s educational system; including the removal of inscription fees and teacher evaluations. In Chiapas and Oaxaca, these changes have been met with protests and strikes because many teachers believe that the reform unfairly impacts teachers in rural areas who do not have the resources to meet the requirements. […]