Visiting the Volcanes School in Puerto Vallarta
    Each time you go to the Volcanes School, you're amazed at how primitive conditions are in a city as modern and prosperous as Puerto Vallarta. Driving on dirt and mud roads that would stop most cars, you make your way further and further from the luxury resorts of the PV coastline.   And as development close to the seaside continues, the poor are forced further and further out to where they try to eke out a meager living. The poverty on each side of the street is appalling yet at the end of the dismal trek is a beautiful school surrounded by a fence.  
Photo of Volcanes Primary School soon after being built around 2008.
(The old abandoned school behind it had been left stripped of windows and electrical.)

Thanks to the Volunteer Efforts by Volcanes Parents, the Grounds of Volcanes Primary School are lush with trees.

Welcome to Volcanes Primary School

Colonia Volcanes in Puerto Vallarta

Map of Colonia Volcanes

     It's impressive how a 
poor but 
dedicated community can accomplish so mush with so little. After years of horrible conditions at old 5 room school, the government finally built a new school beside the old dilapidated and overcrowded structure.  Yet, though Volcanes had succeeded in getting a new school, there was still no funding for everyday necessities such as toilet paper let alone teaching students English or something so basic as computers.   As in most Mexican primary schools, students are only taught basic Spanish, Math, History, and other core subjects.
    Yet even in the poorest neighborhood (Colonia) in Puerto Vallarta,
 the teachers and students continued to work 
e
very day 
to improve the school grounds with grass and plenty of newly planted trees that will give shade in the coming years.   They and the families of Volcanes are so proud of their Primary School and continue to see it as the heart of their community.
       While at the new 6 classroom Volcanes Primary School, visitors can also easily see the remarkable work done to the once derelict former school building.  The VCEP re-furbished the abandoned school's five old stripped classrooms.  Refinished them with new windows, wiring, lighting, and computers.  They then began to offer after-hour English and Computer classes for the children to attend after their regular school day was over. 
    Two of the classrooms now have English classes for the kids, the third is the new computer classroom with donated state-of-the-art HP laptops and the fourth classroom is on its way to becoming the school's library.  The last two classrooms have been turned into one of Puerto Vallarta's few libraries and study/meeting room.   It's all on a shoe-string but it's working. 

Volcanes School