The Community (neighborhood) of Colonia Volcanes in Puerto Vallarta

   Volcanes is a very small and tightly knit Colonia (neighborhood) of Puerto Vallarta Mexico.  It's also one of the city's poorest Colonias and is
 located as far as possible from the golden beaches at the base of 
the mountains.  

Colonia Volcanes in Puerto Vallarta

Map of Colonia Volcanes
 
  
Below is a live map of the Volcanes School in Puerto Vallarta from which you can click to see a Satellite View of the community, its streets and buildings.

Volcanes School in Puerto Vallarta Mexico


    Colonia Volcanes is a small, tightly knit community.  Everyone knows everyone and everyone helps everyone.  So when the city graded the area  in front of the primary school intending the area for a park, the families in Volcanes waited patiently for any government department to build the park.  After one year with no results, they took matters into their own hands.    
    Under the direction of the President of the Volcanes Colonia Council, the families took action.  They installed two soccer goal posts for a simple soccer field, and began a play area for the smaller children.  Within weeks and with the help of the local citizens (no help from the government) a beautiful playground was built with sidewalks, a fountain, benches, a swing set and climbing structures.  The kids love it.  Every afternoon they play in the area waiting for the teachers to arrive for the afternoon English and computer classes.  Once they see the van turn the corner they run to the gate of the school and line up waiting to rush to class. 
    This community effort is what is helping to make the VCEP program so successful. 

Volcanes Primary School is the Pride of the Community
    Every day at the Volcanes Primary School, local mothers continue to do volunteer work to improve the little school and the lives of their children.  The changes are drastic.  From the new Volcanes Primary School building surrounded by a dust field to a lush tree and shade filled property. 
The Need
Mexican children often only attend school to Grade 6

    In Mexico, children often stop attending public school after Grade 6 which 
means that almost 70% of children in public schools in Puerto Vallarta do not even finish Primary School!  
After Grade 6
, only children with high marks need to pass exams to win one of the limited number of available 
Secondary school 
seats.  As 
Primary Schools in poor neighborhoods don't have English teachers or computers, their students often can't even compete. 
    The VCEP supplements the school’s curriculum with the two essential skills - English and computer classes needed give Volcanes children a chance at getting a seat in Secondary School, followed by a path College or University and offering each one a future with a good secure job.  
Often, only Children from Rich Families can attend High School
    Volcanes students lucky enough 
to continue their education in
 Secondary School still face 
tuition costs which most families find impossible to pay.  For these  students, the 
VCEP along with the local Rotary club offer yearly BECAS Scholarships to help families keep their children in Secondary School, as well as College or University
Click Here if you want more information on how you might sponsor a child)