Host School: Colegio Montessori de Chihuahua
Students will stay with host families provided by the school.
Adolescents are uniquely suited to address the critical issues of the world. Only by directly experiencing the complexities of society and working in a global community will adolescents develop an authentic understanding of the human condition as their social and moral selves evolve.
To encourage hope and positive action for the future, the adolescent needs to feel part of the solution by their efforts to solve one problem at a time. When a group of Montessori students from different parts of the world collaborate, they become advocates for what is true human progress. This is their developmental task.
The forest of Majalca is a small but important piece of land. Located 47 kilometers from Chihuahua, it provides the city with water, helps regulate the temperature, and provides the city with clean air. Therefore, it is called “the city’s green lung.” Majalca is also the closest forest to Chihuahua City, so it provides the urban population the opportunity to be in contact with nature. The work that adolescents do at Majalca contributes to control four major aspects that concern the local settlers. These are reforestation, erosion, overgrazing, and trail maintenance. If students continue helping the associations in charge to control these aspects, their work will have a meaningful impact on the park’s life.
Students plant and take care of the trees. They are guided by experts on this matter, providing them with information and workshops on how to transplant the trees properly. Other activities aside from planting include watering the trees, digging water pits, and isolating cattle from the newly planted areas.