Winter Break in Guatemala
Service - Learning in Guatemala Building Bottle Schools with Hug It Forward
Bottle schools are constructed using the tried and tested method of post and beam construction, with sturdy foundations, columns, and beams made of concrete reinforced with iron rebar. The component that gives bottle schools their name and makes them environmentally-friendly is the use of “eco-bricks” in place of cinder blocks or bricks. “Eco-bricks” are plastic bottles densely packed with inorganic trash (for example, plastic bags, chip packets, and polystyrene). Community members gather the trash and stuffs the eco-bricks to begin the construction process. Masons then sandwich the eco-bricks between chicken wire and cover them with cement to form the walls of the new bottle school.
Dates: Spring Break - March 12-16, 2018
Spring Break Non-Refundable Deposit Due: Feb. 15, 2018
Spring Break Final Payment Due Date: March 2, 2018
Dates: Summer Break - June 7-13, 2018
June 21-27, 2018
July 5-11, 2018
Summer Break Non-Refundable Deposit Due: Feb. 15, 2018
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Hug It Forward is a grassroots organization that promotes education and raises environmental awareness by empowering communities in Guatemala to build bottle schools: schools
constructed using “eco-bricks” (plastic bottles stuffed with inorganic trash) in place of cinder blocks.
By building bottles schools, entire communities work together to build a more sustainable educational infrastructure for their future. In the past five years since its founding, Hug It Forward has built 48 bottle schools (as of November 2014).