Summer is the perfect opportunity to enrich basic education and take a break from the core subjects of Spanish, math, natural sciences and others, and participate in recreational activities that provide children with skills and knowledge about culture and art. Sharing Tizapán keeps students active during vacation periods, stimulates their curiosity and may awaken in them a thirst for different knowledge that complements their education.
Various student organizations have organized activities throughout the year that contribute to the Progreso Tizapán neighborhood. In the summer of 2018, the Sharing Tizapán program, coordinated by the AIESEC collaborators and students from the Tizapán Construye organization, joined forces to provide activities for the children of the community. The courses were given by ITAM at its Periférico facilities during the summer.
What Makes Sharing Tizapán More Interesting?
The answer is the interaction between cultures because the topics that were taught in the classroom every day were taught by students from our university and volunteers from other countries. They had a special touch as they shared their own experiences about their cultures.
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Los niños que formaron parte del proyecto Sharing Tizapan nos cuentan que poder conocer más de otra cultura como lo fue con Eileen(China) y Gloria(Perú) es una experiencia que les abrió los ojos, los impactó y les hizo aprender mucho de otros países. #AIESEC #AIESECmx #AIESECenITAM #China #Panama #SharingTizapan #EducandoHacemosUnCambio #Culture #Kids #Friends #Live #Love #Learn #Leader #mextagram
Being able to interact with foreign volunteers and share time together with the children is one of the purposes of this program, which was started because ITAM Construye needed more people to continue with the project of teaching mathematics to low-income children of the neighborhood. For this reason, they approached AIESEC, which for more than two years has been developing the Sharing Tizapán program with international volunteers.
More than 150 students, 64 of whom are the youngest students, participated in the 2018 summer program. “The children are very interested in the subjects. They participate a lot,” says Isabella, a Brazilian volunteer. “We teach them about our cultures.” Although classes are taught in Spanish, children get to learn other languages, such as English, Portuguese, Chinese or German. “There are children who do not know English and now they greet you in other languages,” a volunteer said. “It’s impressive.”
Projects like this one generate part of the social impact that ITAM establishes in its mission: “… to develop a freer, more just and prosperous society.”