Nicaragua: Cultural Immersion and Service by Samantha Sloan, Mastery Charter Schools Foundation verified non-profit

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Launched Nov 16, 2016
Ends Feb 13, 2017
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Category: Field Trip
Class Size: 15
Grade: 12th 

Our goal is to provide 15 exemplary, low-income, 12th grade students with an educational program in Nicaragua. This program will have three different focus areas: cultural and language immersion, sustainable ecological tours, and service learning.

The majority of the students participating in this trip have not been outside of the Mid-Atlantic region, let alone the country, and this experience would be life changing for all students involved.

 We hope to have a program that allows students to: 

  • Explore international destinations to gain awareness of global perspectives and connections. 
  • Promote international understanding, respect for different cultures, language learning and global citizenship.
  • Align with school curricula to bring subjects, people, places and events to life.
  • Provide global settings to sharpen key 21st century skills—critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration and global competence.
  • Develop interpersonal and leadership skills necessary to navigate new experiences with confidence and adaptability.

Our plan:

  • We have created a partnership with Green Pathways an organization focused on sustainable tours in Nicaragua. 
  • The program is taking place during Spring Break, April 8th-15th, 2017.
  • The program will cost around $1700 dollars per student, including the cost of the passport, airfare, in-country lodging, transportation, local guides, food, transportation, and activities/adventures. Students are responsible for covering $500 dollars of the program cost. The rest of the money will be covered by fundraising, scholarships and grants. Students are willing to do whatever it takes to raise the money necessary, and have already planned a number of fundraisers to begin covering the various costs.
  • We have acquired money from the Ellis Trust, which will give 3 female students $1,500 to apply to the cost of their trip.
  • We have the full and complete support of the school, and they are willing to support any and all endeavors necessary to provide such an amazing experience to the students of Mastery Pickett.

If we do not meet our goal...

We will not be able to run this life-changing experience without help from generous donors like you.  Regardless, we are working extensively with community partners to receive small grants and scholarships for our participants.

Suggested Investments


Trip Investment

All $25 donors will receive a thank you letter.
Invest $25


Trip Investment

$50 donors will receive a personalized thank you letter as well as recognition on the trip platform.
Invest $50


Trip Investment

All donors who give a $100 trip investment will receive a personalized note and recognition on the platform.
Invest $100


Sponsor a Passport

A $180 donation will sponsor the passport for one student. Each passport donor will receive recognition for the fund, as well as a personalized letter from the sponsored student.
Invest $180


Sponsor a Student

This donation will cover the program costs for one student. All donors at this level will receive a thank you package, recognition on all platforms, and a personal video from the student you sponsored
Invest $1700

Samantha Sloan

Spanish Teacher, Mastery Charter Schools Foundation

I have been an active member of Teach for America, and I have spent the last year and a half immersed in the movement to solve education inequity in this country and provide all students with a quality education. I was fortunate enough to be selected from a nationwide talent applicant pool to join a teacher corps comprised of leaders who commit a minimum of two years to teach in high need public schools.

I firmly believe that education exists to create global citizens who are prepared to take on the challenges of the 21st century world. For that reason, I am hoping to further this mission by providing my students with a culture/service trip outside of the United States.

Mastery Charter Schools Foundation View All Causes

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mastery Charter Schools and Mastery Schools of Camden form a non-profit school network of 21 schools in Philadelphia, PA and Camden, NJ serving approximately 12,000 students in grades K-12. Our mission is to ensure that all students learn the academic and personal skills they need to succeed in higher education, compete in the global economy and pursue their dreams.

At the core of every Mastery school is a set of values that guides all of our actions. Mastery’s values are infused in the everyday life of the organization -- in the recruitment criteria for new staff, in staff evaluation and promotion decisions, in the organization’s growth strategy, and in the way staff interact with each other and the parents and students we serve.


February 13, 2017

Hi everyone!

We truly cannot thank you enough for all of your donations! We are on our way to making this trip a reality, and we truly could not be more thrilled to be able to provide this experience to our students! 

Our students are extremely appreciative, and they will be sending out thank you notes this week! If you could send your address, that would be amazing! 

Thank you again for your willingness to provide this amazing group with an incredible opportunity. We can't thank you enough!

-Mastery Charter Spanish Club

Samantha Sloan
Adam Phoebe
Kylie Meyer
Katie Schottland
Russell Quiñones
Gautam Badgujar
Jayme Abrahamsen
Julia Jones
Cassandra Buchta
Maanika Keesara
Laura Welch
Indika Ekanayake
Micah Hart
Andrew Phoebe
Nonie Beal
Laura Mardis x 2
Greta Sloan
Amanda Hershberger
Sandy Phoebe
Robin Altman
Claire Sather
Femi Masha
gloria murphy
fiona murphy
Ian Buchta x 2

Jayme Abrahamsen November 17, 2016

Have an amazing trip!

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