The community of La Joya del Aguacatl has three small classrooms. The classrooms are not suitable for students – they are too small, too hot and too dark. Ideally we would build three classrooms in the community, but they only have space for two classrooms. The community has already filled over 1,000 eco-bricks, and Jorge, Hug It Forward’s director of environmental education, is starting an environmental education program with the students next week. The community contains a “water park” called El Paraiso, which could potentially be part of the community hike during a voluntourism trip. There is no transportation to this village so, after getting a bus from where they live, teachers have to walk a further 45 minutes every day (morning and afternoon) from the nearest community.

Name of principal: Esther Ruiz
Elementary School
Number of students: 65
Number of teachers: 3
Distance from San Martín: 16 km
Population (approximate): 800
Classrooms: 2