Meet Dora

Dora is our intern who is sponsored by a local organization called Starfish One by One. This Lake Atitlan organization provides scholarships for junior high and high school students, empowers young women by creating leaders and offers internships with other organizations in the area to offer job training prior to entering the work force.


We are grateful to have Dora as an intern at La Puerta Abierta and would like to share a little bit of her story.

What do you like best about working with La Puerta Abierta?

I enjoy working with children because they are fun and I love to play games with them.


What do you like to teach at La Puerta Abierta?

My favorite class is music class and painting class.

What have learned during your internship at La Puerta Abierta?

I have learned how to set the classroom up into different stations for teaching such as an art, math, and science.  I also enjoy learning about the classroom management techniques and classroom community building skills which La Puerta Abierta uses. These techniques have taught me more about how to keep the attention of the children during class time and how to teach the students to have respect for their fellow classmates and teachers.

How old are you?

I am 24.

How many Siblings do you have and do they have a higher education?

I have two siblings.  I am a middle child.  I am the first of my family to pursue a higher education.


What are three things that you like to do in your free time?

I like to play basketball, read, and help my mother at her store in the market.

Dora expressed that she would like to work at La Puerta Abierta once she completes her internship.


La Puerta Abierta would like to thank Starfish for allowing us the opportunity to work with such a dedicated and bright scholar at our school.  We are happy to partner with a rewarding program that empowers young women in our community.


Art Classes with Angelika

This morning was vibrant at La Puerta Abierta…vibrant with rich green volcanos,  royal blue lakes, emerald skies and vibrant with the bright smiles of engaged children.


For over five years, German born artist Angelika Bauer who has called Santiago home for over 25 years has been collaborating with La Puerta Abierta teaching art to our students.


Today, 5 year old Fernando declared, “Angelika, can we PLEASE  have more art classes?” after making a watercolor landscape of Lake Atitlan.


In addition to learning a variety of techniques such as collage, drawing with oil pastels and painting, students have the opportunity to think creatively and critically while exploring art.


Angelika visits our kindergarten and 1st grade class once a month, an artistic gift to our center and our students.

Baila con tu Cuerpo

Today La Puerta Abierta participated in the community wide dance competition for the 2014 school Olympics.  We were a bright burst of colors as we moved our bodies to a variety of songs including samba beats, “The Lion Sings Tonight,” “Baila con tu Cuerpo” by Basho and “Happy,”by Pharrell Williams.


We were all smiles on the town basketball court.


Profesor Isaias was the choreographer for our young dancers and Miss Isa helped in designing our colorful costumes.  La Puerta Abierta shined with energy, enthusiasm and originality.


Bien hecho amiguitos!