What We Do

La Puerta Abierta hosts a wide range of activities designed to enhance the educational opportunities for local students.

  • TRAVELING LIBRARY – We work with eight schools in the outlying neighborhoods of Santiago. Participating classes receive a visit from an enthusiastic librarian from La Puerta Abierta on a weekly basis.  While children receive exposure to reading and interactive activities, class-room teachers learn how to incorporate literacy into their curriculum. Read more information about the Traveling Library here.
  • PRIMARY EDUCATION – Four years ago, La Puerta Abierta opened the first creative, nonconventional preschool in Santiago Atitlan. We have created an environment for our young learners which is inviting, educational, and stimulating. Our staff has designed a creative curriculum which embraces art and exploration. We currently offer three academic grades, preschool, kindergarten and first grade. Read more information about our Primary Education program here.
  • MOMMY AND ME – Children ages 2-5 and their mothers come together each Saturday morning to participate in the Mommy and Me classes where they engage in creative play, story time, and early childhood stimulation activities. Read more about our Mommy and Me classes here.
  • TEEN READING GROUP – In 2012, our staff was inspired to launch a reading circle for young adults.  We created a safe place where teenagers could come together once a week to discuss a book they were reading as a group, socialize, and make new friends.  The teen reading circle was our first initiative to connect with an older audience and has encouraged us to branch out; embracing a new demographic population in our community. Read more about the Teen Reading Group here.