The AATSP and The Pulsera Project have established a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in the pursuit of encouraging service-learning, Spanish language and cultural education, and expanding access to professional development for Spanish teachers. We believe that breaking down linguistic and cultural barriers is an important goal and will work to increase the incentives teachers have to adopt service-learning projects and best teaching practices. To learn more about the MOU and to see the virtual signing between AATSP Executive Director Sheri Spaine Long and The Pulsera Project Co-Founder Chris Howell, click here.
The Pulsera Project is a nonprofit organization that educates, empowers, and connects Central American artists with students in more than 3,000 US schools through the sale of colorful handwoven bracelets, or pulseras. They brighten US schools with art and compelling cultural education while employing Guatemalan and Nicaraguan artisans and investing proceeds to create lasting change in their communities.
The National Spanish Examinations (NSE) also has a collaborative effort with The Pulsera Project to offer scholarship opportunities to teachers for travel abroad. For more information about these opportunities, click here.
To read more about AATSP's formal collaborators, click here.
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"The Pulsera Project buys hand-woven pulseras from Central American artists and then partners with student groups to sell them through U.S. schools. We provide sustainable fair trade employment and have dramatically expanded economic opportunities for hundreds of artists since 2009. We also educate U.S. students about Latin American culture and the importance of Fair Trade practices.
With the money raised from pulsera sales we fund many programs that empower people through secondary education, university scholarships, housing programs, healthcare, workers' rights advocacy, gender equality, funding for environmental initiatives, and more. We partner with groups & non-profit organizations who share our belief that economic aid is just one part of a mutual exchange among people who share knowledge, ideas, and life experiences for the benefit of all.
Our projects are guided by a philosophy of empowerment. Rather than giving things to people, we empower people with the skills, opportunities, and education that allow them to provide for themselves and their communities."