GoodX Travel Scholarship
a project by Luis Petzhold & Risa Halagueña
Arjean will be the 1st Filipino to join Camp UWP. We have 3 weeks left – help make it happen and be a part of this amazing journey!
A young Filipino student named Arjean has the opportunity to represent the Philippines this July and GoodX needs you to help make it happen! Arjean is from the Talaandig tribe in Bukidnon, Mindanao and is a Cartwheel Foundation college scholar. We are on a mission to help her to attend an international summer camp in the US called Camp Up with People.
We are raising funds offline and through The Spark Project to cover part of Arjean’s camp tuition fee, domestic and international airfare, travel insurance, passport application, visa application, food allowance and other related expenses. Let’s all help Arjean go on a life-changing journey!
‘It takes a whole village to raise a child’, so goes the song.
We are taking this saying to heart by helping an underprivileged young Filipino cultivate a love for travel, culture, service, and international friendships. Seeing the world and discovering different cultures are memorable ways for a community to build character and self-confidence in a young person’s life.
In our experience, education and experiential learning outside the four walls of a classroom are both life-changing and fun. In other countries, young people are even encouraged to travel during a period called their ‘gap year’ to help them learn a new language or skill or simply to broaden their horizons. Helping a young Filipino join an international summer camp is our first contribution in that direction.
Through the performing arts, community service, multicultural educational activities, field trips and international friendships, we would like our Filipino travel scholar to embark on an unforgettable journey of adventure, creativity, and self-discovery.
The GoodX team loves traveling as experiential learners – staying with multicultural host families, volunteering in foreign lands, and learning about the world beyond the typical tourist holiday.
The team has organized volunteer trips to the Philippines and other countries before with participants from all over the world. They’ve seen the impact a volunteer trip makes on participants’ world view, life skills, and cultural and professional development.
This year, GoodX is sending a young Filipina to attend a summer camp abroad to broaden her horizons through experiential learning. Partnering with Cartwheel Foundation, they are currently raising funds to cover camp, airfare and other expenses by July.
About Cartwheel Foundation
GoodX is thrilled to partner with Cartwheel Foundation, an NGO that sprang from the desire to help build a school for the children of the Talaandig tribe. Since that initial project, Cartwheel Foundation has grown to empower indigenous peoples all over the Philippines through quality and culturally relevant education for pre-school, college and adult learning levels. They have been a partner to marginalized and underprivileged indigenous communities since 1999 by customizing programs that suit their realities and dreams.
Name: Arjean Marie Belco
Community: Tinaytayan, San Miguel, Talakag, Bukidnon
No. of siblings: 5
Parents’ occupation: Farmers
“My dream in life is to be a successful professional teacher someday. Because I want to rise up my community and family from poverty, not totally in financial problem but in a right way on how to live with courage and to discover the true values of life.”
About the camp
The international camp is called Camp Up with People and will take place between July 21 and August 10, 2013 in Harrisonburg, VA, near Washington, DC, in the United States.
Camp Up with People is a non-profit performing arts, leadership, community service and culturally diverse summer camp that brings together students from around the world to impact and inspire the community through service and song. Through this unique combination of components, including outdoor activities, service projects and staging, campers will gain a sense of social responsibility, confidence and purpose, as well as the skills and appreciation of working cooperatively as part of a diverse group. The camp with culminate with a professionally produced public performance, showcasing the campers’ talents, cultures and hopes for the world while making lifelong friends in a supportive and safe environment, while also having a lot of fun.
Camp Up with People is a partnership between Camp Horizons and Up with People, an international educational organization in existence now for 48 years.
1) What is GoodX?
GoodX is a project that supports intercultural and experiential learning and travel. Our first initiative will send a young indigenous student from Bukidnon, Mindanao, Philippines to an international summer camp in the US.
2) How did you choose the GoodX Travel Scholar?
Through our partner organization Cartwheel Foundation we chose a student enrolled in Asia’s first indigenous university, Pamulaan Center for Indigenous Peoples’ Education at the University of Southeastern Philippines.
3) Why did you choose a summer camp based outside of the Philippines?
In order to have a multicultural experience for our travel scholar, we wanted a summer camp that will have a diverse roster of campers. Camp Up with People welcomes young people from all over the world. Even if we are not associated with the camp, we are familiar with its quality and the people who run it. The camp has great facilities and is located in beautiful Shenandoah Valley near Washington DC, USA.
4) Why this July?
The Camp is only held during summer time in the US. Hopefully we can work on sending another scholar in 2014.
5) Why are you supporting only one scholar?
The travel scholarship is our first project and we would like to ensure that we will be able to provide the time, coordination, and resources required to have a Filipino youth travel abroad. Eventually we would like to support more youth exchanges.
6) How do I qualify for a travel scholarship?
GoodX focuses on high school and college-aged youth who are interested in travel and experiential learning. Based on the success of the current travel scholarship we will assess the opportunities for other future scholarships for underprivileged youth.
7) Why do you need to raise funds?
Attending the international summer camp requires a variety of expenses both here and in the US. Since we are inviting someone who would not ordinarily have the opportunity to attend the camp, we need to financially support her during her trip preparation, documents, travel expenses, and for the duration of the 3-week camp.
8) Will Cartwheel also contribute to your fundraising?
As our partner NGO, Cartwheel sees the value of the summer camp experience and will be also contributing funds to cover our travel scholar’s expenses.
9) How can I volunteer my time for GoodX?
We welcome volunteer support through our fundraising events and other activities. In particular we need help with our social media and offline promotions. If you think this would be interesting for you, shoot us an email via firstname.lastname@example.org.
10) How do I get updated on the next GoodX projects and events?
Please check our website at www.goodx.org and also join our mailing list by emailing email@example.com and also liking our FB page. Thanks!
11) When is the next travel scholarship?
If we exceed the goals of our current fundraising, we are considering providing some financial support to a youth going to World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, also this July. We are looking forward to replicating the travel scholarship to the camp next year as well.
Things Happen for a Reason July 18, 2013
We have some interesting developments that have just recently happened and we have had to adjust accordingly. Situations beyond our control have led us to look for alternative plans as Arjean’s US visa was not granted.
The good news is that we are already organizing a great alternative for Arjean so she can still go on her travel scholarship within the same period that her university allowed her to travel. Her trip will continue to be true to our scholarship purpose, which advocates travel as the best education.
Arjean will now travel next week to… Brazil!
Cartwheel Foundation, Inc., as well as our crowdfunding partners, The Spark Project and PhilAmTHropy (PATH) continue to be very supportive. We would also like to thank Camp Up with People for their support during the whole process and for looking forward to Arjean’s educational development whether at the camp or elsewhere.
We’re grateful that we have previous experience working with international youth in Brazil. Also, Brazil grants Filipinos visa-free entry for up to 90 days.
Arjean’s travel scholarship will now bring her to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and while there she will still be exposed to key components like international travel, multicultural exchanges, a creative learning environment, leadership development, community service, host family stays, all while also taking part in one the world’s biggest youth events, World Youth Day.
We’re glad that from July 23 to 28, World Youth Day will be happening in Rio de Janeiro, which happens to be Luis’ hometown. We’ve started mobilizing our network in Brazil and have already received great support. If you may also recall, in June 2012, we successfully took a group of 50 international youth from 20 countries to Brazil for Up with People’s two-week visit at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference. We are glad too that World Youth Day is set to bring about 1 million international youth together and this will be an amazing learning opportunity for Arjean. Some of the learning opportunities that the international youth experienced in Brazil just last year will also be available to her, even after the World Youth Day activities.
We’ve already communicated the new travel plans to Arjean and she is also very excited.
The GoodX Team
- Ish Orendain
- Eva Parreno
- Tony Halaguena
- Reinald Lobo
- Illac Diaz
- James Bigos
- Rainey Sarmiento
- Fabiana Garcia
- Matt Hart
- Sylvia Lichauco
- Pepper Vinluan
- Chef Jessie Sincioco
- Omu Toledo
- Alissa Ann Lim
- Stuart Bloom
- Margot Orendain
- Juliette Ramirez
- Vic Ramirez
- Candy A. Ramos
- Jerry A. Garcia
- Benjoe Panahon
- Leslie Martin
- Julie Barrios
- Jer Chen
- Arnold Alagar
- Jinggay Gatmaytan
- Mylene Abiva
- Tessa G. Santos
- Marianna Alfa Fernando-Pacua
- Renee Alfonso
- Nicco Nicolas
- Iya Halaguena
- Trixie Halaguena
- Ione Almeida Magalhaes
- Maria Jose Magalhaes
- Mario Fernando Petzhold
- Maria de Lourdes Petzhold
- Risa Halaguena
- Luis Petzhold
- Philippe Gaeng
- Dilson Silva
- Mica Rodriguez
- Elaine Mapa
- Conchita Montano
- Bon Aguilar
- Wender Lima
- Men Sta Ana
- Coco Pablo
- Katrina Tuazon
- Cheryl Ramirez
- Coleen Ramirez
- Mariedad Soto
- Janice Ramirez
- Marcos Almeida
- Justine Guerrero
- Toni Bernardo
- Joy Go Legaspi
raised of a Php75,000.00 goal