Rolex Awards for Enterprise
An excerpt from the project proposal
"The majority of these young students arrive to Yucatan with the illusion of “helping,” however upon entering into direct contact with their local host family, working on community projects and interacting with the Yucatecan people, they discover that the one being helped is them; by being given attention, friendship, care and life-long connections.
They discover that the richness which we still possess here has vanished in many of the more developed countries and that many of the practices that they observe in Yucatan, they have only heard about from their grandparents, if even that.
They find in Yucatan an opportunity to reinvent and empower themselves and go out in the world sharing this experience which has changed their lives forever.
And so, how is it that our own children and youth here in Yucatan don’t realize what they have? They want the modern world, the developed world that everyone talks about and they lose perspective, ignore that which is most important; the roots that they have right here."
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