What We Do

Our Mission

To reduce the educational gap of young people in rural areas by increasing access to higher, better education, thereby helping overcome the poverty cycle.

Rural Ed sends skilled, international interns from all over the world into these community centers to facilitate programs in literacy, computer skills, and English via relevant topics such as intercultural learning, environmental sustainability, health and nutrition for youth between the ages of 8 and 18.

The goal is to enhance access to educational and work opportunities that promote economic equality through development of life skills measured by:

  • Reading books to improve literacy - increasing reading level proficiency
  • Exposure to English language learning - capacity to use basic phrases and words correctly in English
  • Proficiency in computer skills demonstrated by locating and navigating websites, using age-appropriate programs, and working individually and in teams on computer projects.

If you are interested in joining our program and becoming an intern, visit our job opportunities page. 

Scholarships 

A key part Rural Ed's programming is the provision of scholarships to high school students. These scholarships help to alleviate the financial restraints covering costs such as books, uniforms, school fees and other materials needed to attend high school. In order to receive a scholarship, students must be participating in the program during their last year of secundaria (middle school), though more often than not, students participate in the program for many years leading up to then. A scholarship for one year for one high school student is $300USD. This small amount can guarantee at least one year of studies for a high school student.

If you are interested in supporting a high school student, visit our donate page.

For students wishing to apply details are here scholarship criteria. For the interview questions, please click interview questions (which are in Spanish).

High School Mentorship 

As our program grows and expands, we have begun working with our high school scholarship recipients to provide support and mentorship to them. These are students that have completed the program and are working towards their high school diploma. This aspect of the Rural Ed program will continue to grow as we have more scholarship recipients in the future.