Alamos has about 8,000 residents and maybe 400 gringos who own homes and hotels. The gringos have been fund raising for education through the Amigos organization for over a decade. You may already know that Mexico ingeniously stops paying for education after the 7th grade, so the gringos make sure that any local kids who want to get to go as far in school and s/he wants, all the way through college.
The problem, which you may also be aware of. is that the Mexican teachers’ union grabs every last cent of gov’t funds for salary and is so strong that they have the entire school system in lock down. The kids learn next to nothing at “Our Sister of the Perpetual Recess” so we’re thinking of adding an ESL school in the hopes of making Alamos the first entirely bilingual town in Mexico.
Those of you familar with Puerto Vallarta may know of the Colegio Mexico-Americano [ http://colegiomexicoamericano.org/ ]
which has been a huge success and an equally huge commitment to get it funded, built, and managed. They even have an Olympic size swimming pool now! It all happened because the Mexican school system was so bad and Mr Bender decided to spend his retirement making it happen. The guy is a saint.
As to a link to the Amigos site, I’ll include one but be fore warned. The site is old, unmanaged, and even the email link is defective. It’s one of the many things on the list to get done. We’ve never gone outside Alamos for fund raising, and it’s obvious that we might be able to do well with a good website. In the meantime, anyone who has any interest in learning more about the Amigos or Alamos can feel free to email me. Hopefully there is an email link to me supplied on this forum.
Meanwhile, here’s the link for Alamos Amigos, for what it’s worth.
Please contact me though if you’re interested, and come to the big barbecue out by the airport in Alamos on Feb 21st!