My name is Mario, I’m 25 years old and I’m a Glasswing volunteer. I teach Science Club and Debate Club. Growing up, I always felt passionate about helping kids, but my parents didn’t want me pursuing a career as a teacher. So when the opportunity to be a Glasswing volunteer presented itself, I saw it was the perfect opportunity to fulfill this desire.
As a volunteer, we work with kids and support them in all areas of their lives, not just in the themes specific to the clubs. Many of these kids come from difficult backgrounds, so it’s our job to try to help them build a sense of self. There have always been issues with the education system in El Salvador, but Glasswing’s approach is putting a breath of fresh air into the system, providing our kids with both a rich educational and social culture.
I want to continue to work with children, this work completes who I want to be as an individual and provides the perfect complement to my daily career in international relations. I hope to leave a positive mark on the lives of the children I work with. I feel like Glasswing is already doing so much great work for youth around the country, it’s my hope that they can continue to expand their programs so that they can reach more children.