Thank you to everyone who came out to make Yosimar's debut experience in the United States one for the books! If you weren't able to make it out, here's what you missed! A wonderful group of CBOBers old and new greeted Yosi upon his arrival at the Fort Lauderdale airport, and then ventured to Texas Roadhouse for his welcome dinner. He spent the next few days living it up in style on Miami beach!
Check back in for a recap of Yosimar's Orlando experience!
We are extremely excited to announce that our very own CBOB scholar, Yosimar Palacios, is officially coming to the United States to study abroad at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana! We could not be more proud of everything Yosimar has accomplished. We are so excited to not only witness his incredible journey, but also to spend some time with him before sending him off! We invite you to join us in welcoming Yosimar as he travels to Miami, Orlando, and Gainesville, Florida in the weeks before studying abroad. Read on for a detailed itinerary of events!
AUGUST 3 | Miami, Florida: Our very own CBOB scholar Yosimar Palacios will officially achieve his biggest dream! He will land in American soil for the first time. Here, Yosimar will be greeted at Fort Lauderdale International Airport in South Florida. We are asking those that want to join in the celebration to be there at 7pm! Yosimar will be staying in Miami, FL until the 6th of August.
AUGUST 6 | Orlando, Florida: Yosimar will travel with Andrea Ortega, our Executive Director to Orlando, FL to meet CBOB headquarters. He will spend about a week touring the multicultural city - the city where all the "love happens". Orlando is a great place for Yosi to experience a conglomeration of American culture. The city also exhibits the lives of migrant workers that have achieved stable and happy lives in America.
Welcome to Orlando: August 8th, Noon
Location: Downtown Orlando, Lake Eola
512 E Washington St, Orlando, FL 32801
Orlando City Soccer Game, 7:30pm
Location: Orlando Citrus Bowl
1 Citrus Bowl Pl, Orlando, FL 32805
AUGUST 12 | Gainesville, Florida: Finally, before Yosimar heads of to begin his last semester in his undergraduate career in Louisiana he will travel with Gina Castano to Gainesville, FL home of the Gators! Here, he will have the opportunity to interact with the rest of our developmental staff and supporters that have been part of his Journey! CBOB will host a very special fundraising event to meet and greet with his CBOB family.
Gainesville Arrival: August 12th, 8pm
Location: Mother’s Pub $3 Burgers
1017 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601
University of Florida Tour: August 13th, 11am
Be on the lookout for more updates on Yosimar's journey!
Our Scholars have begun implementing their projects with our partner foundation in Envigado, Colombia. Erick and Davian went to visit our girls at Hogar Maria Isabel and did an arts and crafts workshop. Davian is currently attending college for graphic design and likes to use the arts as a medium to grow and be a better person. This was one of his dreams.
I feel very happy, blessed and grateful to have a wonderful opportunity like this. Being able to go to the United States is a dream that I have had since childhood, I have always been interested in the culture of this country and to go not only to visit but also to study is something that makes this much more enriching experience. I can not wait to be able to be sharing with all of you and learning new things that will be beneficial in my life. I can not wait to meet all CBOB volunteers who make all these dreams are possible, they are changing lives through their beautiful work. Through this opportunity will help you be a better prepared to face the challenges of the labor person, I want to use this experience to grow professionally and increase my knowledge. No doubt this experience will allow me to many more doors open in my future and serve as an example for all those people who think that you can not succeed, this will help them see that if you have a dream you should give it your everything to make it happen. You might not overcome everything in the beginning but you can't give up because every day you closer to fulfill that dream and that the only thing that can happen is you will achieve it.
In a few days I have the appointment to get my student visa, I am very excited that this day will soon arrive and trusted in God that everything will be fine. This will be one of the best days of my life.
For all the people who have donated really no words to express how I feel about them right now, anything you say may be sufficient to demonstrate the deep appreciation that I have and how blessed I am to have such special people like you. Knowing that there are people in this world who are able to give to others without any interest or expecting anything in return is something extraordinary, love is a wonderful feeling and that is what drives many to help without limits, even people who I do not know have donated and that is incredible. I hope to meet you all soon and thank those people personally. All are making a dream come true, are changing someone's life and I'm sure there's no better way to pay that seeing positive changes and to know that through your help I have the ability to have a better future.
Me siento muy feliz, bendecido y agradecido de tener una maravillosa oportunidad como esta. El poder ir a Estados Unidos es un sueño que tengo desde pequeño, siempre he estado interesado en la cultura de este país y el poder ir no solo a visitar sino también a estudiar es algo que hace esta experiencia mucho más enriquecedora. No veo la hora de poder estar compartiendo con todos y aprendiendo nuevas cosas que serán beneficiosas en mi vida. No veo la hora de conocer a todos los voluntarios de CBOB, quienes hacen que todos estos sueños sean posibles, ellos son los que cambian vidas por medio de su hermoso trabajo. Por medio de esta oportunidad deseo lograr ser una persona más preparada para enfrentarme a los retos del mundo laboral, quiero aprovechar esta experiencia para crecer profesionalmente y aumentar mis conocimientos. Sin duda alguna esta experiencia me permitirá que se abran muchas más puertas en mi futuro y servirá como ejemplo para todas esas personas que piensan que no es posible salir adelante, esto les ayudara a ver que si se puede, algo que siempre he dicho es que cuando tienes un sueño deber dar todo de ti para hacerlo realidad, no te puedes dejar vencer sino más bien pensar que cada día estas más cerca de cumplirlo y que el único que puede lograr eso suceda eres tú.
Dentro de unos días tengo la cita para obtener mi visa de estudiante, estoy muy emocionado de que ese día llegue pronto y confió en Dios que todo saldrá bien. Sera uno de los mejores días de mi vida.
Para todas las personas que han donado en realidad no tengo palabras para expresar lo que siento por ellos en estos momentos, nada de lo que diga puede ser suficiente para demostrar el profundo agradecimiento que tengo y lo bendecido que estoy de poder contar con personas tan especiales como ustedes. El saber que hay personas en este mundo que son capaces de dar a otros sin ningún interés ni esperando nada a cambio es algo extraordinario, el amor es un sentimiento maravilloso y eso es lo que mueve a muchos a ayudar sin límites, incluso personas que no me conocen han donado y eso me alegra mucho. Espero conocer a esas personas pronto y agradecerles personalmente. Todos están haciendo un sueño realidad, están cambiando la vida de alguien y estoy seguro que no hay mejor forma de pagarles que viendo cambios positivos y el que sepan que a través de su ayuda tengo la posibilidad de tener un mejor futuro.
Gabriela is a 2nd year civil engineering student and will be on our Development and Community Outreach Team.
Jazmin, a 3rd year political science major, will be interning for the Fundraising Team.
Alexa (FYCS and Pre-Physician) and Sophia (FYCS) are both second years who will be working together on our PR & Social Media Team.
Look out for all kinds of awesome work from them! #CBOBlove
Congratulations to our new Fall 2014 team!
We are so excited for what's to come and we want to thank you for believing in the mission and the children we serve!
Volunteer Management Coordinator
Development and Community Outreach Team
Public Relations and Social Media Team
Volunteer Curriculum Team
"First, I have to make sure I clarify. Colombia the country is spelled with an O rather than a U, like the university in the US. It is ColOmbia not ColUmbia. Just want to make sure all my peeps are aware. A couple of Colombians I know take that seriously. So let’s be sure to do it right! :). Now that we’ve got that straightened out, let us continue! "
-Valerie Valcourt, Cartagena Volunteer Bound for Peace Summer 2014
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It has been a while since CBOB has been updating everyone on their work. The CBOB team has been hard at work making sure that our programs can provide the promises that have been made. We are so excited to announce that due to the generosity of a newlywed couple, we are in the search for a young woman who is pursuing their career in medicine. They have raised the necessary funds to bring a student’s dream come true. Below are the requirements that we are looking for in our new scholar.
Please share this with anyone who will be attending a public university system in Colombia.
Qualities of the scholar:
*Ambition for advanced degrees
*Drive towards giving back to the community whether through organized or personal service
*Courageous, ambitious young minds pursuing a health-related degree
*All funds that get collected go towards the scholar's education
*Community service project related to improving the health of the applicant's community but by no means want to withhold the funds from an excellent idea and applicant in another area.
To apply to the academic scholarship “SALUD, AMOR & MORE," we are looking for the following requirements:
To apply click here or the button below.
Ha pasado un tiempo desde que CBOB a escrito unas noticias tan emocionantes. El equipo CBOB ha estado trabajando duro para asegurar que nuestros programas puedan ofrecer las promesas que se han hecho. Estamos muy emocionados de anunciar que, debido a la generosidad de una pareja de recién casados, estamos en la búsqueda de una mujer joven que está llevando a cabo su carrera en medicina. Ellos han recaudado los fondos necesarios para lque el sueño de una estudiante se haga realidad. A continuación se presentan los requisitos que estamos buscando en la recipient de la beca .
Por favor, comparta esto con cualquier persona que se asiste a una universidad pública en Colombia.
Cualidades del recipiente de beca:
* Potencial de Liderazgo
* La ambición de títulos avanzados
* Conduzca hacia retribuir a la comunidad ya sea a través del servicio organizado o personal
* Valerosos, a las mentes jóvenes ambiciosos que persiguen un grado relacionado con la salud
* Todos los fondos que quedan recogidos se destinan a la educación universitaria
* Proyecto de servicio comunitario en relación con la mejora de la salud de la comunidad del solicitante, pero de ninguna manera quieren retener los fondos de una idea excelente y el solicitante en otra área.
Para poder aplicar a la beca academica “SALUD, AMOR & MORE”, estamos buscando los siguientes requisitos en los aplicantes:
Para leer mas sobre la historia de nuestros patrocinadores haga click aqui.
Para aplicar haga click aqui o presione el boton de abajo.
Yesterday our Board Member, Lisa Guerrero, took off for the weekend to Cali, Colombia. She hand delivered this morning to the family, whose house burned down, a suitcase full of donations from our Cali, Volunteers and $140 USD for them to use. We would like to thank everyone who took the time to donate, pray or keep this family in their thoughts.
A very special thanks to the Miami International Airport American Airlines employees (pictured on the left) for having a fundraiser for the family. Lisa's mom, Claudia Peña, put together a fundraiser for the employees to donate $5 and be allowed to wear jean's on Valentine's Day. They raised $140 for the family and gave her the cash before she took off!
Below is a picture of the family meeting Lisa for the first time and a short video dedicated to our UF Chapter Students.
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