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Victoria Robbins School Community Outreach~San Miguel de Allende

Victoria Robbins School Community Outreach~San Miguel de Allende

Every October our children’s school, Victoria Robbins, takes a field trip to Lindero de la Petaca—a rural community of less than 300 people located off the main highway on the way to Dolores Hidalgo. Passing by fields of green, we caravanned our way down a cobblestone road where we were warmly greeted by the children of Lindero and their dedicated, hard-working teacher Emma.

Victoria Robbins School Community Outreach~San Miguel de Allende

How many teachers can fit into one tiny car?

 

Victoria Robbins School Community Outreach~San Miguel de Allende

Lindero school children awaiting our arrival with excitement and smiles

We followed Emma under a dilapidated train track, through the gate of and onto a local rancher’s ranch where we parked our cars and then headed out on foot to walk the mile or so to the school itself.

Victoria Robbins School Community Outreach~San Miguel de Allende

Community

This yearly outing is a beautiful opportunity for us as a community of learners, educators and parents to work together in the school gardens, improve the grounds, play with the children and share a lovely, homemade meal of rice, beans, tortillas and just-picked, roasted corn.

Victoria Robbins School Community Outreach~San Miguel de Allende

Freshly picked corn roasted on an open fire!

Community, fellowship, camaraderie…touching the face of humanity across two cultures, a thread of commonality amongst us all–teachers, children, parents, students, mother nature with open space to discover and roam….love, caring, kindness, friendship, conversation, soulful food…everything that is important in my book and makes this thing called life so rich.

Up and over the train tracks we went—gaping holes & missing boards and all,

Victoria Robbins School Community Outreach~San Miguel de Allende

Be Awake & Present To Life

down the leaf-blanketed path…

Victoria Robbins School Community Outreach~San Miguel de Allende

approaching the main part of the pueblo,

Victoria Robbins School Community Outreach~San Miguel de Allende

“Together We Are More”

and at last we reached the school!

Victoria Robbins School Community Outreach~San Miguel de Allende

Never Underestimate The Power of Play

Kids will be kids and although we had a lot of work mapped out for us, some good ol’ fashion play was in order first!

Victoria Robbins School Community Outreach~San Miguel de Allende

My favorite captures from this day are of the children of Lindero….

Victoria Robbins School Community Outreach~San Miguel de Allende

Beautiful México and her querido niños….

Victoria Robbins School Community Outreach~San Miguel de Allende

Getting separated into groups for the day’s work

The women of Lindero are hard-working entrepreneurs who sell their artesanal herb and plant-based shampoos, conditioners and various ointments and salves–all made from the land they live on—to the visitors and residents of San Miguel. They had a table set up and all of us Mamas gladly purchased their one-of-a-kind, homegrown products. I am convinced that the shampoo I bought has improved the texture and shine of my hair!

The students from Victoria Robbins and Lindero de La Petaca got down to business and began to work on their assigned duties….

Victoria Robbins School Community Outreach~San Miguel de Allende

Liam LOVES working with the children & making them laugh!

Frank was on fence repair and apparently found it to be quite the entertaining task!

Victoria Robbins School Community Outreach~San Miguel de Allende

Whoever knew that fixing a fence could be so fun?!

Some of the children tended to the compost pile…

Victoria Robbins School Community Outreach~San Miguel de Allende

Composting

Others, to picking weeds and ridding the trees of a fungus… 

Victoria Robbins School Community Outreach~San Miguel de Allende

My little botanist

And some, rightfully so, passed the time playing…

Victoria Robbins School Community Outreach~San Miguel de Allende

Children at play…Nothing more beautiful

and enjoying the love and cuddles from the Victoria Robbins staff and students…

Victoria Robbins School Community Outreach~San Miguel de Allende

Miss Becky with one of the Lindero Babes

The food was amazing…

Victoria Robbins School Community Outreach~San Miguel de Allende

Liam LOVES the homemade food here and talked all morning about it in anticipation!

and enjoyed under the trees and in the company of laughter and stories…

Victoria Robbins School Community Outreach~San Miguel de Allende

Lucy & Mairead enjoy lunch with the boys!

Naps were in order for some…

Victoria Robbins School Community Outreach~San Miguel de Allende

And after a full day of work, fun, community and communion, we gathered together to say our goodbyes, until next time…

Victoria Robbins School Community Outreach~San Miguel de Allende

Coming together to work as one

Magical Mexico

We had a wonderful, magical day at Lindero de Petaca, out in the grandeur of the open fields of the high desert plains of Central Mexico.

There are so many opportunities to contribute and participate in community service here in San Miguel. In fact, my children and I just began volunteering at Casa de Los Angeles this past week and I will be writing about our experiences there in some upcoming pieces.

If you are planning a trip or a move to San Miguel de Allende, I would encourage you to seek out one or more of the many opportunities for community outreach.

I guarantee you will be greatly rewarded.

Saludos,

~Katie

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About the author: Internationally-Acclaimed Author & Relocation Coach Katie O’Grady is a 4th generation San Diegan who together with her retired Firefighter hubby and their now 14-year-old twins immigrated to Mexico in 2012. Los O’Gradys in Mexico is InterNations Top Expat Mexico Blog and Katie has been featured on various distinguished platforms including Elephant Journal, Yucatan Times, and Huffington Post. Seven years into their Mexico adventure, Katie and her family continue to embrace their reinvented, reinspired lives where tacos and fun are part of their daily round! If you are interested in learning about raising bilingual, bicultural, cross-border children and creating a life of design south of the border, feel free to contact Katie at [email protected] and on the following platforms: Facebook Instagram Pinterest

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  • Mirah Moriarty November 28, 2016, 2:24 pm

    Hello! We are moving to San Miguel Allende and have a 13 year old boy. We would like to be in touch with this school to visit. Do you have a phone number for them? Thank you! Mirah

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