RUNUCATE'S REACH IS EXPANDING

INSPIRATIONAL TALK INVITATION

JULY 26, 2018

Runucate's founder, Courtney Schoch, has been invited to speak to adults participating in Seeds of Literacy, an adult educational program in Cleveland, Ohio. The exact date in September is to be determined. 

 Runucate Founder Captain Courtney Schoch

Runucate Founder Captain Courtney Schoch

Courtney transformed the label given to her after she dropped out of high school and became a single teenage mother. She fought hard to break out of the stereotypical life she was living by returning to school; successfully earning a Master of Aeronautical Science degree and numerous pilot ratings. Today Courtney is employed as an Airline Captain and has nurtured her inner entrepreneur and philanthropist by founding Runucate, a nonprofit organization committed to providing educational support to individuals who strive to improve their life. Additionally, Courtney has committed to run a marathon, 26.2 miles, on all seven continents in order to raise awareness for Runucate's mission. 

 Captain Courtney Schoch 

Captain Courtney Schoch 

Courtney's unshakeable determination and relentless drive toward growth and community contribution is both motivational and inspirational to those who know her.  

 Courtney with English Scholarship recipients of Runucate in León, Nicaragua. 

Courtney with English Scholarship recipients of Runucate in León, Nicaragua. 

During the open forum in September Courtney will discuss numerous challenges she has encountered and strategies that were implemented in order to achieve goals aligned with her values. She explains how and why it is important to defy the odds by raising standards and flipping the internal dialogue from "I cannot" into "I will".  

 Adult learners in Nicaragua -  ITA Nicaragua

Adult learners in Nicaragua - ITA Nicaragua

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NICARAGUA'S POLITICAL CLIMATE AFFECTS ENGLISH CLASSES

 Photo Credit - Business Insider 2018

Photo Credit - Business Insider 2018

NICARAGUA UPDATE

JULY 24, 2018

Nicaragua's current political climate has resulted in the suspension of English classes for both adults and young learners in León. Classes are expected to resume in the future. Ongoing events occurring since April have severely impacted the country. Read more about Nicaragua's political unrest here or watch the English interview of President Ortega by Bret Baier

 Photo Credit - BBC.com 

Photo Credit - BBC.com 

During this time of uncertainty Runucate is temporarily shifting focus toward educational programs within the United States. We are researching organizations and programs that will benefit from contributions received from our next marathon fundraiser this November in Myanmar.  

Our hearts go out to students, friends, family and others that have been affected by the turbulent political atmosphere in Nicaragua. Respect for freedom of expression and of assembly in a peaceful manner, according to national and international law, is essential to democratic society.

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MARATHON SCHEDULE 2018-2022

MARATHON SCHEDULE UPDATE

Hello everyone! After several months of healing from a nagging injury, I am ready to begin marathon training in April. It will be a challenging process after five months of minimal running but I'm committed and eager to get started!

After the last marathon in 2022, I will have completed marathons on all seven continents and raised funds and awareness for the importance of education in developing countries. Thank you for your continued support! I'll be visiting our Nicaragua learners in April.

Runucate's Events page is currently updated with scheduled marathons through 2022. You can click each title for more details.

Bagan, Myanmar (Burma) - November 2018

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Runucate Awards More Scholarships

RUNUCATE AWARDS MORE SCHOLARSHIPS

Runucate is excited to announce a partnership with León International Bilingual School to provide scholarships to preschool and grade school learners. A full and partial scholarship has been awarded to Eduardo, 5 years of age, and Valentina, 6 years of age. Both students are able to attend an accredited bilingual school on a consistent basis because of your generous donations to Runucate. These scholarships are in addition to the scholarships awarded to adult English learners in León.

 Eduardo, Courtney and Valentina at the Leon International Bilingual School in León, Nicaragua - March, 2018

Eduardo, Courtney and Valentina at the Leon International Bilingual School in León, Nicaragua - March, 2018

Leon International Bilingual School

The León International Bilingual School is located in León and implements methodologies that support bilingual communicative practices including language immersion and exploration of individual learning by encouraging problem solving and student choice. Waldorf Schools offer a developmentally appropriate, experiential, and academically rigorous approach to education.  Arts in all academic disciplines are integrated in the learning process. The school offers full and half day options available to students. All educators are Waldorf certified and provide a balanced educational curriculum to the students.  

For more information, visit León International Bilingual School

To make a contribution, please click here  

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

 

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Scholarship Recipients Update - León, Nicaragua - September 2017

Hello everyone! Here is the September 2017 Scholarship Recipients Update. These students have been working hard to learn English in the classes provided by you! 

Thank you for your support! Your contributions continue to make a world of difference to this community. Runucate will be expanding in the near future - keep your eyes open for an exciting update in the upcoming weeks!

I recently visited the scholarship recipients at ITA Nicaragua in September. Each student was asked to answer questions about their English class and provide feedback. Their primary English Advisor, Anna, also gave her input about the learners continued progress. 

 Photo - Gilia, Francisco, Courtney and Guadalupe 

Photo - Gilia, Francisco, Courtney and Guadalupe 

 Pedro and Courtney 

Pedro and Courtney 

Read what Guadalupe, Pedro, Gilia and Francisco had to say about their educational experience: 

Guadalupe

Guadalupe Sept 12, 2017

How has the English scholarship helped you?

The English scholarship has given me a lot because I have learned several aspects and important topics and practical situations that one looks at in our own words. It also helped me a lot because I have scare economic resources and I can thrive economically.

How many days do you attend class per week?

In our TEFL school, I come four days per week.  There is different theme that is taught, US subject, verb, gerunds, grammar, etc.

What do you like about your English class?

I like English class because it is important. I learn many things about life, animals, the sea, etc.

Anna, English Advisor:

Guadalupe continues to be in the beginner class. His conversational skills are much higher than his writing skills. He has some trouble following directions, which may be why he continues in the same level. However he comes everyday and participates. He is very invested and a joy to have in class.

Pedro

Pedro September 12, 2017

How has the English scholarship helped you?

This scholarship is a benefit to me because I am an unemployed person, and it brings me the opportunity to follow my English lessons for free. It’s amazing. I think the scholarship gives me an unique opportunity in my life to improve my English skills. Reading, speaking and listening.

How many days do you attend class per week?

I come to the classes every day of the week.I rarely miss class. Only if is raining a lot maybe I miss it also if I am sick. If those don’t happen, I attend class every day. I am very responsible. 

What do you like about your English class?

The English class does not have you repeat phrases like “I am”, “you”, etc. You have to use your lesson to role play and create your own scenario. You are always with native English speakers so you should only ask them questions in English and if you don’t know a word you have to explain to them your idea.

Anna, English Advisor:

Pedro continues to come to class everyday. It is extremely rare that he doesnt come. Pedro is an excellent writer, yet is still working on his fluency in terms of speaking, again partly due to his introverted personality. However, all of our teacher trainees love to teach to Pedro because when he comes out of his shell, he comes up with the funniest and craziest ideas and comments in class. He's really fun to teach. Pedro is in the advanced level.

Gilia

Gilia September 12, 2017

How has the English scholarship helped you?

It has helped me a lot because I am currently unemployed because of this reason it is important. During the time I've been here I feel that I've learned a lot. And it has served me to relate with other teachers, for such reason, thank you for the opportunity you have given me.

How many days do you attend class per week?

I attend four classes a week.

What do you like about your English class?

I like it a lot because I feel that I am very much acquainted with this language. I know that in fact it will be of much help. The classes are very straightforward and I learn to relate to other teachers. It is an excellent academy because there is everything I need to know this this language.

Anna, English Advisor:

Gilia moved up to the Intermediate level earlier this year. Her writing and reading skills are strong, but she struggles the most with listening and speaking, partly because she is a bit shyer but also because she really takes the time to think things out and wants everything to be correct, which makes her more accurate than fluent. She is the first person to arrive everyday and is very dedicated to coming to classes.

Francisco

Francisco September 12, 2017

How has the English scholarship helped you?

For me it has been very helpful because I have been able to learn the English language. It has been a dream. I can communicate with foreign people. It is a great help to my family's economy, I can also now help my children with their tasks. I appreciate all the support that the scholarship provides.

How many days do you attend class per week? 

Four days a week

What do you like about your English class?

I like the way teachers teach classes, I like how they express themselves, they help us to put value on how to speak English. I have learned pronunciation and writing. The English classes have been very important in my daily life.

Anna, English Advisor:

Francisco also moved up to the Intermediate class this year. He, across the board, is pretty even in terms of skill, although writing may continue to be his strongest. He's a very consistent student and always has a smile on his face in class, ready to participate.

Meylin

Meylin participating in class

Meylin is pictured above (blue shirt) participating in an interactive English lesson.

Meylin was busy with classroom activities and I did not want to interrupt class. This is what her teaching advisor, Anna, had to say:

"Meylin now moved up to the advanced level, due to her drive and motivation to learn. She puts in extra work in class and outside of class to keep advancing with the English language. She is at school everyday, and always asks the best questions in class. She is so curious and anxious to learn which attributes to a great energy in the advanced classroom."

The next update will be after the holidays. Stay tuned for an upcoming Runucate announcement!

To make a difference, please donate! 100% of your contribution funds an English Scholarship.

 

 

 

 

 

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