Testimonies

We identify deserving communities and individuals, usually children and single mothers living in poverty who can tremendously benefit from educational programs in order to help them succeed in life. We work with local partners and oversee long lasting educational programs with the ultimate goal to provide tools for success.

Jennifer Mantilla

Jennifer Mantilla

Sponsored student

““Since the moment I started my english classes I have been very happy because it's an honor for me to have the opportunity learn another language. I’m forever grateful for this amazing opportunity, what a dream!"”

Edwin Amaya

Edwin Amaya

SEF Founder

““I created SEF with the hope to help few children in need, however it has turned into something greater. As an organization we have been privileged to have met great people who truly care about our mission, and inspired others to do the same! This is my additional full time job and I love it.””

Carolina Chavez

Carolina Chavez

Volunteer

““This time last year I was fully immersed in SEF. Honestly, if I could I would be interning again this summer. My internship experience with Smile Education Foundation is really special to me. The greatest part was seeing the students' and teachers' faces light up when they talked about how the resources and programs we provided had improved their educational process. I hope that more people look into interning for SEF, it is truly an experience of a lifetime.””

Julia Riffle

Julia Riffle

Colombia summer intern

““To be volunteering with SEF is such a privilege, as it is an opportunity to give back, travel to beautiful locations, and explore a rich culture. Not only do we get the chance to work with extremely intelligent students and learn from them, but as SEF interns, we have the opportunity to practice the language and create the experience we want. This is a programme I would recommend to anybody!””

Edwin Amaya

Edwin Amaya

SEF Founder

““I created SEF with the hope to help few children in need, however it has turned into something greater. As an organization we have been privileged to have met great people who truly care about our mission, and inspired others to do the same! This is my additional full time job and I love it.””

Jennifer Mantilla

Jennifer Mantilla

Sponsored student

““Since the moment I started my english classes I have been very happy because it's an honor for me to have the opportunity learn another language. I’m forever grateful for this amazing opportunity, what a dream!"”

Jonathan Velasco

Jonathan Velasco

Volunteer

““I enjoy being a volunteer because every time that I see the smile of a kid who received things to study in a easy and didactic way, makes me feel proud and I have the great feeling that I'm helping to improve the future of Colombia and our world””

Edwin Amaya

Edwin Amaya

SEF Founder

““I created SEF with the hope to help few children in need, however it has turned into something greater. As an organization we have been privileged to have met great people who truly care about our mission, and inspired others to do the same! This is my additional full time job and I love it.””