LaCaravanaEscuela is a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to the teaching of timeless artisanal trades, with a specific emphasis on the transformative art of blacksmithing. Our intention is spreading ancient knowledge to rural communities, enabling them to meet urgent needs throughout Latin America, starting with a focus in Venezuela.
In order to serve such remote places, LaCaravanaEscuela has developed an itinerant educational system that allows for an experience that is both honest and practical, and fitted to the needs of each individual community.
Through week-long Classes led by experienced blacksmiths, we train local community members to be competent blacksmiths themselves, with skills sufficient to repair and fabricate the farming and ranching tools they need to support their livelihood and create a path to strengthened community economic viability.
At the end of each brigade, Caravana Escuela leaves behind skilled community members and the physical tools, forge and fuel needed to continue the work. Taken together, these capabilities create not only a path to better lives but also a community with a promising future – the conditions that give young people confidence to visualize a personal future in the community and, therefore, a reason to stay.
The mission of LaCaravanaEscuela is to reverse this migration and bring back the teachings of lost trades and practical skills and, hopefully, spark individual and community development.
The communities chosen by LaCaravanaEscuela are essentially agricultural.
The operational heart of LaCaravanaEscuela is located in the Venezuelan Andes, in an agricultural area called El Valle, close to the city of Merida.
The concepts and practices that define LaCaravanaEscuela program were tested and refined through two brigades in the paramo (high mountains) of the Venezuelan Andes.
Each one of the communities of LaCaravanaEscuela now has a stable workshop that will expand and develop over time
Deserter of the conventional educational system, with more than 20 years of experience in iron forging, he decided to create LaCaravanaEscuela to share his educational experience with the world and perpetuate his passion for the trades.
Architect by profession, carpenter, mountaineer. Having successfully climbed the Summit of Mount Everest and reached the North and South Pole on unsupported and walking expeditions, he is central to the success of this unprecedented educational project.
Master of Metal Engineering at Carbondale University in Illinois, BFA in sculpture in Alcron Ohio, resident of the Museum of Metals in Memphis, Tennessee and Rose Iron Works in Cleveland.
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