COMMUNITY, ART, COFFEE & CULTURE
April 22-30, 2017
Over April Break, a fantastic group of teens and adults traveled to Guatemala on a service learning adventure. Our first task: digging a four-foot deep trench through a corn field and up into a family’s property! We worked alongside, Valeria, who owned the land with her husband. Our collective efforts to help install this drainage system meant that Valeria was one step closer to being able to build a house for her growing family. We also spent time at two schools supporting the kids, faculty, and kitchen staff with various projects.
We had some amazing teachers along our journey: a woman taught us how to prepare the national dish of Guatemalan, a coffee farmer took us to his fields and his wife and daughters made dinner for us, a group of sisters showed us how to make worry-dolls, an enthusiastic couple were our instructors for a salsa dancing class, a photographer led us on a walk of his city, a weaver demonstrated her traditional craft, and a local artist and his nephew held a painting class for us and taught us about our Mayan Day Sign.
VOLUNTEERING, VISTAS & VILLAGES
February 25 – March 5, 2017
The February 2017 Teen Service Adventure was a nine day experience for curious teens who wanted to explore Guatemala through volunteering, hiking, and cross-cultural understanding. We worked directly with local community initiatives involved with education, nutrition, reforestation, and construction. We built wooden houses and cement block homes, picked and processed coffee, worked in school gardens, read with children, played soccer, went on a sunrise hike, practiced yoga and explored the cultural and artistic traditions of the area.
THE POWER AND BEAUTY OF LAKE ATITLÁN
February 20 – February 29, 2016
Here’s a video that captures highlights from our 2016 trip.
Many thanks to all those who made this trip possible including the teens and their families, the faculty and children of Escuela Caracol, the staff and families of Construyendo Alianzas, and all the other amazing individuals–in Guatemala and in the US–who supported our adventure.