June 18-25, 2016
Our volunteer trip to Chocola in June opened new doors to this small rural village. Meeting with students, visiting historic Maya ruins, working alongside villagers to improve their public parks and touring the surrounding area helped enrich our understanding of the life and culture of Guatemala. Our students responded to our partnership with displays of their strong work ethic, both inside and outside the classroom. Our joy of getting to know them better was exceeded only by our amazement at their eagerness to learn new things. As our lives touched theirs, we all came away with a renewed sense of caring and support for the educational and self-development goals that we share.
The five days and nights we spent in the village revealed a strong sense of community despite what we all agree is a difficult place to live. Each morning the sun rose over the volcanoes in the east, casting a bright gleam of hope for a new day. It rained every day but cleared at night to reveal the bright stars that lit the night. Volunteers enjoyed the fresh air and the lush landscape. Our scholarship students, although on holiday from school, took advantage of their time outside the classroom. They spent two days cleaning and enhancing two local parks. New park benches, designed by a student, were installed and a new concrete wall was constructed to divert rain water around the park. Students joined volunteers in a brief tour of the village to learn more about their Maya heritage and the ancient ruins that lie below the ground. They also took an extensive tour of a nearby archaeological site to learn even more of their Maya history. Volunteers came away with an immense satisfaction stimulated by that education as well.
For more information about this and future trips, please contact John Hill @ email@example.com