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    [post_content] => We just dropped our Mainers off at the airport in la capital, and so they are returning home to you, in funky textile pants,stomachs filled with mangoes and avocados and piña (not so common on the island, we hear), with lots of stories, adventures and ideas to share! It was a true pleasure to spend the last two weeks in Guatemala with our group, and we DO expect to be in touch with all of you, y luego!

 

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us whether we find it or not. 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“THOUGH WE TRAVEL THE WORLD OVER TO FIND THE BEAUTIFUL, WE MUST CARRY IT WITH US OR WE FIND IT NOT

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Adios!

Hanna y Juancho,Guatemala MDIHS

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We just dropped our Mainers off at the airport in la capital, and so they are returning home to you, in funky textile pants,stomachs filled with mangoes and avocados and piña (not so common on the island, we hear), with lots of stories, adventures and ideas to share! It was a true pleasure to spend the […]

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04/25/15

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Hanna y Juancho

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Guatemala MDIHS

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    [post_content] => It's hard to believe that we have been in Pachaj for five days now, but we are quite settled into our homes here, and into a routine, as well. Each of our students is in a homestay with a local family, with whom they share breakfast and dinner - some have even gone to church with their host mothers, met the extended family, shared in birthday parties and visits to neighbors' homes. Every morning we work with the Chico Mendes reforestation project, and afternoons are filled with intensive Spanish lessons, but we have still had time to bake bread, to dance salsa and bachata and to play futebol with locals:)

We will leave the details for our group to share in person, but all is well here! On Wednesday morning we will depart from Pachaj and head towards Antigua, where, on the outskirts of the city, we will spend two tranquilo days at Earth Lodge, nearly the end of our time in Guatemala.

Saludos!
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Aventuras variadas en Pachaj

Hanna y Juancho ,Guatemala MDIHS

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04/20/15

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Hanna y Juancho

Category

Guatemala MDIHS

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    [post_content] => Saludos desde el lago de Atitlán where we have spent the past few days, and will depart from tomorrow morning to continue on to the next leg of our adventure!

Our group has been staying in San Lucas Toliman and spending our days at IMAP - el instituto mesoamericana de permacultura - where we have put our hands to the soil in the construction of compost, a spiral herb garden and numerous seed beds, all of which will grow food that will feed IMAP volunteers and students, as well as community members. Permaculture in practice has been shaped for us through the explanations and guidance of the inspiring IMAP team, whose connection to the land, and to their Mayan roots and practices define IMAP's important work.

Our students are FULL of energy and excitement and they have thrown themselves into everything that we have done - from our scavenger hunt, to breakdancing with locals, to getting really muddy carrying algae from the lake to composting piles, etc. - with enormous amounts of gusto!

Tomorrow we depart for Pachaj. This will be our group's dive into homestays and also Spanish lessons, so expect more news soon!

 

abrazos!

 
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Contentos en el lago…..

Hanna y Juancho,Guatemala MDIHS

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Saludos desde el lago de Atitlán where we have spent the past few days, and will depart from tomorrow morning to continue on to the next leg of our adventure! Our group has been staying in San Lucas Toliman and spending our days at IMAP – el instituto mesoamericana de permacultura – where we have put our […]

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04/19/15

Author

Hanna y Juancho

Category

Guatemala MDIHS

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    [post_content] => Our group is all arrived, safe and sound, and transferred to San Lucas, where they have settled in for orientation and the beginning chapter of what promises to be an epic adventure.

 

Best of roads to our group of travelers.
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Settled into San Lucas

Simon Hart,Guatemala MDIHS

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Our group is all arrived, safe and sound, and transferred to San Lucas, where they have settled in for orientation and the beginning chapter of what promises to be an epic adventure.   Best of roads to our group of travelers.

Posted On

04/12/15

Author

Simon Hart

Category

Guatemala MDIHS

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    [post_content] => All the parents of the MDIHS group are hoping you all arrived safely. We expected to get a phone call when you arrived  at the airport in Guatemala, but haven't heard anything yet (several hours after your plane's arrival).  We are assuming no news is good news. I hope you are having fun.

 
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Hoping all is well

Jennifer Crandall,Guatemala MDIHS

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All the parents of the MDIHS group are hoping you all arrived safely. We expected to get a phone call when you arrived  at the airport in Guatemala, but haven’t heard anything yet (several hours after your plane’s arrival).  We are assuming no news is good news. I hope you are having fun.  

Posted On

04/12/15

Author

Jennifer Crandall

Category

Guatemala MDIHS

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    [post_content] =>  ¡Saludos, compañeros!

As you pack your bags in preparation for this trip, I just wanted to send a short message your way. If you are following your packing list, you are ready to go... but just a reminder that you do definitely want to have some kind of raincoat with you. This does not have to be a heavy duty coat; in fact, a cheap poncho will do the trick. But you do want to have something with you to keep you dry since it looks some some showers may be in store for us.

Also, if you are a musician, please feel free to bring your instrument along with you! (And really that goes for any special talents that you have - there will be time for us to have a lot of fun activities together as a group, so don't hesitate to share.)

 

 
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Packing essentials

Hanna Jacobsen,Guatemala MDIHS

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 ¡Saludos, compañeros! As you pack your bags in preparation for this trip, I just wanted to send a short message your way. If you are following your packing list, you are ready to go… but just a reminder that you do definitely want to have some kind of raincoat with you. This does not have […]

Posted On

04/10/15

Author

Hanna Jacobsen

Category

Guatemala MDIHS

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    [post_content] => Spring is officially here, and as is usual for the season, change and transformation are in store for all of us. In the case of each one of us, we are preparing to embark on a journey that has the potential open our minds and hearts wide – a trip to Guatemala to explore and better understand the Maya and the Modern World.

I will be returning to Guatemala, where I have had the unique privilege to work alongside inspiring communities as an educator for both summer and semester-long Where There Be Dragons programs.  Our journey together will give us the chance to intimately connect not only with breathtaking landscapes – highlands, deep river valleys and volcanic mountains – but also with the people who are dependent upon and deeply bonded to their land. They’ve struggled for years to plant, grow and live on their land, never giving up their fight to preserve and care for life-giving land and water resources.  We’ll have the unique opportunity to understand how NGOs, families and community leaders lead this movement, guided in Guatemala by a distinctly Mayan philosophy of Cosmovisión, which views the universe as a living, conscious entity.

I’m thrilled for you to be exposed to this, to stay with families who will open their hearts and homes to you, to use and improve upon your Spanish, to build new friendships… but mainly to have the privilege of travel! I commend you for your adventurous spirit that draws you to this experience, and I am excited to meet each one of you!

¡Saludos y hasta pronto amigos! 
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Primaveras de la vida

Hanna Jacobsen,Guatemala MDIHS

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Spring is officially here, and as is usual for the season, change and transformation are in store for all of us. In the case of each one of us, we are preparing to embark on a journey that has the potential open our minds and hearts wide – a trip to Guatemala to explore and […]

Posted On

04/3/15

Author

Hanna Jacobsen

Category

Guatemala MDIHS

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    [post_content] => Welcome to your MDIHS & Where There Be Dragons online bulletin board!

As you’ll soon discover, this board is a valuable tool for weaving a rich narrative of your collective journey, from pre-course introductions and goal-setting, to sharing and reflecting upon experiences while in the field, to ultimately integrating this course into your lives back home.

Setting up this online bulletin board, in many ways, marks the start of your course. It’s the first step in establishing the MDIHS/Dragons community that will support you throughout the journey that lies ahead. Soon, you will learn to walk, dress, eat, talk, and think in an entirely new way. You will see landscapes that cause your jaw to drop and meet people who touch, change, and inspire your life forever. Although your course’s official start date is still a few weeks away, your adventure actually began the day you made the choice to join this program.

We’re excited to share in your adventure!

 

Sincerely,

Dragons’ and MDIHS Administrative Staff
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Welcome to your MDIHS Yak Yak board!

Jackson Cooper,Guatemala MDIHS

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Welcome to your MDIHS & Where There Be Dragons online bulletin board! As you’ll soon discover, this board is a valuable tool for weaving a rich narrative of your collective journey, from pre-course introductions and goal-setting, to sharing and reflecting upon experiences while in the field, to ultimately integrating this course into your lives back home. Setting up […]

Posted On

03/5/15

Author

Jackson Cooper

Category

Guatemala MDIHS