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Guatemala 4-week, Group "A", Summer 2008


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hey so this might be for the instructors- should we bring ipods and such? idk if we're allowed to or not... also is there going to be occasional places to charge cameras?

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electronics?

Darcy Andrews,Guatemala 4-week, Group "A", Summer 2008

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hey so this might be for the instructors- should we bring ipods and such? idk if we’re allowed to or not… also is there going to be occasional places to charge cameras?

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06/4/08

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Darcy Andrews

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Brooke,

It is hard to give a solid response to the your doctor's concerns without knowing specifically where this "resistant strain" can be found. At this point yoru itinerary will take you through the Pacific Coast and the Peten department, so you should be covered in these regions. As of now, you will only be passing through the Rio Dulce area and not visiting the Caribbean coast. Still, itinerary is subject to change, so you should consult with your doctor on being covered throughout Guatemala.

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Dragons Admin,Guatemala 4-week, Group "A", Summer 2008

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Brooke, It is hard to give a solid response to the your doctor’s concerns without knowing specifically where this "resistant strain" can be found. At this point yoru itinerary will take you through the Pacific Coast and the Peten department, so you should be covered in these regions. As of now, you will only be […]

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06/3/08

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Dragons Admin

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Hola! My name is Brooke Lederer and I live in Basalt Colorado (Its outside of Aspen, if you know where that is) and surprise surprise, I also attend a small private liberal school called the Colorado Rocky Mountain School. I am 16 (will be turning 17 on our trip!) and I am going to be a senior (I just got out of school for the summer). This year I made it through Spanish three and although I'm pretty good at writing Spanish, I chose this program because I never get experience speaking it and let's just say, it’s not my forte.

So as you can probably guess, I love to alpine and telemark ski as well as kayak. Although I haven't done too much backpacking, I have been on a couple trips with school and friends and absolutely love it. I do some photography and wish I could draw. I like most kinds of music, but mostly hip-hop and bluegrass (weird combination I know).

Anyways, I can't wait to meet you all and I have a quick question for anyone who knows the answer:

I have been talking to my doctor about malaria pills and apparently, there are two different kinds. In some places, there is a strain of malaria that has become resistant to one kind of pill. I'm not sure about the places we are going and my doctor suggested that I ask if we are going to one of the places with the resistance strain.

Any help would be great!

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Hola!

Brooke Lederer,Guatemala 4-week, Group "A", Summer 2008

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Hola! My name is Brooke Lederer and I live in Basalt Colorado (Its outside of Aspen, if you know where that is) and surprise surprise, I also attend a small private liberal school called the Colorado Rocky Mountain School. I am 16 (will be turning 17 on our trip!) and I am going to be […]

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06/3/08

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Brooke Lederer

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Hey guys!

I’m Celestine (Celestina in Guate!) and I went on the four week trip to Guatemala last year. It was truly an incredible experience. I was stalking the yakyaks thinking about the amazing trip you are about to embark on, and thought I might be able to answer some questions about packing/ share a little about my trip in general.

Packing tip #1—bring a camera and/or coordinate so someone has one! Last year at the end of the trip we made a master cd of all the best pictures for everyone, but even with that there were many beautiful moments throughout and it’s nice to be able to look back 8 months later and re-live the trip.

In terms of clothing, my best advice is to be prepared for everything. (I know, that’s not really helpful, but basically just bring a wide range of stuff—it’s nice to have a casual, comfortable pair of pants/ skirt for hiking or just hanging out when you get tired of the synthetic ones (you get used to them pretty fast!), and also bring something nice-ish to wear for when you “graduate” from your Spanish lessons/ go salsa dancing etc. Bringing flip-flops was also probably my best packing decision—you can wear them everywhere, they’re light and they don’t take up too much space.

In terms of homestay gifts, it’s great to have postcards/ photos of your home, family and town to show people. Many of the places we went were remote, and showing pictures was a great way to tell your story and allow locals to ask you about your life. Since they are sharing their entire world with you, it’s cool to show a little about yourself and life in the U.S. Also it’s handy to have a large quantity of stickers/ crayons/ bracelets/ anything else that is easy to pack and easily distributed --- little kids love them!

My other pre-trip advice would be to start learning a little about Guatemala before leaving. Not only will it get you excited for the trip, but also you’ll know some about the political situation and some of the country’s past. I unfortunately didn’t do anything before my trip last year, and regretted it when I was furiously trying to think of an ISP topic. I ended up studying Mayan/ Ladino relations (which basically meant I got to practice my Spanish and had an excuse to talk to everybody!) Other people last year did their ISPs on traditional medicine, dancing, transportation etc. You work closely with one of your instructors (mine was amazing! J )and meet once or twice a week to discuss what you want to do for the project. It’s awesome to really be able to focus on a topic that you are really passionate about, and if you do a bit of background research you will know better what you’re interested in.

This is getting a lot longer than I meant for it to be, but I hope it helps! Feel free to email me (celestinewarren@gmail.com) or just post here…. As I said before I will probably be reading it obsessively this summer! J

You guys are going to have an amazing time, meet truly inspirational people, see beautiful sights, and learn so much about the world. Time flies, so enjoy every moment, be open, and explore!!

~Celestine

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Que Suerte Tienen!

Celestine Warren,Guatemala 4-week, Group "A", Summer 2008

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05/28/08

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Celestine Warren

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Estimados Dragones,

Saludos desde Guatemala! My name is Dave, and I will be one of the instructors for your Guatemala educational adventure this summer. A bit about myself: I am a teacher, artist, soccer player, aspiring musician, community educational events organizer, and a summer guide for Where There Be Dragons! I grew up in California, and it’s there where I studied at the university. Guatemala has been my home for the past six years, although I go home annually to visit my family and to attend a conference in Maya Studies up north.

I am writing you this morning from a village on the north shore of Lake Atitlán in the Guatemalan highlands—it’s a few hours west of Guat City, a couple hours east of Xela, and a couple hours north of the hot, Pacific coast. I want to tell you a bit about the lake here and why it fascinates me so much. That way you’ll be able to better understand why I live here, and what has most captured my attention about Guatemala, in general.

We know that before it even had a name, Lake Atitlán was chanced upon many millennia ago by the earliest Native American travelers who discovered the oasis that it still represents today—deep, crystal-blue waters bordered by three volcanoes that form a nearly perfect triangle, all at a mile-high altitude. By the time the Olmecs had emerged as the first civilization of the Americas over 3,000 years ago on Mexico’s Gulf Coast, the lake was already occupied, probably by Mayan-speaking inhabitants. Indeed, many waves of peoples have wandered through here, including merchants and immigrants from the first great city of the Americas near modern-day Mexico City, “Teotihuacan,” by around 300 A.D. With the abandonment of the great Maya cities of the Classic Period in the northern lowlands around 900 A.D., separate Maya kingdoms came to be established around the lake basin. Even up to the time of the Spanish invasion of modern-day Guatemala in 1521, Maya kingdoms, like city-states, vied for control of trade and tribute.


Evidence of the lake’s ancient past is supported by local archaeology. Pottery shards, obsidian blades, and stone tools are routinely found on the lake’s shores and in the mountains that surround. Petroglyphs can still be seen atop sacred hills and important look-out points. Perhaps most importantly, hundreds of incredible ceramic pots and incense burners from distinct eras and cultural traditions have been found, still intact, by scuba divers exploring the lake’s waters. So the lake was a very sacred location to the ancients, indeed, and they almost certainly made pilgrimages here from far away to worship and give thanks…as the modern Maya still do to this day.


For any time we are talking about Guatemala’s ancient past, we can expect to see an expression of it in contemporary society—this never fails to fascinate my imagination. For example, the ancient settlement patterns at the lake are reflected in its modern residents, with one Mayan linguistic group (the Kaqchikels) found on the north side where I live, and the other Mayan group (the Tzutuhils) living in villages on the south side. Many indigenous Guatemalans all over the Highlands continue to live like their ancestors, relying on subsistence farming according to the natural cycles of nature. Women wear hand woven clothes which carry designs which have been significant, in some cases, for thousands of years. Away from cities, most speak Spanish as a second language, and grow up speaking a Mayan language around the house.

What’s also remarkable about modern-day indigenous Guatemalans is that many carry on a tradition known as contemporary Maya spirituality. This belief system goes back thousands of years and utilizes the Mesoamerican 260-day sacred calendar as a fundamental mechanism to understanding the nature of time and the human experience. Modern Maya spiritual leaders known as “daykeepers,” (whose right to practice has been guaranteed since the signing of the “Paz” just over ten years ago) worship on mountaintops, in front of sacred caves, and beside ancient temples all around the country. Today’s day in their sacred count, 12 B’atz (Monkey), is the day of the ancestors and is one of the most important days for ceremonial activity around the lake. It is guaranteed on this day that smoke from the burning of copal incense will pour from the mouth of a cave above the village where I live. At Lake Atitlán alone, there are over 110 different known locations where the modern Maya do prayer ceremonies, with many more secret sites (including the most sacred Tzutuhil site somewhere on the side of the Atitlán volcano) still escaping knowledge by foreigners.

You can probably sense that much of what I study here, and where my life is taking me in academics and in the art that I create, is based on trying to figure out Guatemala’s ancient past, and at the same time, bring it into the present and see its modern significance—this includes their various calendars, their hieroglyphic writing, and the great importance of astronomical knowledge recorded in myth and in the few handwritten books that survived the conquest. This is the Guatemala that inspires me, and what inspires me most about Mayan language speakers of today, the village elders, and the spiritual leaders. They are the ones who carry on one of Native America’s best-preserved and most uniquely colorful traditions.

At the same time, Guatemala is being transformed by modernization on a daily basis. Technology is becoming more common and available, modern roads are being built deeper into the backcountry, and cell phone towers allow communication between remote villages that were once separated by a day’s walk. Money sent back by immigrants to the United States is redefining what some people can have, and at the same time creating the sharp contrast with what most people don’t have here. Yet even in the face of poverty and a fundamental lack of resources, such an incredible spirit can often be sensed here, and a genuine joy for life in its simplicities.

With Dragons, you’re going to get to see some of Guatemala’s most remote locations, and we’re going to get you among the people that I think you are going to come to love. Even while here at Lake Atitlán, you’ll be living among the lake’s most genuine and humble residents in the most traditional, untouristed settings that 99.99% of travelers never get to see. That’s what is unique about a Dragons trip, and why I look forward to meeting you and commencing what promises to be the unforgettable four weeks we will spend together. You’ll be pushed to your limits and you’ll be challenged (and that’s my job!), but your instructors as well as your fellow Dragons will be here to support you. And I guarantee you that it will all be worth it, and that you’re going to learn a lot about yourself, and the place where you come from, from the Guatemalan experience.

So I wish you the best as you approach your arrival here in Guatemala—I won’t see you for about a month, and we’ll really get to know each other starting then. But please do write before the trip begins! It’s a great habit to visit the Yak Yak and tell who you are, and what’s on your mind! You may have some anxieties, but I urge you to just be yourself. You’re in good hands and among people who are going to accept you, listen to you, and motivate you to be your best. The instructor team will make sure to get back to you and offer any advice you may be seeking. Nos vemos pronto entonces…! [post_title] => Saludos! Soy Dave. [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => saludos-soy-dave [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2008-05-27 00:00:00 [post_modified_gmt] => 1970-01-01 00:00:00 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://yakyak.chandigarhsoftware.com/?p=54842 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 461 [name] => Guatemala 4-week, Group "A", Summer 2008 [slug] => guatemala-4-week-group-a-summer-2008 [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 461 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 248 [count] => 70 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 29.1 [cat_ID] => 461 [category_count] => 70 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Guatemala 4-week, Group "A", Summer 2008 [category_nicename] => guatemala-4-week-group-a-summer-2008 [category_parent] => 248 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2008/guatemala-4-week-group-a-summer-2008/ ) ) [category_links] => Guatemala 4-week, Group "A", Summer 2008 )

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Saludos! Soy Dave.

Dave Schaefer,Guatemala 4-week, Group "A", Summer 2008

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Estimados Dragones, Saludos desde Guatemala! My name is Dave, and I will be one of the instructors for your Guatemala educational adventure this summer. A bit about myself: I am a teacher, artist, soccer player, aspiring musician, community educational events organizer, and a summer guide for Where There Be Dragons! I grew up in California, […]

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05/27/08

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Dave Schaefer

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Hello there,

My name is gaby and I am thrilled about this summer's journey as it creeps up on me much faster than I had expected. I can't wait to meet everyone in June. I am a junior and attend the Rudolf Steiner school in New York City where I have lived most of my life. As the school year winds down I am begining my preparations for Guatemala and I have a few question for either the instructors or the students or both.

1. Do I need hiking boots that come up above the ankle or are light weight low top hiking shoes okay?

2. Is it really necessary for my day back to zip on to my large back pack or is it okay if it separate?

Thanks so much and I will be posting again soon

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Gabriela Van Auken,Guatemala 4-week, Group "A", Summer 2008

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Hello there, My name is gaby and I am thrilled about this summer’s journey as it creeps up on me much faster than I had expected. I can’t wait to meet everyone in June. I am a junior and attend the Rudolf Steiner school in New York City where I have lived most of my […]

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05/26/08

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Gabriela Van Auken

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I am so looking forward to meeting you all, as we embark on our journey to Guatemala together. It will be challenging, it will be educational, it will be fun. Are you ready? I sure am!


I remember when I first became interested in Latin America. I was in 9th grade, studying Spanish level one, and I had an opportunity to go to Mexico during the summer to one of the four international Girl Scout centers. While there, I met some amazing girls from all parts of Latin America. I could barely speak any Spanish, and their English was just as bad, yet we found ways to communicate. Erika from Colombia and I still keep in contact all these many years later, a 20-year friendship that spans decades, languages, cultures, and countries.


I decided after that trip that I wanted to improve my Spanish and someday work with the people of Latin America. In college, I majored in International Relations with an emphasis on Latin America. Then in graduate school, I focused on International Economics and Latin American Studies. I loved what I was studying, especially learning about the people and cultures of the region. My studies kept taking me to Bolivia, a country with majority indigenous population, beautiful mountains, tragic drug war involvement, peaceful history, fascinating Quechua and Aymara culture.


Studying Spanish was hard! The language did not come easy to me, in part because I was only learning it in the classroom in Pennsylvania and Baltimore, not speaking it every day in order to eat and sleep and go to the bathroom. I needed to be immersed in the language to really learn it.


And so after graduate school, I embarked upon my first of many adventures, as I headed to Bolivia to work with a non-profit called Ashoka, an organization that supports outstanding individuals with ideas for far-reaching social change by electing them to a global network of like-minded public entrepreneurs. I did a lot of cool things in my job – managing a non-profit, reports to donors, interviews with candidates, international election panels, Fellow meetings, presentations to government officials and organization heads. But the best part of my time in Bolivia was getting to know the people, interacting with them on a daily basis, learning about their culture, practicing the language. Ashoka offered me a terrific first professional experience, but I fell in love with the people of Bolivia.

When I returned to the United States two years later, I wanted to share my passion for the people, language, and culture of Latin America with anyone who would listen. I wanted to get others as fired up about Latin America as was I. So I decided to try my hand at teaching high school Spanish. I found, in teen-agers, a very receptive audience. They, in turn, offered me a new passion of working with young people. It is a career change that I will never regret, and actually, I feel quite fortunate that my life has taken such a turn, fostering my love of working with teen-agers and encouraging them to their full potential.

But there's more to Spanish than just learning grammar and vocabulary that is part of any foreign language study. Along with learning to communicate in a foreign language are the goals of tolerance and respect for diversity, the realization that we live in an increasingly interconnected world, the aspiration of social responsibility to our community and beyond. Spanish is simply the means for understanding the culture and people of a place.

One of the hardest decisions I have ever made was to leave my job as a teacher, for I so enjoyed my daily interactions with my students. Seeing them was the best part of each day. But after six years of teaching, I also wanted to challenge myself by trying something new, by moving out of my comfort zone in order to keep growing as a person, by setting off on a new adventure to see the world.

Even as an adult, I believe in lifelong learning, the exploration of oneself and the world around her, and making dreams into reality. It is for these reasons that I decided to take a year off from teaching to travel and hike. My journeys began at the end of August 2006, when I headed to Vietnam for a month. Then off to Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Malaysia for another two months. The last leg of my travels took me to Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji before returning to the United States in January 2007.

During the second part of my year off, I pursued another long-term goal of hiking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine, beginning in March and completing the 2,174-mile trek in September 2007. My hike was one of the most difficult things I have ever done - mentally, physically, and emotionally - yet I know better who I am after completing such a journey.

But the journey has only just begun. Next stop, Guatemala, where I am sure to find myself surrounded by some of the best people I will ever know.

Hasta pronto,

Stacy Gery





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Greetings Fellow Dragons!

Stacy Gery,Guatemala 4-week, Group "A", Summer 2008

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I am so looking forward to meeting you all, as we embark on our journey to Guatemala together. It will be challenging, it will be educational, it will be fun. Are you ready? I sure am! I remember when I first became interested in Latin America. I was in 9th grade, studying Spanish level one, […]

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05/22/08

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Stacy Gery

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So I have decided that I want to write again.

I love music and go around singing all the time to the great amusement of my friends because I'm tone deaf (unlike some of them who are amoung the best singers I have ever heard). I have been traveling since forever and have been to far to many places because my parents think that (and I agree) travelling is an educational experience. I'm generally not artistic butI love making jewelry (I took a class through school). The joke when I was a kid was that I could get along with animals better than with humans, which has resulted in my mom referring to the entire menagerie as mine. I have two dogs who I have trained and showed as well as a horse who I just got and who is currently being transformed from snotty to calm and beautiful (and who is starting to make her school horse companion look like a brat). In addition to that I (we) have 3 llamas, 20+ sheep, a rabbit, a cat and some chickens (and some chicks). I know I'm priviledged and I try to use it. I am on a youth-grant making board and we are working to help foster care and homeless youth in Seattle.

write more, gtg.

Jen

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Me again

Jen Reeve,Guatemala 4-week, Group "A", Summer 2008

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So I have decided that I want to write again. I love music and go around singing all the time to the great amusement of my friends because I’m tone deaf (unlike some of them who are amoung the best singers I have ever heard). I have been traveling since forever and have been to […]

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05/15/08

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Jen Reeve

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Hola travellers,
Saludos from Antigua, Guatemala, maybe the most outstanding and best-preserved small colonial city in Latin America, meeting point for travelers from around the world because of its natural beauty and historic monuments. Everyone who has had the opportunity to experience the energy and inspiring atmosphere of this place always comes back. I have been living in Guatemala for two years now and have enjoyed every minute of it. I am looking forward for your arrival and to start this wonderful and surely unforgettable experience. In less than two months we will be hiking through the mountains of Guatemala, eating tortillas and black beans in the morning, impressed by the colorful "Huipiles" (local traditional blouse) of the indigenous population and taking in everything this amazing country has to offer.


But before looking into the future, let me tell you something about my background. Born in Western Germany in a very social and liberal household, I started to explore the world on my own soon after finishing high school. After living a while in the place of endless snow and fjords, Norway, I came back to Germany to start studying social work and pedagogic. During my studies I used my free time to travel trough Europe, hiking through the Alps or Pyrenees, swimming and diving in the Mediterranean or having long walks on the rough and windy costs of the northern countries. For my year abroad I moved to Barcelona for one year, studying and working in a mother-child hospital, giving psychological support to the parents. The majority of these parents were immigrants from Latin America and I think that their sad and overwhelming stories about their countries and living situations had such an impact on me that I decided to go to Guatemala. Like you are probably doing now, I bought a lot of books about Guatemala, trying to fill my head with information, trying to understand the Guatemalan culture, reading about their history, people and politics. All of this information helped me understand the reality of Guatemala better and get closer to the culture and I would recommend it for anyone coming to this country for the first time as it will help to understand people's behavior and the impact of cultural diversity. When I came here in the beginning of 2006 I started working as a volunteer in a German NGO, conducted a field study about International Volunteer Work and imparted workshops about the management of volunteers for local Guatemalan NGO's. I worked as a volunteer in different grass-roots projects, helping farmers in the north of "Guate" planting vegetables or constructing houses for poor families without resources.


All these moments of beauty and joy, sadness and helplessness helped me realize that my next path had to be Guatemala. So after returning to Germany for some months to finish my studies I came back to Guatemala to work as a coordinator for a German NGO, coordinating international volunteers in different Service-Learning projects and started to work as a social worker in a small Guatemalan non-profit, giving the parents psychological support and teaching them the importance of education. Additionally I am working as a tour guide, currently guiding youth groups through Guatemala doing humanitarian service, which gives me the opportunity to pursue my love of traveling.


Guatemala is a country with a lot of needs but with a lot of beauty and diversity as well. Our journey will let you pass through moments of pure happiness and balance, feeling the energy and good atmosphere in our team, listening to the singing of the birds in the morning, smelling the freshly roasted coffee and submerging yourself in nature while hiking through the most beautiful countryside. You will also pass through moments of perplexity, of sadness and helplessness while experiencing the needs and poverty of the people you're talking to, you're living with or only by seeing them on our trip. Both will help you gain understanding and will hopefully even inspire you to open your mind, to reflect on these moments and help you find your path, your destination.


Extreme poverty, we have all heard about the meaning, living with $1 a day, but do we really understand the dimension of this word? We, who were lucky to be born in a family able to support us with all the needs we have, providing warm clothes in wintertime, a fridge always filled with food and a house to keep us warm and dry. While traveling through Guatemala we will meet many families who can't afford the way of living we are used to, but we will see them with a smile on their face and dirty children with no shoes running around laughing with us. We feel like entering in a new world, a world that feels so different from ours. These moments are really important on our journey. Take your time for reflection.


To understand the complexity of the Guatemalan culture and its people it is very important to take some time and read some of the books that are recommended. It will help you to orientate yourself and fill your head with more ideas and questions and to understand a bit more of the country we will travel through.


Less than two months left and we will start our journey together. I am so exited to meet all of you and I am looking forward to having a great time together. I know that there are still so many questions, so many things you want to know. I know it is a new, exiting and maybe anxious feeling you have towards the trip, but this is completely normal. Soon we will be talking on the phone and you will get to know me better. You can ask me anything you feel like and don't hesitate with questions. And even after the phone call, feel free to call or e-mail me anytime with further questions and I will be happy to answer your doubts.
Hasta pronto amigas y amigos,


Eva Jahn


jahn_eva@hotmail.com
(502) 5532-3282

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Saludos de Guatemala

Eva Jahn,Guatemala 4-week, Group "A", Summer 2008

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Hola travellers,Saludos from Antigua, Guatemala, maybe the most outstanding and best-preserved small colonial city in Latin America, meeting point for travelers from around the world because of its natural beauty and historic monuments. Everyone who has had the opportunity to experience the energy and inspiring atmosphere of this place always comes back. I have been […]

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05/10/08

Author

Eva Jahn

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Hi,

Honestly I don't really know what to say. So I'll start with the basics. My name is Jen Reeve, I'm turning 16 in *counting* 5 days. I live (and have lived) in Seattle, WA. I go to University Prep which is a small private school. I play softball, show dogs and ride horses. I love to read. My favorite subjects are science and history. Other interests I have are in anthropology (not the store though the store is cool too), computers, biology, politics and the environment. So basically I admit to being a nerd and am glad to admit it.

I have taken Spanish for 4 years and until this past year have done really well. So to prepare for the hard teacher next year I started looking at immersion programs. My college counselor recommended Dragons because he knows I'm an active person. I have been travelling all of my life and I also have been backpacking with my family every summer since I can remember.

Things that I think are cool about Guatemala are the syncretism (vocab word) of religions and the large role that religion plays in everyday life. They speak Spanish which I can understand (I think that I might be able to translate most of what I have written into Spanish but it would take WAY too long). Mainly I chose this Dragons program because it has a larger focus on Spanish and its not too long (I really do love my family and home).

I'm going to stop writing now because I feel like have written way too much. If you got this far, good for you, I wouldn't have. Sorry I ramble. Look forward to hearing about you guys (that sounds weird).

--Jen

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Hi!

Jennifer (Jen) Reeve,Guatemala 4-week, Group "A", Summer 2008

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Hi, Honestly I don’t really know what to say. So I’ll start with the basics. My name is Jen Reeve, I’m turning 16 in *counting* 5 days. I live (and have lived) in Seattle, WA. I go to University Prep which is a small private school. I play softball, show dogs and ride horses. I […]

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05/3/08

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Jennifer (Jen) Reeve

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