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A little late for this I must confess. But the must anticipated Final Yak post has finally arrived! I think I speak for everybody when I say that the Guatemala Menlo Abroad experience was a most fascinating event, what with all the gardening, going out, seeing sites, hiking, learning, relaxing, EATING, and playing like there was no tomorrow. Everything from learning about Mayan culture and Guatemala's political and genocidal past history to eating fried plantain, dragon fruit and a whole lot of corn to seeing the stars almost every night. Not to mention Spanish classes in Pachaj, walking nearly 2 miles to get there from Armando's! Truly a time to talk or for reflection. It truly was a wonder of a place to be in, a magnificent country with beautiful and magnificent people that are always there to talk and keep you company, what with their extremely friendly nature. Every morning and all throughout the day we'd have greeting thrown our way and we'd throw greetings back. Sure you would have the occasional drunk man on the street and the occasional sight of dogs barking right at you but you never had need to fear; no external harm ever came to us except through disease. Ms. Diaz-Ross (Menlo teacher) and Faraz Abbasi (Menlo student) both caught a parasite called amoebas and were getting stomach cramps and not feeling generally well for several days. Previous to that, David Roy (Menlo student) and I both got sick early in the trip in San Lucas, perhaps due to a bacteria, and had to stay in bed. I had no appetite then for about 4 days. I still had a slight diarrhea at the end of the trip and I recall David had a headache towards the end, before we left Pachaj. I must say: it was no walk through the park! But we survived it. Despite the toil that is the depressing history, diseases, fears, and disappointments on the trip, no one can say we didn't get something useful from it, something inspiring. Guatemala with their modern ways bordering their farms of corn, their Xela, their calendar, their tiendas, marketplaces, smiling faces, frown-turned-up-side-down faces, restaurant hotels, beggars, night skies, hot day skies, peanut wheelbarrow movers, fruit/vegetable by-back movers, yellow black-gas-spewing buses carrying spying eyes of children and teens, and their clear acceptance for foreigners. It's a place to revisit with people to love. To love Guatemala is to learn deeply about oneself. To help and support Guatemala's past to recovery is to endure a vigorous love for a diverse and beautiful humanity. I think this trip has made us beautiful humans in more ways than one. Thanks to all the coordinators, teachers and leaders for making it possible! And many thanks to all the people I saw and didn't see on the trip for making it worth it in every way. Peace and love.   [post_title] => Final Yak [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => final-yak-7 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-07-17 08:08:12 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-07-17 14:08:12 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=122622 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 102 [name] => Guatemala Menlo Abroad [slug] => guatemala-menlo-summer-2015 [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 102 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 255 [count] => 49 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 5.1 [cat_ID] => 102 [category_count] => 49 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Guatemala Menlo Abroad [category_nicename] => guatemala-menlo-summer-2015 [category_parent] => 255 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2015/guatemala-menlo-summer-2015/ ) ) [category_links] => Guatemala Menlo Abroad )

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Final Yak

Jason Okoro,Guatemala Menlo Abroad

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A little late for this I must confess. But the must anticipated Final Yak post has finally arrived! I think I speak for everybody when I say that the Guatemala Menlo Abroad experience was a most fascinating event, what with all the gardening, going out, seeing sites, hiking, learning, relaxing, EATING, and playing like there was […]

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07/17/15

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Jason Okoro

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As I sit here in my own bed, drinking tea with IMAP honey in it, I'm starting to realize how much I will miss Guatemala and how right Chris was about life's spirals. Just three weeks ago I was sitting in this same bed drinking the same tea (without IMAP honey, of course), but in many ways I am no longer the same person that I was three weeks ago. If it's true that your personality is a reflection of your experiences, how could any of us be the same after the experiences we just had in Guatemala? I say experiences because Guatemala wasn't just one experience, it was many, many experiences that I know I will cherish forever.

Learning to communicate and live with my family, sitting at the end of the dock on Lake Atitlan at 6:00 in the morning, throwing my candles into the fire during the Mayan ceremony, listening to the wind pass through the milpa, looking up at a clear, night sky filled with stars and dry lightening, falling asleep and waking up to the sound of barking dogs, reflecting on roses and thorns every morning, playing tic tak toe with my little brother at night before dinner, night walks home in Pachaj, dodging massive school buses, speeding motorcycles and impatient tuk tuks, learning about Mayan cosmovisión, permaculture and polyculture from Ramiro and Gallo, decorating the cabin for Angel and Raquel's wedding, eating beans for breakfast, cramming in the back of pick up trucks, making music with my maestro, carrying sacks of coffee beans on my back, navigating and bargaining in chaotic markets, night time talks with my roommates, endless games of mafia, swimming in the hot springs, planting a forest, trimming roots off of baby trees, climbing Pacaya, meeting a man like Armando who works so passionately just to provide oxygen and water for future generations, doing a digital detox, learning how to deal with homesickness and as a group learning how to overcome our struggles and take care of each other -- these are the moments that have transformed my own cosmovisión and myself.

Three weeks ago I left the states with a group of strangers, but I came back full spiral with some extraordinary friends and memories. Thank you and much love to everyone.

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A Little Reflection

Makena Lambert,Guatemala Menlo Abroad

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As I sit here in my own bed, drinking tea with IMAP honey in it, I’m starting to realize how much I will miss Guatemala and how right Chris was about life’s spirals. Just three weeks ago I was sitting in this same bed drinking the same tea (without IMAP honey, of course), but in […]

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06/29/15

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Makena Lambert

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    [post_content] => After three magical weeks, our journey came to an end today as our 12 students and 2 chaperones boarded their flight for Miami safe and sound. Big thanks to all involved for making this happen!!
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Away they go!

Instructors,Guatemala Menlo Abroad

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After three magical weeks, our journey came to an end today as our 12 students and 2 chaperones boarded their flight for Miami safe and sound. Big thanks to all involved for making this happen!!

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06/27/15

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Instructors

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    [post_content] => As we watch our last few days in Guatemala fly by, we wanted to reflect on our memorable homestays in Pachaj. Throughout the last ten days, we were able to build lasting relationships with our host families, work with Armando in his Chico Mendes reforestation project, and take one-on-one Spanish lessons with our maestros.

Our last full day in Pachaj was memorable, meaningful, and hard to swallow. We began the day working at Chico Mendes. We spent the morning cutting roots and picking weeds from over a thousand seedlings that are going to contribute to the reforestation of Guatemala. After a beautiful lunch served by Claudia, Armando's wife, we met with our Spanish teachers to begin the celebration. They led us up a mountain and we began a Spanish-based race to complete twelve mentally and physically challenging games. After the games, we went back to Armando's to begin the closing ceremonies. First, we performed a song that was originally created by Makena and her teacher. Then we played freeze-dance, fed each other yogurt blindfolded, and did many other activities. Finally, our teachers presented us with certificates of completion for our lessons and we all took time to take pictures and thank each other for our hard work.

Our last morning in Pachaj was spent with our host families. We exchanged gifts and sentiments, each of us feeling like we were losing a huge piece of our family. While it was a sad last day, we will never forget the laughs, interesting talks, and other memories made with our host families.
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Reflection on Our Last Days in Pachaj

Ben Simon,Guatemala Menlo Abroad

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As we watch our last few days in Guatemala fly by, we wanted to reflect on our memorable homestays in Pachaj. Throughout the last ten days, we were able to build lasting relationships with our host families, work with Armando in his Chico Mendes reforestation project, and take one-on-one Spanish lessons with our maestros. Our last […]

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06/25/15

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Ben Simon

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    [post_content] => On Monday June 22, everyone met at Armando's house at 7pm to attending a ceremony of some kind with Armando. As soon as everyone arrived, Chris and Juancho lead us outside and up a side road in the middle of a corn field. Eventually we stopped and stood in silence. Standing in the field, we all started to look around, taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of a night in Pachaj, Guatemala. The wind rustled the corn and carried the sounds of distant dogs barking and the occasional motorcycle through the otherwise silent corn field. With no city lights, the stars and moon were bright and blanketed the sky. After some time of silent reflection, Juancho and Chris brought us together and gave us an opportunity to voice our reflections. Two common themes that came up were ideas of poverty and finding a second home. We reflected that while to us the people of Pachaj seem poor, there lives are rich in ways that ours are not, such as the open kindness and willingness to help of everyone in the community. This openness and compassion also lead to us feeling like we have a second home with our host families in Pachaj. We refer to our home-stays as home and our host siblings and parents as just our siblings and parents. I think I can say on behalf of the group that we all feel accepted and pulled into the heart of our communities by our host families.

Once all of our reflections were voiced, we headed back to Armando's for a Mayan ceremony. We all gathered in a circle in Armando's courtyard around a central fire pit and piled on blankets because it was getting cold outside. Armando explained the importance of Mayan ceremonies and then built a fire using different foods and colored candles each representing a different element: air, earth, day, and night. After the fire was high and hot, each person was given four candles and a piece of chocolate. We went around the circle, each tossing one candle at a time into the fire. The candles represented asking for forgiveness, thankfulness, and a wish for knowledge from the elements. We then ate half chocolate and threw the rest into the fire representing sharing the sweetness in our lives. We also took turns waving our feet and hands over the fire to bring the warmth into our heads and hearts. To finish the ceremony, everyone hugged everyone else to embody companionship and unity. The whole experience had a magical feeling and really brought us together as a group and community.
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Corn Fields and Mayan Ceremony

Makayla Conley,Guatemala Menlo Abroad

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On Monday June 22, everyone met at Armando’s house at 7pm to attending a ceremony of some kind with Armando. As soon as everyone arrived, Chris and Juancho lead us outside and up a side road in the middle of a corn field. Eventually we stopped and stood in silence. Standing in the field, we […]

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06/25/15

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Makayla Conley

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    [post_content] => Yesterday we arrived once again in Antigua. After another beautiful day in Pachaj on Tuesday of games and speeches and soccer with talented young locals, and a night of powerful goodbyes and packing all of our stuff into our each one little bag, we once again began our morning routines of waking and brushing our teeth in pilas, eating beans and eggs, having our morning meeting and daily check-in, sharing our roses and thorns and the state of our poop, followed by our daily warm-up game. We then had emotional goodbyes with our incredible hosts (once again), we boarded a crowded mini-bus (once again), lugging, once again, our heavy backpacks to the top of the bus, once again going back to check we hadn’t left anything (or anyone!) behind, once again getting into our routine seats, checking once again we had full water bottles and a bag full of snacks, once again leaving little parts of ourselves and our hearts and our love behind in a beautiful community of inspiring people as we headed through the misty mountains. This is the life of a Dragons trip: repetition, repetition and difference. Curves and spirals and circles.

“There are no straight lines in nature.” This is a line from Rony, the coordinator of IMAP (where we spent our first week). He didn’t say this to us this time, but rather to another group of mine, last year. And it wasn’t until I returned to IMAP a year later, making my full circle, that I understood what he meant. It took a circle to make this spiral I call my life make some sense. In permaculture, they teach us again and again the danger of straight lines, of utter monotony and predictability. They teach us that strategy, intention, wisdom, diversity, purpose and function are productive, but that they curve, they all curve, and we should never try to straighten them out. Or we could say: plan wisely, but don’t micromanage. Let things happen and don’t be afraid of cycles. At IMAP they teach us that it isn’t just random or aesthetic appreciation that led the Mayans to see the snail (el caracol) as such a sacred symbol. It is the spiral of infinity -- the wisdom of the universe made visible for us.

We plan our Dragons trip with an insane amount of intention. But we also plan them in curves and circles, which allow us to interact and engage on the edges of our comfort, on the borders of our identities, at the limits of everything we thought we knew. It allows us to have enough comfort to take chances and open ourselves up to the new and the different. We plan them so that yes, it feels like a straight line (and Rony indeed reminds us that straight lines are important for humans; we draw straight lines to orient ourselves while being sure not to mistake that straight line for reality). But when we near the end we begin to suspect that maybe that journey wasn’t so straight after all; we turn around and see spirals. We realize we’ve gone in circles, yet somehow we aren’t where we started. The senses take in different stimuli; our senses of ourselves and our purpose have changed. Something unpredictable has happened. Somehow we’ve made a great journey and strayed far from home while ending up just there, home. We’re the same, and yet so different.

All of this was not lost on our dear, wise students. Upon returning to the same city (Antigua) and the same hostel (Hostal Antigueno) where we spent our first night and orientation, several of them remarked: “We’ve come full circle… this is so weird!!” And it was weird. It was weird to be back in this city, to be back in the comforts of seemingly endless amounts of traffic and smoothies and Western travelers. It was surreal to be in the same rooms with the same food and the same ping pong table, three weeks later and millions of miles closer to each other. It was weird, and comforting.

I’ve never liked the expression “setting him (or her/them) straight.” Instead, I hope we’ve curved our students a bit. We’ve accompanied them on a journey of spiraling around a small, beautiful, abundant yet “poor” Central-America country, curving through the group and each other, circling around our bodies and souls and senses and the wonders and messes and injustices and hopes that our world offers, while remembering that taking a step back can always remind us that there is purpose, intention, order, harmony, change.

We’ve all learned a thing or two on this journey, instructors and teachers included. But the nature of curves is that they’re hard to measure, quantify, transmit (I mean have you ever read the history of the calculus!?!). As we send these 12 beautiful souls back to you, we hope you listen carefully to their stories, even if they spiral and curve and circle. Have patience and faith: they’ll circle back around to the point. No matter how far we stray, we always return home.
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Coming Full Circle: The Non-Linear Life

Chris Casuccio,Picture of the Week, Guatemala Menlo Abroad

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Yesterday we arrived once again in Antigua. After another beautiful day in Pachaj on Tuesday of games and speeches and soccer with talented young locals, and a night of powerful goodbyes and packing all of our stuff into our each one little bag, we once again began our morning routines of waking and brushing our […]

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06/25/15

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Chris Casuccio

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    [post_content] => Today was an exciting and interesting day.  After a cultural breakfast with our host families, we arrived at Armando's house at 8 to have our morning meeting and meet up with our Spanish teachers for a day at the market.  We were split into three groups and each had to prepare something with the ingredients we were to buy at the market.  There was a group that had to make orange juice, a group to make guacamole, and a group to make fruit salad.  In order to get to and from the market, we took a truck or a small-cramped bus that was obviously not made for people taller than 5ft 4in.  On the ride to the market, Fuego, Armando's dog, ran after the group in the truck, obviously wanting in on the adventure.  He ran for about a mile and then was brought onto the truck for the journey.  At the market, we bought our assigned ingredients and then got a chance to look around the busy market.  There was everything you could ever need; fish, toothpaste, corn, clothes, ice cream, and so much more.  There were people and their products everywhere.  It had interesting smells while a mixture of Hispanic and popular American songs played in the background.  We soon went back to Armando's in order to prepare our dishes for lunch.  We washed, cut, squeezed, and chopped while becoming hungry and getting covered in food in the process.  Once finished, we filled up on fruit salad, orange juice, guacamole, and some vegetable soup that Claudia, Armando's wife made.

Also at the market, Claire set out to find ingredients to make a cake.  This cake is for the wedding of Armando's nephew, Angel, and his bride-to-be, Raquel.  So, after lunch, a group of us went to bake the cake in David's host-family's amazing bread baking room.  Another group of us went to decorate one of the small cottages in the woods for the newlyweds.  Although the majority of the preparations for the surprise have been finished, there are still some final cake and cottage decorations to be done on Sunday, the day of the wedding.

After this, we continued to watch a movie that Juancho put together about the history of Guatemala.  Although it was very interesting and eye-opening, it was difficult to watch knowing that many of our host families had probably lost friends and family members to the genocide.  We all learned many things today, like Spanish, cultural differences, cooking, history, and much more about each other.
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Saturday June 20th

Sara Brockman,Picture of the Week, Guatemala Menlo Abroad

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Today was an exciting and interesting day.  After a cultural breakfast with our host families, we arrived at Armando’s house at 8 to have our morning meeting and meet up with our Spanish teachers for a day at the market.  We were split into three groups and each had to prepare something with the ingredients […]

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06/22/15

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Sara Brockman

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Wednesday June 17, 2015

Makayla Conley :),Guatemala Menlo Abroad

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Today everyone met at Armando’s house at 8:30am ready to start working. After completing our morning meeting, everyone grabbed either a hoe, shovel, rake, or wheelbarrow and headed up to a community garden. We hiked up a hill to reach the terraces of the garden, where we began to use the hoes to turn over […]

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06/18/15

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Makayla Conley :)

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We are now in Pachaj learning about reforestation. Although spirits are up and kids are learning and enjoying this magnificent experience, we all miss our families, pets, and friends :) We can't wait to go back and tell you about all the wonderful things we are seeing and learning. Here is a collage of pictures from yesterday. We learned how to plan tree seeds and sorted out the pine trees we planted today. We did 200 trees in 2 hours!   [post_title] => Chico Mendez Project, Pachaj [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => chico-mendez-project-pachaj [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-06-17 00:31:43 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-06-17 06:31:43 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=119911 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 102 [name] => Guatemala Menlo Abroad [slug] => guatemala-menlo-summer-2015 [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 102 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 255 [count] => 49 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 5.1 [cat_ID] => 102 [category_count] => 49 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Guatemala Menlo Abroad [category_nicename] => guatemala-menlo-summer-2015 [category_parent] => 255 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2015/guatemala-menlo-summer-2015/ ) ) [category_links] => Guatemala Menlo Abroad )

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Chico Mendez Project, Pachaj

Adriana Díaz-Ross,Guatemala Menlo Abroad

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We are now in Pachaj learning about reforestation. Although spirits are up and kids are learning and enjoying this magnificent experience, we all miss our families, pets, and friends 🙂 We can’t wait to go back and tell you about all the wonderful things we are seeing and learning. Here is a collage of pictures […]

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06/17/15

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Adriana Díaz-Ross

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We’re sorry for the lag in Yaks! After a several hour bus ride full of songs and landscape-watching we arrived Saturday afternoon in Pachaj to work with the Chico Mendes Reforestation Project for the next 10 days or so. Pachaj is a rural town of a few hundred families in the Guatemala highlands just outside of the Mayan city of Quetzaltenango, commonly known as “Xela.” Internet is limited here; local families don’t have WiFi and the local internet cafes are rarely open and have VERY slow computers. We’ve all been very busy since arriving and have had, let’s just say, “technical difficulties” in getting our mobile internet modem up and running. Rest assured that Guatemalan telecommunications companies (ie, Tigo) are as frustrating and dysfunctional as ours (ie, AT&T)!!

Saturday also happened to be the birthday of one of our students, Faraz. Faraz was lucky to receive not one, but two Guatemala traditions! In the morning in San Lucas, the hotel owners sang traditional Guatemala birthday songs to Faraz. After arriving in Pachaj and having a delicious lunch, the manager of the Chico Mendes Project (Armando Lopez) had organized cake and a piñata for Faraz. With all of the home stay families waiting and watching, Faraz was blindfolded, spun around, given a bat and asked to swing at a moving piñata. It was great fun as students, instructors, teachers and homestay families all reveled in the festivities. Faraz definitely began his 19th year in style. The students spent the rest of the afternoon and night getting to know their home stay families and we as instructors and Menlo teachers started our visits of the home stay families to get to know them, see their houses and ensure the students were settling in well.

The students are living with traditional Mayan families that have connections to the Chico Mendes Project. The families have all hosted Dragons students before and have had good feedback so we are confident they will provide a positive and powerful cross-cultural and Spanish immersion experience for our students. They are all within 15-20 minutes walking distance of Armando’s house (where the instructors and Menlo teachers are staying) and the town is very safe.

The Chico Mendes Project has been around for 17 years with the goal of saving and replanting the forests and natural trees of the area, trying to prevent private water companies and mining companies from destroying their local ecosystems. The project was named after a Brazilian ecologist who gave his life fighting to save the rain forests of the Amazon and help his fellow rubber tappers maintain their livelihoods. The motto of the project is basically that intellect, education and hard work are the key to sustainable development and ecological and economic justice; not guns or war.

On Sunday the students met at Armando’s house and Armando gave an inspiring talk on the history of the project and how we has overcome obstacle after obstacle to keep this project going strong, always thinking about clean air and clean water for the future generations. He also gave us a tour of the project house, the seedling and tree nursery, the cabanas they have built in the woods, and their vegetable garden project. The students listened attentively, some of them taking their hand at translating for the group, and engaged Armando with a series of questions about the project.

We’ve since spent the last two days getting our hands dirty with soil and our minds full of Spanish. We’ve also settled into a nice little routine as we battle the morning heat and the afternoon rains. In the morning after breakfast the students make their way to the project house to have our daily check-in, as we review our health, our ups and downs of the previous day and do some daily group bonding. Afterwards we have been working with Armando and the workers at the project to plant seedlings, clean “bolsitas” (the bags the little trees grow in), and organize the little trees according to their different stage of development. This morning we took a long hike into the forest where Armando led us to an empty field on a steep incline. Listening to Latin-American hip-hop the group lugged up baby trees, dug holes and in the end successfully planted 200 trees! It was an incredible accomplishment and we were very proud of how hard the students worked.

In the afternoons the students have started their one-on-one Spanish tutoring. They’ve also been given a bit more independence to explore Pachaj and communicate their schedules with their families. So far they have risen to every challenge, worked hard, engaged with locals, kept an open mind and been both critical and engaged with every activity. We’re very proud of the group and thank you for sending your wonderful children to travel with us and learn about this fascinating country as they grow both emotionally and intellectually.

Stay tuned for more updates and reflections from the students during the following week!

Los Instructores (Juancho and Chris)
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Trees and Spanish and Rain, Oh My!

Instructors,Guatemala Menlo Abroad

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Family and Friends, We’re sorry for the lag in Yaks! After a several hour bus ride full of songs and landscape-watching we arrived Saturday afternoon in Pachaj to work with the Chico Mendes Reforestation Project for the next 10 days or so. Pachaj is a rural town of a few hundred families in the Guatemala […]

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06/17/15

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