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    [post_content] => On days where my host dad, Juan, has school, he wakes up at 4:30 AM to take the bus for three hours to the city where his medical school is. His medical school lasts from 8 to 11, where he then takes the bus back for 3 hours. His day continues with work for Chico Mendez, which consists of mostly field work. Afterwards, he bikes home for dinner and studies.

Students at Menlo complain about 8 AM school starts. Juan takes the bus for 3 hours. He can't move because he has a family in Pachaj, but he is doing everything he can to one day open his own clinic. From this story, we can learn the value of hard work and perseverance. I admire Juan for his dedication to finish medical school, which will drive me in my own academic career.
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Juan

Jacob,PARTNERSHIP: Menlo Abroad Guatemala

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On days where my host dad, Juan, has school, he wakes up at 4:30 AM to take the bus for three hours to the city where his medical school is. His medical school lasts from 8 to 11, where he then takes the bus back for 3 hours. His day continues with work for Chico Mendez, which […]

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07/3/16

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Jacob

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    [post_content] => The family that lives at the house I'm staying at consists of five unmarried siblings: Julio, Rosa Maria, Edgar, Martita, and Daniel.  They have three more siblings that have married and now live in their own homes: Juan, José, and Ismaily.  This adds up to a total of eight brothers and sisters, but only three of them are actually related by blood: Martita, Ismaily, and Daniel.  The others all experienced similar childhoods of suffering until they were adopted.  When Rosa Maria was born, her mother didn't want her, so she was traded to another family, but the people who were supposed to be her parents didn't take care of her either.  She struggled to survive, finding her own food and clothes, and fought through many hardships.  Finally, when she was fourteen, she was invited to live with Martita, Ismaily, Daniel, and Juan, who was the first child to be adopted.  The parents, Marto and Herlinda López-Colop wanted another girl, and to help another suffering child.  Rosa Maria could only speak Kiche, the local Mayan language when she was first adopted, but her siblings quickly taught her Spanish.  This family that could only provide for three children took in five more purely out of kindness.  I am so grateful to have gotten to know this family and spend time with them.   Their hospitality, the way they took me in and took care of me almost made me feel like the ninth adopted sibling.
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The López-Colop Family

Chloe Lai,PARTNERSHIP: Menlo Abroad Guatemala

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The family that lives at the house I’m staying at consists of five unmarried siblings: Julio, Rosa Maria, Edgar, Martita, and Daniel.  They have three more siblings that have married and now live in their own homes: Juan, José, and Ismaily.  This adds up to a total of eight brothers and sisters, but only three […]

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07/3/16

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Chloe Lai

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When her son leaves to school at 6:30 AM my homestay mother walks with him reviewing the contents of yesterday’s class with him because she greatly values education. Maria, my homestay mother, sees how her father traveled to America to work in fields, and also noticed how there are many more opportunities in the United States and the rest of the world with an education.

When talking to my homestay mother she mentioned how she takes classes in person and online to learn English. She also stays up till 11:00 PM on some nights using the online computer in the household that was bought with her own money to study English grammar and vocabulary. Her goal is to one-day travel to America and put her English skills to use. She teaches Kindergarteners as one of her jobs and she hopes to teach them English so that they can have a better future.

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Learning for the Children

Daniel Cazares,PARTNERSHIP: Menlo Abroad Guatemala

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07/3/16

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Daniel Cazares

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Living Young in Guatemala

Ryan Thompson,PARTNERSHIP: Menlo Abroad Guatemala

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07/3/16

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Ryan Thompson

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Hair Adaptations With Sandra

Beth Sanford,PARTNERSHIP: Menlo Abroad Guatemala

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07/3/16

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Beth Sanford

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Photos

Sara Russell,PARTNERSHIP: Menlo Abroad Guatemala

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We are at last back to the bandwidth to upload photos! Enjoy the pictorial journey of our last week 🙂

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07/3/16

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Sara Russell

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Pictorial Journeys

Instructor Team,PARTNERSHIP: Menlo Abroad Guatemala

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We are at last back to the bandwidth to upload photos! Enjoy the pictorial journey of our last week 🙂

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07/3/16

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Instructor Team

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    [post_content] => I've heard a lot of stories during my time at my homestay, but it was my hostfather's story that truly resonated with me. On the third night my hostfather and I had dinner together, and we talked about my experiences in Guatemala and our pasts. At one point, I asked Señor Chus if he had ever been to the United States, and he responded with a truly touching story:

He went to the Unites States when he was 30 years old, and not in the most comfortable fashion. He walked through all of Mexico with his coyote... 2 weeks in the dessert, 1 week in guerilla territory and 3 days crossing el Rio Grande. And after his harsh journey, he became homeless in Los Angelas for two months. Thankfully, he was eventually able to get a job as a jardinero or landscaper. With that job, he was able to triple his family's yearly income, but SeñorSñr Chus went through a dark time when he was alone and when he missed his family. He spoke to his wife (my hostmother) about his current situation, and they ultimately decided that family and being together was much more important than his daily income. So he moved back to Guatemala where he is now working 10 times as hard to make the same salary that he did in the U.S., but he tells me that he is happy, and that happiness is worth so much more than any bill you could give him.

Señor Chus was one of the most influential individuals that I met in Guatemala, and I couldn't thank him enough for sharing his story with me.
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Chus Takes on California

Nolan,PARTNERSHIP: Menlo Abroad Guatemala

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I’ve heard a lot of stories during my time at my homestay, but it was my hostfather’s story that truly resonated with me. On the third night my hostfather and I had dinner together, and we talked about my experiences in Guatemala and our pasts. At one point, I asked Señor Chus if he had ever […]

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07/3/16

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Nolan

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    [post_content] => My host mother's name in Elisabet. She was born in the town of Cantel, a short drive away from Pachaj. She has 9 siblings, 5 sisters and 4 brothers. She met her future husband in Pachaj and decided to stay with him. They married and bought a house in Pachaj. In 1996, her husband left for Los Angeles in order to make more money for the family. He has been gone since, always sending money back, the two of them talk every other day. They have 3 kids, Ronnie, Wilson, and Brenda. Brenda is 22, and working to get her college degree. Ronnie is 20, and is 1 year away from getting his architectural degree. The last son, Wilson immigrated to Houston, Texas with his wife. They have one kid who is 2 1/2 years old. Wilson works as a chef in a restaurant in downtown Houston. Wilson just finished his college degree, after stopping for 2 years to get settled in Houston. Elisabet still lives in the same house, and does lots of small things around town and her house. She loves to sew beautiful skirts for her friends, and other people in the town. She is always working around the house, and seems to be always busy. I really respect her work ethic, and her love for her children. She always makes meals for the 2 kids who still live with her (Ronnie and Brenda.) She is an amazing cook, a hard worker, a beautiful seamstress, and lastly, an extremely nice woman who opens her arms to everybody. Over the course of 10 days, I was immediately struck by her kindness and open arms.
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My Host Mother’s Story

Bobby Shove,PARTNERSHIP: Menlo Abroad Guatemala

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My host mother’s name in Elisabet. She was born in the town of Cantel, a short drive away from Pachaj. She has 9 siblings, 5 sisters and 4 brothers. She met her future husband in Pachaj and decided to stay with him. They married and bought a house in Pachaj. In 1996, her husband left […]

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07/3/16

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Bobby Shove

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Frances’ Story

Austin Jones,PARTNERSHIP: Menlo Abroad Guatemala

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On the last day in Guatemala, I met the Uncle to my family’s children. His name was Frances. Frances was the boyfriend/husband of my Aunt. Frances actually had his own job as a waiter in a town that was far away and only came during the last days of the trip. He had a long […]

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07/3/16

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Austin Jones

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