Learning Journey 2014: Blood, Sweat, & Tears. (Day 6)

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Today was our sixth and final day of the Learning Journey. Based on cheeks stained by smiles and tear ducts run dry, I can say with absolute confidence that this group of travelers now has an intimate understanding of the blood, sweat, and tears that go into this line of work. When the trip started,   …Continue Reading

Learning Journey 2014: The Little Bee (Day 5)

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What makes the final day matter? Lessons from teens teaching us how to make tortillas?  From the harvesting of corn, to the adding of lyme before boiling and then the grinding by hand on the ancient Maya stone. Did I mention that every day, every member of the family eats four tortillas for each meal?   …Continue Reading

Learning Journey 2014: Take to the Lake (Day 4)

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When your snot runs black and your feet are filthy, it’s time to take to the lake. Unfortunately Lake Atitlan isn’t exactly the sort of thing you’re dying to jump into – what with its agricultural run off and busy harbors. In light of a dip, riding across this gorgeous body of water in the   …Continue Reading

Learning Journey: Just Trying to Help (Day 3)

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In contrast to the dry hills of Chuacruz and Los Morales, day three of the Learning Journey found us traipsing around the lush green slopes of Concepcion. The first community in which we’ve had a persevering relationship, “Conce” feels the most like home to Reading Village. We know its cobblestone streets, its white steeple, its   …Continue Reading

Learning Journey 2014: Experiential Learning (Day 2)

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If yesterday was just a gateway, it’s safe to say that today we’re all in. Learning Journey’s have always been a unique combination of cultural immersion and experiential learning. We show participants the realities of this place, expose them to the clash of ancient tradition and modern demands, challenge folks to understand the complexities of   …Continue Reading

Founder’s Corner: Our Kind of Commitment

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It’s pretty tough as a teen in rural Guatemala to stay focused on your studies when all your friends and relatives are dropping out of school left and right to work or get married. The typical statistic in the communities where we work is that 10% of students make it to high school, and even   …Continue Reading

Founder’s Corner: Hitting It Out of the Park

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We hit it out of the park! The parents meeting in Los Morales this morning was a huge success on all levels. Our objective was to create a safe environment for teens to have a voice, for adults to be recognized for their contributions in the community, to open up space for parents to voice their   …Continue Reading

Founder’s Corner: Tears of Joy

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What a fun day! Daniel (Program Director) and I went to Xela to check in with Jorge Chojolan, Director of the Asturias Academy and to see how Julio and Carlos are two alumni were doing in their roles as new fellows at the Academy. School starts the 16th, so teachers are in planning mode. Jorge described   …Continue Reading

Taking Heroic Measures

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What was the last thing you risked your life for? I mean really stood in the line of danger to protect someone else? It’s not something that most of us have to do, well, ever. That isn’t the case in Guatemala. In a country that is still recovering from 35 years of genocide and civil   …Continue Reading