Category Archives: From the Field

Rainy Season

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School is in session in the Department of Solola, Guatemala.  Our youth leaders of Reading Village are deeply involved with their personal studies, learning daily how to engage young children in reading activities, and assisting their families with daily chores to keep households running.  And all of this during the rainy season. In Solola during the   …Continue Reading

Introducing Angel

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Introducing the newest member of the Reading Village team – baby Angel! What better gift to celebrate Reading Village’s 10th year than the birth of Angel Alfredo Xitamul! Little Angel was born in February to Luis and Angelica, alumni of our Leaders and Readers Program. The first child born in Concepcion to parents with high   …Continue Reading

Realizing the Multiplier Effect of Books

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Let me let you in on a little known secret: books have a multiplier effect.  A book doesn’t just empower one child; it empowers many.  That’s because children who receive books share that book:  they bring it home to read with their siblings, parents, grandparents.  Together, they point out pictures, sound out words, marvel at   …Continue Reading

2015 Learning Journey: Day 7

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Today was the final day of the 2015 Learning Journey. Today we enjoyed the beauty of colonial Antigua. Some of us learned to make chocolate from scratch, others of us took a walking tour of the city while others of us shopped or simply relaxed by the fountain in the flower-filled courtyard of our hotel, the oldest   …Continue Reading

2015 Learning Journey: Day 6

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This morning was our third and final day in the communities. We traveled back up the steep hillside to Concepcion to host a Reading Fiesta with the teens. In communities where only 50% of adults can read and write, literacy is something to be celebrated and Reading Village knows how to do this very well.   …Continue Reading

2015 Learning Journey: Day 5

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Today was a real adventure! We walked through Panajachel to the shores of Lake Atitlan where we boarded a “lancha” (water taxi) to travel all the way across the lake to the artist cooperative town of San Juan. We were joined by several Reading Village Youth Leaders – many of whom had never traveled across   …Continue Reading

2015 Learning Journey: Day 4

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Today was our second day in the communities. We traveled back to Concepcion and had the privilege of witnessing the Reading Village young leaders at work reading to the local children. They were proud and engaging, articulate and compassionate while working with the young kids. And the kids themselves were eager and attentive, completely captivated   …Continue Reading

2015 Learning Journey: Day 3

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This morning we woke up on the shores of the magnificent Lake Atitlan. After invigorating conversation with Reading Village staff, we were all eager to travel up the steep hillsides to Concepcion (“Conce”) – Reading Village’s very first partner community. There, perched high in the hills of this rural farming community we spent the day   …Continue Reading