Category Archives: Learning Journey

So Much To Be Grateful For

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Looking back on this year’s Learning Journey on this Giving Tuesday, I am Giving Thanks! I feel re-energized and full of gratitude as I remember the teens in our program opening their hearts and community to our group. As our Learning Journey came to a close in April, I took some time to reflect on   …Continue Reading

Letters from Learning Journey Travelers: Cynthia

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This month we asked our Learning Journey travelers to share what it is they are grateful for. They have traveled with us to Guatemala, witnessed the impact of our work first hand, and have an intimate appreciation for the power of education, leadership, and literacy to interrupt generational poverty in rural, indigenous communities. Here’s what Cynthia had   …Continue Reading

Letters from Learning Journey Travelers: Melissa

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This month we asked our Learning Journey travelers to share what it is they are grateful for. They have traveled with us to Guatemala, witnessed the impact of our work first hand, and have an intimate appreciation for the power of education, leadership, and literacy to interrupt generational poverty in rural, indigenous communities. Here’s what Melissa,   …Continue Reading

A Powerful Impression

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During a group discussion on our recent Learning Journey in Guatemala, I challenged my Guatemalan colleagues to recount for our travelers any tales of impact and inspiration from their work. In that moment, my colleague Brenda, one of the Community Facilitators who mentors the youth leaders, offered an example from the community of Chaquijya, one   …Continue Reading

Lidia’s Dreams for the Future

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When I met Lidia this past January her personality shined through in so many different ways. She said she was shy, but that’s not what I saw in this outspoken 16-year-old from the rural, indigenous Guatemalan community of Chuiquel. She was thoughtful before she spoke, but she raised her hand often to speak and voice   …Continue Reading

Learning Journey 2016 – Day 5

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There is nothing more joyous than watching a child’s face light up during the telling of a story. Today we had the opportunity to light up the faces of about 300 children! This morning we Gringos donned masks and enacted stories skillfully read by Reading Village youth leaders, something they do for three hours every   …Continue Reading

Learning Journey 2016 – Day 4

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Early this morning we boarded a “lancha,” an outboard motorboat that is the standard mode of transportation to the various villages around Lake Atitlan. A couple of youth leaders from each of the Reading Village partner communities joined us on our trip to San Juan. Though the lake is in their backyard, this trip was   …Continue Reading

Learning Journey 2016 – Day 3

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Today we had the great honor and pleasure to be invited into the homes of three of the youth leaders. Like yesterday’s arrival, this was a first for Reading Village teens and their families. We learned about the little adobe structures found at each home called a “temascal.” It’s like a sauna, a fire heats   …Continue Reading

Learning Journey 2016: Day 2

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What a welcome! Upon arrival in the hilly town of Chuiquel we were greeted like family with hugs and flowers from the fourteen youth leaders who participate in Reading Village’s Leaders and Readers program in this village. Chuiquel is off the beaten path and almost never sees outsiders, let alone a group from another country.   …Continue Reading

Learning Journey 2016: Day 1

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The eleven of us boarded planes in Denver, New York, Pittsburgh and San Francisco, and we came together in the charming Spanish colonial town of Antigua, Guatemala. They call Guatemala the Land of Eternal Spring, and we could immediately see why. Bougainvillea blossoms of all colors brightened every nook and cranny of this cobblestone street   …Continue Reading