Category Archives: What We Do Different

What We Do Different: Building Relationships

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I frequently find myself in the same conversation with people before they come on a Learning Journey to Guatemala with Reading Village.  Here’s how the conversation typically goes. Traveler:  What are we going to build when we are in Guatemala? Me:  Relationships. Traveler: No, I mean how are we going to volunteer to help the people in   …Continue Reading

What We Do Different: Investing in Boys and Girls

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The international development community is very focused on girls these days. This is a good thing. Around the world, girls have been neglected and discriminated against, abused and worse for far too long. Where boys go to school, girls stay home. Men’s paychecks are larger than women’s; though the burden they bear in society is   …Continue Reading

WHAT WE DO DIFFERENT: Connecting Communities

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We’ve always said that Reading Village transforms lives through literacy, but when our Executive Director, Linda Smith, founded the organization in 2007 she never intended the lives transformed to be only those of the children in Guatemala. Quite the contrary. Linda envisioned transformation rippling across communities through a network of local change-makers. Seven years later,   …Continue Reading

WHAT WE DO DIFFERENT: Creating a Critical Mass for Change

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  There is nothing novel about working in Guatemala. Scholarships are an effective and common strategy by which to improve educational achievement. Indigenous communities are, and should be, among the most targeted beneficiaries. This isn’t new. But in a country where scholarships are sprinkled like fertilizer on a coffee crop, Reading Village is doing something   …Continue Reading