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Volunteers experience in Guatemala. Our volunteers share some of their experiences and memorable photos.


Building a home for a Guatemalan family

Posted in Guatemala on April 19, 2017

April 29 It is hard to imagine how much delight three rooms can give to a family, but this is what the Developing World Connections team in Duenas, Guatemala, experienced when they built a home for a family there. The main room is 15’ x 15’, the kitchen 8’ x 12’, and the toilet 4’ Read More…

Schools join for Guatemala

Posted in Guatemala on March 6, 2017

March 6 and 7 On the morning of March 6, we visited the Eco-Filtro, a water purification factory, and took a tour. We learned two things: that culture acceptance is important, which is why chlorine cant be used to purify water in Guatemala (where people dislike the smell and the taste) and that silver can Read More…

Adventure in Guatemala

Posted in Guatemala on February 28, 2017

March 1 Hola from San Miguel Duenas. After another delicious breakfast at Fernando’s, we spent our final day at open windows, finishing murals, reading stories with children, playing games such as Stella Ella Olla, Squirt and other hand-clapping games. Later on we visited a family in the community to drop off an EcoFiltro we purchased Read More…

Guatemala, San Miguel Duenas, Thursday March 17, 2016

Posted in Guatemala on March 18, 2016

Day 5: last day on site Today was the last day on site and despite knowing that it was the last day with the children, we maintained our positive attitudes. Teresa graciously offered us a tour of the community and we were permitted to experience various environments and levels of poverty. Everyone had developed a Read More…

Guatemala, San Miguel Duenas, Wednesday March 16, 2016

Posted in Guatemala on March 17, 2016

Day 4: Finishing the murals and working on the kitchen roof Volunteering at the centre today truly gave us a sense of accomplishment. We finished the library mural and felt so proud that we were able to leave such a significant message with this community. Stencil for the mural. Jeev working on a mural stencil. Read More…

Guatemala, San Miguel Duenas, Tuesday March 15, 2016

Posted in Guatemala on March 17, 2016

Guatemala, San Miguel Duenas, Day 2: wall murals and roof preparation Today was our second day at the construction site and it is being prepared for a concrete roof that will be installed later this week. In addition to our project our group designed a wall mural. It is a tree design which is on Read More…

Guatemala, San Miguel Duenas, Monday March 14, 2016

Posted in Guatemala on March 16, 2016

First Day on the job! Things went well today for our first day on the site.  The group was really excited to help out where they could with building the new kitchen.  Today was a lot of carrying wood, removing nails and then putting together beams.  In the afternoon we spent time interacting with the Read More…

Guatemala: Antigua, Sunday March 13 2016

Posted in Guatemala on March 14, 2016

Panorama High school students arrive in Antigua, Guatemala! Day 1 Our service trip began with a five-hour flight to Mexico City. The flight to Mexico had been delayed causing us to be a little later than expected for the flight to Guatemala. We quickly checked in and hopped on shuttle cart in order to make Read More…

Across Guatemala and Back…

Posted in Guatemala on December 7, 2015

During our one week of travelling around Guatemala, I felt like I watched the whole world whiz by my bus window. As I’ve mentioned in other blog entries, I love car rides. I just love watching. I love the moments when you catch a kid laughing on the side of the street, or a couple Read More…

Guatemala: San Miguel Duenas: December 4, 2015

Posted in Guatemala on December 7, 2015

Guatemala: San Miguel Duenas: December 4, 2015 Gallo! Gallo! Gallo! All were on the bus en route for San Jose Calderas via San Miguel Duenas, with wheels rolling at 8 a.m. We’re down one team member today. Rachann will be well rested and hopefully recovered by the time we get back. We missed her energy. Read More…

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