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


Happy surprises in Guatemala

Posted in Guatemala on October 17, 2017

Saturday, October 7, 2018 Arrived in Antigua late at night. Sunday, October 8, 2017 Being a Sunday, we had a walking tour of Antigua. We went to a Jade factory and saw how they cut the jade and polished the pieces by hand to form some of the jewelry. That evening we ate out a Read More…

Kamloops Boys and Girls Club Youth Council in Guatemala

Posted in Guatemala on August 28, 2017

August 24, 2017 For the past couple of days, we’ve been doing many things.The beginning of Wednesday started with an ecofiltro tour. We met the founder who told us the story of how/why he started it and how he was a social entrepreneur. He showed us the original model and why it worked so well. Read More…

Kamloops Boys and Girls Club Youth Council in Guatemala

Posted in Guatemala on August 25, 2017

August 24, 2017 For the past couple of days, we have been building the Eco Stoves with the Open Windows Foundation. It was such an amazing experience! The first day was super long and tiring as we climbed many, many hills. After the demonstration, we all realized it wasn’t going to take as long as Read More…

Kamloops Boys and Girls Club Youth Council in Guatemala

Posted in Guatemala on August 22, 2017

August 21, 2017 We’ve had an amazing weekend here in Guatemala! Starting with Friday, we went to the Ecostoves factory to meet Carlos, the mastermind behind the concept! He gave us a tour of the land while our translator for the day, Sadie who is Stephanie’s sister, helped out. Carlos showed us all his previous Read More…

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…

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