This project is the investigation of Guatemala’s culture and people through the act of service. Working with a combination of guided mentors and service sites, our group experienced an illustrative grasp of societal issues faced in Guatemala. Through a week of volunteering with various programs, including a home for people who have disabilities, a women’s cooperative, a daycare and after school program, as well as our sister school, Juan Sisay, we gained insight into Guatemalan culture. We experienced the poverty of women in Las Rosas and the tradeoffs they make between feeding their families, funding their businesses and choosing educational opportunities. We saw the inability to help the neediest and underserved, such as women in abusive relationships or people living with disabilities. But, most importantly, we saw the perseverance in people to find creative ways to survive and work towards a better tomorrow.
Benjamin Rosen, ’15
Halee Schomburg, ’16
Additional Authors: Halee Schomburg, Caryn Shebowick, Arturo Castillo, Nolan Schillerstrom, Emma Kaboli, Justin Pruitt, Angelica Hall, Anne Weitekamp, Eleanor Cotton, Gabe Flippo, Kaitlynn Long, Katie Brogan, Thao Luu, Michael Johnson, David Burgess
Sponsor: Carol Lacy-Salazar