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¡Hola [email protected]!

¡Ya es hora de presentarnos! We are excited to meet and talk to each of you and we are assuming the same goes for each and every one of you!

If everyone could present themselves with a few facts (or stories) about you that would be great. Additionally, to make this a bit more interesting, I (Raquel) recently found out that the month of June in the U.S. is Immigrant Heritage Month.  In the U.S., unless you are Native American or Mexican you are more than likely an immigrant. We think that it’s important to know where we came from in order to know where you will be going (in this case Guatemala) so we want you to do some research in terms of where you come from.

To offer you some inspiration for this I want to share with you a creation story of the Maya that the Uruguayan writer, Eduardo Galeano, alludes to in one of his books.

Y los días se echaron a caminar.

Y ellos, los días, nos hicieron.

Y así fuimos nacidos nosotros,

los hijos de los días,

los averiguadores,

los buscadores de la vida.

And the days began to walk.

And they, the days, made us.

And thus we were born,

the children of the days,

the discoverers,

life’s searchers.

–GENESIS, according to the Mayas, from Hijos de los días, by Eduardo Galeano

In presenting his book, Hijo de los Días, Galeano says that “If we are the children of these days, nothing is strange about the fact that each day we have a story to tell. Because scientists say that human beings are made of atoms, but a little bird told me that we are made of stories.”

And so, we’d like to know some stories that you carry with you. If you can ask your parents about your family history and where you come from, bonus points!

Additionally, we would like to invite you to do some research on the places that we will be visiting to share with us during orientation. Following are the places that we will probably be visiting. See what you can find out about these locations before we arrive. Below, in no particular order, are pairs for each location. Don’t stress about it, just have fun.

Antigua: Alexandra and Abigail

Tecpan: Felice and September

Lago Atitlán: San Lucas Tolimán y San Juan la Laguna:  Isabel Eugenia and David

Pachaj: Xavier and Lindsey

Nebaj: Vanessa and Alexander

Cotzal: Graham and Amy

Gracias and hoping to hear from each of you soon! As always, feel free to reach out on the Yak board or if you prefer you can also email Raquel at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns!

Un abrazo,

Los Instructores

p.s. If you’d like some music to accompany your post, please refer to a Tiny Desk Concert with Guatemalan singer and songwriter Gaby Moreno or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIdRsY5HJGw