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Hola Queridos Amigos!

Hi all! My name is Nicté, and I am an indigenous Maya K’iche’ woman.  I was born in Totonicapán, a department in western Guatemala, and when I was 10 years old my family and I moved to Pachaj, where the Chico Méndes Reforestation Project is based. Since 2007 Dragons collaborates with the Project, volunteering with Chico Mendes and studying Spanish. I have shared my homo, food, and culture with many different groups like you. I have also worked as a Spanish teacher with Dragons groups when they arrived in Pachaj.

I studied Tourism and Business Administration at the university, and I have worked as a mountain guide since 2009.  I love climbing volcanoes and walking in the mountains around Quetzaltenango and Guatemala. On holidays (Nov-Dec) I teach English to children from 7 to 12 years old. Last summer I collaborated with Dragons as a local guide, and this will be my second course as an instructor.

I currently live in the capital of Guatemala where I participate with groups of women that seek to expand their rights, especially that the rights of indigenous women in Guatemalan society are fulfilled. I am interested in politics and telecommunications. I am currently participating in a political group because in Guatemala it is an important year – it is the year to vote for new authorities to guide the country.

As a woman and above all an indigenous woman I am proud to work with Dragons and share my culture with students.  I am very excited to meet you and to share with you my country, the way of life, customs, traditions, and beliefs, and to exchange language: I can help with Spanish and it would be great if you could help me with English!

I hope to contribute positively in your visit to my country.

P.D. La foto que ven la tomé el mes pasado en el Volcán Acatenango desde allí se ve el Volcán de Fuego uno de los volcanes más activos de Guatemala.  The photo you see was taken last month on Volcano Acatenango.  From there you can see Fire Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in Guatemala.

Nos vemos pronto!

A hug,

Nicté.