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Lago de Atitlán - Photo by Juan Galich

Welcome to your HIES Guatemala Yak Board!

HIES Students and Families,

Welcome you to your Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School and Where There Be Dragons Yak Board for our collaborative “Guatemala: Language and Culture” program!

In a few months, you’ll bid farewell to home and trade the lights of Atlanta for the smells and sights of Guatemala. Beyond the change of geography and landscape, your time in Guate is sure to shake and awaken you as you dive into new foods, languages, cultures, ways of living, complex histories, topics of development, and religions and immerse in the daily life of a highland Maya town. Along the way, you’ll listen to stories from environmental activists, artisans, and local youth. You’ll eat new things, laugh with new friends, and contemplate your own unique lifestyle and worldview as you dive into contemporary Guatemalan and Mayan identities. You’ll work to make sense of this BIG experience in your own wonderful way.

To support your group’s collective experience, this Yak board will be a powerful forum to weave a narrative of your journey with your HIES-Dragons community. This narrative will extend from pre-course days well into the field, and even after. We invite you to try your keyboards at the published word and begin to share about your own goals, experience, and hopes for this grand adventure.

We are thrilled to be a part of your experience in Guatemala. To make it real, the first thing we are excited to hear from you is an introduction. You may be well-acquainted with the folks on your course, but you may not know their expectations, excitement, goals, curiosities, and fears as you all embark on an epic journey to Central America. This forum will provide the space and support to share these things. And, you’ll be amazed looking back at the end of the course and witness the ways you’ve grown and changed in just a matter of days abroad!

Parents, we realize that this Yak Board will be extremely important for you to remain abreast of your children’s travels and to see images and words from their journey. We’re excited to have you follow along. While we do encourage your participation on postings that are relevant and valuable to the entire HIES group, we do not publish posts that serve as personal communication with your children.

We are overjoyed to follow along with your adventure.

The Dragons Administration Team