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The Last Yak: Home

Sawson + Safa, Participant

Safa Home. Home to me is a place where I feel a sense of comfort, love, and where I can truly be myself. Today, we all had to say goodbye to our homestay families. It was bittersweet leaving this morning because I was super happy with all the......Read More

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Goodbye to Pachaj!

Aybek, Safa, & Sarah, Participant

-Aybek The one thing I learned for sure was that to expand your comfort zone and build lifetime memories. In the morning we ate breakfast early and decided to go for a run. We ran through the forest. Just me and the other boys, Josh and Terrence. It......Read More

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March 17

Jenny + Aybek, Participant

March 17 Aybek Today we went to the market 15 minutes from our homestay, the day before we went to a church with our family, the dinner that night we all sat around the dinner table and enjoyed and laughed with our her family. What all these have in......Read More

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March 18

Sarah + Terrance, Participant

Sarah Today my homestay brother, Ivan, took Safa and I to Mt. Kiag. The hike up was tiring, steep, and picturesque. When we got to the top I was excited to see alters and Myon rocks as we learned earlier in the week that my hands would perform......Read More

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Friday Morning Scribe and The Power of Faith in...

Jenny and Josh, Dragons Admin

Friday Morning Scribe A satisfying and fulfilling day in this trip for all of us would be a day full of hard work, knowledge, and interaction- and that was exactly it today. Starting the day with yesterday’s activities (filing bags with compact......Read More

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Day 7 (we might be off on our day numbers)

Alexa and Sydney, Dragons Admin

Today was our first day working at the Chico Mendez Reforestation Project and to reach the site we were working at, we had to climb atop a hill. Halfway there, our entire group stopped and sat, fascinated by the view ahead of us. We were staring out......Read More

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Comfort and Unfamiliarity

Josh and Alexa, Dragons Admin

Regardless of who we are and who we choose to be, others will judge us based on our looks. We’re taught to never judge a book by its cover but our survival instinct forces us to associate unfamiliarity with discomfort or an unknown way to respond.......Read More

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Day 6!

Sydney + Terrence, Participant

So today was day 6 of our incredible adventure, and also one of the most important days because it was the day we transitioned into our homestays. We started off the day with having a treat of eating delicious organic fruits such as pineapple,......Read More

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Day 4

Terrence + Sawsan, Participant

The Subjectivity of Skills Probably one of the greatest things I’ve learned today is how subjective skills are and how the skills that we once idolized and spent years attempting to develop can mean virtually nothing on the other side of the......Read More

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Day 3

Safa and Sawsan, Participant

In a world where technology is constantly advancing, humans often take resources for granted. Deforestation is a perfect example of this ‘tragedy of the commons’. This is basically a natural resource that is fully taken advantage of......Read More

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Day 3

Safa and Sarah, Participant

Today was a day of learning, growing, and experiencing at the IMAP center. Our group started with a traditional breakfast of hues rancheros, Guatemalan coffee, plantains, and beans. This meal, prepared by a local women shelter, gave us the energy......Read More