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Feliz viaje!

Simon, Dragons Admin

And they’re off! Today we say our goodbyes and part ways. The group is at the airport awaiting their flight and the long journey home. Thank you all for following our travels, for all your support in making this experience possible, and most......Read More

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Transference

Dave, Juancho, Nicté , Instructor

Yesterday was a full day of transference activities at our guest house, Chichavac, near the city of Tecpan. Chicavac is a tree farm that has been family owned for well over a century. The owner, Salvador, was very welcoming and explained the history......Read More

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Adiós Pachaj

LizW, Dragons Admin

Today we say goodbye to Pachaj. Students had their final day of Spanish classes and the teachers wrapped up with some fun activities to celebrate. We are now heading to our transference site where we will spend tomorrow reviewing our journey,......Read More

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New Friends and Old Friends

Ryan Kelly, Participant

The more places I visit, the more I realize that everywhere is the same… but in the best way possible. I can recall feeling something similar to disappointment when on the streets of Paris, Italy, or Greece for the first time because these places......Read More

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Quiak, Camioneta, Mercado, & Cena

Dave, Nicté, Juancho, Lyn, Angie, Instructor

Today we went for a morning hike up the mountain, Quiak, that overlooks the town of Pachaj. We’ve had our eyes on it since we arrived and the students were excited to finally be able to hike it. Armando’s son, Antolin, was our guide for......Read More

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One Small Change

Maggie Collins, Participant

When I came to Guatemala I wanted a life-changing experience. I thought by coming here big future decisions would be easier, and I thought I’d need to do something crazy to accomplish any goals I had in coming to Guatemala. After spending some......Read More

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Yesterday

Quincy Rozeff and Chase Mc Gee, Participant

Is it fact or fiction? Am I awake or asleep? Flooding my eardrums is the sound of hard work. Nimble fingers fabricate transic creations while the sound diversifies the before silent air. As I gain consciousness, I realize the sounds are legit.The......Read More

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This morning…

Dave, Nicté, Juancho, Instructor

This morning we headed to the forest to collect healthy soil to combine with the dirt we collected yesterday. Tomorrow we will continue with the process of caring for the young pine trees. This afternoon we started back up with Spanish lessons. Each......Read More

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Halfway

Maddie N., Participant

Yesterday marked halfway through the trip, and although I can’t speak for the rest of the group, I believe most of us have learned more in the past nine days than we ever imagined we could. Not only have we gained perspective, but we have......Read More

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Pachaj

Quincy Rozeff, Participant

We arrived to Pachaj around 4 in the afternoon and collected our thoughts on our last homestay. We then prepared ourselves for a new experience in a new land. Pachaj a small rural town that lies in between large mountains in a fertile valley that is......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Guatemala

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Homestay Reflections

LizW, Dragons Admin

As we left San Juan, we wanted to capture the essence of our homestay experience. Here are a few words from the students about their time with their homestay families. A feeling of awkwardness and being unsure. Yet there was also a feeling of......Read More

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Adiós San Juan!

LizW, Dragons Admin

Today we say goodbye to our homestay families and the town of San Juan La Laguna. We will travel to the town of Pachaj where we will have our second homestay and work with the Chico Mendez reforestation project. Adiós San Juan La Laguna!...Read More

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Today’s Travels

Dave H., Instructor

Today’s travels took us across Lake Atitlan by boat to visit IMAP, the Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute. IMAP is a nonprofit organization that focuses not only on responsible and sustainable agricultural practices, but also on social,......Read More

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Más de San Juan!

Juancho, Dave, & Nicté, Instructor

Another full day of activities in San Juan! Today was the day to meet our host families, start Spanish classes, and explore San Juan la Laguna. We started the day by hiking Cerro la Cruz which overlooks the town and lake Atitlán. There we met the......Read More