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Shoutout to all the Moms

Ellie Huettel, Participant

The worst thing about being sick and away from home is that you don’t have your normal system of support and comfort, in my case my primary source of comfort is my mom. The first few weeks in Guatemala in regard to my health were good, in all......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Guatemala

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Firsts… and not so firsts

Katherine, Participant

This weekend was a first of manys. A first of sleeping outside, of sleeping in a tent with 4 people, of no bathrooms but nature, of eating Guatemalan oatmeal without any water because we did not have enough, of climbing a mountain for hours with a......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Guatemala

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¡Amigos Súper-Rapiditos!

Emmet Winter, Participant

The warm embrace and love this community always has to share with its visitors and neighbors as if they were family never ceases to amaze me. The town I live in, a pretty affluent suburb of Chicago of a few thousand less people than San Juan’s......Read More

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Enter the Clouds!

I-Team, Instructor

Dear families and friends, This weekend, our group went on an incredibly beautiful trek into the protected cloud forest “Rey Tepepul” in the volcanic chain of Guatemala. Students will soon post yaks telling you all about their experiences,......Read More

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Little Family

Nico, Participant

Hi everyone!! I just wanted to let you know that I have safely arrived in Holland and enjoying my last pack of Cremas!!! It’s super weird being home and not in Guatemala with you guys. I miss you all so much. I am so thankful that you all made......Read More

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A Mitad del Camino

I~team, Participant

At the half-way point of our journey together some things have surprised us, some things have awed us, some things have raised questions, some things have seeded feelings, some things have sparked ideas.  The first few weeks of our program have no......Read More

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San Juan F.C.

Kat & Em, Participant

San Juan is home to a population size of about 12,000. I think by now we know mostly all of the roads, stores, panderias, and a lot of the people. What neither of us knew was that we would be screaming “VAMOS EQUIPO” in blue and orange......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Guatemala

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7 seconds…

Emily Bennett, Participant

Walking down to Spanish class it was pouring rain… I almost felt like I was back in Germany, except Germany’s petite hills cannot compare to the beautiful landscapes and nature of Guatemala. I met with my teacher and we made ourselves......Read More

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Trash Talk

Mila, Participant

On one of our first beautiful evenings in San Juan La Laguna, I sat with three fellow dragons at the port. We were staring out in front of us at the lake in front of us, vast and deep, flanked by grand mountains covered in lush green, and dotted......Read More

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Your weekly metaphor!

Katherine Burke, Participant

We were onto the next part of the journey… the homestay. Apart from the fact I cried into the arms of my friends and instructors the night before out of pure terror, I was doing better the next morning. Living with a new family for a month......Read More

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The Wisdom of the Forest

Andrea Giacomini, Participant

“The forest can live without man, but man cannot live without the forest.” These are the simple words that Goyo, our guide, shared with us as we practiced “treading lightly” through the soft banks of Eqitiu, and ancient Guatemalan forest.......Read More

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Tortillas Aqui

Gracie, Participant

For many, carbs are scary if not frightening. In the United States, entire dieting methods revolve around the idea of LOW carb. I wrote my senior research paper on fad diets. Carbs can be nothing but trouble. We are trained to say ¨no” to the......Read More

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Where are You From?

Cara, Participant

After meeting my host father we walked for a little while before turning down a dirt alleyway, where we took several twists and turns before reaching a hidden jem of a house. I met my host mother and their 6 year old daughter. Soon after arriving at......Read More

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Unconventional Bonding

Ellie Huettel, Participant

Yak of the Week

People say that when you are uncomfortable you are in a good spot for personal growth. However, what they don´t tell you is that the uncomfortable part can be very, very uncomfortable. My first day of homestays turned out to be an extremely......Read More

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Internet Cafe

Nico & Emily, Participant

Leaving home for the first time is not easy. The feeling you get when you do, is one that is indescribable. Thoughts ranging from having the freedom and independence to many  mixed emotions such as joy and nostalgia rushing through your body.......Read More