Returning Home

“Ladies and gentleman, welcome to Green Bay where the local time is 10:28 pm, and the temperature is 24 degrees.”  As the 2019 Gap cohort arrived at Austin Straubel airport earlier this week the brisk, chilly air and monochromatic winter landscape of Wisconsin (not so warmly) welcomed us home. Though this cold and dark arrival […]

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Allow Yourself to Feel

First things first – Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  While some of you may have filled your day with a parade, parties, and pie, it’s seemingly just another Thursday here in Guatemala. However, this was not the case for our Gap cohort, for today has provided us an opportunity to pause, reflect, and celebrate all we are […]

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Digging Deeper

Another action-packed week has flown by here in Guatemala!   As the week began we continued to immerse ourselves within the wider community that surrounds us. We spent time meeting additional members of the De La Gente cooperative over evening meals, and worked alongside of local DLG craftspersons by means of an artisan workshop. The choices […]

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Of the People

Vibrant candy-colored streetscapes, the peculiar combination of gas fumes layered within waves of fresh coffee, chicken buses rumbling in the distance, and echoes of fireworks down the block – where else in the world could Gap be other than Guatemala! Looking back, our 6:00 a.m. flight from Green Bay is all but a distant memory, […]

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Serving With Ourselves

But we don’t serve with our strength, we serve with ourselves. We draw from all of our experiences. Our limitations serve, our wounds serve, even our darkness can serve. The wholeness in us serves the wholeness in others and the wholeness in life. The wholeness in you is the same as the wholeness in me. […]

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A Sense of Belonging

Our Sense of Belonging: Pueblo people are social beings. The interrelationship between the individual, family, and community is at the center of our culture, and this connection brings everyone to a common understanding of respect, love, and sharing. After birth, we quickly become part of a family, clan, and community. As we grow, we learn […]

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Seeing It Differently

“Fixing and helping create a distance between people, but we cannot serve at a distance. We can only serve that to which we are profoundly connected. Helping, fixing and serving represent three different ways of seeing life. When you help, you see life as weak. When you fix, you see life as broken. When you […]

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We Got This, We Got Each Other

Caterpillar: “… and who are you?” Alice: “I… I hardly know, sir, just at present- at least I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have changed several times since then.” -Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland This past week spent backpacking on the SHT has been filled […]

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2018 Annual Report

Engaging students in projects in the community models a learning process that will be useful to them as citizens, and knowledge acquired through repeated involvement in complex situations increases the likelihood that this knowledge will be used (Bransford & Vye, 1989 in Eyler, 2002). Gap’s Mission: The Gap Experience is a semester-long, experiential based service-learning […]

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