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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Returning Home

Turning towards home is a pivotal moment in any journey. It evokes bittersweet feelings that remind you of the impermanence of your endeavor. This is the last step before something goes from happening to happened. It is the metaphorical opposite of running up the blue peter and preparing to leave port. But paradoxically it’s a […]

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Adventures Across Guate

In the United States some families begin their Thanksgiving with warm coffee and a parade on TV, others prefer a “friendly” game of football on the lawn, and many are in the midst of traveling long distances to be with those they love. Here in Guatemala the day begins with fireworks, lots of fireworks. Loud […]

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Volcán de Fuego Eruption Update

In the early hours of this morning (Monday the 19th) Conred (the Guatemalan governmental agency responsible for coordinating disaster response) issued a red alert for Volcán de Fuego and began to evacuate some of the communities on the volcano’s southern slopes. Although Volcán de Fuego is in the same valley as us we are on […]

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A week of Guate living

Despite all the hype about successful people being up before the sun, nothing is made easier by starting your day before 4am. But that’s the rare hour at which our Guatemalan adventure began in Milwaukee. With high fives at the airline counter and a celebratory Kringle (it was someone’s birthday) our group turned south ready […]

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GAP is in Guatemala

After a day of planes, trains, and automobiles (literally) the intrepid GAP team is safely and happily in San Miguel Escobar. Despite a very early start everyone arrived in Guatemala in high spirits. After watching a spectacular sunset (and small volcanic eruption!) from the rooftop terrace of our temporary home we walked across town to […]

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American Dreams in the Southwest

“What does it mean to you to be American?” The question came from the back of the group and officer Schwieg looked into the desert sun to respond “It’s being free and knowing your family is safe and protected. It’s having and believing in each of our inalienable rights from the constitution. It’s the opportunity […]

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