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 […]Read More 2018 Annual Report
We are in the homestretch! The Gap office is anxiously awaiting the return of our 2018 Gap Students to campus as we are positive is the case for all our Gap supporters, family and friends! A 23-day expedition is often harder for those who aren’t able to experience it alongside the students. We want to […]Read More Anxiously Awaiting the Return of our 2018 Gap Students!
“The environment, after all, is where we all meet, where we all have a mutual interest. It is one thing that all of us share. It is not only a mirror of ourselves, but a focusing lens on what we can become.” — Lady Bird Johnson Brigades were split into groups of 8. Baylee, Tori, […]Read More Out of the Woods and into the Water
Happy February! It is a particularly blustery and cold day here in De Pere, Wisconsin. It seems Guatemala is calling us back, tempting us with its mild temperatures and sunny days. As the calendar turns to a new month, our time spent exploring Mayan ruins, sipping fresh Guatemalan coffee or riding on an over-crowded chicken […]Read More 2/1:Reflection to Action
It has been another action packed week full of learning, widening our perspectives, and pushing our comfort zones. For many of us, the most tangibly beautiful and challenging experience of the week was hiking up Volcan Acatenango. Acatenango is one of the handful of volcanos that towers above Antigua, so we’ve spent the past month […]Read More 12/5: Out with a BANG!
Another week has flown by and we’ve found our groove in Guatemala. The mornings have been chilly and each day we wake along with our neighbors in San Miguel Escobar to a unique cacophony. First the roosters crow, beginning sometime around a quarter ’til 5. Then the dogs begin to howl. Called “chuchos” in Guatemala, […]Read More 11/27: Making Connections
It’s been another learning and adventure packed week! In our class, “Colonialism, Cultural Imperialism and Hegemony in Central America”, we’ve been studying how a long period of civil unrest leading eventually to a civil war has changed the political and socioeconomic environment here in Guatemala. This week we’ve had the chance to meet with, learn […]Read More 11/19: Engaging with the community and learning from the past
What a week it has been! With active days from dawn to well past dusk, our time here in Guatemala has flown by so far. Much of our first week has been spent learning about how our host Organization, De La Gente (meaning “of the people”), has improved the lives of many in the small […]Read More 11/11: Our First Week in Guatemala!
Hello families and friends! It has been our longest travel day yet but we have finally arrived at De La Gente in San Miguel Escobar where we’ll be spending the next week learning and living alongside one another. We were welcomed with a delicious lunch spread, went over some house expectations, and are now relaxing […]Read More 11/5: Safe Arrival in Guatemala