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
On Our Way The Southwest Chief, an Amtrak Superliner, rambles its way from Chicago through the heartland of America. Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico pass by the windows in a blur as plains turn to desert, then mountains, and graffitied brick turns to weathered barns and eventually to adobe compounds on scrub-brush […]Read More 10/27: Experiencing the Desert Southwest
As I write this post the Gap Squad is on an Amtrak train headed away from the city of Chicago. We’ve got all our bags with us, but the most important thing we carry in this moment is a new perspective. We had all been to Chicago before. Some of us think of it as […]Read More 10/11: Study and Service in Chicago
The squish of mud. The spray of water on your face as you paddle. The weight of the canoe on your shoulders – your amphibious adventure vehicle. Cool morning mist. The water warmer than air. Cold damp socks. Hot coffee. The hum of the wild as you drift off to sleep. Branches cracking. The brightest […]Read More 9/21: Canoeing the Boundary Waters
The past seven days have been awe-inspiring. Challenging, scenic, rainy, sunny, wet, cozy, exhausting, energizing, ironically stylish, forming, norming, building, packing, transitional, thought-provoking, steep, heavy, rewarding, muddy, slippery, hilarious, and… EXPEDITIONARY The group returned yesterday to Home Place from the Superior Hiking Trail after a growth-filled week. Altogether we have logged 40+ miles carrying 60+ […]Read More 9/7: Return from Backpacking