I am so excited to tell you about the opportunity I have been given to travel to San Pablo La Laguna, Guatemala this spring to work with Indigenous Maya Indians. I am currently taking part in a course called Social Responsibility, which focuses on what it means to function as a responsible person in today’s world. The course covers many topics, but focuses on service. As a class, we decide on and carry out a local service project in the Alliance community. In addition, we will engage in an international service project by traveling to Guatemala.
This project is carried out through a group called the Organization for the Development of the Indigenous Maya (ODIM) and will take place March 1-9. In Guatemala, we will be helping to construct two houses for families in the community, paid for by my class. The cost is what has prevented these families from constructing their own homes. Since hearing about the service project my freshman year at Mount Union, I have been so eager to apply for acceptance into the course! This will undoubtedly be an eye-opening and life-changing experience.
The actual cost for my participation in the trip is $1,400, which includes airfare, transportation within the country, room and board and construction costs for the homes. I will be paying $400 of this cost myself. However, I have been asked to help raise the additional $1,000 required for my participation.
If you would like to help me serve in Guatemala, click here to make a donation! Any amount would be extremely helpful.
If you have any questions about the course, or my participation, please feel free to ask. Your prayers for safe travel and a healthy trip would be much appreciated. Also, be sure to check back on my blog after I return, as I will post photographs and share my experience!