EXTRAORDINARY PROGRAM 2018
Mentoring Academy just announced its destination for its EXTRAORDINARY PROGRAM 2018.....GUATEMALA. Students and Staff will journey to the land of the Mayans for 12 days in March. We've partnered with Cross-Cultural Solutions to bring an exciting program of exploring, learning, cultural exchange, and volunteering.
We fly in to Guatemala City and then travel 1.5 hours away up in to the cool mountains to Tecpán where we will stay in a lodge. After a two day orientation, we will begin a five day program with Panemacoc school. Mornings will be spent helping their school with anything from painting murals to building small construction projects to tutoring and teaching English or working with them in their computer lab.
The cultural experience continues in the afternoons with visits to local homes, roasting of cacao, preparing hot chocolate, pottery making, and weaving of fabrics. A visit to the Mayan archeological site of Iximche with a Shaman ceremony is also included.
Finally, we finish up the program with trips to Lake Atitlan and Antigua. Lake Atitlan contains many villages around its shore and we hope to visit Panajachel and the Mayan village of San Juan de la Laguna. Besides the boat tour across the lake, there will be artisan workshops, swimming, and perhaps even a zip-line to the lake.
UNESCO World Heritage site Antigua is our final stop before heading home. Antigua Guatemala means "Old Guatemala". Founded in 1542, it was the capital of the Spanish Empire in America. Earthquakes eventually led to the Spanish abandoning the site for about a century until locals began to resettle there. Classic Spanish Colonial structures do still exist there along with some tasty cuisine ranging from stews to candy.
More information will be released to families and students in the near future but GUATEMALA 2018 promises to be an exciting adventure.
We have returned from EXTRAORDINARY GUATEMALA 2018. We packed a lot in with our 10 day trip: two murals completed, significant work done on a safety wall, a visit to the Mayan ruins, learning Spanish and the local Mayan dialect, with visits to Lake Atitlan, a coffee plantation, Antigua Guatemala, a dairy farm, a pottery studio, Tecpan, a strawberry farm, teaching English, and much more.
Here are just a few of the photos from the journey: