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Monday, May 25, 2015


I spent a fantastic week in Guatemala teaching core subjects through the arts with my school, Southern Utah University, teaming up with AMA. We flew into Guatemala City on a Saturday, drove to Panajachel for the night, went to Lake Atitlan, then drove to Quetzaltenango (Xela) to stay for the week. On Friday we went to Antigua and Saturday flew out of Guatemala City. A faster trip than what I'm used to, but we packed in a lot. Everything was go, go, go and I loved it.

We went to two different schools and taught things like the colors, paper relief sculptures, exponents, West African dancing, and the English alphabet, all through experiential art. We ourselves learned about Mayan cosmo-vision, improvising lessons on-the-go with sub-par Spanish skills;), the basics of salsa, why organic coffee is the way to go at La Voz Cooperative, that marimbas are only made with female parts (trees, pig's intestine, beeswax, etc.) why motion sickness pills are a lifesaver (rough boat + car rides:), and many other things. The interesting pictures of collections of baby Jesus, crucifixes, and dolls etc. are from the San Sebastian, which I definitely recommend to stay at in Antigua. I am so blessed to be able to do what I love (teaching, dancing, making art, learning about other cultures) and this whole year has been no exception. I hope to blog my trips to China and Ukraine in the future. For now, enjoy Guatemala. :)

Panajachel, Quetzaltenango (Xela), Antigua