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Our Favorite Day in Central America

Service-inspired travel is becoming more popular each day and after the Central America Exploration, it’s not hard to see why that is. Traterra partnered with non-profit organizations H2O for Life and Pueblo a Pueblo during the experience and dedicated a day to the schools around Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. We woke up to the cock-a-doodle-do of the roosters early in the morning to prepare for our trip to Nueva Providencia. We chose Nueva Providencia because two young travelers, Alaina and Willow, raised $600 for the school and wanted to see how that donation would improve the quality of life for the students. At 6:30 AM, nine of us piled into the back of a pick-up truck and made the 45-minute drive to the school. As the truck slowed to a stop, we realized the wood-and-chain bridge to our left was the path we had to take to get to the school. After nervously crossing, we were welcomed by children, other volunteers and even some chickens.

We talked to the children, who were in third, forth and fifth grades, and loved seeing the smiles on their faces when we unloaded our bags full of school supplies. The children were thrilled and honored to sign an H2O for Life flag and pose in pictures to show it off. Alaina’s favorite part of the experience was asking the children how old they were (in Spanish, of course), and Willow enjoyed learning about how the current facilities would be updated.

A special thanks to Jake and the team at Pueblo a Pueblo for helping to put this day together! We hope to come back and meet more children at more schools.

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