Madeline Lane and Cecilia Grugan – reps of the Sustainability Club went around and asked for financial support from area clubs and organizations to be able to take a service trip to Guatemala, Central America
Resided in Xela Guatemala (2nd largest city in the coutry of Guatemala) over a time period of 2 weeksOther volunteers as listed
Over our 2 week visit as volunteers, we taught at a school called the Colegio Miguel Angel AsturiasThis is a picture of their courtyard where all cumulative school activities, presentations, recess, and gym class take place
One of the activities we organized and presented to the students was interactive reading through english books
Learning how to involve the kids more into the reading activities.
Learning new concepts of teaching from Miss Joivell.
Madeline did the teaching versions of spanish and this helped her to strengthen her language skills.
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Another project we had planned to complete while we were in Guatemala was to create art pieces out of reused materials and trash that we picked up along the streets of the citywe displayed these art projects around the school to make the students and faculty aware of these sustainable practices.
After collecting trash in the city, we cleaned out each item to be dried and used to create the art projects
“Where is it?” Introducing the importance of sustainable practices by mentioning the endangered spieces, the Quetzal and how we need to maintain the environment around us in a healthy way
“Where are they going?” Referring to what happened to the quetzal and how it could eventually reach us if we aren’t aware and promoting good actions to the treatment of the earth*used photographs of gardens to create this pictorial art piece
Third project we proposed to – Gardening Project
During our visit to the coffee plantations, we learned about how the land is used efficiently by assortment of different plants such as coffee bean plants and banana plants located on one plot of land, that there is a composting site, insect traps used instead of pesticides, and a honeybee farm with which the honeybees would pollinate off the plants.
At the glass making factory, we surveyed the use of old glass that was melted and reused to mold into different glass products such as pitchers, wine glasses, and vases.
Joined by many other volunteers, we got the opportunity to have a hands-on experience of a weaver’s process of weaving items into blankets, rugs, coats, and gloves. The most important observation Madeline and I had there was that naturally and home-grown plants, herbs, bark, and seeds were used to make dye in substitute of chemical dyes.
We had several opportunities to connect with the guatemalan children and that sense of connection grew into memorable relationships.
Guatemala Service Trip 2011 Madeline Lane & Cecilia Grugan Representatives of the Juniata Valley Sustainability Club
Xela, Guatemala Trip took place over last two weeks of July Volunteers: Educational Delegation Juniata College students and professors Stone Church of the Brethren in Huntingdon Conklin Church in New York Teachers from Huntingdon Area and Juniata Valley Representatives of JV Sustainability Club