From the Field: Tourism With A Twist [Day 5]

The days go quickly here. So do the weeks. For five days our travelers dive full-tilt, whole-heart into our literacy work. With eyes wide open they ride buses, share meals, read stories, meet scholars, greet families, and express gratitude. For five days we ask them to think, feel, act, create, inspire, and be inspired, only…

From the Field: From Hilarity to Hope [Day 4]

It’s not every day that 60 Guatemalan kids come out of the fields and step away from their schools to watch ten gringos make complete fools of themselves. I saw it with my own eyes, it happened – both the kids and the comedy. This morning, our travelers were troopers of the most intrepid variety…

From the Field: In Between Onions & Books [Day 3]

The third day of this adventure was a long one. Full to the brim with all the waiting and patience that is typical of life in Guatemala. From here to there and then wait a while. To this rhythm we passed a day in Concepcion, Reading Village’s first community and a huge source of pride….

From the Field: Ten Gringos in Guatemala [Day 2]

Down a dirt road, across from the soccer field, and just beyond the riverbed, ten gringos were dropped in rural Guatemala. That’s how the day started. Today was the second day of the Learning Journey and it was packed full with cultural experiences and heart warming exchanges. You know that feeling you have when you’re…

From the Field: When the Words Start to Settle [Day 1]

It’s dusk in Guatemala and I’m writing now from beneath a palm-thatch bungalow that creeks and blows in the wind. The air no longer smells like sweet onions and humidity blows in off the lake. We came down off the mountain today to the edge of the lake to greet the 10 or so brave…

From the Field: Follow Us in Guatemala!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: There are places on this planet that break our hearts open to the beauty and possibility of life. Guatemala is one of those places. It’s no wonder I’m so incredibly excited to be heading back down there. That’s right, in just a few days I’ll be…