S: Fuego Christian College 2007
BC: The End
FC: January - May 2007 | Guatemala
2: Fuego Christian College Team 2007
6: Main House | The CAMPUS
7: Girl's Dorm
8: San Pedro
9: Our home town
11: the market | the bus terminal
12: - Spanish - New Testament - World Religions - Anthropology - Cross-Cultural Communications | OUR STUDIES INCLUDED:
14: When we weren't in class we had the opportunity to get involved in the community through activities such as teaching English and volunteering in an orphanage.
15: Community Involvement
16: Judy's School
17: One of our first trips was to help Judy paint her school for handicapped children. Handicapped children are often unable to attend school because the system cannot accommodate them.
18: SAN JUAN TEQUACO
19: Here we worked down by the coast with Al n' Gail digging a cistern in a town that only had two toilets and the foundation for a kitchen wall that wouldn't wash away in rainy season. | One of the towns only toilets:
20: Some of the work in San Juan also included bending rebar, moving large rocks to tier the land for farming, and collecting kindling for a widow.
21: There were several unwanted guests in the girls dorm and many of us were covered in bites by the end of the week.
22: On another trip, our team went to * Tactic * to work with Les & Rita. One of the things we did was run week-long Vacation Bible School.
25: Les & Rita's very cute home where they model hospitality. | The guest house where we stayed. | Our favorite hang-out spot: the roof of the guest house | MORE OF TACTIC:
27: Other work we did in Tactic included painting a church and a school, helping to dig the foundation for a new school, and moving cement blocks that were to be used in the construction of the school. We also visited a very poor rural Mayan village.
28: In Tactic we learned about how coffee is grown and processed . . .
29: . . . and how to make a traditional Guatemalan meal.
31: In Tactic we also had the opportunity to see shaman (also referred to as witch doctors) in action both outside the Catholic church and in a cave. They often combine Mayan gods and religious practices with Catholicism. | - RELIGION -
32: Semana Santa (Easter Week) | Processions
33: Exhausted, we fell asleep in the back of a café in the wee hours of the morning. | We spent a long night watching processions and doing street dramas with YWAM.
34: We all enjoyed the 5 weeks we spent living with our Guatemalan families in San Pedro.
35: Mi Familia
37: friends we met along the way . . .
38: Our travels in Central America included . . . | Macaw attack
39: Copan, Honduras
40: A surf town in El Salvador
41: BELIZE | Tobacco Caye
42: Climbing an Active Volcano | Some spots were hot enough to roast marshmallows and melt the bottom of our shoes
44: Tikal, Guatemala | The Mayan ruins of
45: Livingston, Guatemala | Once Guatemala's main port on the Caribbean Sea
47: Las Lisas - A beach on the coast of Guatemala
48: Washing our clothes by hand in the public 'pila' in San Pedro | THE PILA
50: THE FOOD
51: ICE CREAM | Mmmm . . .
52: THE MARKET
53: CHICKEN BUSES
54: Birthday | Parties
55: Valentines Day
57: E | Ever since the civil war ended they have been daily replacing the white rose of peace that rests on a monument in the palace. | Guatemala is a country deeply scarred by the bloody civil war that lasted from 1960 -1996 making it the longest civil war in the history of Latin America. | Many people disappeared during the war and an estimated 200,000 were killed | Guatemala is a very diverse land with about 40% of the population being Mayan, 40% ladino (mixed), and the remainder primarily being of European descent. The national bird is the quetzal which symbolizes freedom (something victims of colonialism can appreciate) because the bird will die if kept in captivity. | A QUICK OVERVIEW OF THE COUNTRY: