FC: guatemala | pieces of kelli's adventure in | [summer 2009]
2: after several months of prep time in school, lots of packing and re-packing, a few meltdowns and a lot of x's and o's from mom at the airport, I finally headed off to Guatemala. I met a few of the girls that were going with me at the terminal. | and we're off
3: HELP-International established connections in Chimaltenango, Guatemala since a lot of non-profit and humanitarian organizations are based there. It was our job to hook up with them and increase their effectiveness and efficiency as interns and volunteers
4: a few of the finer things that were ready to greet me in Guate... | box spring mattresses (mine with Winnie the Pooh characters). | our house: 2 stories, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a "kitchen" and main room, also in a gated community (but Hector, the gate keeper was ... not always true to the post) | this lovely little lady, I got to wake up to every morning, and spend most of my days with! Kim and I ended up having some really bonding experiences to say the least!
5: first wavers The first wave classified the first 6 weeks of the summer, spent mostly in meeting with organizations and setting up projects we would want to be involved with. back steps: Josi Newell, David Gygi, Melissa Flores (Country Director), Leah Myer Middle Steps: Dana Brimhall, Amber Zieglar Front Steps: Stephanie Lee, Krysta Rubio, Me, Kim Green (Sean Summerhays, our other Country Director, is taking the picture)
6: Clockwise: LA TIENDA is basically a smorgisboard of goodies- from drinks and sweets to toilet paper and cell phone minutes. You could find them in the city central and small outlying communities. DOMINOS was our saving grace. We splurged several times to have a little taste of American food. JON WAN was a restaurant we never dared enter. The words "Buena Suerte" underneath their name made us a little leery. The STREET VIEW gives you a pretty good idea of the signs and flavor that made up our home base. This CAR WASH, written in English, didn't get very much business, but it shows the typical cement, painted walls that lined the streets. | CHIMALTENANGO
7: This is a sketch of Chimaltenango that I made in my journal on the airplane ride home. Not completely accurate, but it has the main things that became home to me. Parque Central, the Castle Police Station, Pollo Campero, GCP, the market, and of course, Lencho's Internet Cafe. | Something to love about Guatemala is that there is no sound ordinance- people blast music from stores and cars without another thought- and you can jam out wherever you go. Something that may not be so lovable is the Zeta Gas company that drove these trucks around day and night with a VERY loud recording of "Zeta Gaaaasss" playing (not to be confused with "Satannaasss"). Frankly, it was so entertaining we made it part of our team cheer to pep us up. | Team Cheer: "Guatemala ... HOLLA!! Zeta Gaaaassss WHOOP!"
8: very cute, small child that I couldn't resist taking a picture of. | Country Directors Sean Summerhays and Melissa Flores... they LOOK like best friends here. | Our main source of transportation: back of the truck.
9: An organic farmer let us try some of his carrots -- delicious! | Left: Mellisa, Me & Steph Lee in our first experience of a rainstorm!! Between May and September is their rainy season, and we definitely got to see some showers. You could count on it raining pretty much everyday, usually in the afternoon.
10: meet | team | guate | sean & steph | josi | & elisabeth | krysta | & amber | (the first 6 weeks)
11: leah | krysta & dana | david | melissa | vic | & kim | doug | (doug wasn't really on the "team")
12: DISCOTECA: CASBAH | Party in Antigua! Guillermo & Alejandro took us for our first bonding experience. We soon learned: we all really like busting a move, that Elizabeth attracts all the men, that Krysta makes cute faces while dancing and that Leah has a sick "Adam & Eve" move!! !!
19: madre hogar
20: atitlan | lake
25: thank you mayor rudy
30: Melissa's chaco tan line?
34: Kim & I were craving some fresh things in our diet so we bought all of these veggies at the local market to make some salsa! Right after these pictures, Sadly, we had no fridge to keep it fresh, and I don't think it even tasted that good after all that work. These pictures are more of a memory of what happened right after they were taken: Kim ran to the bathroom to find a "pooey" surprise in her pants (whoops). | S A L S A
35: Krysta & Josi wanted to support Lety and her women's organization ,AMUPAZ, by interviewing her and creating a documentary of her story and show it for fundraising purposes back in the U.S. | Lety took us here to do some filming and show us a pretty corner of Guatemala. There were natural swimming pools surrounded by really green mountains. | F I L M I N G
44: N U T R I T I O N C L A S S E S | We found this awesome (well-funded) organization that, among other projects, taught nutrition classes to women in several very remote communities. We immediately wanted to join in their cause. In addition to helping teach formal classes we assisted in planning and cooking a healthy meal (where the women supplied their own home-grown vegetables). The communities and people were beautiful, and things definitely got interesting when we were teaching in halted Spanish to a group who mainly spoke Cachiquel, an indigenous language.
46: M U S H R O O M S While our meal was cooking we found these mushrooms around these ladies' homes to toast up and eat with salt-- delicious! We also got to play with these cute little kids. | Before we could head out, it started to rain like sheets. We all huddled in their dark little home and waited out the storm. I'll never forget sitting in there , watching the women sweep out the incoming water with brooms and deal with an everyday part of their life.
47: This was another school where we met for nutrition classes. While their mothers were cooking and learning, we had too much fun playing games with these kids. It was my mistake to get into a perpetual tickle fight with them. This day we got rained out, and I started taking pictures of them and showing them the pictures of other places in Guatemala--places they had never seen.
48: RIO DULCE | We took a boat ride up this "sweet river" which eventually leads out to the Atlantic Ocean - everything was so beautiful and green! This little girl and boy rowed up to us trying to sell us crabs and bracelets. | a store that had my name on it!
50: On our way up the river we stopped and dipped in some natural hot springs and explored a cave. There were TONS of bats flying around and it smelled like shrimp and sweat. We didn't stay too long down there.
51: Our destination of the boat trip was a port town called Livingston, which had a lot of African American influence. It had a cool, Rastafarian vibe, and an even cooler little hike up to some waterfalls.
54: GUATEMALA CHILDREN'S PROJECT
66: el volcán
67: la naturaleza
70: dr. smiti | asdfasdf
71: hauling | laundry