July 14, 2010
I went to Guatemala to relax and meditate but found that i needed to contribute more with my time and energy whilst there. I was introduced to Mayan Families and felt very welcomed by them. It was a busy time after hurricane Agatha had left her mark on a very fragile country. I found MF to be very responsive to what was needed and they got on with doing it, I think their strengths are that they are proactive, spontaneous and flexible...afterall things happen in Guatemalan time. Their ability to let go of plans and do what was available to be done to me is a great way to be. I would recommend anyone to go and work with them to get an all round experience of an ngo, especially if you speak spanish and maybe if you are willing to learn the local languages too, this gives the opportunity to get really involved with supporting the local people and to gain an understanding of what its like to live in a place like guatemala. I look forward to going back sometime.
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MY ROLE:Volunteer & I helped to deliver food and clothes in the aftermath of hurricane agatha, deliver hope chests to families, sort and separate boxed donations from overseas, paint new premises, help build water filters,.