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Mayan Families
July 16, 2010

I've been studying abroad in Guatemala for six weeks in a social work program. I was placed with Mayan Families for my service placement, and can't imagine a better organization to fit my own preferences and the needs of the indigenous community. I've been welcomed into the home of Dwight and Sharon with open arms, and am so appreciative of what they have helped me to experience during my time here. Mayan Families is such a great organization because, although I was primarily interested in working with animal welfare, I was given the opportunity to work in various program areas to have a more well-rounded experience. Agatha left her mark on Guatemala shortly before I arrived, so there were always tasks to be completed. The staff and volunteers of Mayan Families approached the situations with such poise and confidence. Being surrounded by such a great group of proactive people of all ages has been such a refreshing experience. I'm already working out the kinks for a return trip!

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing 50 dogs and cats get sterilized and vaccinated, helping distribute and install 100 water filters, finding a precious child to sponsor, and witnessing the perseverence and determination of the staff and volunteers of Mayan Families.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

attempt to help Mayan Families find a permanent base for business that's not in their home so they could better separate their home life from work.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the smiles on the faces of 100 water filter recipients, helping curb overpopulation of animals, spending time with such a diverse staff.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

by far some of the most wonderful people I think I'll ever meet.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

continue to be one of the best NGO's I've ever seen, only moreso with increased funding.

Ways to make it better...

I wasn't leaving Pana today!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding (as with any NGO, more funding is always ideal) and the lack of a more permanent location.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Mayan Families has the ability to drastically change the lives of the indigenous people, and has done a brilliant job thus far. I've never seen a more well-rounded organization that caters to literally every population within the community in some way.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I worked with animal welfare to help curb overpopulation.