I am so grateful that I heard about Highland Support Project my freshman year in college; my college experience would not have been the same without it! I went on two volunteer trips to Guatemala with this organization. What I love most about Highland Support Project is the fact that everyone is able to help out in some way and that the organization is so open to members from all sorts of disciplines. There work that this organization does really focuses on humanitarian need and building strong relationships with countries like Guatemala that allow us to really give them the help they need. I love the personalization that Highland Support Project endorses because volunteers know exactly who they are helping and they actually get the chance to interact with the population that they are working with.
I've seen the work done by the Highland Support Project firsthand. They get to know each community member and focus on the common development by breaking the cycle of poverty and their theory of change. I cannot stress enough how this has a meaningful impact on the communities. I'm so grateful for the work they do.
Took part in a Virtual Engagement Experience with HSP and my students loved it. The speakers were fantastic and the schedule was a great mix of information, community building, and breaks to prevent Zoom fatigue. Looking forward to being able to partner in person in the future.
Working with Highland Support Project has been an amazing experience for us! Their mission statement and work has deeply resonated with me and I'm very proud to see all the accomplishments so far. One aspect that I really enjoy is their work to empower Indigenous communities through social media and online outreach. I believe that aside from direct community outreach, HSP has also done so well with educating people through blogposts. I've learned so much myself just by working with the team, and I am excited to see what else HSP has in store!
I’m so beyond grateful for this organization. I’m am new to the Virginia/ Richmond area and I’m always looking for ways to support the community, i am in and this couldn’t be a more astounding place to support.
Highland Support Project truly values the relationships with their staff and clients. It is an excellent and collaborative work environment. In my time here I have learned so much! It's an honor to be apart of a team that prioritizes advocacy and community organization.
HSP Is one of the warmest and amazing organizations I have ever known. Everyone is so kind and helpful. Everyone there truly has a heart for helping people and not only bettering our community but bettering the world.
I am a new member of Highland Support Project and I love it! Everyone are warm and welcoming as well as hard working. Even before I became a part of the team, their actions were known. They are always having events and inviting others from to community to join them.
The Highland Support Project does incredible work with indigenous people. They’ve taught me so much about fostering agency to populations, and gave me awesome field work experience!
Highland Support Project does an incredible job supporting Indigenous people and in educating the public about these support systems. I’ve learned so much from them in an organic, authentic way and truly believe that HSP has a positive impact in carrying out their mission.
The Highland Support Project expresses so much care for their staff, volunteers and indigenous communities in helping people around the world. It is truly an amazing organization to be involved with.
I have been a long term supporter of HSP and the service oriented work that they do to give indigenous groups a platform for their voices to be heard. Inclusiveness starts with acknowledgement and HSP is an organization that paves a path for everyone to come together to support the dreams and missions of Mayan women who deserve to be empowered and have their voices heard.
The conversations, experiences, and thoughts I was exposed to during my time in Guatemala as intern with HSP were a catalyst for my personal and professional growth. My experience made me more confident, gave me the flexibility to learn about and work on interesting projects, provided me lifelong mentors, and introduced me to people who were also curious about similar issues and wanted to ask difficult questions. All my preconceived notions were challenged and my personal philosophy changed during my time with HSP. HSP is an organization that undoubtedly provides a safe and extraordinary opportunity for people to learn about global challenges. I wish everyone could experience and learn more about the work HSP does.
I cannot say enough about how great Highland Support Project is. This organization does an amazing job empowering everyone they work with, from the indigenous communities to their employees and interns. I work at AlterNatives the social enterprise HSP formed, and they care so much about making sure people continue to build their skills.
I was an intern with the Highland Support Project during the summer, and I had a fantastic experience. I was given autonomy and the ability to make this internship as valuable as possible while also receiving guidance, advice, and feedback regularly throughout the process. As an intern, I learned how to read academic articles, develop my own project plans, research grant opportunities, and communicate my findings. But I also got to learn about the nonprofit sector, examine its ethicality, and think about more effective community development and community organizing measures. HSP really knows how to make the most of the intern experience.
I spent a summer Interning with HSP and it was an incredible experience. HSP prioritizes the safety and experience of their volunteers, while still providing a week of service that has a valuable impact on the communities they work with. They have found the perfect balance of "voluntourism" that provides this safe and positive experience, while still supporting local people and promoting an exchange of cultures in an aware way.
HSP is truly a special organization that makes a huge impact on everyone involved. The trips provide an opportunity to address large issues while the people make the trip meaningful on a personal level. The trip this year to Guatemala was such a great balance of work, culture, learning, and fun, and you could really see the impact it had on both our students and the Guatemalan communities. We always felt like HSP always had everything covered: excellent meals and lodging, transportation and excursions, safety and health, and just being there to make sure we were having the best experience possible. I can't thank them enough for the work they do and I most highly recommend HSP!
HSP is an incredible organization that works to empower and educate Mayan women in the Highlands of Guatemala. I’ve traveled with them 4 times with high school student groups and their sustainable approach to giving aid provides an awesome opportunity for students to learn about service and another culture. I highly recommend them!
Last year I was very fortunate to travel to Guatemala with a group from my church to work with Highland Support Project. My experience was life changing to say the least. I learned more about the importance of educating indigenous women to have a voice in their community and skills to achieve their personal goals. We worked with community members in a rural town of Guatemala to start building a kitchen for a local school. Previously the women who cooked for the school daily had to use an open fire pit outside in the school courtyard where children were also playing. This project is just one of hundreds of community projects, initiated by women, that HSP has helped to make happen.
I had a beautiful experience volunteering with Highland Support Project in Guatemala. It was an amazing opportunity for myself and everyone involved and I am so grateful! The Highland Support Project is making an amazing difference with all of their projects and they are impacting the lives of so many citizens in Guatemala as well the volunteers that come from all over the world to participate in their projects!
I just wanted to say I was so lucky that I had the chance to work alongside the highland group! I got to meet a few people who have worked with them and I find all the work they have been doing is amazing! They are really making a difference and supporting the communities in Guatemalan and making voices heard. I only wish that soon enough I will get to work with them once again. So thank you all for such a great job and for helping out so many people in such a great way!! I have learnt so much from you all and envy being like you all any chance I get
I can't say enough about the Highland Support Project and the wonderful people who made my trip to Guatemala a dream come true and a life changing experience. From being welcomed by the Mayan women into the community to building stoves, providing healthcare teaching, seeing the beautiful country and learning about the culture- it was all a truly wonderful experience that I was thankful to be a part of.
I just went this spring on a school trip as a volunteer for Highland Support Project. It was an incredible experience! The community was super kind, our guide, translator and our bus driver became our family. Our group bonded incredibly due to the fact that it is a heartwarming experience! Helping out communities, being able to give happiness to children is an unforgettable experience. The team is extremely supportive and you never feel as if you're doing it alone.
The Highland Support Project was an inspiration to all of us that went. It was one of the most beautiful, caring, and rewarding experiences I've ever had. We all opened our hearts to allow each other to benefit from such a moving experience. The Mayan women opened their homes to us and gave us a heartfelt welcome while teaching us about their history. We touched each others lives and cherished the moments we had together, it was a experience never to be forgotten.
The Highland Support Project was a great opportunity to expand my horizons. With my trip to Guatemala, I felt overwhelmed with emotions. To be able to touch other lives, to create more cultural awareness, and to feel enlightened are just a few benefits of this life-changing moment.
An incredible organization. I participated in HSP's stove building project through Rutgers Camden's service learning program, and the experience was life-changing. The work of HSP truly empowers those that it supports and serves, and the gratitude of the women and children after our time in the highlands spoke volumes about the impact that the Project is having. I feel privileged to have worked with HSP and would highly recommend supporting and collaborating with them.
I had the privilege of joining forces with The Highland Support Project in spring of 2018. Through a service learning opportunity held by Rutgers Camden, I participated in HSP's clean-air stove building project and spent 10 days among the highlands of Guatemala educating and being educated. Through this experience I formed some of the most meaningful, genuine relationships with the kindest, most appreciative women, children and families living in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. This was the most impactful and meaningful journey I have embarked on thus far in my life and I carry its impact with me daily as I continue to work, love and use my voice to speak for those who cannot. My experience with HSP served as an important stepping stone for me in my confirmation that I want to dedicate my life and my strengths towards service-oriented work. I was constantly inspired and encouraged by the loving, supportive humanitarians working for and with HSP and it was a privilege to share part in their mission. I spread the word about HSP whenever I can to whoever will listen and I can't wait to work with them again.
This 8 day experiences left me with memories and ignited a passion for me to help create more opportunities and empower women like myself for a lifetime! I couldn’t express how well organized, safe, thoughtful, and educational this trip was for me through HSP. HSP has set the standard for nonprofits and I have the privilege of serving as a board member.
I had an highly memorable and undoubtedly life changing trip with HSP when I went summer of 2018. Although originally the trip was work related, to help give the employees of HSP tools they could use for professional development, I think in the end I learned just as much if not more than they did.
The employees I worked with in HSP, both Americans and Guatemalans, were such interesting, unique, and friendly people, they helped make every day an enjoyable adventure.
I interned with HSP a little while back and was amazed by how passionate and knowledgeable the organization was. This is 100% a hands on nonprofit run by individuals that really care about the work they do. HSP has great opportunities to get involved directly with communities you help in Guatemala and Arizona which gives you first hand exposure to transformative development and aid. I look forward to seeing more of their amazing work in the future!
Having worked with Highland Support Project for four years, I would say that they do a FANTASTIC job of providing transformative experiences for their customers coupled with lasting impact in the communities they serve. In terms of customers, they do a great job connecting the personal touch with the history, community, and individuals impacted. In terms of the service provided to the communities, I am deeply impressed with the level of emotion noticed within the community and the commitment to serving BEYOND the call of duty. Ten out of ten would recommend.
I had the great pleasure of working with HSP through a pro bono initiative over the last few years. HSP does groundbreaking development work that is truly empowering to the women in this local community. They focus on providing sustainable, equitable resources, breaking from the dependency-focused approach that so many NGOs in this region unfortunately take. Keep up the good work!
This was one of the best experiences I’ve had. It was so humbling and enlightening. HSP was organized and well ran and in coordination with the AMA house I never felt lost or without guidance or love. Everyone in Guatemala was so nice and welcoming. A+ to everyone involved and thank you for such an amazing opportunity!
I partnered with Highland Support Project this year along with my classmates and professors to go to Guatemala and raise health and wellness to the indigenous people in Guatemala. This nonprofit organization was incredible, the staff is so friendly and welcoming and really cared about us, the trip, and the people. If you plan to partner with them and choose them, you won’t regret it and you will have a trip to remember for lifetime. Thank you to everyone there and I hope soon we meet again and do it all over!
I donated to the Highland Support Project, of which I work, to support a midwifery program. I never expected to have my own life changed. Over the course of a year stories emerged about the struggles that traditional midwives had in being treated with dignity by hospital staff. It was powerful to witness the accompaniment of the Association of Highland Women to guide these women to identify their objectives and begin to analyze what to do when encountering an obstacle. That message of resilience has proven to be a good tool in my own life.
Too often we abandon a goal when we encounter an obstacle.
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I was incredibly impressed by the thoughtful way the Highland Support Project connects volunteers to indigenous communities. I have travelled to other countries in Central America with organizations that claim to be partnering with the community, but only Highland Support Partners truly made me feel I was part of a partnership. The Highland Support Project truly made our time with the community a learning experience for both our team and community members. For example, we went on a tour of a market with local weavers so they could learn about their competition and we could learn about indigenous crafts. While stove building, we worked with the homeowners and got a chance to talk to them as well as the mason working with us. These experiences truly put the indigenous women at the center of the project to build their agency, while allowing my team to learn as well. I cannot fully describe how collaborative all of the Highland Support Project's activities felt, so I would recommend anyone interested in learning about and working with the Indigenous people of Guatemala contact the Highland Support Project and see for yourself!
On my most recent trip with Highland Support Project I traveled the the White Mountain Apache Reservation in Arizona. I engaged with with the Apache youth in group activities that focused on leadership skills and team building. The type of service I did on this trip was far from what I was expecting to do. As a large football player I was expecting to use my skills in the art of manual labor but instead HSP utilized the leadership skills I have gained through my time in competitive sports to help lead a day camp for the apache youth. I enjoyed the time I spent helping the youth to build leadership skills for themselves and seeing how they were able to use the skills the get through various team building activities.
This trip was truly eye opening for me because it showed me a different type of service that can be done on mission trips that are much more effective than traditional service. I found that rather than giving out things which can instill bad habits for the future, building relationships and teaching the youth useful skills while giving them the tools to better help themselves is actually a much better form of service and will help them gain a better and brighter future.
Amazing Organization, facilitates partnerships with the communities, helping the most isolated people in the highlands. How incredible are all the benefits for building a stove: Respiratory disease, children accidents can be avoided, also saves firewood, saves time in the food preparation, they receive talks about self-steam and leadership. behavioral health that contributes to the empowerment of the Mayan women.
HSP is a fantastic association- could not be farther from the pitfalls of voluntourism. We have a long-lasting relationship with HSP and have had successful trips in the past- this last trip was no exception. Thank you!
Had a great time on my first international mission trip. Would do it again in a heart beat. Great job HSP!
This is the most well-organized and put together nonprofit I have worked with! They are great and took care of everything, we're very flexible and I had a great time working with Lupe and Ben.
Amazing! This nonprofit's work with communities in Guatemala is intriguing and their emphasis on transformational development and helping communities be self-sufficient makes them even more admirable. I volunteer with the group and look forward to learning and helping each day!
I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with Highland Support Project for all of my life. My parents are the directors. I was an infant when I was taken on my first trip to Guatemala. My earliest memories are images of the post civil war military state. Of driving through central Quetzaltenango, seeing Humvees drive by carrying men with automatic rifles. I also have vivid memories of my experiences in the indigenous communities. I remember feeling scared as I sat in the back seat of a little pick-up truck. On a narrow mountainside road, where any divergence would be fatal. In the middle of a thunderstorm. With my parents outside, pushing the truck from behind to keep the momentum moving forward. This effort was to reach even the most marginalized communities. From that same night, I remember the loud thuds of raindrops on their thin tin roofs and the black soot that covered their huts with flies stuck in it. I would later learn that the soot comes from cooking over open-pit fires.
Throughout my life, I learned about various aspects of development from my experiences with Highland Support Project (HSP). From stove-building I learned about grassroots development, from reforestation I learned about sustainability, from weaving circles I learned about behavioral health. All this time, I had a general feeling that genuine good was being done. Not just because the directors were my parents; but also due to the sincere gratitude that was expressed by families in the communities we worked in. However, it wasn’t until my junior year of college, when I had a class called Development Economics, that I truly appreciated the amazing work that HSP has pioneered. The class, for me, validated everything that HSP does. Although it is impossible to summarize sustainable development in three points, there are at least three critical topics that I learned, which HSP has been enacting for over 22 years. These key points include a focus on women’s empowerment, acknowledging multidimensional poverty, and a spotlight on human and social capital.
We learned about a focus on women’s empowerment as if it were a new concept. Something brand new that came along with the New Millennium Development Goals. This left me dumbfounded, considering that HSP has been focusing on women’s empowerment since 1993. HSP’s first women’s empowerment program was to provide indigenous mothers with ventilated cookstoves. It is seemingly simplistic; however, the ripple effect is amazingly intricate. For example, through community surveys, we found that the leading cause of death for Indigenous women was a upper-respiratory infection. This is easily prevented with ventilated stoves. Furthermore, the ventilated stoves are fuel efficient. It elevates the cooking from the floor to provide better sanitation. Regarding sustained development, it allows women to spend less time cooking because cooking a meal over an open-pit fire takes hours (Just think about that time you tried to cook anything while camping). This enables women to engage in their communities. To establish PTA’s. To help their children go to school. To make lunches for the children who are at school, so they children can learn and retain information better. To have time for women’s circles, so they can share their experiences and relate with other women in the community; and, ultimately, to endeavor in different income ventures and become successful businesswomen. From the chain of events, you can see how investing in women results in a greater social rate of return than investing in men. This is because investments in women more directly benefit their children and women are empirically more likely to spend increased incomes on their families.
From the beginning, HSP has invested their efforts in addressing multidimensional poverty. This simply means that poverty entails more than just having low income. To address multidimensional poverty, organizations must consider the health, educational and productive aspects of individuals. HSP’s acknowledgment of multidimensional poverty is exemplified by their growth of different, yet interrelated, projects. For example, the Mayan Arts Project was initiated to address the dissipation of Maya philosophy in rural schools-- the educational dimension. The Association of Maya Women was started to provide indigenous women with behavioral health programming-- the health and productivity dimensions. Very early on HSP recognized the negative impact self-esteem could have on a community. The “Qanil” project was started to address nutritional deficiencies in indigenous communities-- the health dimension. Over 22 years, HSP’s attention to the dimensions of poverty has led to drastic increases in capital available for the indigenous communities we support.
Remember that capital can take many forms. Capital can be financial, human, social, and the list goes on. HSP has enabled indigenous women to build their human capital through all the projects and programming provided to them. At every step of the way, the women and their families are involved in the process. For example, before even receiving a stove, women are trained in community engagement, and there is an understanding that the stove is not charity. The women are not dependent upon the stove. A stove is a tool for their economic independence. Furthermore, our volunteers understand they are not giving anything away. Our volunteers engage in partnership with the families. Where the families receive the support for their projects, and volunteers leave with a completely changed perspective on poverty and development. The partnerships formed is what builds the social capital. My favorite example of the social capital being built is with the reforestation project. Initially, HSP would buy samplings from a big company in the city. Now, however, a woman who once received a stove now started her tree nursery. Thus, HSP can source the saplings for reforestation from the women who once received a stove. This example illustrates social capital and HSP’s continuing relationships with the communities HSP engages in.
From my earliest memories of post-civil war Guatemala to what it has become now, much of the change can be attributed to non-governmental organizations such as Highland Support Project. I could never express enough how proud I am of HSP, after learning the academics behind development economics. I am so proud that before implementing projects, HSP went to the communities and asked them what they think their most pressing problems were. I am proud of the relationships that have been created. I am proud of the gratitude that has been expressed towards my family and every volunteer that has worked with us. Lastly, I am proud to assure that anyone who spends just a week with HSP in Guatemala will feel this pride too.
I went on a trip with HSP to White Mountain Apache Reservation for a service learning trip with a group of students from Virginia Commonwealth University. The trip was one week planned to the hour with presentations, activities, and events. White Mountain is gorgeous, full of breath taking views and so much culture that America often misses. The time I spent in White Mountain truly opened my mind to a whole new perspective and I am so thankful to HSP for that gift. Their dedication to service is unparalleled. This is a non-profit that truly gives everything it can into their work.
HSP ambitiously strives to tackle societal, political, economic and systemic problems that most non-profits shy from. The team's organization, passion, and unyielding commitment to empower and equip indigenous communities is inspiring. Volunteering as an intern has been a eye-opening experience thus far and I look forward to what lies ahead!
The experience that HSP facilitates is a cultural interchange in which each person has the opportunity to connect, respect and value cultures. HSP offers a life-changing trip that helps communities to change.
HSP service has a trustworthy plataform that truly makes sure of the security of all the people that uses it. HSP is an organization that is always noticing the impact of the work their proyects have in the lives of their clients.
Highland Support Project is a bridge that helps people around the world to be in contact with the real face of the communities, allowing people to truly make a difference. HSP work in communities in Guatemala have changed a lot of lives, being proof that transformational development is not just a dream but a way in which people work for change and regain control of their own lives.
The Highland Support Project is one of few non-profit networks that doesn't focus on development from a Western perspective. Their methodology is one of "transformational development", meaning that communities lift themselves out of poverty by participating in their programming, and do so sustainably. I really think that HSP is doing that that almost no other organizations working in Guatemala are doing. Their methods may not be as flashy, but they help people from the ground up. Highly recommend participating in one of their amazing trips!
What makes HSP is different is that they don't implement band-aid solutions. Their mission and work focuses on the long-term solutions and more importantly, solutions that are sustainable. I know I've personally always felt like the charity/volunteer work I've done in other areas (donations, hosting fundraisers, volunteering at events, etc.) have not been enough. I think that they do help, but I know I could contribute even more to the causes I care about.
I admire and advocate for HSP because it is an organization that puts the people they serve at the heart of their projects. I've volunteered with them for about 7 months and I can see that they are committed to working with the Mayans for the long-run. Everyone here is outwardly passionate and driven in what they do and love the people that they work with and I'm happy to be a part of the work that they do!
I truly enjoyed my trip to Guatemala. I feel as if we have left an impact of who we are and what we stand for with the Myan Woman. The fact that they know others will struggle for their lively hood helps them know they are not alone. I felt like the support helped them more then the physical labor.
I worked with HSP to build stoves for the indigenous people. I had a great exposure to diversity and I was amazed to see how women are now taking initiatives to be educated despite having socio-economical barriers. They knew the ventilated stoves could change the future of their kids. The families were very welcoming and we all had a great experience in the highlands of Guatemala. Other students should take this opportunity to explore different cultures, which can open a new window for them.
As a volunteer for the Highland Project, I worked to build stoves for the women and families living in the highlands of Guatemala where I was immersed into the community and families of those we were building stoves for. The conditions in which the families lived greatly humbled me; I was most shocked that clean water and indoor plumbing was not a standard for the households in the Highlands. Yet, I was more surprised by the families positivity, hospitality and giving nature! I never felt as though I could convey my gratitude towards the women and families that our group worked for. I highly recommend working with the Highland Support Project to further forward their mission to create self-perpetuating social entrepreneurship by empowering individuals through teamwork to transform adversity into opportunity.
I had a great time in December 2013 traveling to Guatemala with Highland Support Project! I wish I had been able to spend more time building the stoves--one week was NOT long enough for everything I wanted to do! My group was relatively small, but we had a really good time. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. I appreciated the whole experience a lot.
Volunteering with the Highland Support Project during Spring Break of 2014 was probably one of the most useful ways to spend my time. I embarked on the journey without a clue of what to expect but I was going alongside some of my friends that had gone before and they assured me that it would be an amazing experience. Working alongside the women of the highlands and interacting with their children and families opened the windows of a new world to me. They welcomed us into their families and communicated with us as their own--they helped us as we helped them. I saw that these women are climbing mountains just to complete their daily chores while I complete daily tasks in complete leisure. In addition to the service activities, I greatly enjoyed exploring Guatemala on my own which allowed me to immerse myself into the culture. This program works to educate and entertain the students as well as provide a great service opportunity in the rural area of Guatemala. This trip taught me to become human and I look forward to making another trip to this region again, all thanks to the Highland Support Project.
HSP is a wonderful organization that empowers indigenous people of Guatemala and truly makes a difference. I signed up for a trip over spring break that truly changed my outlook on the world. I was surprised to see so many happy faces in a country I assumed to be overrun by poverty. While HSP allowed me to do all the touristy type things my heart could desire they also showed me what it meant to show love and kindness to others in ways I didn't have the opportunity to do so before.
I have had the privilege of participating in several service trips with the Highland Support Project. This includes one trip to an Indian reservation in Arizona where my group helped to build a foundation for a community garden. I also took part in three trips to the highlands of Guatemala where I was able to participate in health screenings and education sessions with the women and children, as well as help build stoves for several families. By working with the families and building these stoves we not only made an impact in preventing burns, fires, and smoke inhalation injury, but we provided the women with more free time to help provide for their families in communities in ways other than keeping a fire. Each trip was an unforgettable experience, and working with HSP staff both in the states and in Guatemala has given me hope that there are still people trying to make real, sustainable change happen. I cannot wait for my next opportunity to work with this organization again.
I have had the pleasure of going to Guatemala twice with the Highland Support Project and this summer I intend on working with them in Arizona as well. Their model of sustainability and working closely with communities is amazing. I felt as if all the interventions we did while in Guatemala made a lasting impact in the communities and helped to lay a foundation for health promotion in the rural communities. I hope to continue our partnership with HSP!
As a graduate student in Guatemala, I had an inclination we would be treated more as “volun-tourists” than as people who wanted to learn about the culture of the country. To my surprise, we were immersed in the rural culture from the beginning of our trip. The families with whom we interacted made an effort to show us how their community truly functioned. The projects we completed were designed to benefit the community, but also teach us about the history, economy, and social structure of the region. The Highland Support Project clearly took the time and effort to create a multi-faceted program that educates participants while also completing their mission goal of helping the communities of rural Guatemala. I seriously have to tip my hat to them and I am already making plans to visit the region again.
I never thought I could build a stove, but this experience taught me so much more. I've never felt such a personal reward, or valued water pressure and hot water so much!
One of the most fruitful experiences of my life and quite honestly, I think it was life changing. Lupe was an excellent guide, a tad disorganized at times, but over all she did a fantastic job facilitating the trip. I am eager to get and work alongside AMA and the rest of the gang in Guate.
¡Fue un placer!
My trip with HSP last spring the most rewarding experience of my life. I would recommend this trip to anyone and everyone. It is amazing how much you learn just from stepping outside your comfort zone and seeing how other parts of the world live.
I have traveled to Guatemala three times to work with the highland communities who are partnered with the Highland Support Project. Each time I learn more about HSP that makes me proud to be a volunteer with them. They empower individuals and communities to grow through educational partnerships, building partnerships, and leadership-development partnerships. The women's circles particularly touch my heart. HSP never drops in and out. They are with a community for as long as the community wants the partnership.
It is an honor to be associated with HSP.
I love working with this organization! I learned more in one week than I have in years of my life. I now better understand the importance of giving back and making sure that we stay informed about what's going on in our world today and what we can do to help. I would volunteer over and over again!
I have traveled with the Highland Support Project twice, once as a volunteer and second as a spring break trip leader. I absolutely loved my time there! The first trip was very much life-changing because of the people and the leaders involved. Ben and Lupe are an inspiration and they have so many amazing ideas to teach and share. I definitely plan on being involved in the future as well.