I volunteered with Pueblo a Pueblo from March through June of 2012. PaP is a well-respected organization that has built a positive reputation for itself in the community of Santiago Atitlan. After seeing the different programs in action, I also decided to sponsor a child which was also a rewarding experience to know I am supporting one girl's opportunity for education. I would highly recommend donating or paying a visit to the office if you want to see how the programs are helping the community there.
I worked with Pueblo a Pueblo as a volunteer intern from October-December 2010 after coming across their website through Idealist.org. I was intrigued by the variety of PaP's work as well as the friendly reception I got through phone calls and emails with staff. My only regret from my time with Pueblo a Pueblo is that I didn't stay longer!
II love Pueblo a Pueblo (PaP). I learned about PaP from a friend and began sponsoring a young Maya girl, who recently successfully completed 6th grade. I am now sponsoring her young brother. PaP also has a mother-infant program that is doing wonderful things to improve infant and child health. I have been a volunteer for a little more than three years now, and am very impressed with the leadership and the new directions they are taking the organization. New projects to set up organic gardens to support local school lunch programs and establishing school libraries are programs I can fully support. PaP is doing an excellent job, especially given current economic uncertainties.
I had the opportunity to volunteer with PaP in Guatemala — something I wholeheartedly recommend. In early 2008, I was able to spend 6 weeks in Santiago on Lake Atitlan in the central highlands. I simply fell in love with the country and the indigenous people I met there. It is a paradise, but the people have so many needs. Malnutrition is the biggest problem, followed by poor maternal health and high rates of infant mortality. The literacy rate is very low among the indigenous Maya. PaP is making a difference in Santiago Atitlan, and I will continue to support their program in any way I can.