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Volunteering in Guatemala – Blog 4 of 4

Volunteering in Guatemala – Blog 4 of 4

Last week Faith and I went to Honduras to visit Jen, another CAUSE intern, and to learn about CAUSE’s programs there. From Todos Santos we had to travel for three days to reach Ciriboya, the small Garifuna community where CAUSE works. We were absolutely exhausted from our journey, but thankfully people greeted us as soon as we stepped off the bus (bringing us umbrellas because it was pouring rain). Rosie, the program supervisor, Xiomara, the … Read entire article »

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Volunteering in Guatemala – Blog 3 of 4

Volunteering in Guatemala – Blog 3 of 4

Faith and I are officially half way through our internship. I can’t believe how fast the time is flying by – it feels like I arrived in Guatemala just yesterday. Since CAUSE works in two different communities in Guatemala, interns spend half of their time working in Comitancillo and the other half working in Todos Santos. Faith and I recently hit the four month mark and moved to Todos Santos last week. We were feeling … Read entire article »

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Volunteering in Guatemala – Blog 2 of 4

Volunteering in Guatemala – Blog 2 of 4

The advancement of women certainly follows a different path here in Guatemala than in Canada. A way here to increase a woman’s confidence and make her feel valuable is to encourage her to take part in a beauty pageant. Beauty pageants are very popular and I have already been to three of them. Pageant contestants perform in front of an audience, which most local women are terrified to do. They must dance to traditional music, … Read entire article »

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Photo Gallery of All Saints’ Day festivities in Todos Santos Cuchumatan

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Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua, Guatemala

It took little time or effort for me to be fascinated by Antigua when I visited there 13 years ago and knew it was a place I would return to. I had visions of me renting a place for a few months, spending my days writing, studying Spanish and people watching in the Central Park. When I finally made it back last year I found the city to be just as enchanting, although more touristy … Read entire article »

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Antigua, Guatemala photo gallery

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Guatemala photo gallery

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Slow travel

Slow travel

Editorial: Slow travel is a term I use to describe my preferred way of seeing the world. It’s about taking the time to get to know a place and its people rather than racing from one tourist site to the next. I thought I’d invented the expression but have since learned that it is part of the Slow Movement and can be traced back to 19th century travel writers. I was raised in a family that views travel as a … Read entire article »

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Volunteering in Guatemala – Blog 1 of 4

Volunteering in Guatemala – Blog 1 of 4

Jessica Sunter lived and worked in two indigenous communities in the western highlands of Guatemala – Comitancillo, San Marcos and Todos Santos, Huehuetenango – for eight months in 2010 on an internship with CAUSE Canada funded by the Canadian International Development Agency. CAUSE Canada is an international development and relief organization that has been operational since 1984. Their current program in Guatemala, the Women’s Integral Empowerment Program, provides literacy and numeracy courses, leadership classes, and business … Read entire article »

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Guatemala Itinerary

Guatemala Itinerary

Guatemala is a country in Latin America that is small in size but rich in traditions, culture, languages, and architecture. I first went to Guatemala with my husband and daughter in 1997, not long after the 36 year civil war had ended. We went to see the highlands, rain forests, volcanoes, ruins, and deepest lake in the world and left with a great admiration for the Maya people. More than half of Guatemala’s population is … Read entire article »

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