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Guatemala: Class IV & V

For the second time, Nobles will be leading a Class IV & V service trip to beautiful Guatemala.  Fifty percent of Guatemalan people are under the age of 20.  The access to education and opportunities that today's Guatemalan youth have will greatly determine the future of Guatemala's indigenous communities and cultures that date back to early Mayan civilizations in 1800 B.C. 

This March, you can help to ensure that the next generation of Guatemalan youth can attain the education they need to thrive economically and create positive social change in their communities and country. For one week, Nobles students in Guatemala will impact the educational success of young people in the small mountainside community of Comalapa, where there is currently no schooling past middle school. We will join Long Way Home, a sustainable building nonprofit, to help finish buildings made of tires and dirt that will transform into strong, breath-taking vocational classrooms to provide opportunities to students after middle school.  We will also spend time in the classroom and on the playground with the students of Tecnico Chixot, a primary school. After our service in Comalapa, we will travel to the town of Panajachel on the shores of Lake Atitlan, one of the world's most beautiful lakes situated between three volcanoes. We will participate in a cultural exchange through a visit to the Nature Reserve with the participants in a girls' mentoring program called Starfish. Ziplining, monkey sightings, a butterfly preserve, botanical gardens, peacocks, and amazing lake views are all on the itinerary.
 
Service at Long Way Home
 
We will take part in many tasks and activities at Long Way Home, with some options to determine our role based on participant interests.  We will primarily engage in light construction, building out of natural building materials.  We will also work directly with students at Tecnico Chixot and help with English tutoring, sports, music, games, and art.  
 
Cultural & Historical Exploration
 
Staying in Comalapa will allow us to explore a largely indigenous community with Spanish colonial influence. Comalapa is known for its amazing views, and painters and weavers.  We will view a mural that describes the history of the community. A highlight will be a visit to an outdoor market where you can truly experience an important and exhilarating part of Guatemalan culture. Our cultural exchange with the students of Starfish will allow students to have fun sharing their experiences with youth their age in Guatemala. The students will also be able to unwind and enjoy a day full of exciting activities at the Nature Reserve.
 
Blogging and Vlogging
 
A multimedia pre-trip curriculum will help students understand the context of their service, including a brief socio-cultural history of Guatemala. Throughout the trip, students will learn, reflect, and share their experiences through blogging and photo essays in order to leave a permanent record of their experience.
 
**This trip will not run during the 2017-18 school year. 

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Guatemala: Class IV & V
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