Photo by Sydney Yang, Guatemala Summer Program.
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Reasons to Love Guatemala

Posted on

09/06/18

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Dragons HQ

We recently asked five people what they love about Guatemala and why they return year after year.

Here’s what they said:

ON LEARNING SPANISH

“As an intermediate Spanish learner, I love traveling to Guatemala because it’s a great place to practice my speaking and listening skills. The people are friendly, laid back and patient. It’s also a short flight from the States and since Guatemala is on the same time zone as Colorado, I can dive right in without needing to recover from jet lag.” – LIZ WIIG, Partnerships Program Coordinator

ON THE BEAUTY OF THE EVERYDAY

“Guatemala is a place that holds so much history, tragedy, joy and renewal in one land that it’s sometimes hard to take in. Waking up to the smell of woodsmoke and the sound of tortillas being made is my idea of home, a sensation I get no where else in the world. The small beauty of the everyday held within the bigness of her story is what makes Guatemala a land I will always return to in my heart.” – LUIS ALVARADO, Guatemala Instructor

ON ART AND CULTURE

“From turquoise blue hot springs to riotously painted chicken buses; from cemeteries color-coded in symbolic pigments to celebrating the dead with enormously vibrant kites; from ancient tales of the underworld to modern weavings of exquisitely patterned textiles… It’s impossible not to be inspired by the people, land, spirit, and culture that make Guatemala so uniquely prismatic.” – ERIN KING, Graphic & Multimedia Designer

Guatemala & Nicaragua Dragons Gap Year Program

ON COMMUNITY ACTIVISM

“Movements towards social and environmental justice are alive and thriving!  Communities actively resist the commodification of land, water, and culture and are working to reshape the globally dominant narrative of materialism, wealth, and poverty.” – SIMON HART, Director of School Partnerships

To heal a land scorched by 36 years of civil war, this man planted 20,000 trees by hand. Meet Armando Lopez, founder of the Chico Mendes Reforestation Project in Pachaj, Guatemala. Photo by Cate Brown, Guatemala Summer Program.

ON HOMESTAYS

“In my weeks traveling to communities around the country and staying with host families, I was introduced to concepts of hospitality and generosity in a way that I had yet to witness in the world. These lessons in the meaning of connection ended up having a lasting, powerful, and profound affect on my perspective and worldview.” – CARA LANE-TOOMEY, Director of College Study Abroad

Did you know we are offering a 10-day journey to Guatemala for Adults this fall?

October is the perfect time of year to venture to Central America. It marks the beginning of the dry season and yet avoids the hustle of peak tourism. So, if slowing down and taking the time to experience an authentic cultural exchange in Guatemala sounds enticing, we have an special offer just for you.

SAVE 25%*

(Tuition was $3495, with 25% discount, Now $2621)

ON GUATEMALA: LAND & SPIRIT
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BY SEPTEMBER 25, 2018
* 25% off tuition only. Airfare not included.

 

WE’RE HERE TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS
We know you’re the kind of person in search of a meaningful adventure. We also know that busy schedules, financial responsibilities, and other real-life obligations can hinder your ability to make planning for international travel a priority. That’s why we’ve created Dragons programs for adults, and you’re exactly the person we’ve created them for.
Let us know how we can help you plan the experience of a lifetime.
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