Rwanda, Central America, and Andes and Amazon Semester Instructor
BA Elementary Education, Western Michigan University
Zack Siddall was first introduced to Where There Be Dragons while serving in the US Peace Corps in Rwanda. Upon returning from the Peace Corps Zack worked Dragons’ Rwanda summer program. In college and during his time in the Peace Corps Zack became quite passionate and active in gender equality programs, so in the fall of 2013 Zack moved to Guatemala to work with a women’s cooperative in Guatemala City. Planning only to stay a few months he quickly fell in love with the culture, people and beautiful landscapes of Guatemala and ended up staying almost a full year. During his time in Guatemala Zack immersed himself in the indigenous Mayan culture and sought out any opportunity to learn about the traditional belief systems and Mayan Cosmovision. He worked extensively with the Chico Mendes Reforestation project planting trees and learning about permaculture/environmental protection practices. He also spent weeks in the rural village of Cotzal working with a women’s weaving cooperative and HELPS International, a construction based NGO focused on building safe, high-efficiency stoves that aim to reduce the risks of smoke inhalation and fire related accidents.Currently he is back in Africa running the 2014 Rwanda summer program. He is excited to return to his beloved Guatemala this fall and to explore Nicaragua and El Salvador.
In his free time Zack enjoys riding his bike, immersing himself in foreign markets and reading.