Meet long-term volunteer Maria Jose Mendoza

Interested in volunteering with Common Hope in Guatemala? Maria is the one you want to talk to! As the Volunteer Coordinator, Maria organizes all of the short-term volunteer activities. She works closely with the rest of the Hospitality Team to ensure that all of our volunteers have a rewarding and engaging experience. Read on to learn […]

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A daughter’s legacy: The gift of education

Barb and Gary Strandemo have a true love for Guatemala, and perhaps their deepest connection is through their daughters, Ana and Rosa, whom they adopted from there. Tragically and unexpectedly, their youngest daughter, Ana, passed away a couple years ago. Ana had recently graduated from college at the time of her passing; graduating was an […]

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Thank you, dear volunteers. You made our year.

All of us at Common Hope feel extremely fortunate to collaborate with such wonderful, dedicated volunteers. We know that without them, we wouldn’t be able to achieve the same results that we are seeing today. National Volunteer Week is April 12-18, and we think it’s the perfect opportunity to highlight all the great work our volunteers […]

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In the Kitchen with Vinicio: Guatemalan Enchiladas

As we leave winter behind and say hello to spring, we’d like to share a delicious recipe for Guatemalan enchiladas in this edition of In the Kitchen with Vinicio. It’s the perfect dish for warm weather and it can be made vegetarian-friendly, too! Bon appétit! Or as they say in Guatemala, ¡Buen provecho!  What you […]

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