Position: Vision Team Coordinator
Time with Common Hope: 16 months
Favorite Guatemalan cuisine: Pepián
#1 Travel Essential: Toilet Paper!
1. How did you come to volunteer here at Common Hope?
I came back to Guatemala in January 2010 to finish some university studies. Although this was my third time in Guatemala, I knew that I wanted to stay and live in this beautiful country for an extended period of time. A friend of mine who was living here at the time was working with an NGO called ConstruCasa who happens to be a partnering organization of Common Hope. She gave me positive feedback on Common Hope and told me that they were an extremely reputable organization, recognized particularly for their transparency and accountability. After doing my own research on Common Hope and going through the interview process I was hired on and here I am today!
2. What has surprised you the most about working with Common Hope?
I am always taken back by the kindness of Guatemalans. This not only applies to the wonderful staff that I have the privilege of working with on a daily basis but also to the affiliate families that Common Hope serves. Their resilience to everyday challenges and the will to better their lives inspires me.
3. What is a new skill you have learned through living in Guatemala?
The skill I have most learned from living in Guatemala has been to be flexible and patient. I have learned that this is a different culture and things are managed differently therefore these qualities are necessary!
4. What do you want people back home to know about your experience here?
If I could share anything with people from back home about my experience in Guatemala is that poverty is real and the majority of the world is living in it. If anyone would like make a difference in a child’s life, it’s much easier than you might think. For those of us in the Western world $30-$60 is a supper out but here it’s an education and a road to a better life.
5. Has anything happened during your time here that will make your life different?
I have had many impactful moments here in Guatemala; moments that I feel have made my life different but in a positive way. The biggest thing that I have learned through my time here is not to take things in my life for granted. This would include a good education, access to health care, a roof over my head, food on the table, and a loving family.