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Welcome to Guatemala, friends from First Presbyterian Church of Santa Rosa!
The first few days in Antigua included orientating, acclimating, cultural activities, and some downtime in Antigua.
Monday morning brought a “bienvenida” welcome ceremony with the Social Work team.
Another shot captured during the welcome ceremony
Monday–Eric hard at work in construction!
Monday construction pictures–Cindy and Laura working on the foundation for the house.
Chef Lia, ready to teach a cooking class about veggies and nutrition!
Even veggies can be fun 🙂
The afternoon cooking class–group photo
Eric works on the concrete pads for the floor of the home
Making concrete tiles–hard work.
Marie and Aaryn pause for a photo
What great teamwork!
Christopher carries a heavy cement tile to the home site.
Another action shot! Christopher at work
Cindy plays piano in the Common Hope lunchroom, while Guatemala staff looks on
What a great photo of Lia and Christopher, working together on the beam for the home!
Wednesday brought an afternoon full of activities with a very special group of kids in San Miguel Milpas Altas.
Cindy, who specializes in ESL, taught some wonderful English lessons.
The English-teaching team! Eric, Cindy, Christopher.
Meanwhile, in the other room, Marie and Laura help the kids with bracelet-making
Eric chats with some of the kids
A great action shot of Lia
Aaryn and three new friends at San Miguel!
Group shot! Team plus class of kids who spent the afternoon making bracelets and learning English out in the town of San Miguel Milpas Altas
Marie and Laura working on a book project for the Education Promoters.
A day-in-the-life of Carlos, an ironworker! Lia tries her hand.
Cindy working under Carlos’s supervision
The Diaz family poses with the group, after learning how to make garden bugs out of iron!
Headed out to the construction site!
An amazing shot captured onsite where the team is building a home for the family.
Laura works with Keara, Common Hope long-term volunteer, to bring over the side panels.
More great teamwork!
The ladies hard at work