Planning for the 2012 Beca Visits and Celebration June 10, 2012

I’ve spent a lot of evenings lately (in fact for months) preparing for my group trips to San Pedro La Laguna in July: confirming lodging and family visits, organizing Spanish lessons and ground transportation, arranging cultural activities like lessons for making tortillas by hand and traditional weaving demonstrations, and planning my packing list including what gifts to take and how to manage the finances once I’m there.

I’ve recently discovered my counterparts in Guatemala have their own ‘to do’ list which this weekend included meeting with the Beca students and their parents to discuss my visit, the week I’ll have a group of Beca sponsors in tow, and the 3rd annual Beca celebration which will be held on Saturday, July 28th.

Lorenzo (right) speaks to the gathered Beca students and their parents
Beca Mtg.

I am uplifted by the joy I feel looking forward to the warmth and humor of old friends, to time spent getting to know this year’s new crop of Beca students and their families, and to inhaling the fragrances of fresh corn tortillas, earthy coffee, spicy pepi├ín, and wood smoke in adobe homes.

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Anne Beaulieu June 26th, 2012

I’ll be in Guatemala in July also, and am hoping to study for a week at the Cooperativa, so perhaps we’ll get a chance to meet.

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