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The average annual rainfall in Antigua, Guatemala is 42 inches.

Meet 2/C Samuel Confalone, a hard-working cadet with big plans for the future.  He is already making a difference in Guatemala. Hometown: Shrewsbury, Massachusetts Anticipated Year of Graduation: 2021 Elementary School: Spring Street Middle School Middle School: Oak Middle School High School: Shrewsbury High School   Have you ever traveled outside of the United States? If so, where have you visited? "I have traveled outside of the country twice! I traveled to Italy with my family when I was 12, and traveled to Jamaica when I was 14 also with my family." What other experiential learning experiences or internships have you completed related to your major (when/where/what you…
  Today everyone is very tired and sore after climbing Volcan De Acatenango.   However, this morning was a typical morning consisting of waking up at 0545 and getting ready for the day. We all went to Violetta’s for breakfast at 0630, and we had an omelet with beans, plantains and tortillas. After we all finished breakfast, we all got into our groups and left for our job sites.           Today was our first day at the new job sites, we are all very excited to see what these new places have in store for us. My old town was San Gaspar, and my group and I worked in a school for disabled children called Brillo del Sol. Now my group and I are in Santa Maria working at a school for kids…
Meet 2/C Ainsley Dean, a smart, caring, adventurous, hardworking role model for all of our K-12 followers.  Cadet Dean stopped to answer a few questions before leaving for Guatemala   Name: Ainsley Dean Hometown: Adams, MA Anticipated Year Of Graduation: 2021 Elementary School: St. Stanislaus Kostka School  Middle School: Same as above ( it was a K-8 school) High School: McCann Technical High School where I studied metal fabrication   A.  Have you ever traveled outside of the United States?  If so, where have you visited?       This will be my first time traveling out of the country. I am very excited to have this opportunity to see a new part of the world.    B. What other…
  Hello to all our followers!             Day Two of the hike up Volcano Acatenango began with waking up at 4 AM! We woke up this early so we could hike up to the peak and watch the sunrise. I gathered my things and my headlamp because it was still dark outside and we headed off up to the peak. It was very difficult because it was dark and the ground was volcanic ash making it very slippery and loose. After about an hour we could see the horizon beginning to turn a beautiful orange and red color. The last thirty minutes of the hike was the hardest because we were getting tired and the mountain was very steep and slippery. Think of it as if you were trying to climb a sand dune.…
Content You've enjoyed his blog, now get to know 1/C Anderson Shamar Melendez.  Before leaving for Guatemala, he took time out of his preparations to answer a few questions.  Name: Anderson Shamar Barreras Melendez Hometown: Santa Clara, CA Anticipated Year Of Graduation: June 2020 Elementary School: Kathryn Hughes Elementary School Middle School: Bucheser Middle School High School: Santa Clara High School A.  Have you ever traveled outside of the United States?  If so, where have you visited? "Yes, the first time I left the country was when I was three.  I went to the Phillippines. Going into my 3/C year I traveled to England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany,…
    The day started at 0545 so we can shower and get ready to go to breakfast at Violetta’s. For breakfast, we had cereal with banana slices as toppings. After that, we made our way to the chicken bus for Brillo de Sol, which is located in San Gaspar.   We started off the day by helping the faculty serve breakfast to the students. We served beans and arroz con leche (rice with milk). After that, we started to remove items from the shed into the backyard so we can paint the inside. The shed is used as a calm space for the kids who need to relax and calm down when they get frustrated. We painted the inside green and the door purple to make the shed look more vibrant instead of…
Today there are two people featured in this blog, Ainsley and Sam. This morning we started off with breakfast at 6:30 am at Violetta’s restaurant. Today she made a breakfast burrito served with fresh watermelon, papaya, and coffee. After breakfast the three groups headed to the worksites. I am repairing a house in San Antonio with my group that consists of Will, Matthew, James and myself (Ainsley).The work consisted of staining cabinets and painting metal roofing with anti-corrosive paint. After having my first Spanish class yesterday, I was eager to work on my Spanish. There is a young girl there who I asked many question.  As I stumbled along with the help of my mentor Bryan, I was…
  Today I woke up earlier than usual, wanting to get a couple of moments to myself before the day started. I went on the roof of the hostel with a cup of hot coffee and enjoyed the cold air. The temperature was only 60 degrees, but my blood is slowly getting used to Guatemala and a temperature that just a few days ago I would have thought was perfect, is now cold for my body. When I was watching the sun slowly peak out of the ground at 0545, I looked at Volcan de Fuego and saw the orange lava spray from the top like it frequently does. It was a beautiful sight. I kept watching the volcano until 0615 and it went off one more time until I had to go back downstairs and get breakfast at…
  Buenos dias! Today was our first day of work in the pueblos (small villages around Antigua). We had to get up at 6:00 for a 6:30 breakfast at Comedor El Peregrino. Our breakfast consisted of bananas, waffles, and watermelon. Once we finished breakfast, my group and I headed to San Antonio to start our work with Victoria, who runs a local school there. Travelling with our mentor, Brian, we were instructed to go to the work site in a small home. We arrived at a very run-down house with many issues we could see immediately. To begin our work, we needed to take down a wall from a room that had collapsed in the home a short time ago. Sawing wood and ripping out nails proved to be…
Today we all woke up at around 0545 to go and grab a coffee and shower to get ready for work. Some of us preferred to sleep in until 0615 to grab a little extra shuteye. We all headed over to Violleta’s for breakfast at 0630. Today’s breakfast consisted of pancakes with syrup, cantaloupe and coffee or water to drink. It was very good and the coffee today was extra strong, just like I was hoping for. After we all ate and thanked Violetta, my group and our mentor Brian went to the market area to catch a bus to San Antonio. Upon arrival we hopped on a bus and paid 4 quetzales per person to ride. The buses today were not as busy as they usually are as the bus was only about half full. When…