Hey there, my name is Julie Barwig. I have just joined Nicole, Ja, and Sarah here in Guatemala. This past December I graduated from the University of Georgia, where I learned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and International Affairs. I’m so excited to be back in Central America. I spent the previous summer interning in Panama and a spring break in Nicaragua with the UGA campus chapter of Manna.
I arrived in Guatemala on January 5th, so I’ve been here about a week already. It’s been a week of getting my bearings to how life runs down here. And so far, it’s honestly been truly a week full of laughter as well as learning. Nicole, Sarah, Ja, and Jess have welcomed me wholeheartedly and that has made the transition to living here almost seamless. With them, I have experienced some of my Guatemalan firsts: I used the back of a pick-up as legitimate transportation, I have seen the most amazing lake nestled within a couple of gorgeous mountains, and I spent an afternoon shucking corn with a Guatemalan family, just to name a few.
The beginning of my time here has been wonderful, and I can’t wait for programs to begin in a little over a week!