Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Climbing to New Heights

Every day in Guatemala is filled with new adventures and surprises, but nothing has compared to my past weekend. Climbing Volcan Tajumulco, the highest peak in Central America, takes the cake thus far as one my most challenging conquests, and I know my fellow interns would agree. As if 14,000 feet wasn’t intimidating enough, the weather turned out to be our biggest enemy. Fighting to hike up and down Tajumulco inside of a cold, rainy cloud was challenging, at times never-ending, but most importantly, the most rewarding experience of my life. It taught me that I could push myself further physically and emotionally than I ever thought possible. Also, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but the most relaxing part of my weekend was sitting on a chicken bus. What I will remember the most from this weekend in Guatemala is the endless laughter and consistent motivation from some of the best girls I have ever met.

I was also very excited about helping to plan this week’s art lesson for our students in Chaquijyá!  I chose the project, and Sarah helped me to implement it. The students created their own bouquet of flowers, inspired by the Picasso painting “Hand with Flowers.” It felt very rewarding to see my project being successfully executed in the classroom, and I think all of the students had fun creating their bouquets!


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