At the end of June 2008, my friend Kathy and I joined my
brother and 3 of his friends (Deshawn, Jennifer & Kirstan)
for a volunteer trip to Guatemala. As many of you already
know, my brother has been doing international volunteer
work for many, many years now, but this was my first time
joining him. It won't be my last!
While we were there, we built two houses, helped serve
dinner at the homeless shelter in Antigua one night, and
visited a malnutrition center for children. We stayed with a
local family in Antigua during the volunteer portion of our
The six of us were divided into two teams, which is why we
built two houses. "Team Juan" consisted of me, Deshawn,
Kirstan, Desiree and Hannah (a mother and daughter from
North Dakota). Juan was our team leader from the
"Team Eddie" consisted of Chris, Kathy, Jennifer, Molly, Tess
(Hannah's sisters from North Dakota) and John. Their
leader was "Crazy" Eddie. While we were there, I discovered
that Molly was in the Peace Corps in Bolivia with my friend,
Brooke, who lives here in Atlanta. It really is a small world.
We had 3 days at the end of the trip after the volunteer
portion was done to explore Antigua, visit a coffee finca and
spend a night at the Earth Lodge in the mountains
Guatemala is an amazing place, and I can't wait to go back.