Category: Step Reports

From Pamézabal to Puerta

After a lovely and relaxing rest week in Monterrico, we headed off refreshed to our new project. We arrived in Guatemala City on the Sunday and got settled into the church building that’ll be our home for the next two months. We enjoyed exploring the building, as there are so many random rooms – great … Continued

Saying Goodbye

We entered our last week in Pamézabal with mixed emotions: we couldn’t believe how quickly the time had gone, we were sad about the people we knew we wouldn’t see for some time, and concerned about how we were going to organise ourselves with so much planned. We started back at construction on Monday morning … Continued

From Construction to Crêpes

We’ve been enjoying seeing the progress being made in construction this week. The final concrete layer in one of the rooms has already been completed – and in only a couple of days! It’e been amazing seeing all the work coming along, and it has given us the energy for a final push at making … Continued

Happenings

Considering that this time last week we didn’t know what this week was going to look like, we have somehow managed to do a lot! After catching a glimpse of the eclipse (very cool, but slightly underwhelming!), some of us went with the Pastor to the abandoned church we discovered last week. A family from … Continued

Meeting new people

While families in the UK woke up to hot cross buns and chocolate eggs on Easter Sunday, we woke up to a spontaneous shopping trip! The few of us who were awake at 7am left the others to fend for themselves and set off on what would become a whole-morning outing. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find … Continued

Semana Santa

This week was Holy Week (Semana Santa) in Guatemala! There’s lots of traditional food, including really amazing Semana Santa sweet bread, and some kind of sweet coffee and caramel chickpea concoction (we weren’t a massive fan). The churches all have decorations out: dried fruits and lights. However, the Catholic churches here tend to do a … Continued

Settling in

Our second week (beginning Friday 15th March) got off to a good start with the best breakfast we’d had yet: eggy bread with delicious porridge. That only changed when we were made pancakes a few days later (thanks Hannah!). Saturday was our rest day, and our host family took us to Lake Atitlán, much to … Continued

Beginnings….

We’ve had an amazing first week settling into our first project in rural Guatemala! After meeting at Heathrow at 2.30 am, we managed to arrive safely in Guatemala City, where we were welcomed by Maddie, our Short-term Coordinator. The next afternoon we set off for our first project, staring out of the bus window with … Continued

Colombia Step Report #1

Our first week in Colombia has been an exciting experience but took a while to adjust to the heat and way of life! 01/08/23 On the first day of work, we visited a primary school where the children were learning English. We were greeted with many smiley faces and hugs! We met children from each … Continued