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The Trip of a Lifetime: Six girls from AFG’s Adventure Club return from Guatemala and share their experiences

Jul. 6 2016 | Tags: , ,

Thanks to the support of AFG’s generous donors, six girls from AFG’s Adventure Club took a trip to Guatemala this month! During their adventure, the group spent time volunteering at a local school. They also took a quick, deep dive into Guatemalan culture and history.

A Brand New Adventure

The trip lasted eight days and included two days of traveling. The group stayed at Cross-Cultural Solutions (CCS) home base in Tecpán, Guatemala. CCS runs volunteer programs all over the world and provides a safe home base for their volunteers. Stephanie, one of girls who went on the trip, loved staying at CCS, “You could play outside! It had a basketball court; you could play soccer, basketball, and volleyball.”

Each day, the girls volunteered at a local school. They taught English to 2nd-5th grade students and painted murals in the yard. “My favorite volunteer project was teaching English. It was fun showing them and seeing them trying to speak English and their reactions to the words, too,” Stephanie shared. Luzelena, who also went on the trip, enjoyed getting to know the students at the school, “The kids at the school were so loving and nice,” she shared.

A Whole New World

Besides volunteering, the girls were able to learn a lot about Guatemalan culture and history. Some activities they did were: a tour of a local coffee plantation, weaving, pottery, and ceramic lessons, swimming in Lake Atitlan, and much more! “I liked making the pottery,” Luzelena shared. “They got their own rocks and they showed us how to crush and wet it to make into clay. Then the lady made some and we got to make our own little cups!”

Throughout their adventure, each girl got a first-hand look at a culture different from their own, “Here [in the US] it’s so much easier. It’s been modified to make everything easier and there [in Guatemala] it’s harder and takes longer to do everything,” Luzelena remembers. Stephanie agrees, “The clothes were way different!”

One thing is sure; their trip to Guatemala has given them the confidence and desire to travel more in the future! “I would like to go where it is way different than here. I want to go to places that don’t use technology a lot or have big sky scrapers and buildings,” Luzelena dreams. “Like Africa!” Stephanie adds.

We’re Going to Guatemala: Six girls from AFG’s Adventure Club are taking a one week trip to Guatemala

Jun. 2 2016 | Tags: , , ,

Thanks to the support of AFG’s generous donors, including the Born and Raised Detroit Foundation, six girls from AFG’s Adventure Club are traveling to Guatemala this June! The Adventure Club allows young women in AFG’s Prevention programs to have experiences in nature, which aren’t typically available to them in their urban neighborhoods. In the past, Adventure Club trips have included rustic camping, skiing, and a trip to Costa Rica.

Preparing for the Trip of a Lifetime

The girls, all between the ages of 11-14, were chosen because of their improved or high GPAs. Four girls had 4.0 GPAs and two had improved their GPAs by 1.0 or more! “When I found out I was going on the trip, I was excited! I haven’t been to Guatemala and I’ll get to see new stuff that is different than in the US,” Stephanie, one of the girls taking the trip, shares.

This month, the girls and their parents started working with AFG staff to begin preparing for the trip. During their meetings, the group talked about travel vaccinations, etiquette abroad, their itinerary, and more. While on the trip, the young women will enjoy local cuisine, shop at nearby markets, visit Mayan ruins, engage in local volunteer projects, go hiking, swimming, and so much more! “I am looking forward to getting to know the different cultures and the landscapes,” Luzelena dreams.

A Whole New World

Through this experience the girls will experience many new things. Four of the young women have never been on an airplane before!  The goal of the trip is for them to return with a love for learning, a passion for giving, and the confidence needed to live outside of their comfort zones. To follow the girls on their journey, make sure to follow Alternatives For Girls on Facebook and Twitter and to sign up for our e-newsletter!