On July 2nd, the Asturias Academy had a volunteer group from the United Methodist Church in Rockford, Illinois come help teach our students about the importance of HEALTH: the Academy’s generative theme for the month of July. Not only was the group comprised of UMC members, but many of them were nurses and nursing students who were able to provide valuable knowledge. With them, they brought great enthusiasm and $5,000 worth of medical supplies for the school’s health clinic project. The group helped students learn about proper hand washing, toothbrushing, and taking care of their eyes. The group ended their week by organizing and labeling all the medical supplies they brought with them, so that the Academy’s new health clinic can operate as efficiently as possible.
In addition to volunteering with the Academy’s children, the Development team here at the Asturias Academy made sure that the group enjoyed Guatemala to the fullest extent. Upon arrival, the group was taken to a coffee plantation to see just how some of the best Guatemalan coffee is harvested. After days of volunteering, the group was taken on excursions to neighboring towns around Xela. The first town they visited, Salcaja, is a weaving village in Guatemala where prominent Guatemalan textiles are made entirely by hand. The group was also taken to a nearby town called Cantel, where they visited a glass factory and learned about the local crops and farming methods. Last but not least, the group went to beautiful Lake Atitlan on the last leg of their trip, where they kayaked and rode horses amongst breath-taking scenery.
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