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That’s it! It’s a wrap. Al final. By now, students have traveled on to their respective places that they call home. Saying goodbye to them was bittersweet, sad to see…
Sarah Spirek here! As our semester comes to a close, I just wanted to write a few closing comments for our trip. We have all learned so much, some of…
We spent our last week in Costa Rica at KUEMAR, a turtle rescue project. It was hard work, but it paid off with our once in a lifetime experiences! Every…
Sailor and Sarah here! Our group spent the last week volunteering at a permaculture farm called CIRENAS. Due to a recent donation, they were able to build a hatchery and…
The group had a wonderful week at CIRENAS, learning about sustainability, permaculture, and turtles! A few photos from their adventures, with more updates to come:
Kaylee wrote an article about…
By Rachel and Sarah
First week in Costa Rica! We had a pleasant early morning flight last Sunday and a short bus ride to the city of Turrialba. Meeting our…
By Sarah and Madeleine
Howdy from your southern belles, Sarah and Madeleine!
We arrived in Flores Wednesday and met our contact Deiter who gave us some introductory information about Flores…
Walking up through the jungle to the site.
Climbing one of the steep pyramids.
We made it to the top!
Learning from our guide Dieter about the history of the
By Nico & Sophie
Hey everyone! We just finished up a beautiful week on the beach in the small village of El Paredon. We spent our time with an organization…
By Asia and Ethan
Asia and Ethan checking in after this very busy week! It started out with a bumpy ride to Cerro De Oro where we experienced a yoga…
Work at G22.
Group shot inside the new family home.
Mangrove Tour in El Paredon.
Acatenango hikers at the trailhead.
Turtle releasing on the beach in El Paredon.
By Camille and Kaylee
Camille and Kaylee here to refresh you on the adventures of the Carpe Diem Maya group. This week we were happy to return to Xela to…
By Sailor and Daniel
This Sunday we arrived at the mountain school in Fatima and Nuevo San Jose. Fatima is a community of ex-finca (plantation) workers, who were displaced…
Sophie and Sarah practicing their communication skills calling Brian & Ellen from a pay phone.
Camile, Asia, Dan, and Nico in the central square in Xela.
Rachel, Kaylee, and Asia…
By Rachel, Madeleine, and Harrison
Hola! Aqui en Xela! We are happily cruising around in the Independence Day celebrations. Last night we walked around in the city square and watched…
By Daniel, Kaylee, and Asia
We started our day with a traditional Guatemalan breakfast, which included scrambled eggs, avocado, fried plantains, and black beans. Muy delicioso! From there,…
By Sailor, Nico, and Camille
This is Sailor, Nico, and Camille writing from an internet cafe in Xela, Guatemala. After a rough ride getting here, we finally made it…
By Sarah, Ethan, and Sophie
Ethan, Sophie, and I (Sarah) are in POPs getting ice cream. Ethan and Sophie practiced their Spanish while ordering. We did a scavenger hunt throughout…
The MAYA group arrived safely in Guatemala! They’ve got their bags and are now aboard their shuttle bus—en route to Quetzaltenango—where they’ll spend the next few days. They are looking…
By Program Director Heather Vaught
Embodying the Carpe spirit together! Ready to embark on a whirlwind adventure through Central America.…