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July 19, 2018

During a morning hike to the Maya Jaguar schools on our recent trip to Guatemala, my daughter spotted a gorgeous butterfly with vibrant purple and yellow wings.  As we scrambled along the rocky jungle trail trying to get a better glimpse, we noticed that the color vani...

June 18, 2018

My family and I have had the good fortune to volunteer in many service projects over the past 25 years in Guatemala and Belize. From building a school, to assisting in medical clinics and digging a well for water in Belize, as well as undertaking projects in Guatemala’...

May 28, 2018

Adopt-a-Village in Guatemala is bringing impactful change to the lives of impoverished young women. Last year, we built a beautiful new dorm for poor indigenous girls at Adopt-A Village’s Maya Jaguar Educational Center that has benefited dozens of youth....

September 30, 2017

For the first time in his seven years, Diego arrived at the table to find something green and orange on his dinner plate. Carrots and cabbage. They were sitting there alongside the customary black beans and tortillas. He looked up at this mother, who smiled back at him...

September 17, 2017

She sat on a low wooden stool in the darkened kitchen of her family’s crudely constructed hut, garbed in her own hand woven exquisitely detailed blouse that seemed to shimmer with its fine jewel-like patterns in the shadows. Maria lives with her parents and seven siste...

September 4, 2017

“Eco-friendly—sustainable—green,” remark our visitors with amazement when they visit the twin middle and high schools at the remote mountain Maya Jaguar campus. Why their surprise?

Perhaps they expected to find our schools like those they had observed while traveling th...

August 8, 2017

The dusty mountain road stretched ahead.  I could see up ahead that it was blocked again, this time with a frayed rope hung across it, unlike the rusty chain I’d encountered at the last guard post a few miles back.   If I was counting correctly, this would be the sixth...

April 25, 2017

After completing 13 years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala after my retirement from the Air Force, I thought I had seen most of Guatemala, and knew about nonprofit development work in a third world country.  However, when I volunteered for Adopt-a-Village in Gua...

April 11, 2017

I met him at the gate.  He was an unannounced youth of some 20 years, wearing a threadbare shirt and pants that hung on his thin frame, with cheap rubber boots, torn away from the soles that invited the road’s dust inside to his feet.  In his left hand, he carried an u...

March 14, 2017

Adopt-a-Village’s Maya Jaguar Campus was bustling with excitement last week when three self-described “back to the land vintage volunteers” arrived to lay the foundation for our new girls’ dormitory.

In early March, Gary Owens, 68, an active volunteer with Adopt-a-Villa...

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