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Picturing Ixchel, the Mayan Goddess of Weaving
Picturing Ixchel, the Mayan Goddess of Weaving

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Jun 03, 2019

The ancient Mayan pantheon is expansive. I say 'is', rather than 'was', because for many communities in Guatemala, Mayan beliefs and ceremonial practices are still part of daily life, co-existing alongside the Catholicism that's now the state's primary religion. Active Mayan altars can be found all over the country, including at a number of ruin sites of ancient Mayan towns, like Iximche, near Tecpan.

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Expectations vs. Reality
Expectations vs. Reality

By Coordinator - Volunteers on May 01, 2019

“Expectations vs. reality…” This is the simple yet complex mantra I’ve been whispering to myself over and over my last month here in Xela, while also chuckling about it under my breath and sharing impression...

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Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Guatemala
Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Guatemala

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Apr 01, 2019

Mayan Culture meets Catholicism Have you ever been in Guatemala during Easter? If so, then you know it is can be quite the event. A cozy hardboiled egg breakfast at home or your mother’s best Easter egg hun...

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Violence in Guatemala
Violence in Guatemala

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Mar 04, 2019

Combatting Violence in Guatemala March is a special month for the fight against violence in Guatemala. On the 13th and 31st, the National Day Against Violence towards Minors and the Day of National Dignity ...

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Maize: the epicenter of Maya culture
Maize: the epicenter of Maya culture

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Feb 01, 2019

Maize was one of the most important things in the Maya culture, and not only regarding diet. Here, we will see other roles of maize in Maya civilization. The base of food and agriculture The ancient May...

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The Temazcal: Rebirth and New Beginnings
The Temazcal: Rebirth and New Beginnings

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Jan 08, 2019

As we step into a new year, we often reflect on the passing year, and look forward to the new year, a fresh start. Perhaps you made a New Year’s resolution, started that new project you had out on hold or ma...

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slow fashion weaving a scarf in Guatemala
Wisdom from a Backstrap Weaving Lesson

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Dec 07, 2018

Has this ever happened to you – in your process of growth, to stumble upon by-products of your efforts and actions that in your perception have no resemblance or connection to the final outcome? It has happened to me to dismiss some of them because I did not find them helpful or good enough for my growth. That day, during the weaving lesson, I reminded myself that small outcomes count, even when they don’t look like they do – they are stepping stones of progress.  

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Ancient tongues: The languages of our weavers
Ancient tongues: The languages of our weavers

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Oct 31, 2018

Although Spanish is Guatemala’s most widely-spoken language, it’s not the native tongue of every guatemalteco. Alongside Mexico, Peru and Bolivia, Guatemala has one of the highest Indigenous populations in Latin America. Nowadays, many of the country’s 24 indigenous (and official) languages are still widely spoken. 

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Guatemalan Independence Day!
Guatemalan Independence Day!

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Oct 04, 2018

Each year Guatemalans are very passionate about celebrating their freedom and events leading up to the anniversary are festive and feverishly proud. Festivities are held around the country showing the patriotism of the Guatemalan people, you will find blue and white all over the houses and buildings and flags too!

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Sustainable Solutions to Textile Sourcing
Sustainable Solutions to Textile Sourcing

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Aug 01, 2018

Guatemala is the birthplace of the Mayan civilisation, the presence of which is still made very visible today. Towns and cities all across the country are rich with the vibrant colours of Mayan clothing and...

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San Juan Cotzal – Weaving in the Wake of War
San Juan Cotzal – Weaving in the Wake of War

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Jul 01, 2018

For centuries, the Maya population in Guatemala has been subordinated by rulers and forced to adapt to extreme challenges. In recent years, damage to those of Maya descent has stemmed from the Guatemalan Ci...

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A look into the natural dyes of San Juan
A look into the natural dyes of San Juan

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Jun 02, 2018

San Juan is one of the few villages left around Guatemala that dyes its yarn naturally. The natural yarn process is fascinating. It is incredible that such vibrant colours can be achieved in a completely nat...

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