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The Day of the Dead in Guatemala: a journey through spirituality and Mayan traditions

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Nov 02, 2020

The Day of the Dead, Dìa de Los Muertos in Spanish, is a traditional celebration that occurs on November 1 throughout Latin America, corresponding to the Christian day of All Saints. Originally descending fr...

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Elote Flavour
Elote Flavour

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Oct 05, 2020

Corn - also known as elote - has graced Guatemalan culture for generations. According to Mayan mythology, God created man and woman from a seed of corn. To this day, Guatemalan people cherish this staple cro...

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Guatemalan Food Markets in the Time of COVID
Guatemalan Food Markets in the Time of COVID

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Sep 01, 2020

Guatemalan food markets are a national institution. Bustling and sprawling, lining roads and street corners, freighted with fruit and vegetables, they are where Guatemalans come together. At a Guatemalan foo...

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Group of smiling Mayan weavers, dressed in red and blue traditional huipil and corte, from an Indigenous Community of the Guatemalan Highlands
Indigenous Cultures: An Incredible Richness to be Safeguarded

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Aug 07, 2020

It is estimated that in the world there are more than 5000 indigenous populations, numbering at least 370 million people who live in 70 different nations. The recognition of indigenous people's rights is the...

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Traditional clothing in Santa Maria de Jesus
Unravelling the traditions of Guatemalan clothing

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Jul 13, 2020

Guatemala is internationally recognised for the unique style of traditionally crafted fabrics, such as those lovingly produced at Trama Textiles. Despite the influences of globalisation, the indigenous peopl...

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Soothe Your Mind With Guatemalan Worry Dolls
Soothe Your Mind With Guatemalan Worry Dolls

By Coordinator - Volunteers on May 31, 2020

During the past few months, many of us have done our fair share of worrying. In addition to worries over contracting the virus, some people may be experiencing financial pressures, loneliness and cabin fever...

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Hidden Battles in the Fight Against Covid-19
Hidden Battles in the Fight Against Covid-19

By Coordinator - Volunteers on May 07, 2020

There are few of us who have not been impacted in some way by the Covid-19 pandemic. In poverty-stricken Mayan communities, however, the combined impact of the virus and the measures put in place to combat i...

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Mayan Hammocks: The Divine Way to Recline
Mayan Hammocks: The Divine Way to Recline

By Coordinator - Volunteers on May 07, 2020

The Mayan people have been known to refer to the hammock as the ‘gift from the gods.’  As the global fight against the spread of COVID-19 continues, many of us are experiencing rising pressures which may be ...

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Health is a Human Right: Introducing our ALMAYA Fund
Health is a Human Right: Introducing our ALMAYA Fund

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Apr 07, 2020

‘Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care’. - Article 25, the Universal Declaration...

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Solidarity is Good for Your Health
Solidarity is Good for Your Health

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Apr 07, 2020

Most people would agree that life would be significantly more challenging, and not nearly as much fun, without the love and support of our family, friends and the people in our community. The notion that ‘no...

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Boost Your Health With Hot Cacao of the Mayan Gods
Boost Your Health With Hot Cacao of the Mayan Gods

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Apr 07, 2020

(Feature Image: Mayan cacao vessel, 7th-8th century. John L. Severance Fund / Wikimedia Commons) At a time where many of us are self-isolating due to the threat of COVID-19, encountering uncertainty and worr...

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Celebrating International Women's Day
Celebrating International Women's Day

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Mar 06, 2020

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Laura Pickerill one of our current volunteers, decided to interview each of the other volunteers to explore their views on the global feminist movement in 2020, to dis...

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