Volunteer Connections- Giving

In this first post of API’s new “Volunteer Connections” series, Emmy, an API study abroad alum and recent volunteer in Guatemala, shares her story. “Giving” by Emmy  Outside the international arrivals section of the Guatemala City airport, a metal gate herded excited families. Faces, arms, and hands stretched beyond the metal barrier. I scanned the […]

A Trip To Guatemala

¨I feel as though the cardboard box of my own reality has been flattened and blown open. Now I can see the edge of the world.¨ – Tom Hiddleston Buenos from Guatemala! I have now been in Guatemala on a short trip to visit my friend Iris who studied abroad at my school last year. […]

API Staff Profile: Carolyn Boudreau, Program Representative

“When reflecting on my experiences in Latin America, especially my time volunteering in Guatemala, I realize that you don’t need an abundance of things in your life to be happy. Interacting with happy people who live on so much less than I do on a daily basis has proven that.” This revelation comes from Carolyn […]

The rest of my time in Guatemala

Okay so first off, let me apologize for letting so much time go by without checking in. I’ve just been keeping very busy, trying to fit everything in. I’ve had this post well on it’s way for over a week now so finally here it is! To catch up, I’ll go day by day… Friday, […]

First Day of Class, First Day of Volunteer Work & Volcán Pacaya

So, I left off just as I was about to go to my first Spanish lesson. I am taking afternoon classes for four hours with my teacher Helen. One-on-one Spanish lessons are offered, which is perfect because although I feel confident in my Spanish speaking abilities, there is always room for improvement. Helen and I […]

Travels & My First Day in Guate!

Well, here I am! Halfway through my first day in Guatemala. So far it has been absolutely wonderful but first let me start at the beginning – 4:30am yesterday. I stayed at my friend Georgi’s apartment in Boston the night before and at 4:30am I got a taxi to the airport. I got my boarding […]

Matters of Scale

CE by API and Royal Oaks Alumnus Delaney Ryan reflects on the meaning of service work; and how works great and small matter. For our last real day of service of the trip, we finished painting the walls of the school we started a few days ago. It was kind of a nice project because […]