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10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY TRIP 2019

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10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY TRIP 2019

Join SERES in March 2019 to celebrate our 10 year anniversary of working in Central America. We invite you to join us in a unique week-long celebration scheduled for 17 – 23 March, 2019. This eye-opening tour will help you learn more about ways in which SERES and our network of young community leaders are working hard to build a more resilient and sustainable future for Guatemala’s youth.

ABOUT THE 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY JOURNEY

This week in Guatemala has been curated to provide a rich and meaningful exploration of Mayan culture for you and your family. Together we will explore this country while learning more about the complex challenges faced by youth in the region, getting to know the stories of inspiring young change makers who are making a difference in their communities.

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Our week long trip will begin when you arrive in the old colonial city of Antigua, Guatemala, a stunning World Heritage UNESCO site full of ruins, restaurants, boutiques and colorful markets. Plan to arrive early on Sunday to witness the lenten procession in the afternoon of the holy statues from the Santa Ines Iglesia. We will finish the evening with a group dinner at a restaurant serving Guatemalan food.

On Monday, we will visit the area impacted by the Volcan Fuego near our Agro-Ecology Project. The land, high above the lava flow, is the space we created for the farmers of the communities to reconnect with the land and heal after the devastating eruption. The land serves as a biodiversity corridor supporting multiple micro climates with vast potential for cultivation and will become an income producing farm.

To further understand the dynamics of the communities in recovery, Tuesday we will visit the displaced communities and join in an activity with our Pathways to Resilliance participants. Wednesday will see us headed to Lake Atitlan with a stop in Tecpán to visit one of our community HUBs and explore Iximché, the ancient capital of the Kaqchikel Mayans.

Lake Atitlán, situated in the Guatemalan Highlands of the Sierra Madre mountain range,  is a lake in a massive volcanic crater ringed by steep, verdant hills, that is known for its Mayan villages and volcanoes with striking pointed cones. While there we will be welcomed by the family of Abigail Quic, SERES Sustainability Ambassador and Guatemalan Program Coordinator, at their home in San Juan la Laguna, Atitlan. We will share a meal with them, tour their home and learn more about Abigail’s vision for San Juan’s first sustainable home.

After two nights on the lake, we will head back to Antigua on Friday morning and join the larger Antigua community for a dinner celebrating the 10th Anniversary of SERES. Saturday we will provide transfers to the Guatemala City airport.

If you are interested in registering or joining our waiting list, please contact us.

“No other institution or organization is offering such holistic and safe learning spaces as SERES does. Thanks for everything.”

Marta Vargas, SERES Ambassador

“SERES means a lot in my life. It’s a circle of friendship for learning, transformation and personal growth. It’s a place of trust and confidence. As a SERES facilitator, I get to transmit all of this to other people”

Wilson Sánchez, SERES Facilitator

“The tools that SERES teaches us help us to replicate the work in our communities…we can reach more people, empower more youth, and make our action plans at the local level known at the regional level.”

Julio Tojín, SERES Ambassador

“The spaces that SERES provides are places where we can be our full selves – the good and the bad – and that’s always something to appreciate. I feel valued because here it’s not your academic achievements that make a person, it’s the way you think and your ability to keep going…”

Gaspar Laines Juil

“I have felt included and connected from the minute that I became involved (in SERES). It has helped me grow in my own personal leadership. SERES never tells me what to do, but they support me to make the decisions that are right for me.”

Axel Salanic

“To feel that I’m a part of a movement at the level of UNESCO has confirmed for me that I am doing valuable things. I’m fortunate to belong to this global movement for action”

Antonio Cruz Sanchez, SERES co-founder
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