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Summer 2023 service trip:
construction & renovation in guatemal


In June of 2023, seven Nordhoff LIVE students traveled to Guatemala. Upon arrival, we journeyed to Antigua, where we stayed in homestay with a local family. After learning about the various projects being supported by the local nonprofit we were working with, we began our service project. Throughout our week in Antigua, we were able to assist in the building of two new rooms onto a free medical clinic that focuses on child and maternity care in the town of Alotenango, which was just outside the city of Antigua. During our service work, our team helped to clear the area that the rooms would occupy, dug holes for support beams, mixed cement to support those support beams, painted all the beams and roofing that would be used in the project, built the framing for one of the two rooms and began installing the roofing. 
During our time in Antigua, we were also able to learn about and volunteer at another project supported by the local nonprofit, a Special Needs Home and Hospital, where our group spent some time completing murals on the walls of the facility. 
We left Antigua after our week of service work and traveled to Lake Atitlan. On the way, we explored some Mayan ruins and visited the largest market in Central America. We then spent three days in the Lake Atitlan region, where we took a Mayan cooking class, visited a Mayan women weaving coop, hiked through a nature reserve, and visited several small towns that border the lake, in addition to kayaking in the lake itself. 
After our days of service work, we spent our evenings in Antigua exploring and learning about the culture of the city. Our group learned about the history of Antigua, took a salsa and bachata class, participated in a chocolate making workshop, and visited a nearby organic coffee farm. We ended our week in the city of Antigua with a marimba performance. Before leaving Antigua, we also journeyed to a nearby volcano, Acatenango, and spent a day trekking to the top!


tHANK YOU TO OUR 2022-2023 SPONSORS who made this trip possible: 

Ojai Valley optimist club

cafe boku

Leslie Rule

Ixchel Gladstone

Richard Bolton

charles slosberg

beth hagenlocker

katie frazier

gina pastega

michelle graci

daniel garza

nicole pitarre

william & dianna marks

Raquel Giraldez

Susan crutchfield

John hector

linda burr

Ojai Valley Lions Club

sojka studios

Colonial tree & landscaping

Charlene hartenstein

ken umholtz

anna dang

sara marnell

marian perry

rebecca madrigal

jennifer wright

ken eros

ellen sojka

jennifer erickson

george & susan stockwell

charles young

jim halverson

connie biggers

Rotary Club of Ojai West

kara hooper

monica aparicio

cloud climbers jeep tours

kirsten stoltmann

leslie harris

rikki horne

Dean wigger

george locke

natascha burdeinei

hugh & eliana thacher

Lindsey & Ira Stockwell

Linda Jobman

Allie stockweLl

irene hector

Philip adams

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