During Spring Break this year, I traveled with my wife, Lisa, and two daughters to Guatemala for a family vacation and to visit the school that our family supports for the organization Lets Be Ready. We had a great time! If you have never traveled to Guatemala- please consider it. Not only is it very inexpensive for Americans to travel there, the country is simply gorgeous with its mountains and Mayan culture. You would be hard pressed to find a prettier city than Antigua.
That being said, our primary purpose was to both deliver school supplies that we collected and to pay a visit to our school in Patzicia. The teacher at our Lets Be Ready School, Nery, is fantastic. He writes us every month with an update and send pictures regarding what the students have been doing. He is making amazing progress with these rural Pre K Mayan children . We received a hero's welcome upon arrival (although I consider the Lets Be Ready staff and teachers to be the true heros!) and had fun interacting with all the students. Nery gave a short speech on the importance of the work and how grateful the community was for our donations. Next, some of the mothers gave a short talk , expressing their gratitude. Nery insisted that I offer a few word in my halting Spanish.
My twin 13 year old daughters had grumbled earlier about going on a "cultural " trip, but I can assure you they thoroughly enjoyed themselves and "got it" that what they were doing was not only important for the school but for their own personal development.
This is my 5th consecutive year to visit both Guatemala and "our" school. I look forward to the trip every year and enjoy some of the simple fundraisers we do back home to raise money. I am certain that we (the Reed family) are getting as much out of our trip as the Guatemalans are. If not more.