Sunday, May 22, 2016: Experiencing History & Culture
I woke up today only to see how early the sun rises in Guatemala. The sky was in transition to blue as early as 5 am. I stayed up not knowing what to really expect because I couldn't go back to sleep. As the morning progressed, I soon realized that I was not the only one. Almost everyone had woken up early ready and excited for what was to come. What would we be doing today? Where are we going? What will we see? What should we expect? All these questions were running through our heads in anticipation of the day's plan.
As the day continued, we soon found ourselves taking bus rides on our way to see the history of Guatemala. The first stop was the Cathedral of San Jose. The oldest Cathedral in all of Central America. It was a sight to see and a fantastic tour experience! Next we were taken to the museums where we learned about Mayan culture and history. From there we were taken to go shopping, eat, and tour the city streets. We got back pretty late, but what a great first day to have experienced in Guatemala!
- Miguel Gonzalez, Humanity First student volunteer
Humanity First is registered in 43 countries across 6 continents, and has been working on human development projects and responding to disasters since 1994. These have included the earthquakes in Turkey, Pakistan, Japan and Iran, floods in Africa and Latin America, hurricanes (Katrina and Rita) , tornado's (Kansas) and wild fires (California) in the USA, Indonesia and Bangladesh, and conflicts in Eastern Europe.
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