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My Experience in Guatemala: Jamie

As Told by Jamie, Resident at Kokua

Sunday, June 2nd.

Brief synopsis of the day:

Today I got up early and did some yoga. For breakfast we had pancakes. In the afternoon we made 4 boxes and Juan ended the last box, with a touching speech about how immaculate the last box was and how successful it was going to be. Headed back to Pana, we rode a chicken bus. Once we got back, we cleaned up and went to dinner, which was delicious street tacos. We finished the day with a productive 10-step.

What were some of the highlights of the day?

One highlight of the day for me was Juan’s speech at the last box. It made me feel really accomplished. Another was 10 step at the end of the day. Everyone was real honest and vulnerable and the group was really productive.

What were some challenges the group faced?

Some challenges the group faced were staying engaged in building the boxes and breaking the language barrier.

How did you meet/work through those challenges?

We worked through the challenges by holding each other accountable and using body language to communicate.

What did you learn from those challenges?

From working through these challenges I learned to communicate through body language and use more creative problem solving.

First impressions of the room and the company you are working with:

My impression of the people we worked with today was that they were extremely grateful for us. My first impression of the chicken bus was that it was rough. I had to pee really bad so that probably impacted my first impression.

How did you meet your goals today?

I met my goals really well today even though I did not have a clear opportunity to work on them.

Is there anything you can do better?

I can work on being a better mentor to all of my peers.

Ken Huey

Upon graduating from Purdue with a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Dr. Huey worked as a therapist, Clinical Director, and Business Development Director in residential treatment. Dr. Huey was always drawn to the large population of adoptees in residential treatment (he is adopted himself). He ultimately became convinced that this population needed specialty care and in November of 2006, Dr. Huey founded Calo. Calo grew to a 200 plus employee organization with about the same numbers of teen clients served each year. He sold Calo and retired in June of 2015. He came out of retirement in 2017 and founded Kokua Recovery, trauma-informed residential drug and alcohol treatment with sites in Colorado.

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