Day One in Guatemala
As Told by Mike, a Resident at Kokua
We packed at 10 pm on Friday night and our flight was at 1 am on Saturday morning. We had a layover at Miami. Our flight from Denver landed in Miami at 7 am on Saturday morning. Our next flight was not until 11 am, so we slept in the terminal until our flight to Guatemala. After landing in Guatemala City, we were greeted by someone from Cultiva who was waiting to drive us to our home for the week.
What were some of the highlights of the day?
Some highlights of the day were the van ride to where we are staying, getting to Guatemala and seeing the city we were staying in for the first time. When we landed in Guatemala, we all felt a brotherly connection due to traveling internationally together. The van ride was interesting because we got to see so many different parts of the countryside. Arriving at Lake Attitlan was a highlight, too, because after all the anticipation, we finally got to see the house we were staying in.
What were some of the challenges of the day?
We did face some challenges. One of the challenges we encountered was a lack of sleep. With everyone being so sleep deprived, it was easy to get short with people and snap at them. Another challenge we faced was being out of place in a different country. Another challenge was that we couldn’t flush toilet paper there, so we have to put used toilet paper in the trash!
How did you work through those challenges?
We worked through the challenge of being sleep deprived by trying to communicate what we needed from each other.
What did you learn from working through those challenges?
We did learn things about ourselves and about each other while working through the challenges. We learned about how to repair our relationships after getting into arguments with each other.
First impressions of the country? Sights/sounds/smells, etc.?
When I first stepped out of the airport in Guatemala City, the first thing I thought was how crowded it was. I saw government propaganda, lots of pop American culture and lots of white smoke coming from cars and buses. The only thing I could smell was gasoline.
What were your group goals for the week?
A mutual group goal was to have a positive attitude and not get in any arguments.
How did you meet those goals?
We achieved this by communicating with each other.