Archive for the ‘CoEd Project Tours’ Category

CoEd Staff Share Their Essential Guatemala Travel Items

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Ever wondered what our seasoned, Guatemala-trotting staff make sure to always pack when they head to the Land of Eternal Spring? This month we took a survey to find out. Check out our favorite travel items and get excited for your next (or first!) Guatemalan adventure.

(Psst—We’ve got three summer tours for you, but they’re filling up fast! Better sign up quick.)

Guatemala Volunteer Travel

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Introducing: The Heritage Tour!

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Guatemala adoption family travel

Guess what, everyone? This summer we’ll be piloting a NEW KIND OF TOUR to Guatemala and we are SO EXCITED for our first run! In our 20 years of leading trips to Guatemala, we’ve had plenty of adoptive families on board, but we are thrilled to now offer these families a special tour designed just for them. Our new Heritage Tour will offer families and individuals who are connected to Guatemala through adoption a unique opportunity to reconnect with the country alongside other families that are doing the same.

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Our favorite time of the year – February Project Tours

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Like Christmas or summer vacation, we eagerly anticipate the February tour season each year. We spend a jam packed few weeks with supporters delivering books, inaugurating computer labs, reading with students, and meeting scholarship students. Bus rides into the countryside give us a chance to build deep relationships with you and truly know how deep your generosity goes. It’s always a memorable month! Since we just wrapped up another February tour season, we want to share with you some of the highlights from the month.

And maybe—just maybe—it will inspire you to join us this summer! 

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Scholarship sponsors and students were reunited, sharing in the most affectionate of hugs.

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Now just try to tell me you don’t want to come meet your scholarship student.

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2017 Sneak Peek

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Are you excited for 2017 with Guatemalan students yet!? 2015 was #Awesomeyear, 2016 was even better, and 2017 is gonna be the best yet. Take a peek at what lies in store for you, CoEd supporters:

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Inaugurating our new Education Center, which will consolidate our staff offices in the very heart of the country, helping us be a more together, more efficient poverty-busting team! (We also got some cool bonus features like solar panels and teacher-training rooms.)

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Isn’t it pretty?

Paola tries out our new Ed Center.

Student approved.

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5 Guatemalan Festivals You Just Can’t Miss

Friday, September 16th, 2016

One of the reasons we travel is to experience different cultures, change our perspectives, and—hopefully—learn. Today we’re here to ask you: What better way to do that than party with the locals? That’s right, PARTY! Guatemala is absolutely rich with cultural celebrations, which inspired us to put together this list of

Guate Festivals

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The Top 6 Moments from Our August Snapshot Tour

Monday, August 15th, 2016

If you’ve never been on a Cooperative for Education project tour, you’ve probably got a vague notion of what it’s like–we visit schools, interact with students, learn about the programs, and experience some Guatemalan culture along the way. But as this month’s tour participants expressed, tour is SO MUCH BETTER than you could ever imagine.

“What did we do this week?” participant Charlene Brush asked (rhetorically) on the last day. “We were alive.”

So without further ado we would like to present–

The Top 6 Moments from Our August Snapshot Tour

(A Visual Journey)

6) This little Culture of Reading Program student gave us ALL of the hugs and it was magical:

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Girl Gone Travel on CoEd Project Tours and the Thousand Girls Initiative

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Carol Cain experienced extreme poverty as a child. Years later, she came on tour with us as a professional travel blogger (that’s right, we’re talking about the fabulous Girl Gone Travel) and saw the effect that our Scholarship and Youth Development Program has on young women in Guatemala.

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Carol makes a friend.

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Top 10 Moments from February Tours

Monday, March 14th, 2016

Are we the only ones who are sad that we’re not still in Guatemala with everyone? The schools! The kids! The sunny weather and adventures!

While we may have to wait a few months before heading back to Guate, we can reminisce all we want about the tours we just finished. Without further ado, here are our top 10 tour moments of February 2016:

10. An internationally renowned artist, who also happens to be a teacher at the CORP school we were inaugurating, gave a beautiful painting to the sponsors as a token of the school’s gratitude.
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5 Places You Can’t Miss in Antigua, Guatemala

Friday, November 20th, 2015


Please welcome guest blogger and staff member Amanda Wirthlin to this corner of the internet. After living in Antigua, Guatemala for a few years she uncovered a few favorite haunts which Lonely Planet might not mention. Why not extend your Snapshot Tour a day or two and visit a few? 

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Amanda on her return trip to Guatemala as a CoEd staff member.

Having lived in Antigua for a couple of years, I was giddy with excitement to travel back to Guatemala, my second home, over the summer. This time was different though—I had joined the CoEd staff a few months earlier and this was my first chance to really get to know some of my co-workers and a whole bunch of marvelous CoEd supporters.

No better way to get to know the people you work with, right? I’m sure they grew tired of me saying things like “Can we stop in here really quick? This guy always sells the best mangos,” or “Hey, that’s the guy I was telling you about!” as a man on a motorcycle rides by with his dog balancing on the back seat like a pro. (True story. I’ve seen him on more than one occasion and it never becomes less amusing.) Such a strange and wonderful living experience—like any place, not without a few bumps in the road, but the streets are made of cobblestone, so what do you expect?

As I was thinking of all of the “can’t miss” places in Antigua, I tried to steer clear of dinner spots. Not to downplay the importance of food research—trust me, there are some amazing meals to be had in Antigua, but also some not-so-amazing, so look those up after you are finished here—but this is just no such list. I want to share with you a few things to do and see between meals… (more…)

Behind the Scenes: CoEd featured on Girl Gone Travel

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

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Remember our new friend Carol Cain? She traveled to Guatemala with us on the Snapshot Tour and has gone and given us some love from her corner of the internet. Carol writes,

“I met principals and teachers who go without getting paid for months, yet come to work everyday to educate the children who count on their guidance to move forward. I saw excitement in children’s eyes as they opened the pages of a newly donated book and read the words for the first time. I heard students both still in the programs and as graduates, talk about how CoEd changed their lives and made their dreams come true. And I saw CoEd leaders, many of them former students in the programs, as well as active members in the communities where they live and work in, talk about the pride they have in their work and their passion for the same.”

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