Posts Tagged ‘FPF’

Friday Photo Fiesta #16: CORP schools from July’s Snapshot

Friday, August 22nd, 2014


This happy edition of Friday Photo Fiesta we want to share a few of the photos from the Culture of Reading Program schools we visited during the Summer Project Tours. We have such hopes for the kiddos at these schools and are excited by the changes we’ve seen in their learning environment already!

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The CORP teachers at El Sitio were grateful to have new bookcases to store their storybooks!

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CORP forms engaged students who are eager to learn!

Guatemalan student (more…)

Friday Photo Fiesta #15: Everyone needs a good belly laugh

Friday, August 1st, 2014


We are of the opinion that laughter can lessen the cultural divide, break through language barriers, and build bridges, so when we are in Guatemala with volunteers (as we are this week), we like to ham it up and squeeze as much laughter and fun into 5 short days as we can. And sometimes we catch it on film camera.

Enjoy this edition of Friday Photo Fiesta – centered all on belly laughs. Hopefully it gives you a good chuckle this Friday!
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Friday Photo Fiesta #14: Summer Reading Fun

Friday, June 27th, 2014

fridayphotofiesta_600Aah, the lazy days of summer. We don’t know about you, but summer always makes us think of lots of free time to get lost in books. Since local libraries are starting their summer reading programs this month, we wanted to share with you some of the things we love about reading in Guatemala for this edition of Friday Photo Fiesta!

Boys reading at El Caman

You can read literally anywhere – just flip a desk over, and pull up a pillow and enjoy!

Minor reading to his students.

Many teachers in Guatemala are amazed to see what happens when they get the kids out of their desks and gather them in close for story time.


Friday Photo Fiesta: Guatemalan Weaving

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Friday Photo Fiesta is back, y’all! Exciting stuff, we know.

Guatemala is known for its colorful and intricate fabrics and weavings. It is indeed rare to find a traveler to Guatemala who can resist the allure of a brightly colored textile (or twenty). Just look at our office (spoiler alert: our walls are covered in textiles)!

The process itself is insanely elaborate–and beautiful, just like the finished product! Check it out…

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Small vendors in the market sell thread for women who weave while at home either for personal use or to sell in the market.



A double dying process allows weavers to create patterns in the weaving based on the spacing of the color blocks.


Friday Photo Fiesta #13: Adventures in Transportation

Friday, December 27th, 2013
Dusty trip to school

In a rare occurance, the busses couldn’t make it up the road to the school. Determined to deliver much needed school resources, everyone jumped into the back of the pickup trucks to make it to the school (almost) on time.

Transportation can be an adventure in itself when we have volunteers with us on a Project Tour.  In a decade and a half of bringing volunteers to Guatemala we’ve seen our staff and volunteers rally to face it all!


If the boat ride across Lake Atitlan wasn’t enough, these volunteers jumped in pickups to reach a remote village to inaugurate a CoEd Computer Center!


FPF #12: Keeping the Fanny Pack Alive Since 1996

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Sometimes CoEd doesn’t know when to quit…like when a style dies. We’re still going strong on zip-off pants (cough, cough, Howard Lobb) and best of all… fanny packs.  For this installation of Friday Photo Fiesta here are a few of our favorite fanny pack photos from over the years.

Because, if you can’t laugh at yourself, life gets boring.

Fanny Pack Styles 2013

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Fanny pack 2012

circa 2012

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The girls are clearly not impressed with Joe’s fanny pack. 2012

fanny pack 2007

circa 2007

2006 fanny pack styles

circa 2006

And I’m pretty sure if we dug through the archives we could find even more evidence that bad style dies hard. But we’ll quit while we’re ahead on this post.

For our next installment? Staff hairstyles through the years.

Friday Photo Fiesta #11: BowTie Cause

Friday, October 18th, 2013

We’ve been a bit quiet over at Bookmarks this week, but that’s because we’re still recovering from the best Fall Fiesta ever! Final numbers will be announced next week, but our preliminary estimates tell the story of how much fun you had. Thanks to you, we had a sellout crowd with us at Paul Brown Stadium on Saturday. Also joining us was former NFL player Dhani Jones and BowTie Cause for the launch of the CoEd Bow Tie! For this edition of Friday Photo Fiesta here are our favorite photos of people in our Bow Tie on Saturday night.

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Dhani with our other guest of honor – Ancelma Ortiz

Did you snap a favorite photo in your own CoEd Bowtie? Post it to our Facebook page and show the world you’re proud to support CoEd and the kids in Guatemala! 

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FPF #10: International Literacy Day

Friday, September 6th, 2013

If you can read this, then you know that September 8th is International Literacy Day. Unfortunately, not everyone has this skill (in fact, more than 774 million adults worldwide cannot read or write). Thanks to YOU, the Guatemalan students below are on the path to literacy, and are gaining a huge life advantage because of the resources and instruction they receive. Thank you for changing their futures every day through your support (actually, they want to say thank you themselves!).

Please enjoy some of our favorite photos of these sweet kiddos falling in love with reading…

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Photo credit: Skyline Images

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Friday Photo Fiesta: UN International Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Today we celebrate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples and the rich culture they bring to our global community. Most of CoEd’s education programs are in schools situated in the highlands of Guatemala, where the vibrant Mayan culture springs forth. Enjoy this edition of Friday Photo Fiesta as we salute our favorite indigenous peoples – the Mayans.

Indigenous mothers

young Mayan girl

Mayan girls in the textbook program (more…)

Quotables: A Community That Reads…

Friday, July 19th, 2013

We’ve got quotes on quotes on quotes for this week’s installment of Friday Photo Fiesta. Let the wise words of the following Guatemalan principals (and John Steinbeck, of course) inspire you – enjoy!

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Do you have any favorite quotes about education?