Posts Tagged ‘travel’

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

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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.

Girl Gone Travel on Tour with CoEd

Carol makes a friend.


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? 


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.”


CoEd Featured on Huffington Post!

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Featured on Huffington Post

Carol Cain of Girl Gone Travel  has seen a lot. She loves traveling and discovering new adventures along the way. Her latest adventure took her to Guatemala with… wait for it… okay, it is obviously US. We had a hoot and a half with Carol, who has made a successful career out of blogging about her travels. She recently wrote a post featuring CoEd that made it all the way to a lil’ corner of the internet called the Huffington Post.

Read on to discover what Carol deems the best ways to experience Guatemala (spoiler alert: CoEd made the cut!).

Stay in Antigua for a week this summer

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Antigua based Tours

Quaint cobblestone streets, splashes of brightly painted homes, a feeling of stepping into an era long past—that is the beauty of Antigua, Guatemala, and we’re offering you the chance to make this dream world your reality for one entire week, from July 28-August 2, 2015.

A World Heritage Site, Antigua is home to some of the best restaurants and most captivating sights in Guatemala. It’s also a short distance from many of the schools in CoEd’s programs. So join us for this summer’s Snapshot Tour and experience the charm of Antigua while serving in nearby rural schools. (more…)

Why we go to Guatemala

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

We’re happy to welcome our good friend (and über-talented photographer) Rebecca Wilks to Bookmarks today. She’s traveled to Guatemala seven times over the last seven years and has been there to see the student she sponsors grow into a lovely young woman. Her most recent trip held a monumental milestone which Rebecca wanted to share with you. 


Florentina near the end middle school.

Mom was right; the older I get, the faster time goes.  I decided to sponsor Florentina Takez’s studies during my first trip to Guatemala with CoEd seven years ago.  That trip seems like yesterday, but in the interim I’ve gotten my husband Marco hooked on CoEd’s work, Flor has graduated from high school, and we’re starting again with another promising student.


Healing in Guatemala: One Adoptee’s story of return

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

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Brent doesn’t know his real name.

“I don’t know anything about me,” he said. “I don’t exactly know where I was born, what time I was born, what date, I don’t know my real name.” (more…)