Margaret Amara on Returning to Her Daughter’s Birth Country

Last month, you read about Kelsey Amara’s travels back to Guatemala, the country of her birth. She made her first return trip with her parents Margaret and Mark in 2004 and her second as a solo journey in 2017. The Amaras were one of the first adoptive families...

Kelsey Amara on Returning to Guatemala

“How would I feel when, as an adult, I walked through that door?” This is the question that wouldn’t leave Kelsey Amara’s mind as she prepared to travel back to Guatemala, the country where she was born, on Cooperative for Education’s 2017 Heritage Tour. “As an...

Mental Health Therapist Tisha Way Gaynor on Heritage Trips

Here at Cooperative for Education (CoEd), we believe in connecting people across countries. We believe that encountering the diversity of humanity changes us for the better. It’s a big part of the reason we invite you to visit Guatemala on our project tours each year....

One Mom’s Legacy to Her Daughter’s Birth Country

Remember Berta Alicia, the girl who simply refused to give up on her dreams? As with every CoEd scholarship student, her path to success was paved by a key player in her life: her sponsor. Nearly a decade ago, Carrie Schmidt decided to adopt a child from Guatemala....

Healing in Guatemala: One Adoptee’s story of return

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.” After spending the first years of life in...