Posts Tagged ‘Friday Photo Fiesta’

Friday Photo Fiesta: Best of Tours 2015 {link up}

Friday, March 20th, 2015

fridayphotofiesta_600How on earth do we narrow down thousands of beautiful photos from February’s trip to Guatemala into a sparse sampling of five photos for our favorite series—Friday Photo Fiesta? It was tough, but these are a few that showcase our school visits well!


Any time we get to see Jeff and Joe reconnect with the reasons they founded CoEd, we’re proud to stand by and see their excitement!

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Because the smiles we get from students with first-ever textbooks is thanks enough.

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Across cultures, a game of Review Jeopardy can get rowdy real quick.

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It’s a gift to witness this kind of peer to peer teaching in the Computer Centers.

Bonus! Because how can we possibly resist the charm of this young fellow?

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Two thumbs up for this little dude who is ready to learn in the Culture of Reading Program!

See more photos from this February’s Project Tours by going to our Facebook page!

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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!

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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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If you enjoy Friday Photo Fiesta – link up by posting 5 photos of any topic on your blog and linking back to this post!

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: Staying Young at Heart in Guatemala

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

If you’re one of the hundreds of people who have traveled to Guatemala with us before, you don’t need us to tell you, but there is nothing like a Project Tour to help you stay young at heart (I mean when was the last time you were on a swing set?).  We like to think we’re a pretty fun bunch of travelers and bring the funk.  But the proof is in the pudding, is it not?

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Friday Photo Fiesta: Donor Thank You Events

Friday, April 25th, 2014

As we near the end of Donor Appreciation Month at CoEd we wanted one last hurrah to celebrate those who are in the “inner circle” of CoEd supporters —members of the Literacy and Learning Society, Legacy Society, on the Board of Trustees and those who have traveled with us to Guatemala.  Here is a glimpse of the fun events they enjoyed this week!

Sad you didn’t get an invite? Join us on the next Snapshot Tour and you can be invited to next event for Tour Veterans! Or consider joining our Literacy and Learning Society or Legacy Society to ensure that children in Guatemala will continue to break the cycle of poverty for many years to come.


Members of the Literacy and Learning Society enjoyed a nice view of the Ohio River and a cold brew at the Yard House Cincinnati.

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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

circa 2013

Fanny pack 2012

circa 2012

2012 fanny pack

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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