Posts Tagged ‘travel’

Kelsey Amara on Returning to Guatemala

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

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“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 adoptee, going back to what might have been home to see the “what ifs” up close and personal filled me with nervous anticipation.”

Kelsey made her first return trip to Guatemala with her parents when she was 16 years old, travelling with Cooperative for Education (CoEd) on that occasion too. Both experiences were life-changing in their own way. (more…)

Mental Health Therapist Tisha Way Gaynor on Heritage Trips

Friday, February 9th, 2018

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. The experience of being welcomed, asking questions, grasping hands, and laughing with the students, teachers, and family members you support is one that changes you deeply.

Last year, we offered our inaugural Heritage Tour as a way for individuals and families connected to Guatemala through adoption to reconnect to the country. Mental health therapist Tisha Way Gaynor joined us as an on-tour resource for those who wanted to talk through and process their experiences on the trip.

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From noon to 1pm (Eastern) on March 14th, Tisha will host a webinar for adoptive families who are interested in making heritage trips (to any country, not just Guatemala!). In anticipation, we’ve asked her to share some of her knowledge and experience about heritage trips here on the blog.

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adoption birth country heritage travel Guatemala

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Win a Luxury African Safari for Only $20

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Who doesn’t remember being six years old, face to face with a huge, gorgeous elephant? The elephant takes giant step after giant step towards you, all before opening its mouth to enormous dimensions to take in some well-earned grass from the savanna. The sun glows brightly overhead while the herd’s baby elephants spend some playtime in the nearby watering hole. Then, suddenly, your mom calls your name, the herd scatters, and poof! You’re startled out of your daydream.

Around here, most of us aren’t lucky enough to actually get to see an elephant in the wild. But YOU may get to live out your wildest childhood daydreams because…

This year’s luxury raffle winner will enjoy a six-day, six-night South African Safari for two!

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How could you say no to that adorable face?

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Summer 2017 Tour Highlights

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Twice a year our US staff packs up and heads south to share with CoEd supporters the beauty of Guatemala and the impact they’re having on its beautiful people. This summer’s tour season might, in fact, have been the largest one ever! Almost 80 people joined us on the Helping Hands, Snapshot, and Heritage tours in July and August. As you can imagine, we have no shortage of stories and photos from those trips, so here are our top five.

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Our first-ever Heritage Tour, designed specifically for families connected to Guatemala through adoption, was a huge success.

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Meet Our New CFO: Jason!

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

We first met Jason Terwilliger back in 2013 when he arrived to audit our financials for the first time. After that we saw Jason each spring, bustling around the office and helping us make sure that all of our financial ducks were in a row. Then in May, he decided to come work for us! (That means our financials must be pretty great, right?) We sat down with Jason to learn a little more about him and his new role as our Chief Financial Officer.

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Name: Jason Terwilliger

Hometown: Dunnville, Kentucky

Education: Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Georgetown College

Fun Fact: Jason has trained in Los Angeles to become a Bikram yoga instructor!

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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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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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