I finally have some time and a decent internet connection to tell you about our time last week at Casa Guatemala. It’s an orphanage to about 120 kids as well as a school to about an additional 130 kids from the local community. They range in age from about 3 to 14 years old and the school is preschool to 6th grade.
We stayed at Hotel Backpackers whose profits go toward helping Casa Guatemala, the orphanage. We took a 20 minute boat ride every morning at 7:30am to the orphanage and returned in the afternoon around 4:30pm. However, our first three days there we were terribly sick. Worse than in Mexico City. Auston didn’t go to the orphanage at all the first day and I had to leave early. It lasted quite a while, but we managed to feel better midweek.
While at Casa Guatemala, we were in charge of the biblioteca (library) for the week. Truly, we had no idea what we were doing. By the end of the first day, the kids had destroyed the place. Desks knocked over. Books strewn about. They climbed the shelves, tables, and I think some of them may have had spiderman like abilities to climb the ceiling. It was chaos. And we had zero control.
We spent an unforgettable weekend at an amazing natural site in Guatemala. Semuc Champey is known for beautiful turquoise pools as well as for being difficult to get to. But it’s definitely well worth the trip. Here’s a video we shot while hiking and swimming there. Pictures here!