Well the two chapters (Indiana University and University of Tennessee) have finally merged as one supporting unit for these Guatemalan children. Our first week together was spent acclimating and getting into the groove of things. We have decided to divide and conquer this project by placing ourselves in different environments and areas based off of the skill sets we have as individuals. We are thrilled to get the opportunity to enhance the education of these children, but at the same time create these relationships simultaneously to build better connection and trust so they can understand our purpose for being there as well as grasp what we are trying to achieve together. The challenge we’ve come to face is understanding that the Guatemalan lifestyle isn’t exactly that which we live. More specifically we’ve noticed that their perception on education and other things differ from what we originally thought. However we’ve overcome this cultural barrier and believe we can better understand their mindset which allows us to provide a more enjoyable experience. We’ll keep posted on the progress.
IU and UTK