Hi everyone, 

Bienvenidos a mi blog! I have just arrived in the city of Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, also known by its Mayan name, Xela! It is located in the Western Highlands and is the second largest city in the country. I am so excited to be able to share my 5 weeks in this vibrant community with all of you! 

The objective of my project is to use dance education as a tool to develop leadership skills and encourage community participation in young people here in Xela. These skills include self-confidence, effective communication, and work ethic.

I’m looking forward to working with some fantastic organizations on this project. One of these is Education and Hope, a non-profit education organization located in Xela. They provide academic support for students through scholarships and after-school programming, as well as a day care program and a family health and wellness center. 

I am also really looking forward to collaborating with dancers from the Municipal Theater of Xela, one of the main centers of the performing arts in the community. I will be teaching classes, creating a dance piece, and accompanying them in dance outreaches and collaborations.

Last but not least, I am thrilled to be able to travel to Totonicopán to work with an organization called Tranformando Vidas (Changing Lives). Transformando Vidas provides resources for young people who live in rural communities outside of the city.

This is going to be a fantastic opportunity to get to know the community through these different organizations. I am especially excited about finding ways to collaborate with them and continue building community through the arts here in Xela.

Stay tuned for more posts and updates! Hasta lo próximo!