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 daycare 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 San Cristóbal Totonicopán to teach classes at a technical high school called Tecnologico Teczion. This unique educational model focuses on giving them students training in mathematics, computer programming, technology, and English!
I’m really looking forward to getting to know the community and learning more about the important work these different organizations are doing here in Xela.
Stay tuned for more posts and updates! Hasta la próxima!