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ACES 298 Discovery Course to Guatemala

Caoba Farms Volunteer Work Day

Today started off with a delicious breakfast of eggs, hash browns, toast, a variety of breads, and yummy fresh fruit. We then headed to a Caoba Farm for a fun day of work.

Once we arrived, we had a quick tour of the land, split into our teams (so cleverly named strawberry, mango, and kale), and went off to do different tasks. I was on team Mango. Each team had a separate last to do. Kale helped plant new crops, Strawberry learned how to pluck weeds, and Mangos made a fence and seeded wheat grain. Mangos also picked the berries that were given eaten as treats as the end of the work day. Surprise, raspberry bushes have thorns!

After hard work at the farms, we took a trip to Paraiso Azul (Blue Paradise) where we were treated to a relaxing afternoon at the pool. The pool was really cool because it was constantly filled by the natural springs from the mountains. According to our friend Emilio, a dip in the pool will have you coming out ten years younger (which would make most of us 9)!

Afterwards, we returned to the hotel and changed from our sweaty clothes, in order to prepare for the walking tour around Antigua. Unfortunately I had to sit out of this activity due to a sprained ankle. Instead, I practiced a little Spanish by trying to talk to some of the hotel staff. They were very nice.

We closed out our day with the usual free time/dinner. Some of the group enjoyed barbecue with a twist from Pappy’s while I and a few others ventured off to a wonderful meal at Mr. Sushi’s. After the meal we walked around and even made our way into a cute little bread shop. They had amazing banana bread. All in all it was a wonderful day, and now it is time to pack for the bright and early journey to Panjachel tomorrow.


Alexis Davidson

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