I had the pleasure of visiting Pachaj and the Chico Mendes Reforestation Project in August and I can’t wait to go back. The spirit of the community and the local culture lives on in the families, and these families share what they have – their customs, their language(s), their homes, and time together – with everyone who comes to visit. The school is a tranquil place to study language, but you can get a different taste of Guatemala when you climb out of the farmlands and onto the mountain slopes where the Chico Mendes Reforestation Project has done, and continues to do, amazing work to rebuild the ecosystems that were taken out by logging and mud slides. It was an inspiring and humbling experience to visit and participate in the community and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a unique Spanish and K’iche’ immersion experience.
- Alexandria S.