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Yale University Students Visit Santa Anita

Students pose with cooperative member and home-stay 'mother' Elena, her four children and niece

Students pose with cooperative member and home-stay 'mother' Elena, her four children and niece

Tasnim cultivates soil to prepare for new coffee trees

Tasnim cultivates soil to prepare for new coffee trees

This past week, a group of 10 from Yale University visited DLG and worked with two different cooperatives. Aside from contributing to construction projects in San Miguel Escobar, outside of Antigua, the students spent four days with APCASA in Santa Anita la Union, a small community tucked into the lush jungle surrounding Xela (Quetzaltenango). 

In Santa Anita the students were placed in unique home-stay arrangements with various coffee farming families. Highlights from the trip include planting over 100 new coffee trees, playing soccer with the local kids, learning about the cooperative members and their history with the civil war, home-cooked meals, hikes through the jungle to see the various waterfalls and witnessing a cultural program of traditional dancing and singing. The students happily engaged in all activities, including the dancing!

Yale group together during a hike to one of the waterfalls

Yale group together during a hike to one of the waterfalls