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Guatemala Day 10

This was our official last day. We flew back to America. Our 6 hours of flight time allowed us all to catch-up on some sleep and reflect on our amazing time in Guatemala. It seemed that the leaders of the trip were all thinking the same things.

We are very proud of our students. We are beyond happy with the way they conducted themselves in a foreign country. They were representing Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School and The United States of America. We have heard nothing but good things from our host, William Vasey, regarding our time in Guatemala. Our students made a huge impact on every person they had encountered. Mr. Vasey told us that they had excelled beyond his expectations, and there has been nothing but positive emotions in the school where they had been working. He said that it seems like the entire school has been uplifted, and all the attitudes of the students and the teachers have been enriched. Early in the trip, we had a conversation with the team. We told them that they would be paving the way for all of the future PALCS trips that would take place in Guatemala. It would be an understatement to say that they have set the bar high. Now, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the school in Guatemala will be filled with excitement and anticipation when they hear that a group from Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School is planning a trip to Guatemala!

Guatemala Days 8 & 9

After a great week of helping the school in the remote town of Joyabaj, days 8 and 9 were spent in the more touristy towns of Panajachel and Antigua. Both of these towns were stunning. There were many places to buy souvenirs and see some amazing scenery and architecture!  

Panajachel was directly next to the massive Lake Atitlan. From a distance we could see a couple giant volcanoes across the lake. It truly was a beautiful sight. We wandered around the large street market and the students really had a great time bartering prices with the vendors. That was an element of shopping that is rarely experienced in the States! To finish up our time in Panajachel, we ate dinner at this quaint restaurant located right off the street. We enjoyed a great meal while the marimba (Guatemala’s national instrument) was played for us. It was the perfect way to end our time in Panajachel.

Antigua was equally as beautiful as Panajachel! Antigua is visited by many tourists a year because of its cobblestone streets and amazing architecture. We went into a couple beautiful cathedrals and saw buildings that had been around for hundreds of years. We even saw some buildings that were destroyed by earthquakes. As we walked down Antigua’s streets, we felt as though we were in a movie. Many pictures were taken that day!

After we finished exploring Antigua, we went back to Guatemala City to spend the night before we would fly back home the following day. Our days in Panajachel and Antigua were amazing and they were very fun. It was the perfect way to end our time in Guatemala!