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COVID-19 Impact and Response

Virtual Tour – April 24 & 25, 2021

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Virtual Tour registration closed at the end of Sunday, April 18th. Please contact Executive Director Arianne Peterson with any questions: aldea@aldeaguatemala.org or 929-274-3098.

Experience ALDEA’s development work and visit Guatemala from the comfort of your own home! Join us for a Virtual Tour April 24 & 25, 2021.

$35 registration fee/participant offsets production costs

Travel to the Western Highlands – Partner Community Visit
Saturday, April 24th, 2 – 5 pm EDT

  • “Arrive” in Guatemala and learn about the country; understand the historical and social factors that have shaped life in rural indigenous villages.
  • “Travel” to a rural village in Comalapa, Chimaltenango, that is currently working with ALDEA. Experience the impact of ALDEA’s programs in water and sanitation, community mobilization, nutrition, and agriculture.
  • Meet with ALDEA’s leadership team and gain insight into how we put donations to work building healthy families and strong communities.

Explore Guatemala – Optional Experiences
Sunday, April 25th – Sessions available from 1 – 6 pm EDT
Exact schedule will be sent by April 15th. Choose up to 4 sessions:

Weaving in Rural Guatemala (1 hour) – Cost included w/registration: Catch a glimpse behind the scenes of Guatemala’s rich weaving tradition! Siggy Bataille Holbik, owner of the popular Antigua craft store Casa de los Gigantes, will share her extensive knowledge on the significance of weaving in Mayan culture and how she works to support local artisans. This session will include a virtual visit to one of ALDEA’s partner communities, where Siggy (who is also on the board of ALDEA’s sister organization, ABPD) has been working with women to develop a specialty line of handbags.

Geography & History of Guatemala (1 hour) – Cost included w/registration: Dive deeper into Guatemalan history and geography through this presentation by Gary Elbow, Ph.D., ALDEA Board member and retired Texas Tech University faculty member. Drawing on Gary’s extensive research experience in Guatemala and other Latin American countries, this session will include a more general historic overview while highlighting the history of the Kaqchikel Mayan communities in Chimaltenango where ALDEA works, as well as the lengthy history of United States business and government involvement in Guatemala.

Cultural Tour of Antigua (1 hour) – $15: Join UNESCO trained expert guide & author, Elizabeth Bell, for a spectacular virtual Cultural Tour of the historic Spanish colonial city of Antigua. Our special ALDEA presentation focuses on the city’s history, culture and hidden details with the excitement the city lives today as it reopens creating jobs for many. After a 40 minute filmed tour visiting the main sites in town, interact with Elizabeth in an on-line Q & A section. Elizabeth has lived in Antigua for 50+ years and is dedicated to the city’s his toric restoration and balanced economic development.

Guatemalan Cooking Class (1.5 hours) – $40: Put on your apron and join this engaging and interactive cooking session, where together we will make a traditional cocktail and yummy Guatemalan enchiladas! Dinita Funez, a young Guatemalan adoptee who grew up in the U.S., is dedicated to teaching others about authentic Guatemalan dishes and would love to share her love of these foods with you! She travels back to Guatemala to gain first-hand knowledge of ingredients and preparation and it is her passion to “give back” to her country by extending her cooking skills to others. An ingredient list will be provided in advance of this 90-minute class. A limited number of spaces are available for this highly interactive class.

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