Women's Empowerment in Guatemala

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Figuring Out What's Important on My Gap Year

What's your biggest strength?

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Connections, Growth, and Gratitude: Realizations during my Gap Year

If someone had told me one year ago that I would be traveling to Guatemala to participate in volunteer work and swimming through caves with just candles to guide the way, I would have laughed at the idea. Being here in Guatemala now, I still can't believe it. I have already experienced more than most people do in a lifetime. WorldStamp Gap Year has given me the tools and the experiences to really know what is important in life. While there will always be bumps along the way (like eating bad street food) there's nothing better in this world than to see it and experience it for yourself.

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Feeling the Good Vibes in Guatemala

I am sitting in my favorite cozy hammock in our WorldStamp guesthouse in Antigua, Guatemala, enjoying the heat of the sun after a perfect morning. Jeremy and I went for a run this morning. First I ate some fresh fruits to get energy for the run. Banana, strawberriy, papaya, pineapple, apple, honeydew and watermelon - delicious! We ran through the beautiful city of Antigua. I love the small houses, the narrow streets, the mountains in the background, and the amazing coffee shops, delicious restaurants, and especially the cool wine bars. The weather was also perfect for a morning run. Blue sky, warm sun, and a refreshing breeze. We passed Cerro de la Cruz which is a beautiful viewpoint over a volcano called Volcán de Agua and over the city of Antigua. We ran the trail which leads to our school where we do our volunteer service from Monday to Friday in the village of Vuelta Grande. I lost Jeremy at some point because it was pretty exhausting to run uphill for the whole time. I stopped a few times to take a deep breath. I looked around and just admired the beautiful nature around me. Nature is so rich here, and the colors are incredibly deep. I was surrounded by mountains, volcanos, and all kinds of trees. It is amazing how many shades of green exist. People are so lucky that they are chosen to live on this overwhelming, fascinating, amazing, and beautiful Earth.

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