Hi everyone, hopefully you've all received your rewards, which I sent out just before leaving for Guatemala. Some folks haven't yet provided their contact info, but as soon as you do your photos will be in the mail.
It's been a crazy couple of months ordering cameras, booking flights, and writing the curriculum - but last week we finally got started here in Guatemala and we're off to an amazing start. So many were interested in the workshops that we decided to hold two parallel courses, one group that meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, and another that meets Fridays and Saturdays. Below is a photo of our second group of girls hard at work on an exercise.
This morning I uploaded our first video. Brenda, one of our participants, shot this within the first five minutes of being handed a camera. It's a short interview with a local taxi driver where she asks him to speak on what he admires most about the city of Quetzaltenango.
You can watch it here:
For those who don't speak Spanish basically he talks about how he loves the architecture of the city, the traditions, the kindliness of the people who live here, and then ends with how proud he is to call himself a "Quetzalteco." It's an amazing job for never having used a video camera before, and I'm really excited to see what the next two months will bring.
I also just launched our project blog where you can keep read about everything that happens over the course of the project: watch more of our videos, and read about how our classes go, including updates and thoughts from the girls which I'll be translating into English.
All the very best...