Exploring & Learning about Guatemalan Culture
At CasaSito, we hold field trips for our scholars with the purpose of 1) providing an opportunity for our scholars to travel outside of their community, 2) creating the space for our youth to spend time with one another, and 3) rewarding our scholars for their hard work. In the past, we held outdoor recreational activities. This year, we decided to change this and incorporate an educational aspect to field trips.
Scholars in Cobán visited Orquidonias, a nature reserve home to more than 350 types of orchids and 25,000 plants. The day started with a tour of the reserve, learning about the different foliage and seeing the monja blanca (White Nun orchid), Guatemala’s national flower. They learned it represents peace, beauty, and art. The day continued with an obstacle course full of activities and a healthy lunch. Staff chose this location so scholars could see the natural beauty of Guatemala, as well as show youth how to respect nature and the environment.
Our youth in Sacatepéquez visited the Museo del Ferrocarril (railway museum) in Guatemala City. A committee of university scholars coordinated and planned the field trip. They chose a visit to the museum because they wanted the scholars to learn more about the history of Guatemala and their culture. Many did not know Guatemala had a railway system. They learned about the historical role it played in transporting goods and lines of communication around the country. We were so impressed by the committee’s efforts! They demonstrated their leadership, organization, and sense of responsibility in creating such a successful field trip!
We at CasaSito thank you for supporting our programs and making field trips like these possible for our youth. These opportunities allow our scholars to experience new things, learn more about their culture, and connect with one another during their time in our Youth Development Program. Again, thank you for your continued support!