The 2013 trip will be 9 days in length (Saturday through the following Sunday). Two days will be spent in travel, two to three in cultural excursions, & four or so in work at the homes for children.
Possibile destinations for cultural excursions: Lake Atitlan, volcano hiking, shopping, museums, Mayan village, educational facilities, and/or home for children for typical children.
Plans are in process for work at the “homes for children”. The following homes for children are among those likely:
Our group of 24 persons will divide into two groups and those two groups into sub-teams. Each subteam will focus on play and sensory or technology. Likely, each group of 12 persons will stay at each site for two days and, then, for the other two days, go to an other site. In that way, continuity of care and education can be provided to the caretakers of the children, yet, offer Guatemala 2013 participants the opportunity to experience two of the four sites. Each sub-team will be comprised of students and practitioners who will work together as a team. Group and sub-team assignments will be made accordingly to experience, expertise, interest, and availability of Spanish speaking persons.
Transportation each day will be provided by Steve Osborn of Amour Del Nino. Steve, and his wife, Shyrel, have a home for about 50 children. They are dedicated to providing a home-like atmosphere for their children many of whom have been abandoned and literally “dropped off” at their doorstep. Go to their website at www.lovethechild.org to learn more about Steve and Shyrel and their children. Additionally, view this recent clip from CNN about Guatemalan adoptions. Toward the end of the segment, Shyrel is interviewed about the controversy that surrounds some Guatemalan homes for children and the international adoption process.