Guatemala

Arrival

by  •  Tuesday, March 10, 2020 @ 10:00 AM  •  Guatemala, Outtatown

One afternoon, I was sitting with a student in a café in Antigua, Guatemala in the midst of a conversation about life after Outtatown. I asked them what they were hoping to walk away from Outtatown with and they respond saying, “I’m not really sure…I have noticed lots of [students] talking about wanting to have […]

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Gringos Meet Carnaval

by  •  Thursday, July 4, 2019 @ 9:30 AM  •  Guatemala, Outtatown

The day before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, is usually celebrated as Pancake/Fat Tuesday in Canada, but the Guatemalans like to celebrate it a little differently. Site 1 had the chance to take part in a bit of Carnaval festivities. The day started at Spanish school, like any regular day for us in San […]

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Who Are We Serving?

by  •  Thursday, February 28, 2019 @ 4:58 PM  •  Guatemala, Outtatown, Updates

While working alongside Solomon’s Porch, a Christian café and humanitarian aid organization in Panajachel, we were encouraged to think about what it means to lead with a servant’s heart. For most Christians, this is not a new concept, as Jesus makes reference to living this way many times throughout the Gospels. God’s call to servanthood […]

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Connecting While Canoeing

by  •  Monday, October 1, 2018 @ 2:56 PM  •  Canada, Guatemala, Outtatown

The second day of the Guatemala site’s canoe trip began with a delicious meal of granola and powdered milk in a plastic cup. We were fuelling up for canoeing a total of 25 kilometres. Despite our arms still feeling sore from the day before, we set out on the lake. Thankfully, I got to sit […]

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Sunrise on Acatenango: Lessons and Memories from the Challenge

by  •  Friday, August 17, 2018 @ 3:25 PM  •  Guatemala, Outtatown

After months of hearing about the ultimate challenge of hiking Volcan Acatenango, an optional overnight hike in Guatemala, the true test began on the morning of March 9. Many of us had been preparing for weeks with morning workout sessions, strengthening our quads and calves for the infamous inclines of this dormant volcano. I had […]

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June: Meeting Lou, Address Unknown

by  •  Friday, June 1, 2018 @ 11:58 AM  •  Canada, Guatemala, Outtatown

Heading into the Vancouver Urban Plunge, I was quite nervous. Being from a small town of 700 people, wandering the streets of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside scared me a lot and I was anxious about the week. My leader, Rachel, prayed for me and encouraged me to go in with an open mind, knowing that God […]

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March: Building Relationships

by  •  Friday, March 2, 2018 @ 2:18 PM  •  Guatemala, Outtatown

I was drawn to Outtatown with the knowledge that service projects make up a fairly significant portion of the program. I wanted to learn about the world around me in a raw and real way, while also aspiring to learn more about how I could make a difference. We were invited to serve through Porch […]

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February: Where Home is Found

by  •  Friday, February 2, 2018 @ 8:49 AM  •  Guatemala, Outtatown

In the early morning hours, overtired Outtatown students ran to embrace one another, and shouted “welcome back!” across the Winnipeg airport. There was an amazing, indescribable feeling of returning not only to our adventure filled, God-centered family, but in a sense, to our home. Over the course of the last five months, unbreakable bonds have […]

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January: The Beauty of Trust

by  •  Wednesday, January 3, 2018 @ 10:19 AM  •  Canada, Guatemala, Outtatown

Exploring the Talus Caves was an experience that inspired a plethora of life and spirituality-related metaphors. This particular cave system near Hope, BC took us into the heart of the boulders that surrounded the base of a mountain and carried us into spaces that put our waterslide-related claustrophobic experiences into perspective. The caves were damp […]

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November: First Rains

by  •  Wednesday, November 1, 2017 @ 3:13 PM  •  Canada, Guatemala

The fire grabbed hold of the strips of birch bark on the pile of wood. Slowly, the small flame wrapped itself around the logs, and around the 15 stones that we had lain inside. The stones, referred to as the grandfathers, turned red-hot. I stepped around the sweat lodge and crawled in on my hands […]

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