The Green Mama's Guatemalan Adventures: Traveling with children in the developing world

I am back in Guatemala with my children for the third time. Thus, I have decided to republish and add to some of the previous blogs on my experiences.

It all began in the fall of 2011 when I decided to take my young children (then 1 1/2 years and 5 years) and go to Guatemala for almost four months. Sin espouso. And, no, I didn't speak Spanish.

Lake Atitlan and Green Mama babyLake Atitlan and Green Mama baby

Why? Because I wanted (and want) my children to live outside North America (at least) long enough to appreciate how fortunate we are to live here. I want them to understand that this is not the way that most people live: easy access to clean water, to consistent electricity, to healthy food. I want them to be thankful for these things and so much more.

And. I also want them to speak another language (and, selfishly, I wanted some sunshine during the winter something which is sadly missing from my current North American winters).

So, plans were made. My children and I traveled to San Marcos la Laguna in Solola, Guatemala. We traveled with three other families all coming from other parts of the world. Our older children were fortunate enough to be able to attend one of the only Waldorf Schools in Central America, Escuela Caracol. The school is more than 1/2 local Mayans and the rest are children from around the world. It is taught in Spanish and Kaqchikel. (I can't say enough about how amazing this school is.) 

Off we went. This series is dedicated to my reflections on our travels. They are personal reflections. Unlike most of my blogs, they are not rigorously researched or edited and re-edited. These reflections are less about work and more about motherhood (though, of course, shaped by my work as The Green Mama). Feel free to peak inside this part of my life. Or just skip it and use the rest of the site to learn about living green in the developed world.

There are a number of related articles and stories listed below that you may enjoy. Also, don't miss these other related articles on the ecological children's village Project Somos, my experiences donating cloth gDiapers, and reflections on teaching kids to care.

 

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