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“Gaining Sustainability in Guatemala”

Our friend and colleague, Zachary Towne-Smith, has been working with Konojel for the last 2 years, helping to guide the development of our programs and of the Sabor del Sol women’s cooperative. His blog post outlines some of the ways that Konojel engages with the local community to identify community issues and come up with viable and creative solutions to those problems.

http://erilivinglab.tumblr.com/post/103142530096/gaining-sustainability-in-guatemala-by-zachary

Konojel — A Volunteer Project to Get Behind

A big part of long-term travel for many people is volunteering. Volunteering, no matter what you do, is all good, right? How can devoting your time and/or money to help people in need not be a good thing? You might be surprised to find out that many volunteering projects end up causing more harm than good.

A few weeks ago in this column, Jennifer Miller shared her disdain for short term mission trips. Some who read this article thought she was calling for an end to all types of volunteer trips, fundraisers, activities, and experiences, which is the furthest thing from the truth.

Today, Jenn is sharing a personal story about a project that she believes will leave a lasting impact on the community that she currently lives in, which is what we believe most people who get involved in this type of work hope to accomplish.

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