Volunteer Experience: Konojel, Kaqchikel, Marquenses

Kaity Fitzgerald and Katrina Langhammer volunteered for one month at Konojel through an opportunity with JUSTA & Global JUST Designs. A letter from Kaity (unavailable via Shopify as of 2020) describes her experience with both organizations, and here are a few excerpts:

“We found Konojel on a whim. It was the best, last-minute thing I had even come across.”

“We helped Laura and Sonia develop engaging academic games, organize the supply room’s donations, and run various activities with the kids. Activities that were big hits included making passports, flags, and writing our own lyrics to La Bamba. Part of Konojel’s Enrichment Program mission is to make learning fun, so we helped them do just that!”

“Each day I would wake up, excited about what the day at Konojel would bring! The children immediately gave me a warm feeling. They always had smiles on their faces and they were all very positive, despite coming from homes where hunger is a daily reality. After lunch all the students immediately went to the library and chose a book to read. Even the youngest children, who could not yet read, had books in their hands. Students who had homework, went right to ‘the homework table, where they received help, if needed, from Laura, Sonia, or the volunteers.”