Head west to the beach
On Friday we will hop on board one of Guatemala's notorious "chicken buses" and head out to the hip little town of Monterrico on the Pacific coast. Life here has a slow, tropical vibe to it and is surrounded by the Biotopo Monterrico–Hawaii, a nature reserve that embraces a 20km-long surf beach, home to turtle-nesting grounds, and wildlife rich wetlands. A fun, chilled and beautiful place to be based.
We aim to get here by lunch and check into our beach side hostel. We will then explore a bit before we meet the community leader from the local school who will talk us through our project, where we are literally going to roll up our sleeves and get stuck in...are you ready?
This is our chance to engage with the local community - to be so much more than a tourist...
The Curvina National School would like us to upgrade some of their school facilities. We have scoped out two potential projects that would significantly enhance the physical environment of the school, making it a safer and nicer place for the kids.
The first task is to mend the gutting across the main porch into the school yard. It is 30 metres long and currently does not function properly, overflowing and quickly making the school yard slippery and hazardous.
The second is to erect sun screens across the basketball hard court. Right now when the sun beats down it makes the school yard a very inhospitable environment. Our aim is to reclaim the space for the kids. We will engage local builders to prep these projects, e.g. digging holes and setting concrete, sourcing materials, so the project is ready for the final push when we arrive on site.
Afternoons/free time - lots to do here from kayaking through the mangroves and surfing to visiting the ARCAS Turtle & Wildlife Sanctuary, where hopefully we will be able to see some baby turtles making their first dash for the sea.
El Delphin Hostel - beach side with pool, restaurant and bar. Accommodation will be in single sex dorm rooms
– max 3 per room. Bathrooms
have western style WC and showers with cold water.
Breakfast included at the hostel.
Lunch and dinner will be extra in one of the local restaurants.