CHESTERTON | Seven Chesterton High School students learned what it meant to live in a dirt-floor home and cook food over an open fire on spring break.
Cathy Dean, who teaches International Baccalaureate psychology at Chesterton High, and her husband Bill, accompanied students Samantha Carpenter, Sereen Haddadin, Tony Ketcham, Lauren Lecy, Emily Percifield, Bethany Van Drie, and Dana Wickenden on a mission trip to Guatemala.
Students helped a doctor provide dental services to the people of a local village there. They planted Moringa trees, played with children and they made room in their luggage to take purchased and donated items to the people of Livingston, which is just outside of El Faro, Guatemala. The town was founded centuries ago when a slave ship sunk and the people came ashore.
One of the highlights for a few of the students was swimming in the ocean with a domesticated river otter, Lola, which was the pet of one of the villagers.
Haddadin wrote in her blog, “Lola loved to sneak up on us and attack our hands and feet and cling to us when we tried to move. I fell in love with Lola in that hour.”
A challenge/ropes course also was a highlight of the week. Nestled in a beautiful green jungle-like setting at the camp is a beautiful tower that connects free swinging bridges of ropes, tires, and wooden slats. All harnessed in and heads covered with helmets, the students and adults took to the course.
Percifield wrote, “Sam was pretty much a goddess at the ropes course and put us all to shame!”
To read more, visit http://ibguatemalatrip.blogspot.com and also the Mision El Faro facebook page.