Dispatches Guatemala

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 A Thank You Letter From A Student
It has now been three months since our team left Guatemala and I miss it very much. I was reminded of you in class the other day as my professor was discussing beneficial microorganisms. I thought of you teaching us… Read more>>

Tim Silberg: Los Brillantes Coffee Cooperative

As we strolled down the road to the cooperative, we walked through valleys of farms of corn and trees baring red apples. The entrance of the cooperative entrance opened up to a pathway painted with bougainvillea… Read more>>

Jesenia Sampson: Healthy Pizza

Early rise in the beautiful city of Antigua, Guatemala. The “El Hostel” staff is wonderful and very loving. The breakfast is promptly ready every day by 7 am. My favorite item on the menu- “El Antigueño” – Plantains, scrambled eggs… Read more>>

Kimberly Francis: ¿Que quieres ser de grande?

This was our first chance at working with both boys and girls. Some of the girls would say a stay-at-home mom and the boys would work in the fields like their parents. Being able to tell them that they had the potential to be a nurse, lawyer, or mechanic brightened their face… Read more>>

July 12, 2011

Laura White in Traditional attireLaura White in Traditional Guatemalan AttireWhile our mornings are typically spent establishing community gardens, we focus on teaching our nutrition JMG activities in the afternoons. I have truly enjoyed going out into the indigenous Mayan communities and building relationships with the girls and women. Read more>>

June 11, 2011, Date Graphic

tim silberg with guatemalan girlsTim Silberg, Visit to ChuixilonWe traveled to a community named Chuixilon in the Chimaltenango region. The community’s terrain was painted with perfectly cultivated lines of cabbage, lettuce, maize, and strawberries; all of which were done by hand. We waited by a newly built school… Read more>>

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Wendy Carazo's Blog PostsWendy Carazo, Guatemalan Student Association

¡Hola! My name is Wendy Carazo, I am a Biomedical Science major from Texas A&M 2013! I was selected as an intern by the Borlaug Institute , sponsored in part by AFIL. I arrived in Guatemala on Tuesday, June 28th. I will try to cram two days of this fun and exciting trip into one blog… Read more>>

June 30

jesenia sampsonMeet Jesenia Sampson
¡Estoy súper emocionada del poder ser parte del grupo que irá a Guatemala este julio! I’m super excited of being part of the group which will be going to Guatemala this July! I am a Senior majoring Horticulture with an emphasis in Landscape Design. Whoop! Read more>>

June 28 Date

Dale RogersMeet Dale Rodgers, Training Specialist, AGTEC
My name is Dale Rodgers and I am an Aggie working in Guatemala as a training specialist for the AGTEC project. I wanted to express how excited I am to have the opportunity to work with you here in Guatemala during the month of July Final agenda will be sent soon… Read more>>

June 27 Date

Mother/Daughter Team to Visit Guatemala
We are Lisa and Emily Nelson, a mother/daughter team who will be joining the group of Texas A&M Consolidated High School kids and 4-H kids going to Guatemala in July. A group of former A&M Consolidated classmates participated during their senior year on “Project MINGA”… Read more>>

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Heather SmithMeet Heather Smith, HORT 489 Student
After graduating from Texas A&M I plan to join the Peace Corps in order to totally immerse myself in another culture, but to contribute what I know about agriculture to another part of the world. I believe this internship will help me achieve my goals in three ways. Read more>>

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Flor MartinezMeet Flor Martínez, Local Staff Member
My name is Flor Martínez and I am Johanna’s and Yanet’s assistant in Guatemala. I am helping coordinate your internship programs and I am looking forward to meeting you when you arrive in our beautiful country. Read more>>

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Heather HORT 489 internHeather Solapek, HORT 489 Intern
I am Heather and I am a senior Horticulture major at Texas A&M with a degree emphasis in fruit and vegetable production. I have discovered my passion in Horticulture is working with people and how they relate, work and benefit from horticulture in their environment. Read more>>

June 14th Date Graphic

DianaDiana Juarez, Summer 2011 Intern in Guatemala
I participated in group fundraising programs and also raised money through one of my favorite hobbies, handcrafting handbags out of recycled soda pop tops. With the help of my mom and my sister, I managed to handcraft enough hand bags to raise money for my internship in. Read more>>

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Laura White, HORT 489 intern for the Borlaug InstituteLaura White: HORT 489 Intern
¡Hola! I am Laura White and I’m a senior in Horticulture at Texas A&M. I have been selected as an intern and will be traveling to Guatemala this summer to help in the Borlaug Institute’s AGTEC project as a HORT 489 student. I am already preparing training materials for youth. Read more>>

date photo for june 8th

¡Hola! I am Johanna, project manager for the Borlaug Institute’s AGTEC project in Guatemala. We have selected great students to participate with AGTEC and will be using this blog to share with everyone the activities that we are conducting to prepare for their trip. Read more>>

 About Dispatches: Guatemala
The Borlaug Institute’s Agriculture in Guatemala: Technology, Education and Commercialization (AGTEC) project is proud to host students as interns and volunteers in the communities in which we work. Throughout the year, we host students from organizations like Freshmen Leadership International (FLI) and the Academy for Future International Leaders (AFIL). Their participation ranges from Alternative Spring Breaks to summer interships with our technicians where these Aggies get to experience, first-hand, the work that our technicians do every day. The purpose of this blog is for our interns to share their experiences and learn more about each other.

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