¡La vida asi es!

Good People, It has taken me awhile to do this. No not join the Peace Corps! That was just a matter of time, a destiny. No it has taken me awhile to create this website because of my ambivalence towards computers and lack of internet accessibility. So because of this the blog will be updated only periodically. But!!!!!! I will try to include cool photos so I´ll keep you interested. Leave a comment to contact me. ---> I served from 2007-2009

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Location: San Marcos, Guatemala

I am under the Appropriate Technology sector of Peace Corps and work as a Hydrologist. Our goal is to improve family/community health by building gravity-flow water systems. I am located along the Chapas border (Mexico) and have a large coverage area in the municipalities of Sibinal, Tajumulco, and Tacana. Grey-water deposits, latrines, water roof can-catchments, rope-pumps, and 8,000L water holding tanks are some examples of our projects. DISCLAIMER: This WEBsite is is not Peace Corps- Guatemala affiliated.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Sibinal, San Marcos - El sitio mio

When I first arrived at my site I immediately jumped on food security projects that were already in progress. Oyster mushroom houses and outdoor fish holding ponds are some examples. The central goal of these programs is for them to become sustainable. Ideally families sell a certain % of fish or shrooms to maintain the projects. The rest of the stock would be used for consumption. Photos courtesy of MCC.

Here is a Northern view of my primary site Sibinal! This is also where I live. It is located in a beautiful valley. The central muni is not very large as you can see but there are over 20,000 people living here total. The majority are in the surroundings Aldeas (small poor suburbs essentially) which, is where I predominateley work. In this photo you can see occasionally active Volcan Tacana. NOTE in this photo the clearer 1000m (from the muni) ridge that appears to be half-way up the Volcano.

Okay now take a look here, this is a Southern view of Sibinal from THAT same ridge in the previous photo now looking in the opposite direction. You are now looking outwards past my muni (down below out of sight) at another Volcan, Tajumulco (Central America´s largest Volcano at 13,845ft. Just about 400ft. shy of Mt. Rainer). Yes I live between to Volcanos. I have yet to climb either but will do so when the rainy season is over.

Yeah you would look like crap too if you just climbed THAT 1000 meter ridge! Now we have to get down! Here I am gracefully posing with my counterpart buds Nate, Osmar, and Juan Puablo. We were coming back from an overnight trip from one of the far off Aldeas. Note the sweat.


Blogger Shagali said...


I'm Andy, an RPCV from Niger, West Africa (2002-2005). I'm working on a natural resource management/decentralization group project for grad school on Guatemala and wanted to try to get some "insider" insight...from the front lines (as opposed to all the academic articles). If you'd be willing to share, I'd greatly appreciate it. My email is ajd349@nyu.edu--drop a line and I can respond with more specific question, etc.

Hope your service is going well.

October 25, 2007 at 4:15 PM  
Blogger Lee said...

Dude! This is very comical to read and I'm glad it seems you are having so much fun. I would have been disappointed if you had lost some of the antics you've become known for - you haven't changed a bit - good for you!

Wishing you all the best,

November 5, 2007 at 11:05 AM  
Blogger Karla said...


Hi! I served '94 - '96 on the South Coast near Sipacate (down the canal from El Paredon) in El Naranjo. When I left, they were phasing-out my program, Environmental Management, and unsure if they would place another volunteer there. Do you know if there is a volunteer there? If so, please give them my email address, if you would. I would love news about my aldea.

Looks like you're having a blast. Enjoy! I still tell people that no matter how hard I worked, I got more out than I could ever have given.

Do volunteers still stay at the Ajau hotel in zone 1? We used to describe it as, "summer camp gone awry."

Best of luck, Danny.

Karla Hoffman (RPCV 94-96)

January 8, 2008 at 10:11 PM  
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