Education And More received a letter from one of the members of the recent weaving tour to Guatemala and we would like to share it with you:
” I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving me the opportunity to participate in Education And More’s Educational Weaving Tour. I can honestly say that the adventure did indeed turn out to be the “trip-of-a-lifetime” I had hoped it might be.
For me, the adventure was an amazing study in contrasts:
- The rich beauty of the Guatemalan highlands vs. the clear evidence of abject poverty in the country.
- The colorful costumes and warm personalities of the indigenous people vs. the horrible realities they face in the aftermath of the Guatemalan civil war
- The standard of living (lack of material wealth) vs. the quality of life (strong family values, sense of community and simple living) of the indigenous people.
While I enjoyed all aspects of the trip, the most meaningful experience for me was the chance to connect with the women artisans as they shared their weaving skills and other gifts with us. I developed a much greater appreciation for the work these women do and for their culture simply by spending time with them as they lived their daily lives. And, despite the language barriers we faced, I sensed we reached an understanding at deeper level through the smiles, hugs, laughter and parting tears we shared.
As an added bonus, I will also cherish the time spent and friendships forged with my fellow tour group members. The fact that our ages and backgrounds were quite diverse certainly added to the experience. Our shared adventures and appreciation for one another is something that made the trip all the more meaningful and enjoyable.
Thank you again for the experience of a lifetime!
Sincerely, Kim S, Baltimore”
Learning to Weave on a Backstrap Loom
Enjoying the scenery with the morning coffee.
Learn more about our 2012 Weaving Tour at our website.