We are a Guatemalan organization with 30+ years of collective experience working with local development organizations and international volunteers. Our individual involvement throughout the community dates back to the Guatemalan armed conflict and our staff has worked in various facets of development including human rights, agriculture and small business projects.
Edna Godínez Calderón grew up in nearby San Marcos and has lived in Quetzaltenango for the past 25 years where she has worked with a variety of community projects including food security initiatives, literacy and education programs and campaigns to protect indigenous populations of Guatemala.
Mike is from Los Angeles, California and attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he concentrated in Marketing and Environmental Policy & Management. After several years of working for start-up websites in San Francisco, Mike moved to Guatemala and El Salvador to work on a series of sustainable agriculture, aquaculture and microfinance initiatives. Mike currently lives in Villahermosa, Mexico where he works with small-scale aquaculture to improve food security in rural areas.
Paola Gálvez is the local project coordinator. Paola manages the intern experience in all aspects during their stay in Guatemala ranging from helping interns acclimate to Guatemala to measuring project impact on the ground. Additionally, Paola will host weekly meetings with interns and their managers to ensure the intern's work runs smoothly. Paola studies systems engineering at Mesoamericana University and speaks English fluently.