LWB will be travelling to Guatemala from April 20 – May 1, 2014. Follow our activities on the ground by visiting our BLOG.
12 dedicated Librarians Without Borders volunteers will be travelling to Guatemala this April, where they will work with our Guatemalan partners the Asturias Academy and Limitless Horizons Ixil to promote and support strong community libraries, education and lifelong learning. Our volunteers include LIS students and professionals from North America and Europe, who bring a range of skills and expertise in the areas of school and community libraries, international development and community capacity building.
LWB has partnered with the Asturias Academy since 2009 to support the Academy’s vision to build a sustainable school library. The Asturias Academy Library aims to support the school curriculum and learning objectives for the school’s population of K-12 students and teachers. This year’s on-site work will focus on developing programming initiatives, organizing a ‘Library Day’ celebration for students, assisting with library organization and cataloguing and supporting the newly developed lending system.
As in years past, LWB and the Asturias Academy library staff will take time to discuss the current trends in libraries, how to engage students and promote literacy within the community.
In the second half of the trip, LWB volunteers will travel to San Gaspar Chajul, a remote town located in the mountainous region of Ixil Community, Quiché. The group will visit the Saber Sin Límites Community Library, established by Limitless Horizons Ixil in 2010. The library is the only resource of its kind in the community and serves a population of over 1,400 users of all ages. It is particularly known for its helpful and engaged local librarians, who offer homework help, cultivate students’ literacy and research skills, and create a fun and open learning space for all. While in Chajul, LWB volunteers will take time to learn about the community and its local history, meet with library staff to share ideas related to literacy development and facilitate story time activities for children in the community.
LWB has run library service trips to Guatemala annually since 2010. This is a great opportunity to work hands-on in library development projects while building strong international connections. Applications for the trip are usually posted in the winter and trips usually take place during April or May.