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  • Enjoying the ride across Lake Atitlan under the gaze of Volcán San Pedro.

  • Missouri S&T students read to children living at Hogar de los Niños in San Sebastian de Lemoa.

  • Women line up to fill their water containers in Santa Maria de Jesus. Guatemala is known as the “Land of Eternal Spring," but water shortages occur in many locations in the highlands.

  • One of the important aspects of the International Engineering and Design class is learning to communicate.

  • Textiles are both an art form and everyday clothing in Guatemala. This woman in Santa Cruz de Atitlan weaves using a traditional back strap loom.

  • Outdoor facilities are common in rural Guatemala homes due to the temperate climate. Here a student collects a water sample from an outdoor pila in Durazno San Martin Jilotepeque, Chimaltenango.

  • A favorite field trip every year is a trip to Volcán Pacaya near Antigua.

  • Large parades, or processions, are a national tradition during the Lenten season. Students help make an alfombra, or carpet, from dyed sawdust in Antigua.

  • Entrepreneurs provide mass transit in rural Guatemala. Here students take a “chicken” bus from Chichicastenango to Los Encuentros.

  • Husband and wife in Santa Cruz de Atitlan.

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