Welcome to Project MicroMundo! We’re glad you made it.
For our first post, a quick introduction to what we’re doing: We’re heading down to Central America in July, where we’ll be volunteering with different nonprofit organizations. The organizations that we will work for (one of the next posts will introduce the first three) already have the connections to communities that we wouldn’t be able to build in a few weeks or months. But we have something that it would be difficult to build from Guatemala or Mexico—a connection to you. We’ll show you what people’s lives are like in the Guatemalan rainforest, the Sierra Madre region of Mexico, the highlands of western Guatemala, and anywhere else our travels take us. These are places that have real problems—poverty is rampant among indigenous and rural communities, and illegal drugs have brought a daunting violent crime problem with them as they pass through Central America on their way to the United States—but they also have people, and as far as we can tell, where there are people, there are usually awesome people. So we’re going to explore Central America, and introduce you to the people we meet. Through pictures, stories, and videos, you’ll see what’s great about life in Guatemala and Mexico, and you’ll see what makes it difficult. And when we find people who could use a hand, we’ll tell you about them—and we’ll tell you how you can help.