Two weeks ago, we finally set out to pay a surprise visit to the children in Suchitepequez. This time, our team was even reinforced by another volunteer: Celina, the first participant in our volunteer program, came with us.
However, when we arrived at the school at 11.30 a.m., the lessons were just about to end and the children were almost on their way home. The teachers told us that they had to prepare a special class for the next day and therefore had to deal with important things and go shopping. For this reason, they had already finished the lessons an hour earlier. This meant a last-minute change of plans for us. We quickly packed up our things and took all the children home to the family of one of the students. Once we arrived there, we gave the children the task to think about their dreams for the future and to draw them on paper.
They were quite amazed by this task, because they don’t usually think about those things in the poor, rural areas of Guatemala. When we asked the children in Suchitepéquez during our first visit 3 years ago what they wanted to be when they grew up, they answered “I want to be a mummy or a daddy”. Which professional career they might pursue in the future is not even up for debate there, because most of them unfortunately do not have the opportunity to make such plans. Animated by this activity, the children took up their pencils and started to draw enthusiastically. As you can see, they created the sweetest and most extraordinary pictures.
After each and every one had put their dream on paper, their stomachs were of course growling. Fortunately, Elvia and her children had already prepared lunch the day before, so we were able to enjoy delicious sandwiches and fruits.
We spent an unexpected, but equally successful and wonderful day with the children in Suchitepequez and returned to Antigua full of memories.