Growing Change, Lago de Atitlan
In the wee hours, our team will wake and hike the last hour to our destination: the Mirador. With hot drinks in hand we’ll be treated to nature’s light show — a sunrise over Lago Atitlan. The theatrics kick off with colourful rays creeping up from behind the distant volcanoes of the Antigua Valley before illuminating Atitlan’s own three iconic peaks and, finally, the lake itself. We’ll then descend down the famous Indian Nose Trail to San Juan La Laguna and Operation Groundswell’s Hub.
The Hub is the physical embodiment of OG’s culture, philosophy, and mission. It is a place where solidarity is cultivated between people and local partners through conversations and collaborative projects. For two days we’ll work with local partners on alternative agriculture projects. Past projects have included work in an organic vegetable garden, getting our hands dirty in a medicinal plant garden, and planting cattails in the lake with the local fisherman’s organization.
On our last night, we’ll gather around a BBQ and bonfire for disorientation. This is a staple of every OG program; it’s a time kick back and reflect, discuss lessons learned, assess our impact, and prepare for the journey home.