This morning Greg, Cecilia, Antolin and I met in our new “office” space on the land. With roofs in place, we now have amazing patio spaces to sit under. Mostly we enjoyed the shade but when the wind felt a bit much, we were able to move out and enjoy a bit of the warmth of the beautiful sunshine. We gathered to discuss what the next 3-4 months of construction are going to look like for us here.
The workers are currently erecting the eco-brick walls and they are looking amazing. We guessed it would take about 7000 of these pop bottles shoved full of plastic to create all the internal walls of the house. We’ve had the local school kids help and they’ve been amazing assistants. Unfortunately, we have run out, just short of completion of a couple of the walls. And the bad news? School is out until January so we can’t ask for more help from the kids until then!
We’re really getting excited about all our upcoming visitors and volunteers and part of our strategizing was to discuss the work that they can participate in. To start, my sister Heidi and her family will be coming over Christmas and they really want to be able to roll up their sleeves and get to work. A working holiday it is for the Dubland family! In January, Board Member, Gin Nielsen and her partner Roberto will be coming to Guatemala for the first time ever. They’re two of the hardest workers I know and I have no doubt that for three weeks they’ll be working their buns off! In January we also have an El Camino VolunTour group coming with a dozen or so folks who are willing and ready to put their muscles to work. In February my beloved Dad returns for two more months of Guatemala work camp! In March we have our first two school groups joining us! We have 15 boys from Saint George’s and 13 students from South Ridge coming to volunteer with Stratosphere International.
All in all, it has been a great day at the “office” today! Lots of wonderful stuff is in the works and we have much to look forward to!