The Days Fly by at Project Somos – blog from a volunteers perspective


The days fly by at Project Somos. I’ve been here since the 4th of January in a place that is nothing less than magical. Coming from Bowen Island, BC, Canada, it is such a different world here. Although the lack of what we would call “modern” life is apparent in the city of Tecpan and all through Guatemala, and nothing to be romanticized about, as a volunteer, staying in the Somos House, I personally want for nothing.   The generous hearts of Heather (aka Alicia) and Greg and in-house architect Cecilia, along with other like-minded volunteers is at the top of the list to mention. Having great food, a warm comfortable bed to lay my head down at night and an adventure every day to see what needs to be done or thought about to further Project Somos to become the Somos Children’s eco village, fits my ultimate dream of contributing to a greater cause in a meaningful way.

Local veggies, cheeses and fruits from the markets and shops are transformed each day into nutritious tasty snacks and meals.  We take turns preparing and presenting various dishes.  Papaya, pineapple, bananas, coconut with roasted granola and as of yesterday, fresh mangos with locally made yogurt starts my day out perfectly.  A magnitude of magic is further revealed, as one approaches the Project site with a 360 degree vista that only one would think to dream of…

On a practical basis the plugged well pump is being seen to.

Greg picked up the pine shelving from a local mill and the exterior and interior walls of one of the houses are receiving their final coats of plaster ready to be painted soon.

Volunteers, Jonathan and Kyle are about to start creating the shelving and kitchen cabinets and other wood details.  I will be honored to be a willing participant to strategize with, soon to arrive Gin and Roberto, along with Greg, to establish the “next steps” to the permaculture scene.  We will take into consideration the previous planning for food production, soil stability and nutrition from a one hundred year perspective.  Care for erosion, wind protection and safety living on an 800 meter high plateau is a big consideration.  I couldn’t be happier. Life is very good.

Morganne Keplar


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