Pedro Argumedo, estudiante en Avila University, experimento un unico, espeluznante y memorable viaje a Guatemala estas pasadas navidades. Antes de adentrarnos en sus bonitas historias, cabe mencionar que Pedro pudo realizar su viaje a Guatemala gracias a las donaciones ($1200) de diferentes personas, y con las que ademas compro regalos para ninos mayas que nunca habian tenido regalos en Navidad. Hoy voy a comentar algunas de las historias compartidas por Pedro Argumedo. Uno de los primeros viajes de Pedro en Guatemala fue a San Marcos, 8 horas desde Guatemala city, a traves de las preciosas montanas guatemantecas. Dedicaron la mayoria del dia comprando regalos para los ninos, como calcetines, libros y juguetes. Sin embargo, el dia acabo frustrante porque ningun banco les queria cambiar los $1200 hasta que un banco por pena les cambio solo $200!. Os podeis creer? $200 de los $1200. La razon de esto es porque la gente toma precauciones con el cambio de moneda debido el narcotrafico de drogas en Mexico, en el cual se usa dinero falso. Al final Pedro y sus companeros pudieron convencer a los duenos y usar dolares Americanos. Me pongo en su situacion y la verdad es que esto debe de haber sido una experiencia muy estresante, pero estoy seguro que el poder haber comprado los juguetes para hacer a los ninos felices compensa estos momentos tan agobiantes.
Translation: Pedro Argumedo, student at Avila University, experienced a unique, astonishing and memorable trip to Guatemala this past Christmas. Before we go on to his beautiful stories, it is noteworthy to say that Pedro was able to travel to Guatemala thanks to the donations ($1200) from different people, and wit the donations he bought gifts for children who had never had presents for Christmas. Today I am going to talk about some of the stories that Pedro shared on his blog. One of the first trips from Pedro in Guatemala was to San Marcos, which is 8 hours from Guatemala city, traveling through the beautiful Guatemalan mountains. They dedicated the majority of the trip buying gifts for the children such as socks, animated books, and toys. However, the day ended up being frustrating because banks would not exchange the $1200 until one bank exchanged only $200 for pity. Can you believe this? $200 out of the $1200. The reason behind this is because people are cautious with exchanging money due to drug trafficking and the use of fake money in Mexico. Finally Pedro and his partners were able to convince the owner about using American dollars. I put myself in his shoes and truth is this must have been a very stressing experience, but I am sure it was worth it to be able to make the the children happy even though the process was frustrating.
Rebecca Younker (Class of 2014): “My summer in Dublin has been an entirely life-altering experience. When I departed from Kansas City in May, I was certain that this internship would help me figure out what I want to do with my life in relation to my career. I needed to decide where my best placement in graduate school would be based on my experiences in Ireland. I knew that I wanted to work in a museum, but I did not know where I wanted to make that contribution.
The Collections Resource Centre (CRC) is a branch of the National Museum of Ireland which is located in Swords, several kilometers outside of Dublin.
Kaitlin Gould is an Avila University student who is graduating at the end of the semester with a degree in theater, acting and tech concentration. Although graduating soon, her education and acting experience will continue. Kaitlin has been accepted and is planning to attend graduate school in London, starting on October 2. When thinking about going to graduate school at the beginning of her senior year at Avila, she had schools such as UCLA and NYU in mind, but never for a second thought about schooling overseas. That is, until she signed up to audition via URTA (University/Resident Theatre Association). “URTA is like speed dating for graduate school,” she told me. URTA is a program used to find schools that offer graduate education in the field of theatre.