While all the treks offered by Quetzaltrekkers would make any avid trekker start packing, I had limited time and chose to do the three day, two night journey from Quetzaltenango (a.k.a. Xela) to the gorgeous Lago Atitlán.
While most of my global health films on women and girls are used as tools to advocate for increased awareness of an issue, increased funding or better legislation, I will be using PODER! as a tool to advocate for more leadership training to ensure girls can advocate for their own causes, their own funding and impact legislation in their own communities.
Claudia Paz y Paz sits at the center of the struggle for justice in Guatemala. As the public prosecutor, or national attorney general, she has launched investigations and prosecutions that have put both drug lords and war criminals in jail. But she has been told to step down in May.
Consider this a Public Service Announcement... Broad style! Because it's last minute, I'm thinking cheap, fun and NO STAY-CATIONS! Especially not when it's snowy and freezing out. Unless you live by a ski resort. But even then.
Human rights defenders began to gather names and details of massacres before there was any chance of prosecuting Guatemala's leaders and security forces for atrocities.
Diarrhea may not be glamorous, but the rotavirus vaccine is a shining star in the public health world.
Guatemala is one of the world's most violent countries. Over the past half century, it has endured a 36-year civil war, a genocide and a huge, ongoing wave of organized crime and drug trafficking.
Last week, we introduced you to several people who made such an impressive impact with their grant that we've awarded them another grant to continue seeding the change. Here are a few more of these special projects to be awarded an impact grant.
If we look at 2013 through a humanitarian lens, what do we see?
Diarrhea remains the second leading cause of death in children under five years old -- approximately 760,000 deaths every year. Each episode deprives a child of the necessary nutrition to live and thrive -- play, go to school and grow.
In the northern highlands of Guatemala, the Mayan Ixil people are in the process of creating their own alternative university in an effort to reclaim ancestral knowledge and reject the imposition of Western educational norms and philosophies.
The late Tip O'Neill, former speaker of the U.S. House, coined the phrase "all politics is local," by which he meant that politicians become successfu...
When we're successful we won't have mansions in Silicon Valley or drive nice cars -- when we are successful we have improved the lives of thousands or millions of our fellow human beings.
Sometimes a one-week vacation just isn't enough, especially when you wake up the last morning of your trip and don't want to leave yet -- it's too soon, and you've just begun to discover what makes your destination so special.
With the holiday season under way and Christmas and the New Year just around the corner, December is the perfect time to dust off your passport and celebrate in style.
I witnessed something authentically beautiful in Guatemala with Justin Bieber.