Simply the Best

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Meet Jessica and Juan.

They arrived at la Puerta Abierta in January, seasoned students in their last year at ENBI, our local teaching academy for early childhood education in Santiago Atitlan.  And while Jessica and Juan were experienced students, they were just beginning to test the waters as teachers.  La Puerta Abierta has been fortunate to collaborate with ENBI throughout the past  year as we expand our focus to become a learning center not only for students, but also for teachers.

We had the opportunity to work with Jessica and Juan over the past 6 months and to share our techniques and creative teaching practices with them.  They’ve learned to create community culture,  plan activities,  truly listen to their students,  teach spontaneously,  tell stories and sing songs, and most importantly, connect with their students.

As their training period has come to an end, we recognize that our exchange with Jessica and Juan has been mutual.  While they have gained new skills, we have gained fresh perspectives, hard workers, and teachers that our students’ fell in love with as their mentors.

Jessica and Juan recently celebrated their last week with la Puerta Abierta.  While the farewell pulled on our heart strings (the children  were not the only ones who fell in love with our student teachers), we are inspired to know that over the past months Jessica and Juan have been exposed to a variety of innovative teaching practices which they will carry with them to future schools to share with a multitude of students.

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La feria es….super divertida


*Photo credit Mario Ajanel

July is full of festivities and fun in Santiago Atitlan.  July 25th marks the celebration of our town saint, Santiago.  The ferris wheel is set up in the church square and lights up the evening sky, beauty queens are elected, cotton candy and sticky apples are sold in the market by visiting street vendors.


Local schools are responsible for organizing and participating in an annual parade, and parents, families and community members line the streets to show support for the students as they sing, dance, and march through the town.  The parade themes change every year and vary from cultural, educational, and world topics.  The theme this year was Recycle, and la Puerta Abierta embraced it by representing Environmental Super Heroes.  Our costumes were made out of recycled materials, and ranged from Capitan Verde Man to Paper Queen.





Lectura Juvenil en la Puerta Abierta, Santiago Atitlán

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El Club de Lectura es un programa de  la Puerta Abierta, dedicado a la juventud de Santiago Atitlán y pueblos cercanos.

Nuestro objetivo es incentivar en los jóvenes de Santiago Atitlán el interés en la lectura, ofreciéndoles un ambiente en donde se sientan seguros y puedan compartir,  convivir, conocer nuevas personas, desarrollar el pensamiento crítico, explorar libros y compartir vivencias.

Leemos un  mismo libro,  nos reunimos cada 15 días para discutir, analizar , relacionar el libro con nuestras vidas, realizar actividades de convivencia y  compartir nuestra lectura con los demás.

Cada día tenemos diferentes actividades creativas que nos ayudan a seguir desarrollando nuestro pensamiento critico. En esta foto los jóvenes están dibujando a los personajes del libro “La Sombra del Viento” según su imaginación.
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  • Un mensaje de los jóvenes sobre la lectura.

Somos un grupo de jóvenes que nos encanta leer, porque sabemos que la lectura es la Puerta para explorar el mundo a través de los ojos.

La lectura es el arma mas grande para alcanzar el desarrollo de nosotros mismos, de nuestra comunidad y del mundo entero. Los libros se escribieron para ser leídos, leídos por nosotros.

Queremos seguir leyendo, queremos seguir creciendo y sabemos como hacerlo.

El club de lectura  mas que un grupo, es un lugar en donde nos sentimos bien y en donde somos libres  de dar a conocer  nuestros pensamientos.


Queremos agradecer a todas las personas que nos han  proporcionado libros y kindles, nos dan la oportunidad de viajar, conocer  y compartir en nuevos mundos. Gracias!!!!!