La Puerta Abierta began as a library for children with one part time librarian, a few tables and chairs and a large collection of books. A sign was hung from the roof of the building and not long after, children began to flow into the center.
Our staff of one dedicated librarian has evolved into a team of 8 talented and innovative teachers who continue to establish our center. La Puerta Abierta is now housed in a simple yet aesthetic two room building with large windows and ample sunlight on the outskirts of town. If you would like to read about our history click here.
In 2010, La Puerta Abierta became a vibrant learning center for students of all ages with a focus on early childhood education and literacy outreach in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala. We offer creative teaching practices which awaken a love for learning and exploration for our students and teachers. Early stimulation classes, primary education and teen reading groups are provided for families of all income levels. The center is also used for weekly tutoring for high school scholarship students. In addition, the Traveling Library shares books and story hours in rural schools.
Our mission embodies creativity, critical thinking, literacy, diversity, and teacher training. To learn more about our mission click here.