We are still looking for the right volunteering job and it seems that we are a step closer. We visited a really interesting project over the weekend, especially for me as an architect. Only this time I wouldn’t delegate on site but help constructing a school project in Comalapa. “Long Way Home”, a relatively young NGO founded and run by mostly North-Americans, is executing sustainable community development projects by creating educational opportunities here in Guatemala. For the school project they use alternative construction methods based on earth ship principles (http://www.earthship.org/). Only recycled or locally sourced materials are used as building material, such as trash bottles, rammed earth and earth bags. Discarded tires are filled with earth from the property and then stacked to form walls.
So far, four classrooms and some adjoining storage rooms have been built, and the first set of toilets awaits completion. In total, twelve classroom and various other buildings are planned until 2014. For more information about the organisation and their projects visit their website: http://www.longwayhomeinc.org/en/index
And of course there’s no journey in Guatemala without using chicken buses. Time to change to more sustainable transport?