Teacher to hold information session about Guatemala trip

Sammi Handler

Students interested in traveling to Guatemala Aug. 1 – 19 as part of HW Go!’s Guatemala: A Digital Story Adventure program can attend an information session with their parents Wednesday in the Ahmanson Lecture Hall at 3:30 p.m.

Students on the trip will complete prerequisites including learning about Guatemala’s history and planning a media project, and a post-requisite of completing a media project.

“Guatemala is a hidden gem of the Americas with a rich Mayan culture that predates the birth of Christ,” Visual Arts Department Head Cheri Gaulke said in an email. Gaulke is also one of the trip’s leaders. “This one-of-a-kind experience combines cultural awareness, adventure travel, insiders’ access to social enterprise, natural landscapes and project-based inquiry of the Maya culture.”

Gaulke, Emmy-Award winning cinematographer Jeff MacIntyre, photography teacher Joe Medina and Santa Barbara City College history professor Alethea Paradis will lead the trip. Paradis is also the Director of  the travel program Peace Works Travel, formerly known as Friendship World Tours, which has facilitated the past HW Go! trips to Laos, Rwanda, Cuba, Vietnam, Cambodia and now Guatemala.

Students going into grades 9 – 12 are eligible to register for the trip.