We work with about 30 families from Nuevo San José and Fátima. Working with the school provides employment for local women who generally have very little access to paid work. It also gives you the opportunity to learn about life in campesino(agricultural worker) communities.
None of the families hosting the students for meals speak English. You will be practicing your Spanish in conversation at meal times. Students can chat in Spanish with the teachers and staff before class and during break times, and with our Guatemalan (non teaching) staff during the day and in the evenings.
Three meals a day are provided with the same family all week. Mealtimes are at 7:30am, 12:30pm and 5:30pm. The time with your host family begins with lunch on Sunday (if you arrive between before 1pm) and ends with breakfast the following Sunday. If you are here longer than one week, you will be introduced to your new family at lunchtime on Sunday.
The staples of a Guatemalan diet are tortillas, black beans, rice, eggs and more tortillas! The favorite spice is consomé of chicken. We work closely with the señoras to ensure that the water is boiled and that the vegetables and other foods are well-washed and safe to eat. The women receive on-going training in health, nutrition, cooking and hygiene. Many families prepare meat, but they are used to students with special meal requests (particularly vegetarians) and they try very hard to prepare meals that suit the needs of the students. (Let us know when you make your reservation to help us plan.) The families will not be offended if you choose not to eat something for whatever reason.