My name is Mariëlle, but most people call me Mur or Mariela because that is easier. I think at this time you’ve already discovered where my blog is about: Guatemala. I am a 22 year old girl from the west coast of the Netherlands. In 2015 I visited Guatemala for the first time for a three week voluntary project in San Juan Ostuncalco, Quetzaltenango. Until that point I always thought that ‘falling in love with a country’ was impossible. But I did. I fell in love. I can almost hear you think: in three weeks? Yeah, in three weeks Guatemala became my home, my heart. Unfortunately I had to leave my new friends behind for a year to go back to school, but this summer I packed my bags and hopped on a plane to La Aurora International Airport again!
This time my destination was Cubulco, Baja Verapaz. I hoped Guatemala would still be as pretty as I left it… and it was. I spent three weeks in El Centro Medico Cristiano Señorita Helena to help renovating houses for doctors. Once again I did not want to leave at all, but I had to.
When I came back home I searched for a way to be able to go to Guatemala for a longer period of time. Fortunately, I had to pick a minor for school and I came across one that is called ‘Working in development countries’. I applied. I got in. On April 6, 2017, I moved to Mixco, Guatemala-City, to work as a media intern for an ngo called AMG International. For 8 months Guatemala was my home and I learned so much about the culture, life, God and God’s calling for me. On December 15 I returned to the Netherlands to finish school but my heart will always be in ‘Guate’.
Through this blog I want to share my passion for Guatemala and I would love to show you how beautiful it is in el país de la eterna primavera, the land of the eternal spring.
Join me on this adventure!