Thursday – October 13, 2016: Washington, D.C.
January 2017: Guatemala
Washington, D.C. October 2015
USFUVG returned to the Organization of American States to host an evening event for USFUVG friends and supporters. The program consisted of an overview of our work, the University, and Guatemala, however, the highlight of the evening were the two student presenters. Amabila Soledad Puac Saloj and Salomón Ajiquichí Pecher made the journey all the way from the UVG-Altiplano campus in Sololá to speak firsthand about what it is like to receive a UVG education and the impact that this opportunity has had on their lives. They talked about their studies, as well as their hopes and aspirations for their future. Amabila highlighted her experiences as a 4th-year degree student in the tourism and hotel management bachelor’s degree program. A high school graduate of UVG, Salomón spoke about his decision to continue his education. He is now a bachelor’s degree student of agroforestry. Dr. Monica Stein, the Director of UVG’s Research Institute, complimented their presentation in providing an overview of STEM education methodologies and curricula at the University. It was a wonderful evening.
None of this would have been possible without a scholarship. Many of my dreams have been realized thanks to the support I have received.
Guatemala In-Country Trip, December 2014
The first inaugural Friends of USFUVG Trip hosted a group of 26 participants in-country December 2-6, 2014. We had an incredible trip with a very engaged and interesting group! Seen through the University of the Valley of Guatemala (UVG) lens, Friends of USFUVG trip participants experienced “the land of eternal spring” through … its rich cultural heritage of the timeless Maya who today constitute 23 ethnic groups, … the Spanish legacy of colonial grandeur that is Antigua, … the hustle and bustle of a colorful open-air indigenous market, … the uncommon geography of volcanoes, coffee estates and the majestic jewel that is Lake Atitlán, … an archeological site just being unearthed and ‘discovered’ and, of course … its dynamic people. We went behind-the-scenes to meet students in their homes and experience their daily lives through their eyes. We visited the former military base in Sololá that has been converted by the University of the Valley of Guatemala into a thriving, remote campus serving the Mayan communities. We saw firsthand the promise and opportunity gained through education. An outline of activities and general information for that trip is here.
If you are interested in visiting UVG on your next trip to Guatemala or on a trip with USFUVG as your host, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org today and we will gladly share with you ideas to see our programming and this amazing country. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you in Guatemala!
Washington, D.C. October 2014
Los Angeles, CA September 2013
Photo by Emilio Piovesan
USFUVG was pleased to return to the Bel Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades, CA to host an evening lecture and reception on Thursday September 26, 2013 from 6:30-9:00 pm (doors open at 6pm).
The evening featured three speakers:
- Monica Stein, Dean of Research at the University of the Valley of Guatemala (UVG), presented an overview of the complexities of the Lake Atitlán basin, one of Guatemala’s most emblematic and multifaceted areas, where UVG has built a relationship with the community and is spearheading exciting projects with great potential for positive impact.
- World-renowned Stanford University archeologist, John Rick, spoke about a joint archeological dig with UVG at the Mayan site San Andres Semetabaj – one of the oldest Mayan villages in the highlands of Guatemala, occupied from the pre-classic period (approx. 600 BC).
- University of the Valley of Guatemala President, Roberto Moreno, shared news of UVG’s growing success extending opportunities for higher education – at many levels – for the Maya and other rural poor of Guatemala throughout the country and – more specifically – in the Lake Atitlan region.
Washington, D.C. September 2012
Los Angeles, CA September 2011
Seattle, WA May 2011
Washington, D.C. September 2010