This short course begins with an account of some of the most pressing issues facing rural indigenous communities in Guatemala based on feedback from our farmer training programs. We then look at some of the common mistakes we have seen NGO’s make in their agriculture programs and explore how Permaculture Design can help address these problems. We stress the importance of cultural understanding in field of development work and explore intersections between new practices and traditional ways.
Kalamazoo Valley is partnering with Transformational Connections to offer the Spring 2021 series of International Life Enrichment courses. Transformational Connections of Southwest Michigan is a Michigan 501c3 whose mission is "To provide volunteer opportunities in the developing world and foster life-changing experiences within ourselves, our community and those we are serving." They have developed over 12 trips to the Lake Atitlan, Guatemala region, including study abroad courses through local universities. Transformational Connections looks forward to travel to and with our partners in Guatemala in 2022.