Eighteen students and five faculty members traveled to Antigua, Guatemala this month for Taft's tenth annual service trip. The group lived with local host families during their stay.
Antigua is a city in the central highlands of Guatemala, famous for its well-preserved Spanish Baroque-influenced architecture and for its colonial church ruins. It served as the capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala, and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tafties travel to the region every summer to build houses. This year the group worked on four homes, bringing Taft's 10-year total to 33. The group also volunteered their time at a homeless shelter and an elementary school run by The God's Child Project, and assisted with a clothing distribution. The trip included a weekend excursion to Lake Atitlan, with stops at the Mayan ruins at Iximche and the indigenous market at Chichicastenango.