Thursday, September 24, 2009


As you might know, after another week and a half in Guatemala City we planned on doing a week´s worth of traveling in Guatemala before making our way into Honduras. Pop quiz--what´s happened in Honduras recently?? If you happened to guess coup three months ago, followed by internal turmoil, and ultimately border closures, then you were right on! You might have already put this together, but I will go ahead and spell it out for you--border closures are bad for would-be Honduran travelers.

So, what do we do? We call upon our biggest asset--YOU (well, really your constant supply of super-fast worldwide web)!

To earn first prize -- Find a place (organic farm, hostel, nature reserve, community clinic, whatever!) that offers free housing and (I´ll be greedy) some food for volunteers. And where? Somewhere in Guatemala, Nicaragua or El Salvador. Finding a place on an island earns a ¨bonus¨!

To earn second prize -- Find the same type of place as above in Costa Rica or Panama. Or find a place anywhere in Central America, excluding Honduras, that charges a minimal fee for volunteers to stay and work.

To earn third prize -- Find a cheap way (boat, plan, Maah da Hey trail (sp?), whatever) to get from anywhere in Guatemala to anywhere in Nicaragua.

Consolation prizes for anything (and everyone) else!

You can post your ideas as comments here or email them to joe.d.moore.ii(at) and (equally creative) juleen.rodakowski(at)


  1. Border closures are done for a good reason.

    Do you want me to contact Assissi Heights? Their school is not on an island, but I'm sure it's safe. I would like all the points I can get(you know me), but I'd take fewer points if I knew the two of you were okay.

  2. Working on my Panamanian contacts! Hope I can help you find something...

    In the meantime, check out this website: . If you don't know who Paul Farmer is, he's a pretty amazing guy in the Public Health world. He runs these fantastic clinics all over the world. If you scroll to the bottom of the page, they're looking for 8 volunteers in Peru for 2months- 1 year periods. The positions are described in Spanish though, so I wasn't sure what they ask. Maybe you'll find something for further down the road!

    Keep up the blogging! I read it (and so do my parents) all the time. Miss you guys, safe travels!

    (by the way... the blog name is for a ridiculous class that I had to take at NLU, and I can't post without it. Please ignore it!!)

  3. here's the website of volunteer work, translated:

  4. Here is Casa Guatemala - We don't know anything about it, but it may be worth checking out. It's a school for orphaned and abused children. Good luck!
    Paula and Brian

    Asociacion Casa Guatemala ONG
    14 calle 10-63 Zona 1
    Guatemala City
    Guatemala - CA

    Tel / Fax:
    +502 2331 9408


  5. Hey, sorry I just read your update. I haven't gotten a chance to do some research yet, but my roommate's dad has a house in in Dominical, Costa Rica (near Manuel Antonio National Park)that I've stayed at, and I'm sure he wouldn't mind if you guys stayed there for a little while. Also, Kemi George lives in San Jose, CR and he might have some useful information for you as far as places to go in the country. I know that doesn't get me any points because it doesn't involve the right countries or volunteering :) but I will do some more research and get back to you. And if you're interested in staying there, let me know! Hope you guys are staying safe and having a great trip so far!!