2011 Guatemala Apprenticeship - 3 Year

19 September, 2011 - 19 September, 2014
Application Due Date: 
15 June, 2011

The InnerCHANGE team in Xela is starting a carpentry project, “Tallando Vidas” in 2011. Youth we work with on the streets will learn the basics in carpentry in a three year time period as apprentices.

The project also includes intense mentoring which includes teaching life skills, spiritual discipleship, financial coaching, etc. In 2012 we hope to launch a business alongside the workshop where the youth will be able to produce and sell furniture.


The Call to Love - Guatemala

The call to love looks different in different places. Xela, Guatemala is a city rich with history, beauty, education, and all the trimmings of a modern society. But there is an underbelly to Xela—a population of kids who live on the streets and get by shining shoes, washing cars, or working as assistants on the microbuses.

Mi Cajita de Dulces

(My Candy Box)
by Melanie Avila, Guatemala

I’ll sell you a lollipop for un quetzal –
my stomach is growling, a cup of atol*
would curb my hunger

Or perhaps a cookie for Q2.50 –
tonight I need to prepare supper for myself
and my 2 brothers

I also sell gum –
I save every quetzal to pay the rent for my room (Q400/mo = $50 USD)

Here’s a cigarette if you like –
I need to buy a new cajita de dulces;
the police took my brother’s and he has nothing to sell…it’s been a month

"God Cries For Us"

“Dios llora por nosotros (God cries for us)" was the phrase Jose used as he shared his testimony with the rest of the street youth. Jose is 38 years old and started working and living on the streets at age 9. He now sleeps in the dormitory at night and washes cars to earn a living. He goes to church on a regular basis and attends night school, working on his high school education. But Jose’s life was not always so clean...