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June 2004
Luc:  During our summer in Antigua, Guatemala we studied Spanish at a school named “PROBIGUA”, an acronym for, Proyecto Bibliotecas Guatemala. Betsey studied for one week, George two weeks, and I studied for eight weeks. All of us enjoyed our time there. The Front Office
Luc and George at Probigua Luc and George at Probigua.  The language schools are mostly one-on-one tutoring, from 2-6 hours a day.  6 hours is grueling, 3 or 4 is about right.
Luc:  PROBIGUA's director, Rigoberto Zamora Charuc, has great plans for Guatemala and it all starts with education and literacy. Besides the Language School, the main focus of the school’s effort is the Biblioteca Movil, a standard bus partly converted into a book mobile. Aside from bringing books to towns without libraries, the bus is used to take the language students on field trips. Often the trips include bringing recycled paint  to small towns so the children can help maintain their schools. Occasionally, the bookmobile delivers computers, and PROBIGUA  pays internet charges every where computers are donated. By the end of my time with PROBIGUA I learned to enjoy carrying paint. Rigoberto
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Luc:  The instruction at PROBIGUA could not be better. In 100 hours of study, I learned more than in two years of high school Spanish. One on one instruction using only Spanish is the most effective way to learn. I studied with several teachers and liked all of them. The entire staff is friendly and helpful, from arranging home stays to general information. This is Tomas, the general manager, and Teri, the accountant.  We stayed at her house for about ten days until we found our apartment.

Luc:  One of the best parts of studying at PROBIGUA for the summer was meeting other students. People come from all over the world, particularly the United States and the European Union. I really enjoyed the chance to make friends. Everyone has interesting plans and stories to share. There is much to learn from people of so many different backgrounds, the Catholic seminarians for example. The photo is of our friends Benjamin and Paul, who joined us for curry one night. Benjamin and Paul
Luc:  We stayed with Teri Enterianos and her family when we first got to Antigua.  My room at Terri’s was small and furnished with a bed, a small desk, and a plastic chair. My room had a view to the north.  I remember a day in particular. It had just started to rain.  And sitting there in a bare bones room I suddenly realized that I was happy. Luc's Room at Teri's
Teri and the Kids This is Teri with her three children.  Teri is a marvel, working full time as the accountant for Probigua, cooking and caring for for  4-10 home stay students, three kids, a husband, her niece.  We were all in awe of her.
This is the new parakeet, with Maria Teresa and Dalila, Teri's niece and helper.  All the adults held their breath while the 4 children learned to manage the baby parakeet without hurting it. Maria Teresa and Dalila
Teri and MariaTeresa Teri and Maria Teresa at dinner.  The meals at Teri's were fabulous, with careful attention to nutrition and featuring tipico (traditional) Guatemalan cooking.
Maria Teresa quickly learned how to be friends with her new pet. Maria Teresa and the Paraqueo
 

 

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