Volunteer Kalena describes her experience at our growing social enterprise.
Kalena tells us about her volunteer experience at La Choza Chula and why she doesn’t want to leave.
WorkAway volunteer Kalena with La Choza Chula’s dog Cusca
What have you been working on at La Choza Chula?
As a WorkAway volunteer for 5 weeks, I’ve been working very closely with Jonny, the communications intern at La Choza Chula. My main focus has been equipping him with the skills and expertise needed for this role. I’ve been mentoring him in every step of videography, photography and edit. An intense crash course if you like! This means Jonny will now be able to capture the fantastic work that La Choza Chula does. He can then show the positive impact and share the stories with a wider audience online. We’ve been making a video of the organic garden project and shooting photos of events and La Choza Chula products.
Alongside this, I’ve also been teaching him English. This is to help build his vocabulary and practice speaking and listening. It’s fun, because we really get along!
It’s been great to pass on my skills to Jonny, who I know will do a fantastic job as communications intern.
Read more about Jonny’s story here.
La Choza Chula Communications Intern Jonny and volunteer Kalena
Why did you decide to come and work at La Choza Chula?
I knew I wanted to spend time in Guatemala, because I am half Guatemalan and could visit my family. I’m really interested in sustainable development, and wanted to learn more about the positive impact that organizations like La Choza Chula are having in Guatemala. I think my passion and interest in international development stems from the time I spent working for a human rights NGO in Peru. Working in El Paredon was the perfect fit for me because I wanted to volunteer, live in a rural community, and get to know local people and culture.
What’s been your best moment in El Paredon?
It has to be the people! I really feel like I’ve been able to immerse myself in the community despite coming to volunteer for just 5 weeks. Everyone is so welcoming, inviting me into their homes to share their stories and culture. I think this is because I’m a volunteering at La Choza Chula. It’s so well established and integrated within the community. I’ve only been here for a month, and I am amazed at how many friends I’ve made!
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