LWB in Guatemala
In April 2010 eleven members of the Librarians Without Borders McGill Student Chapter traveled to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala in partnership with the Asturias Academy. It was the first trip of its kind for the LWB McGill Chapter and sparked the beginning of an ongoing partnership with Asturias Academy.
Valli Fraser-Celin (LWB McGill president 2009-2010) wrote the following summary of the trip:
After all our hard work at Asturias, the group put together a manual of recommendations for the future school library. We included recommendations on space lay out, shelving, mock-ups, programming, collection development and cataloguing. We also purchased a LibraryThing account for the school so that they can start cataloguing books as soon as possible.
The experience we had working together and working at Asturias was exciting, fulfilling and an immense learning process. The hospitality and enthusiasm we encountered at Asturias from the students, teachers, volunteers and Jorge was truly inspiring. We learned to trust each other as a team and that flexibility and keeping an open mind are important when working on such an enormous project.
Having Asturias arrange such wonderful cultural experiences also reinforced how important it was to learn about a culture, the people and the educational system before starting our work. The more we knew about the students and where they were coming from, the more we were able to make this library unique to Asturias. It was a pleasure working with everyone who came on the trip as well as everyone at Asturias.