Photographic Volunteer Adventure at
Project Somos Guatemala

Join us for five days of volunteering and learning together at Project Somos, Guatemala with Photographer and guest Volunteer Instructor, Kellie Bieser!

travel.

Here in the Central Highlands of Guatemala, you will be surrounded by the beauty of red quinoa fields, towering volcanoes, and a vibrant culture.

learn.

We will have daily classes on subjects ranging from family portraiture to landscape composition to documentary work and everything in between. You will have access to exclusive printed and online materials and will be part of a private educational community where you can continue to learn after your retreat.

serve.

Project Somos Children’s Village~orphan prevention & family preservation. Project Somos is an eco-sustainable community nestled in the beautiful Central Highlands of Guatemala. Families who have been living in extreme poverty are invited to come heal and learn on site. 

Prior to coming to Project Somos, the women had no photos of their children. Nada. Here at Project Somos they are empowered to lift themselves out of poverty and to break that vicious cycle. Heather Knox, Co-Founder & Executive Director photographs the mamas and kids and prints some of the photos to share with them. 

Now we’d love for the mamas to learn to take photos of their own kids and for the kids to learn how to take photos, too! Sharing our knowledge and passion for photography, we have the opportunity work with these mamas who long to document their kids—just like we do—and who also value the opportunity to have an artistic outlet.

Let’s grow together as photographers and women, all while giving back.

 

Project Somos has been welcoming volunteers since 2011. To date, they have welcomed close to 400 volunteers! It is always a very rewarding and fun experience for everyone, especially for the mamas and kids who love getting to meet knew friends from afar!

daily activities.

Classroom education
Travel and on-location education
Hands-on shooting
Volunteer lessons with mothers and kids
Culling and peer critique
Group editing and post-processing discussion
Social time
De-briefing and discussion after the days activities

Portfolio Reviews! Kellie Bieser is generously offering portfolio feedback for each participant who attends! She will set up appointments and speak one-on-one with anyone interested! ($150 value)

And ALWAYS, Project Somos offers: A Wood-fired Pizza party on the final evening as a thanks for coming and a way to celebrate our week together.

project somos benefits.

Learning and creative engagement for our mamas and kids. 
New photos for Somos website and social media.
Photos to share with donors that sponsor the families
Photos for each mama and her children.
Spreading the word to gather a wider circle of support. 
Community engagement opportunities.

investment.

All prices in US Dollars
$100 Project Insurance (required for all who visit Project Somos)
$500 Registration/Donation (eligible for income tax receipt in Canada and the USA)
$35/night (three meals and simple, comfortable accommodations) ~$210 total.
$25 Transportation from Guatemala City to Project Somos (you must arrive before noon on Sunday, July 16th)
$100 for one point-and-shoot digital camera to gift to Project Somos for use by residents to document their own families.

Curious about where volunteers sleep, eat, and relax at Project Somos? Check out the Flickr album.

additional costs.

All travel, additional hotel stays, and travel insurance are the responsibility of each participant.

flight.

Most flights to Guatemala City stop in Houston, Dallas or Los Angeles. We suggest that you arrive on Saturday, July 15th and then everyone can travel to the Project together the next day at noon.

travel insurance.

Travel insurance is highly recommended for international travel. We are happy to suggest reputable providers upon request.

hotel accommodations.

Hotel stays upon arrival and departure are approximately $80/night, based on double occupancy (so two of you can share!). Suggestions for places to stay are available upon request.

transportation.

Transportation after event (getting back to Guatemala City, going to Lake Atitlan or going to Antigua). We can help arrange all of this.

Organized by ClickinMoms Member Heather Knox (@heather_alicia), Co-Founder and Executive Director of Project Somos Village, Guatemala. She and her husband, Greg (and their five brown dogs) live full-time in Guatemala, on-site in the Village with the mamas and kids that reside at Project Somos. The Village is located 8km from the town of Tecpán. Check it out! Project Somos Video

www.projectsomos.org

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