fiesta, originally uploaded by jenniferlarson.

We had a party on our last day in the Chicueyaco community, with a pinata, bubbles, games, and many homemade tacos. About a hundred people turned out.


mother and daughter, originally uploaded by jenniferlarson.

This morning the three women in our group were invited to Juanita’s house (left) where she lives with her 84-year-old mother. There are no roads to her house–we traveled down a rocky trail through coffee trees with views of the mountains and lush valleys below.

Juanita’s mother speaks only Nahuatl. Our trip leader, Laura, translated our many questions into Spanish, which Juanita translated into Nahuatl. Then the answers would come back in Spanish and then English.

wiffle ball, originally uploaded by jenniferlarson.

The kids in our group had fun teaching the children from Chicueyaco whiffe ball. Once they caught on, the teams were pretty evenly matched.

tortillas, originally uploaded by jenniferlarson.

I don’t know if I mentioned this earlier. I went to Mexico with Global Citizens Network (GCN), a nonprofit I work for as a graphic designer. They lead volunteer/cultural immersion trips to indigenous communities around the world where they help with community-led projects. About a month ago I asked them if they would like me to go on one of their trips sometime to photograph. They said yes, and three weeks later I was in Mexico! I’ll be working on a story of my adventures and the experiences of the family that was on the trip. So if you have travel magazine contacts, let me know.

Today we went to Chicueyaco, the village GCN has been working with for a number of years on a health center for their village. We helped them build a bathoom and patio outside the small health center building. Our work consisted mostly of carrying bags of sand and gravel for concrete down a steep trail about a 1/3 mile long.

We ate some amazing food on this trip–especially these handmade tortillas. When were were in the village each day, we were welcomed into this home for lunch. This is Concha making tortillas. I love the slap, slap, slap sound of forming the tortillas.