You never know what to expect when you land in a new county but my transition into the school system and lifestyle here in Guatemala has been smoother than I could have hoped. The five years working in the poorest schools of Nicaragua really prepared me for anything. On my 11th day and I had already integrated into a rural school in the mountains above Jocotenango and found a local family to host me. Check out the view from the preschool classroom:I spend the first two weeks networking with teachers, observing in the classroom and identifying the areas where educational support is needed. Guatemala has one of the highest illiteracy rates in the Western Hemisphere and teaching the next generation to read remains the highest priority.During my third week I visited a wonderful local organization called “Educando Guatemala” that works with 300 teachers in 4 of the poorest states of Guatemala. Starting in January, along with this amazing team, I will be able to share the activities and ideas that have been so successful in Nicaragua with a new group of teachers working in similar conditions. I am very excited about this partnership and thrilled to see the teacher training project growing to include new communities.