Huehuetenango, Guatemala

Paul and Dakota stayed at Zona Juvenil Youth Ranch in Huehuetenango, Guatemala, ensuring the safety of the ranch and the boys it houses by designing and installing a ranch-wide fire suppression system.

Project highlight: Fire Suppression System

The two students worked with and lived on the Zona Juvenil Youth Ranch in Huehuetenango, Guatemala. The ranch provides a home to a close-knit family of teenage boys, all of whom have suffered severe abuse or neglect in one form or another. Coming from unimaginable circumstances, the ranch offers these boys a chance at family, community, and a future as they have never known. The team designed and completed four major projects during their 10 weeks: completing new bedrooms, designing/installing a fire suppression system, installing a rainwater collection system, and constructing the framework for a new greenhouse.

See Project Poster:  Fire Suppression System

student experience

“Spending the summer on an ETHOS immersion working at the Finca Juvenil youth ranch granted me the experience to see the world around me in an entirely different light. Living in the community in which I was working allowed me to see the impact my designs and decisions would have on the lives of those around me in a way that would be nearly impossible in more conventional fields of engineering.” – Dakota Waller, 2017 ETHOS Participant

“The 10 weeks I spent at the orphanage/ranch in Huehuetenango, Guatemala were unforgettable. The projects, though not overly technical, were necessary and important for Finca Juvenil, the host organization. Sometimes our work required just digging a ditch, but that too was necessary. The summer was a lot of work, but definitely worth it. I also had great experiences with the boys, and feel blessed to have spent time with them and to have gotten to understand them. I would do it again in a heartbeat and would recommend ETHOS to anyone looking for meaningful service and immersion opportunities in developing countries!” – Paul Gutbrod, 2017 ETHOS Participant

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