As a biologist and environmental scientist , Tara works to alleviate hunger and malnutrition while protecting cloud forests and their natural resources. Her special interest in Maya ethnobotany combines her love of culture and people with her love of green and growing things. Tara has worked for the last 8 years in cooperation with Heifer Project Guatemala implementing projects in food security and conservation. Tara oversees agroecology, environmental education, food security and conservation projects. During her childhood, Tara lived in the country of Jordan. She speaks, Q'eqchi' Maya, Spanish, German and Arabic.
With eleven years of experience, Rob specializes in service-learning trips with direct, high-touch connections with highland Maya communities. Rob's special interest in ethnoornithology combines his love for birds with his love for the Maya languages, history and culture. Rob serves as co-editor / citation referee for Cornell University's e-Bird Guatemala program. Rob's favorite color is green.
Dr. Hector is walking, talking social history of Guatemala, Hector holds his Ph.D. from Duke University. His academic interests include Liberation Theology, human rights, social movements, and the history of the catholic church in Guatemala.
After graduating from Georgetown University with a degree in International Economics, Marsha served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala, as an agricultural marketing facilitator with a Q'eqchi' Maya cooperative in establishing income-generating projects related to the village's tea plantation. Marsha's topics include Law in the public interest.
Eduardo Cofiño has worked as special liaison for the last five administration in Guatemala for the development of the Peten. Eduardo believes in his work and professes ecology as his personal ideology. Eduardo's presentations are always a favorite for groups.
As a child, David grew up in Coban and San Christobal, Alta Verapaz speaking Q'eqchi' and Pocomchi'. Since 1974, David has worked as a Research Associate and Research Specialist for the University of Pennsylvania Museum. David holds an MA in Anthropology from Claremont Graduate University and was awarded the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. David has an intimate knowledge of the archeology of Copan and his lectures give special attention to the Maya Cosmovision and world view.
At 14 years of age, Nathan was proficient at reading ancient Maya glyphs. Nathan combines his interests in art, archeology, history, info-technology, and photography in his presentations on Maya art and writing. Nathan now works in information technologies in Michigan.
Matt lives and works in Sibinal, San Marcos, Guatemala, on the highland border of Guatemala and Mexico between Central America's two tallest volcanoes. For the past two years he has been working with ADAFIS, a local community based agro-forestry association active in promoting environmentally and socially sustainable activities. Current projects include reforestation of the Guatemalan Fir, an endangered tree species, community based tree nurseries, agricultural training programs, environmental education, conservation and monitoring of the Horned Guan, and ecotourism.