We Are Back From Cuba. You Should Go.

In Cuba, ten of us enjoyed the country in all of it’s simple glory, visiting local families and generally trying to understand what makes Cuba tick. It was a truly educational experience in the mold of our work at FTF. Next we go to Guatemala. This month in fact! We still have two seats if you have five days to spend pursuing this cool thing called your soul.

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Tom's Tales: The Face of God

As I’m eating breakfast with our Pitzel water project impresarios group, the men were speaking in K’iche (the local Mayan language). In a weird moment of total agreement they all looked at me. Abraham translated, “They say you have the face of god.” The face of God. I’m not sure what to say to that. I look at the president of the group and he nods toward the television which projects WWE wrestlers, including a really fat guy with a huge beard.

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The Autumn of My Immersionship: Slowing Down

My work with FTF can be crazy interesting. Abraham tells about witches and how there used to be many in Momostenango ten years ago. However, do to the rise of religions, the witches are seen less and less. He mentions a man who gave up his radio as payment to a witch. He wanted women in return for his radio.

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Tom Hornyak
Who Are You? Africa Answers.

This cultural investigation naturally led me to reflect: “If these people act like this because of that and say X because of Y then what is it that makes me act and speak the way I do?” I began to reflect upon the history and ideologies that have shaped America, and therefore shaped Americans. 

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Dan Padrnos
Our Kind of Field Trip

There was no keipi, no celebration, and no announcements. I’m convinced I have joined a secret brotherhood of monks who work underground and unnoticed. John handed me a money belt and with a confident smile of a shady 70s car salesman, and wished me good luck.

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Tom Hornyak