Miss Hispano Indiana Works With Mission Guatemala

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Miss Hispano IndianaBack home in the U.S., Vanessa Echeverria holds the title of “Miss Hispano Indiana,” but this summer, with us here in Guatemala, she was simply our amiga Vanessa: a volunteer, translator, and—for the children of Nueva Esperanza—their jump-roping and coloring companion.  Having spent a considerable amount of time in Spanish-speaking countries since her earliest years growing up in Ecuador, Vanessa’s Spanish fluency and ability to feel completely at home in an Latin American country made her an invaluable asset to Mission Guatemala during the months of July and August, as we hosted a record 6 volunteer teams in 6 consecutive weeks.

This was Vanessa’s second summer volunteering with Mission Guatemala.  Last year, she helped set up the online child sponsorship program for our feeding program in the community of Nueva Esperanza, in Vanessa in Nueva Esperanzaaddition to translating and lending a hand on our summer construction projects.  This year, she assisted the teams as they installed stoves, took family photos in rural communities, and as they mixed and poured the cement of the concrete basketball court/soccer field at Nueva Esperanza.  And, while working in Nueva Esperanza, Vanessa also got to reconnect with the children from the community, all of whom remembered her fondly from last year and were extremely excited to welcome her back.

Vanessa works with Mission GuatemalaThis past spring, Vanessa graduated from Ball State University with a degree in economics.  Currently, Vanessa is preparing to begin her graduate studies at Indiana University-Purdue University (IUPI) in Indianapolis, where she has been accepted into the school’s prestigious Masters Program in Nonprofit Management.

We wish Vanessa continued exitos in all her endeavors, and hope that at some point in the future she will again come to San Andres Semetabaj and work with Mission Guatemala.  We, along with the children and families of Nueva Esperanza, as well as so many others who have had the opportunity to get to know her, will be eagerly waiting to welcome her back.



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