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Zuleika Lewis

An energetic, passionate “mover and shaker,” Zuleika's multicultural upbringing and early international experiences drew her to Global Citizen Year. Zuleika moved from Venezuela to California as a freshman in high school. While she learned English in school, she sought out deeper, more spiritual means of connecting with others. Through the mentoring program Summer Search, Zuleika distinguished herself as a natural leader through her introspective nature and her guidance toward younger participants. On a social justice and community service trip to India, Zuleika had a transformative experience working with young children affected by HIV/AIDS.

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Earth Days

February 24, 2010

With a strong sense of motivation to make change, the volunteers of  SolCom and I started a 3 day program at a community center in a small town called La Pista. The main focus of Earth Day is to educate kids about the importance of not throwing trash and how they can help. The first...

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“We don’t want Guatemala to be dirty”

December 17, 2009

“We don’t want Guatemala to be dirty because otherwise it would not be beautiful and people would get sick,” said one of the kids in our last day during drama class when acting out how Guatemala would look if everyone kept throwing trash in the streets. It was such a powerful moment to witness such...

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Más Mani porfavor (More peanut butter please)

December 1, 2009

As time evolves so does the peanut butter project “Más Mani porfavor“. This week we made about 5 jars which 4 of them were sold for 22 quetzales (about 3 U.S dollars). Out of those 22 quetzales 2 are giving back if the jar is returned. It is incredibly exciting to see things moving along....

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Projects in Guatemala

November 20, 2009

Today we went to a village called Vi Chibala – about 40 minutes away from Nebaj. We went to do the publicity for a campaign to promote glasses, water filters and light bulbs that last about 5 to 8 years. Vi Chibala is a beautiful town in the mountains of Coxal, where I saw the...

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What is Left Afterwards

November 5, 2009

On tuesday our schedules took us to a beautiful little town call Acul where we had to do publicity for a campaign to promote the use of reading glasses for people older than 35 years old who has lost their vision with time. “Soluciones Comunitarias” the organization we do the campaigns with also gives protector...

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Bienvenida Nebaj

November 5, 2009

On Saturday, around 8:15AM, Ian, our team leader Luis, Maria Clara, and I left the department of Santo Tomas. I was so excited with the idea of being in Nebaj and starting my apprenticeship in education with youth at the community center in “La Pista,” a little town a few minutes outside of Nebaj. The...

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Bienvenida Nebaj

November 5, 2009

On Saturday, around 8:15AM, Ian, our team leader Luis, Maria Clara, and I left the department of Santo Tomas. I was so excited with the idea of being in Nebaj and starting my apprenticeship in education with youth at the community center in “La Pista,” a little town a few minutes outside of Nebaj. The...

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Mayan Wedding

October 13, 2009

Today after our regular Spanish and ixil classes went to a small town call  San Antonio, Aguas Calientes (hot water) about 20 minutes away from Antigua. We meet with two women who are part of an organization called ” Ixel.”  All done by hand they create very typical Mayan clothes as well as others that...

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Third Day in Guatemala

October 7, 2009

Today is the third day since we landed in the calm and vibrant country of Guatemala. After staring the morning with a long shower not knowing if after we would have to carry water in buckets we could not wait to meet our families. The day went as usual with patient for a good breakfast...

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Share the Earth

July 31, 2009

My name is Zuleika Lewis. I was raised in Venezuela since I was three months old with my grandparents. My parents died of HIV when I was 6 years old. In 2005 I came to live here in California with my aunt as freshman in High School. At the start of my freshman year, my...

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