Friday, December 28, 2007

FACELESS INTERNATIONAL: FAIR TRADE GUATEMALA

dear friends,
as many of you know i helped co-found a non-profit organization called faceless international. we have taken several humanitarian trips overseas with members from various bands in attempts to educate ourselves while helping others.
we here at faceless have decided to broaden our horizons and begin to invite anyone who feels that they want to help better this world to come along with us on a trip.
in june of 2008 FACELESS INTERNATIONAL is going to be taking two trips (june 8-17; june 18-25) to the country of Guatemala where we will devote our concentration on FAIR TRADE. this trip is designed to raise awareness, educate, and work hands side by side with the people in attempts to help alleviate poverty in Guatemala.
if you are interested please contact the project coordinator at sarah@facelessinternational.com. you will need to turn in your application and $100.00 (US) deposit by January 31,2008. space is very limited so please contact sarah as soon as you can, we also have fundraising ideas in place to assist you if you are serious about taking the trip.
-stephen christian
faceless international

Guatemala Fair Trade Awareness Trip
June 2007

(all inclusive: includes travel from Dallas, and transportation throughout the week, food, lodging, tourism activities, and professional movie of trip to teach friends and family about the benefits of fair trade)
Schedule:
Day 1:
Travel To Dallas (group training about Fair Trade, introductions of teams, group activities.
Day 2:
This is a travel day. The team will arrive into Guat City and then we take a 5 hour drive to Huehue. Once in Huehue the team will get settled into the guesthouse and do some team building activities. A perfect time to continue discussion about the week ahead, what to expect, and have open discussion about the purpose of why everyone is there.
Day 3:
This day will be used to start teaching coffee. There will be a chance to go to a Mayan village and see a church and also a market. A great day to get see the people and how they live, learn who they are, and experience the culture.
Day 4:
This will be used to visit churches/community centers in the area and start to meet the people. There will be a lot of interaction with the farming communities.
Days 5- First thing on Monday the team will travel to Agua Dulce which is 2 hours away. This is where the plantations are. During the next 4
days the team will visit several farms and meet farmers. Learn,
see, experience the entire coffee process. The coffee will have just been harvested so probably a lot of the work will be hands on helping with getting the land ready and prepping for the growing season. This is also when a project can be started. Everything from building things that will help the farmers, to playing with kids in the farming community. There will be traditional walks and hikes to tour the plantations and everything anyone wanted to learn about coffee will happen. End of Thursday the team will go back to Huehue.
Day 9
Will travel back to Guat city. On the way we will tour Antigua and do some tourist type things.
Day 10
Go Home. The cost of the trip includes a video of the trip that you can how to everyone to teach them about what you learned about FairTrade. We want you to continue the education!
FOOD
- We have a team of people who take good care of us. The food is prepared especially with North American friends in mind; Clean, safe and delicious. We take all of our food and drinking water to Agua Dulce with us.
ACCOMMODATIONS
- In Guatemala City we use a guest house and there is a guest house in Hue-
hue, with bunk beds and some regular beds. Hot water in showers.

for an online information package or an application for our free trade Guatemala please contact us at sarah@facelessinternational.com .

23 comments:

Scott Lee said...

Do you know total cost per-person?

Latrina said...

Yes, how much would this trip cost? I am really interested in this. This is something my boyfriend and I would really like to do and always dreamt about doing.

Amazing foundation by the way. <3

Anonymous said...

this would be amazing, I'm looking to find a trip like that for this summer.

kelliemarie said...

What an awesome opportunity! I'm very excited to find out more info.

Chris said...

I would love to go to support this cause.

Mary said...

I would do it, but I assume you have to be 18 or older, which I am not.

StrangelyNormalSteph said...

"I would do it, but I assume you have to be 18 or older, which I am not."

Same here...well not right now, but I would actually be 18 by the time the trips take place (I turn 18 on June 7th). But I think I really need to do something like this. I take living in luxury for granted and it's rather sickening.

Anonymous said...

I think it's amazing that you're going to be working in HueHuetenango. I have been working with speakers of a language spoken primarily in Huehue- Q'anjob'al Mayan- for the past two semesters and absolutely love the people that I have met as well as the culture they have shared with us.

My professor is currently in Huehue, working with speakers there to document and save the language. It's an amazing town with such interesting people. I hope you have a wonderful time on the trip! :]

evLan said...

Good luck over there i'll be praying for all of you in hopes that you have numorous chances to spread the gospel in whatever way is possible

x3beccamariex3 said...

Email and ask for an information brochure. I received mine, and it looks like it's open for anyone in high school.

Thank you for the opportunity Stephen.

Antoinette said...

I'm definitely going to find out if I can go. It's an amazing opportunity. :)

themockingbyrd said...

Interesting. In fact, very.

Although the logistics seem like they would be an incompassable problem at this point. Such is life, I suppose. Opportunities and obstacles, altogether in a haze.

Anonymous said...

I would absolutely love to go on this trip. I've always been really interested in this type of work and I would love to build a career from it. If I wasn't 15 and didn't live in Sydney I would have tried my absolute hardest to accompany you on the trip.
<3 larissa

Raechel said...

That sounds fantastic! I'm going to build homes in Costa Rica this summer, but I'll be praying for you, Sarah and the team for the best possible trip! :)

Raechel said...

P.S. If Faceless Int. needs any kind of art/graphic design for fundraising for this trip, I'd be glad to help out! Feel free to shoot me an email or have Sarah give me a call. I'd love to help out!
Also looking forward to the next Likeness of Love project this year!

Jeremy B said...

Esteban, great to see you making a difference in this world. I read your blog all the timeand am grateful to see that you want to make a difference out there. I know your trips to India and other places have really given you a heart for the world. I appreciate so much of what you do and share. May God truly use your organization to make a difference in this world. My wife leaves in 3 weeks to go to Thailand to work with young girls caught up in prostitution over there so please pray for their group.

A couple of more things. I want to thank you for introducing me to Paulo Coelho. He is now my favorite author as I have read Veronika Decides to Die, The Alchemist, and The Zahir. Coelho has moved me so much that I even wrote an entry on my blog about him (I hope you don't mind the name of my blog). I think we have the same heart and I am thankful how God has used your words and music in my life. May God continue to bless and use you.

Taylor said...

i'd kill to go. i'm 16, and the my minor status pretty much ends the road. in two years stephen.. two years, please return to guatemala. i want to see the land my baby brothers were adopted from, and i want to help those who need it most. :]

Joanna said...

I'd go if I had the chance, but alas, age triumphs all. Haha I hope you have future opportunities though. Good luck :)

Anonymous said...

do it again next year when i'm 18 and i'll be there

Adrienne said...

Dear Mr. Christian,
Please post more of your thoughts. I need something to read while I procrastinate doing my readings for school. Even if I am enjoying "Tonio Kruger" by Thomas Mann I still don't feel like reading it, its just because I have to read it that makes me not want to.
Sincerely
Adrienne's Meanderings

StrangelyNormalSteph said...

Stephen, where'd you go? I know you're busy writing songs, the novel, and saving the world, but we miss your musings =P

kendra said...

hola, esteban! I don't know if you know about this, but you should check out www.dosomegoodnow.com - basically, LJ Urban is sponsoring a project where for every 100,000 hits the site gets, a mason is trained to build eco-friendly homes in Burkina Faso, which provides homes for many who do not have one as well as a livelihood/steady income. I immediately thought of you when I heard about it, and I know you are really compassionate, so I thought you would be interested.

Melanie said...

Who wouldn't want to taste Guatemalan coffee on a daily basis?! Enjoy your time there, luuuuucky.