Ad­ven­ture con­tin­ues

South Waikato News - - FRONT PAGE - By LIBBY KIS­SICK

It has been four weeks since former Pu­taruru Col­lege stu­dents Cilla Mcivor and Caro­line Mck­in­non headed to Gu­atemala.

The 23 year olds are spend­ing their sum­mer with the Fal­coner fam­ily, former Pu­taruru res­i­dents and a mis­sion fam­ily, in Gu­atemala City.

In the past weeks the pair have em­braced the cul­ture by at­tend­ing a Christ­mas pa­rade, church, shops, vis­it­ing a Mayan mu­seum and Cen­tral Amer­ica’s former cap­i­tal city An­tigua.

Cilla, hav­ing been an au pair in Min­neapo­lis, Min­nesota, for a year, knew since July of last year she wanted to do some­thing dif­fer­ent this sum­mer.

She at­tended a wed­ding in Gu­atemala and wanted to go back as soon as she left.

‘‘I loved the rich­ness of the cul­ture, the peo­ple, the lan­guage and that it is very dif­fer­ent from NZ,’’ Cilla said.

Caro­line too has spent time over­seas, an ex­change year in Paraguay in 2006, and jumped at the op­por­tu­nity to travel to an­other Span­ish- speak­ing coun­try.

‘‘ The fun­ni­est mo­ment was when we were driv­ing along a fairly busy three-lane road try­ing to find a park. Peo­ple were run­ning along­side both sides of the car shout­ing ‘ par­que! par­que!’ mean­ing park. I was sur­prised that no-one was run over,’’ Cilla said.

A few things both have had to get used to is travel ill­ness, Cilla mas­ter­ing the lan­guage and the pres­ence of high se­cu­rity.

The great­est dif­fi­culty has been Cilla learn­ing to speak Span­ish but ac­cord­ing to her, Caro­line acts as her per­sonal trans­la­tor.

The trav­ellers re­cently helped out at a va­ca­tion Bi­ble school camp their hosts run for lo­cal vil­lage kids and in­tend to do the same in Jan­uary.

Libby Kis­sick is a WIN­TEC jour­nal­ism stu­dent

ON A MIS­SION: A Pu­taruru duo are mak­ing a dif­fer­ence this sum­mer.

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