Monday, February 23, 2009

Exactly what we've been hoping for

After years of searching for a position in Central America that felt right, we may have just found ourselves a match. For the past few months we have been communicating with a non-profit group called Common Hope. Lucky for us, they happen to have positions available in their Antigua, Guatemala office that are right up our alley.

Common Hope, a non-for-profit organization, strives to make the lives of people living in poverty more stable, by providing supports in the areas of education, health care, housing and family development. They aim to create opportunities for children and families, so that they can improve the quality of their own lives. Common Hope believes in a work that is based on developing personal relationships with the people as they struggle for independence and dignity.

What we love most about Common Hope is that they are an organization that welcomes anyone willing to serve the poor without regard to religion. They believe people can join together in service and live spiritually without proselytizing. While their vision is based on spiritual principles, they value the strength that diversity offers and recognize that all people are equal and deserve respect, not matter what their beliefs are.

This week we both have telephone interviews with Common Hope for team coordinator positions they have available beginning this spring. The positions would allow us the best of both worlds - coordinating American volunteers while having working relationships with Guatemalans. We couldn't be more excited about this opportunity. Please keep us in your prayers!

If you are interested in learning more about Common Hope check out their website ( There are so many ways to help - everything from sponsoring a child to collecting supplies; hosting a party or even visiting Guatemala and volunteering your time. Who knows maybe you'll even run into us during your visit!


Kels said...

Hey Guys!

This opportunity sounds so great for the both of you. We have our fingers and toes crossed that everything works out.

Kels and Tom

Uncle, Aunt, cousins in IL said...

Thanks for the update, Common Hope sounds like an organization doing practical things to improve quality of life for people in Guatemala. I also like the variety ways others can partner with them. Let us know how the interviews went.