san marcos build

LWH is excited to have collaborated with Earthship Biotecture on a project in San Marcos and looking forward to a future collaboration here in San Juan Comalapa.  In April a crew of LWH staff, volunteers, and fulltime Guatemalan workers traveled to Lago Atitlan to work with and learn from a four person Earthship crew. In building a small office together the two teams were able to share their different expertises.

romeo and others hard at work

Some of the work included excavation, hauling materials, tire packing, can walls, bottle walls, forming for roofs, framing for doors and windows and pouring a roof.  It was definitely an important milestone for our Guatemalan coworkers since it was one of the first times they were sharing their knowledge of alternative construction.  As the vocational school gets under way they will be some of the first instructors leading teams of students on small build projects.

the Candelaria family in their home

There are also plans in the works for another collaborative project here in Comalapa.  Assuming fundraising goals are met Earthship will design and build a recycled and sustainable home for single Mayan mother of 5.  This would be the first “offspring” of the Tecnico Maya School, bringing our alternative construction methods into the town and refining them for a more domestic scale. You can read more about both projects here.