Pencils of Promise, Guatemala

June 16 2011
Posted under: Travel, Work

This new project is fresh of the plane. I just returned from Guatemala where I photographed for my favorite charity, Pencils of Promise.

Pencils of Promise is a charity that I’ve been working with for the last couple of years. When it was just beginning, I met the founder, Adam Braun, through a friend and we connected in our perspectives on life, work, and business. PoP is an organization that builds sustainable schools for kids in developing countries, and I very much believe in the cause. The biggest thing I admire about Adam is his passion for the work on the ground, but also his vision in running a charity like a business. Because of that, PoP has been a huge success. My first trip with him was to Laos in December of 2009, where he had just finished the first PoP school. Fast forward a year and a half later, and we’ve expanded into Latin America(Nicaragua & Guatemala) and just broke ground on PoP’s 39th school. I like being involved with a charity/founder that truly appreciates good photography, and is on a fast track to impact a lot of people. The work I shoot for PoP is directly in line with my personal travel work, something I really enjoy.

Besides the beautiful landscapes that we visited, I really enjoy visiting the schools and villages. We participated in and shot the opening ceremony for PoP’s first school in Guatemala. The community were very thankful and emotional. The kids were great to interact with.┬áThe biggest reward is being able to give back to the world in a way that’s not necessarily monetary. It definitely helps raise money for the org, but it’s great to be able to use my talents for the good of humanity. It also helps keep you grounded to travel and see how people live in not so fortunate circumstances. It’s so exciting to be a part of such a fast growing charity.

On another note, I talk about working with charities in my travel photography book, Photo Trekking. Learn how to win a signed copy here: http://nonk.it/jZ5NCc

If you’d like to check out the Pencils of Promise movement, or get involved visit their website. http://www.pencilsofpromise.org/

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