Updated: Sep 30, 2020

"You'll be challenged physically, mentally & emotionally and I invite you to lean into that discomfort”

In every way Jordan Menzel, our guide was right.

The past 7 days have transformed me in a lot of ways and for each I'm grateful. I went on this doTerra Co-Impact Sourcing trip to Guatemala because I wanted to see the value chain with my own eyes. In that sense I got exactly what I came for as we watched cardamom be planted, harvested, dried, and distilled. We literally participated alongside the 3rd and 4th generation farmers as they taught us exactly how one of our favourite oils comes to be.

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What I didn't expect on this trip was to bond in such deep way with the 30 people who made up our group of expeditioners. Together we worked on a project to expand the facility used to train village members in areas such as carpentry and masonry. These skills support growth and sustainability in a village where they are not looking for a hand out but rather a hand up. The collective efforts in the scorching sun were rewarded with amazing meals and beautiful discussions under the grass hut at Sikaab'e which translates to "find your path". A beautiful vocational school in the Guatemalan jungle built by doTerra's Healing Hands foundation funds and operated in partnership with Choice Humanitarian. Words cannot fully articulate the peace found in this space nor the friendship and kindness that was shared by all.

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