Laura Robinson arrived in Guatemala in late October and has made excellent strides in learning spanish as well as navigating some of the social, political and cultural complexities of the region. She spent two weeks in Xela learning spanish and then spent nearly two weeks with the BTS delegation which travelled to Alta and Baja Verapaz as well as the mining affected regions of the Xinca Indigenous territory. She is currently spending a month furthering her spanish language skills at the Cooperativa Nuevo Horizonte in Peten. She will be joining one of our partner organizations for six months starting January as a BTS Community Development Cooperant.

Laura Robinson hails from New Brunswick and has recently finished writing a Master’s of Global Governance thesis at the University of Waterloo Balsillie School of International Affairs. We look forward to the continuous growth of the BTS team in Guatemala and look forward to receiving two other Human Rights Cooperants in February. The cooperant program seeks to increase solidarity with BTS partners through on the ground support and strengthen communications with the network across the Maritimes.