Guatemala and El Salvador are part of the Mesoamerican biodiversity hotspot – the third largest in the world. They are vibrant countries, rich with culture, history, diversity and incredible natural wonders.
Sadly however the two countries suffered through extended civil wars, and the economic, social and environmental impacts of these can still be felt today.
Even more alarmingly, just 20 years since the signing of the peace, these two countries and their people are facing a new peril. Here in one of the world’s most vulnerable regions, climate change is real, cruel and moving with frightening rapidity across the landscape.
SERES works in these regions, helping transform young people into leaders and change-makers and working with them to build hope, develop plans and take action towards creating resilient, thriving and sustainable communities.
From August 2015 – January 2015, SERES Facilitator Corrina Grace will be working as a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Irvine during which time she will be working to develop a new series of programs inspired by SERES work in Central America that focus on providing students and youth counterparts in partner communities with practical experience, training, and exposure to activities that strengthen the critical lens on local-global solidarity and deepen their understanding of the interdependence of all life.
During this same time period, SERES Culinary Director Roger Feely will also be working with the University to develop co-curricular sustainability education modules on health, nutrition, and real food. These programs will help students think critically about their beliefs and habits related to food systems and eating, inviting them to explore a new culture around food that celebrates the deep interconnectedness of people and culture in the southern California-Central American corridor.
This work is part of a Memorandum of Agreement between SERES Global and the University of California, and forms part of a larger vision for the SERES Communiversity Center and Programs.