This Monday, 29 September, we visited Ak’Tenamit’s education center in the eastern department known as Izabal, Guatemala. The education center is participating in the School Enterprise Challenge with its new Eco-lodge business. Graciela Coy and Lucio Perez showed and explained to us the four bungalows which will form part of Ak’Tenamit’s tourism center.
This incredible project completed the first and second stage of the School Enterprise Challenge: Plan of Ideas and Business Plan. Now, they are in the third stage: Implementing the Business Plan.
Our hosts commented the principle objective of the business is to create a new hands-on experience for their students specializing in Sustainable Tourism or Rural Wellbeing (this includes agricultural and some aspects of environmental science). The purpose of this is to preserve and improve the rainforest in which it is located as well as use its environment as a resource for learning eco-sustainability. They also commented the strengths of their business: its location being in the heart of Rio Dulce’s National Park and less than half an hour away from the town of Livingston. These two areas attract a large amount of tourists, giving Ak’Tenamit the opportunity to advertise its other businesses: school restaurant and authentic handmade craft store.
The Ak’Tenamit Association is an indigenous community development organization with the objective to promote self-sustainability and quality living in the lives of Mayan and other ethnic groups. One of the ways they do this is through their education program; Moran Education Center.
We are very excited to have Ak’Tenamit participating in the competition. Besides the other businesses in developing stages, the Eco-lodge is the newest business which has received much motivation and enthusiasm from staff and students in charge of implementing this project. With still some final touches, this business will soon be ready for advertising.
Good luck Ak’Tenamit en the third stage of Implementation!!