LearnServe Paraguay

A landlocked country of six million people, Paraguay is the size of California yet one of the poorest countries in South America.  Paraguay boasts two national languages – Spanish and Guarani – and one of the world’s largest hydroelectric dams, on the eastern border with Brazil.

LearnServe Paraguay participants join young leaders in the capital city, Asunción, and in the small rural town of San Jose de los Arroyos to learn first-hand what life, and social change are like in Paraguay.  In 2014, LearnServe Paraguay participants will:

  • Meet a group of inspiring youth leaders in the barrio of Santa Ana in Asuncion
  • Work on projects in Santa Ana related to health, job skills training, environmental education, and art – all led by youth from the Centro Cultural Comunitario
  • Meet students from  Colegio San Jose, an independent school in Asunción, and connect them with the students in Santa Ana.
  • Meet and live with students and families in San Jose de los Arroyos, a small village two hours from Asuncion, an opportunity to learn about rural Paraguayan culture

LearnServe Paraguay will give you an understanding of how lasting change comes to the neediest communities in Paraguay — through projects developed by those communities themselves.

Note: Spanish (at least one year) is required of all LearnServe Paraguay participants.


Trip Leaders

Sonija Parson is a  Spanish teacher and soccer coach at Edmund Burke School and co-lead a LearnServe trip to Paraguay 2013.  Sonija has continuously traveled to México since 2005 to volunteer as a Traditional Midwife in the outskirts of Cuernavaca, Morelos located in México.  Her passion for Spanish language and Women’s Health was truly strengthened from her Study-Abroad experience in México and El Salvador in 2004 where she worked in a community health center, Casa de Salud Malintzin, where she led natural health and wellness workshops with the women and children of Tejalpa

Bryan Whitford lead LearnServe trips to Paraguay in 2010 and 2012.  He had previously served with the Peace Corps in Paraguay. Bryan teaches Spanish at Bullis High School in Maryland.


Key Dates

Pre-travel Training Dates (tentative – to be confirmed)

Location: Edmund Burke School. Meetings usually take place from 3-6pm on a Saturday or Sunday as noted below.7497253934_5f03d4c08b (1)

  • Sunday, January 26, 2014 – Teacher Orientation
  • Sunday, February 23, 2014 – Student, Teacher, and Parent Kickoff and Orientation
  • Sunday, March 16, 2014 – Students and Teachers
  • Sunday, April 6, 2014 - Students and Teachers (ropes course)
  • Sunday, May 18, 2013 – Students and Teachers
  • Saturday, June 14, 2014- Send-off Celebration for travelers and families

Tentative travel dates

June 21, 2014 – July 8, 2014

Post-Travel Follow-up Meetings

  • Thursday, August 28, 2014 (4:30-6:30 pm)
  • Sunday, September 21, 2014
  • Sunday, October 19, 2014 -  Graduation!


Cost of Trip: $3,900 (does not include passport, visa fees, or vaccinations)

Financial Aid is available.  Any participant or school unable to cover the full cost of the program should contact Sabine Keinath by email at trips@learn-serve.org.


For more information, contact trips@learn-serve.org.

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