Meet Daphne

Hi, my name is Daphne and I’m from the Netherlands. Ever since I was a little girl I have been passionate about traveling. I’ve spent most of my life fighting an incurable case of wanderlust.

I studied ‘International Tourism Management’ for the last four years and currently I am earning a ‘Master of Science in Tourism, Leisure and Environment’ in the Netherlands.

As I prepare to graduate in June 2019, I am fulfilling a Communication and Research Internship at Maya Traditions Foundation where I can pursue my passion of researching responsible tourism development and creating awareness of cultural preservation. As part of my internship here, I work with the communication department with daily tasks and responsibilities, do research on marketing and ethical tourism travel and help with ongoing projects in the social programs. One of the projects I got to help with this month is the bed project in Quiejel.

The giving chain started with friends and family of Tracey Stewart, a long time volunteer with OUR Guatemala: Travel with Purpose, who donated the beds in memory of her.


The beds were then crafted by youth in the Nuevo Reto Training for Life Program, transported to Maya Traditions office by Team Esperanza and last, the clothing and shoes were gifted by Laura Borgess. This week we got to deliver the two bunk beds, mattresses, bedding and clothes to the families in Quiejel!



During the trip, I tried, with a simple camera, to help tell the story of the families. I am not a professional photographer, but I wanted to share the reactions and gratitude from the family with you, so you may see the impact these small acts of kindness have on these rural communities.


For me, helping to deliver the beds and seeing the hardships of daily life for these Guatemalans moved and inspired me. I hope to spend more time with Maya Traditions to help improve the lives of the artisans, their families and the communities.

“A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective.” — Irving Penn.

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