This article was written by Wendy Perkins and appeared in the spring 2006 issue of “Thunderbird” magazine.
The seed was planted in the winter of 1998, when Clay Cooper ’00 traveled to Antigua, a beautiful, historic city in Guatemala, to soak up some culture and learn Spanish at an immersion school. the experience opened his eyes and touched his heart.
“The tutors were living in poverty,” says Cooper, who graduated with his wife, Cindy. “They were very bright and well-educated, but there was little demand for their services. There just weren’t enough people going there to study year-round.”