Mike Mazza

Terencio and Mike in El Ocotal

Mike grew up near Chicago, in the town of Woodridge, IL. After graduating from the University of Illinois, he moved to Barcelona with his good friend Mark Gaudet to teach English. There, Mike had the chance to meet many amazing people, see many amazing places, and do many amazing things. After two years of the good life in Spain he decided to join the Peace Corps, and in the summer of 2002 he did just that. In Honduras, he met many more amazing people, including Aaron Banas, Dave Burke, Sam Castle, Jeremy Padbury, and Lee Dula (to name just a few), as well as entire villages full of wonderful Hondurans. Mike worked as an Agricultural Extentionist, and spent the bulk of his time with Daniel, Carlos, and Raul working in the fields, trying out organic agriculture techniques (manure tea works great), and playing soccer with the youth team he coached and adult team of which he was a member. He also spent a lot of time with his dog, Lou.

After returning to Chicago from Honduras, Mike worked for KaBoom! (a national non-profit helping communities build playgrounds across the country), EcoGardens (installing greenroofs), and Let’s Go Play (driving a bobcat, installing playgrounds).  In 2008 he moved to Tucson, AZ to pursue a degree in Landscape Architecture at the University of Arizona, which he completed in May, 2011.

Sweet Lou

Mike, Nuey the Donkey, and friends in Oropoli

Dona Veronica explaining to Mike the finer details of making pancakes

Field of frijoles in San Francisco de Soroguara

Daniel Almendares and Family

Friends in San Francisco de Soroguara

Dona Marta working at the pulperia

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  1. hola ! mike es un placer poder escribirle encontre su pagina por casualidad pero me alegro mucho porque siempre lo recuerdo como el buen amigo que siempre fue . de las veces que ha hido a honduras me lo ha dicho mi mama y tambien dice que pregunta por mi . bueno me encuentro bien espero que usted tambien hay cundo pueda me escribe . saludos bye …

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