Hi! My name is Sergio Losilla, and I am the geek that is going to Guatemala.
I am passionate about science, games, computers and a bunch of other things.
I am originally from Spain, and I currently live in Helsinki, Finland, and
work as a software developer. A while back, I met the great people from
and although it has taken some time for this project to take off, in July
2019 I will go for half a year to work as a volunteer at
Padre Guillermo Woods high school in Ixcán, Guatemala.
Keep reading if you want to know more!
Do you believe in this project? Then you can support us!
us, send us your love and support, tell your friends!
If there's some area of expertise you can advice us
on, don't be shy and share your thoughts with us.
Do you know about how to teach programming to kids?
Are there any good resources you know of?
Are you fluent in Spanish and want to join us ? Get
in touch with Asociación Manabí and we'll figure something out!
We also take donations,
mostly laptops, books and money. See below!
My job at Padre Guillermo Woods high
school will be, well, to help in whichever way I can! This is a very
general statement, because the first part of the job will be figuring
out, on site, what is the best I can do. The main target is not
so much working directly with the kids (although I sure hope there's a lot of
that!), but working hand in hand with the teachers. Another
important part will be welcoming and coordinating the work of other
volunteers that will come to the school.
But I am a true geek at heart, and I am on a mission to share this with
the world. How?
Putting up a computer classroom.
Running a research project program, where each group
of students will research on a topic they love helped by one of their
Collecting fantasy and sci-fi novels, comics and role-playing
game manuals to set up a geek library... And hopefully run
some role-playing game campaign!
Together with two more guys I met recently, we had an idea for
a larp to teach chemistry, and I would be very excited
to run it there!
If you want to contribute with money to our project, you can directly
donate to Asociación Manabí
directly to their bank account
ES55 2038 1033 43 6000663487
Please use "Instituto Maya Padre Guillermo Woods" as message) or via
PayPal using the button below (under construction... Contact us directly if
you cannot wait).
Nuestro principal gasto será el transporte de las donaciones a la escuela.
Aún no es seguro cuánto costará, pero nuestra estimación actual es de
1000 €. Os mantendremos informados acerca de los gastos que tengamos.
We are collecting the following things:
Do you or your workplace have used functioning laptops
that you don't need any more? They would be perfect for the computer
classroom I am trying to set up at the school.
We are looking for books (mostly in Spanish, but we
could bring a few in English), like fantasy and science fiction novels,
and role-playing games, to set up a library. Let us know if you have
something for us.
We also want to get hold of a projector and a set of
speakers . We will need converters
(110 V to 220 V) to be able to plug the laptops to the local power grid.
There will be many other expenses, (the transportation of the donated
material to the school from Europe is going to be expensive): you can
donate money directly to Asociación Manabí.
If you want to give us any of those, please contact
us . The easiest places to collect items will be Madrid, Spain and
Some random stuff about me
Do you want to know more about me? Here are some random facts:
I am originally from Madrid, Spain, although for more than a decade I
have been based in Helsinki, Finland.
I studied chemistry and got a PhD in an exotic field called quantum
chemistry. You can find my thesis here.
I have always loved teaching. I was 15 or 16 when I starting working
as a private tutor, and around the same time I started volunteering in
Madrid as support teacher and free-time counselor. The volunteering
ended in 2006 when I moved to Finland as Erasmus student. I did a bit
of teaching (programming and spectroscopy) at the Universities of
Helsinki and Aarhus. I am a very visual person, and I am quite good at
explaining complex matters in approachable ways. I owe a lot of this to
Luismi, my chemistry teacher in high school.
Nowadays I work as a software developer for a medical device company
Therapeutics. We're now building a first-of-its-kind cancer
treatment center, you can learn more here.
Spanish is my mother tongue, and I am fluent in English. My Finnish
and Swedish are pretty OK. I can also survive in French and
I like games of all kinds: board games, computer games, role-playing
games (both tabletop and larp), and my Chaos Marines army (World Eaters
to be precise) is gathering dust somewhere.
My gateway to role-playing games was Hasbro's HeroQuest. The first
scenario I designed when I was maybe 10 for my game group (who were 5-7
years older than me) got one reaction from the game master: "Sergio,
this is not Monkey Island!". The transition to role-playing games was
expected. After that, came AD&D, Vampire: The Masquerade (and Madrid
by Night), Call of Cthulhu... The last campaign I run was Cursom of the
Crimson Throne for Pathfinder.
I love larping, and although I have never done it much, lately I have
been participated in some amazing Nordic larp games. I even co-designed
and co-run a game that was run at Knudepunkt 2019!
My mom is from Santa Cruz de Campezo, a small but lovely village in
the Basque Country. Although I have not been able to visit much for
years (and no, I don't speak Basque), this is an important part of my
Mayan High School Padre Guillermo Woods
Padre Guillermo Woods high school is a community education centre locate in the Pueblo Nuevo village in Ixcán. The students are between 12 and 17 years old, comprising both the "Básico" and "Diversificado" levels. Teaching is done both in Spanish and in Mayan languages.
Ixcán is a municipality formed by 176 communities in the department of Quiché, Guatemala, close to the Mexican border. It takes about 5 hours of travel to reach the closest city, Cobán – except for winter, when the harsh conditions can make land travel impossible. Ixcán is the home of about 100 000 people, 78% of them of different indigenous Mayan ethnicities. Each of these groups have their own distinct language, although the majority of them are bilingual in Spanish, the official language of Guatemala.
is one of the local actors that work for the improvement of the conditions in Ixcán. Every year, Asociación Manabí brings tens of volunteers (nurses, teachers, engineers) to utilize their know-how to support sustainable social, economical and environmental development.
Offset our carbon footprint
, a round trip to Guatemala City from Helsinki via Madrid will produce about 3.3 tonnes of CO