Students Help Build a “Bottle School” in Guatemala

In August, five Interior Design students, along with Associate Professor Carmita Sanchez-Fong, helped build a school in the Guatemalan village of Chidonjuan, using 6,000 plastic bottles. The bottles are filled with inorganic trash, attached to chicken wire connected to a wood frame, then covered in concrete. The project was organized by Hug It Forward, a nonprofit that builds “bottle schools” in Latin America for half the price of traditional construction while also providing a way to dispose of trash. The students were Antonina Dominici, Lisbeth Jimenez, Joanna Kraszewska, Yuko Nagasue, and Natalie Zepeda.