Touchnote Postcard App

volunteer abroadI saw a TV commercial last week for the postcard app Touchnote.

I didn’t even know postcard apps were a thing until now.

I’ve always made a point of sending postcards to family and friends back home — starting in 2001 with my first trip abroad.

I did it the conventional way each time: Buy postcards from a shop, find a local post office, buy the stamps and drop the postcards in a mailbox.

Until this past June where I led a group on a volunteering trip to Guatemala.

While in in the town of Quetzeltenango in Guatemala, I bought five (5) postcards from a small tourist shop. The kind old man behind the counter then told me where the post office was located.

I then talked to my local coordinator who told me, “Actually, the post office doesn’t work anymore in Guatemala.”

As in, literally — you cannot send mail there. Ugh.

So I put my postcards in my folder and forgot about it.

Until — the commercial for Touchnote. It looked like a useful thing, so I looked it up.

The New York Times said last year:

Select any picture from your camera roll, and Touchnote will turn it into a postcard and mail it to any location in the world with a working postal service. You can add a personalized message on the back, just as you would on an actual postcard.

Josh Root reviewed five photo postcard apps in Digital Photography Review and named Touchnote his co-winner in the category. He likes that:

“[Touchnote is] easy to use, their cards have clean and understated graphic designs and the image quality is, to my eye, the best balance of color, exposure and sharpness.”

The price is $1.50 to $2.99 per card.

So, although I will continue to send real postcards by hand on my trips abroad, it’s nice to know that apps like Touchnote can help you when that’s not possible.

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Spanish Classes in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

The above is a video of one of our group Spanish classes today in Quetzeltenango, Guatemala.

Normally our students’ Spanish classes are one-on-one, but occasionally the teachers get everyone together for a group activity. The Spanish lesson in the Guatemala video below involved a card game to help the students with vocabulary.

Remember, all of our volunteering programs in Guatemala include ten (10) hours of one-on-one Spanish lessons. You can do the lessons either in the morning or afternoon.

Most volunteer work takes place in mornings, so the Spanish lessons typically take place in the afternoons (after lunch at the host families).

Our Spanish classes in Quetzeltenango, Guatemala take place at the la coffee shop at 15 Av 8 Calle 13-77 Zona 1 in Quetzeltenango. They have a beautiful rooftop terrace with views of the city and surrounding mountains and volcanoes.