This trip is for students of Cabrillo College. Participants will spend the week volunteering in the mountainous villages of Vuelta Grande and El Hato, where they will support the school sites and experience what daily life is like in rural Guatemala. Their free time and evenings will be spent in the colonial tourist town of Antigua. Volunteer work on this trip will include classroom and library construction at the local school in El Hato as well as tutoring and helping in the classroom, and reforestation work on several plantations near Vuelta Grande.

Fees

The cost of the trip covers virtually all in-country experiences, including:

  • Housing and meals
  • Excursions and cultural activities
  • Coordination
  • Service project materials and coordination
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport pickup and drop-off
  • Dedicated group leader and experienced local guides
  • 24-hour emergency contact
  • T-shirt

The fee does not cover airfare, visa expenses, or immunizations (if necessary). With the exception of meals during your free time on the arrival and departure days and any shopping you do, all trip costs are covered from the minute you arrive until the minute you return.

Housing & Meals

Volunteers on this trip will be housed as a group in a guest home in Antigua run by a local family. They will commute daily to projects and activities in Vuelta Grande or El Hato. Students will share a room with at least one other student and sleep in twin or bunk beds. Some rooms have private bathrooms, others will use a common bathroom just down the hallway.

At the guest house, volunteers will be served Guatemalan and international cuisine. The cooks are accustomed to cooking for Western stomachs. There are vegetarian dishes available in every meal, but meat or eggs are also included at least once per day. Packing trail mix and/or energy bars is recommended for people accustomed to a protein-rich diet. Volunteers will have access to purified drinking water, as it's always available at the guest house. You can fill your own water bottles using the water dispensers.

Tentative Itinerary

Day 1

Morning: Arrive in Guatemala City, Shuttle to Antigua
Afternoon: Orientation & walking tour

Day 2

Morning: Service work
Afternoon: Project debrief

Day 3

Morning: Service work
Afternoon: Salsa dance lessons

Day 2

Morning: Service work
Afternoon: Mayan cultural ceremony

Day 5

Morning: Service work
Afternoon: Free time in Antigua

Day 6

Morning: Service work
Afternoon: Sunset above Antigua

Day 7

Morning: Service work
Afternoon: Tour of Macadmia Plantation

Day 8

Morning: Service work
Afternoon: Vuelta Grande home visits

Day 9

Morning: Service work
Afternoon: Tour of Antigua Local Market

Day 10

Morning: Service work
Afternoon: Flight to Tikal

Day 11

Morning: Sunrise tour of Tikal National Park
Afternoon: Return to Antigua

Day 12

Morning: Tour of Mayan Ruins at Iximche
Afternoon: Shuttle to Chichicastenango

Day 13

Morning: Tour Chichi Market
Afternoon: Return to Antigua

Day 14

Free time in Antigua unitl airport departure

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