This trip is intended for volunteers of all ages hoping to improve their spanish language skills while immersing themselves in the local community. Students will spend their mornings volunteering in the mountainous villages of Vuelta Grande and El Hato, participating actively in the daily life of rural Guatemala. In the afternoons, the group will take part in Spanish classes where each student will have her/his own instructor. These one-on-one classes result in rapid Spanish acquisition and development. 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 schools, as well as tutoring and classroom workshops, and reforestation work throughout the villages.

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

Arrival in Antigua. Orientation & walking tour.

Day 2

Morning: Service projects
Afternoon: Spanish class and visit to Mayan Cultural Center

Day 3

Morning: Service projects
Afternoon: Spanish class and free time in Antigua

Day 4

Morning: Service projects
Afternoon: Spanish class and salsa dance class

Day 5

Morning: Service projects
Aftenroon: Spanish class and free time in Antigua

Day 6

Morning: Service projects
AFternoon: Spanish class and tour of coffee plantation

Day 7

Excursion to Lake Atitlan
Boat ride to fishing village and swimming the lake

Day 8

Morning: Brunch at Lake hotel and free time in Panajachel
Afternoon: Return to Antigua

Day 9

Morning: Service projects
Afternoon: Spanish class and free time in Antigua

Day 10

Morning: Service projects
Afternoon: Spanish class and Macadamia nut plantation tour

Day 11

Morning: Service projects
Afternoon: Spanish class and free time in  Antigua

Day 12

Morning: Service projects
Afternoon: Spanish class and tour of organic garden above Antigua

Day 13

Morning: Service projects
Afternoon: Free time in Antingua and Farewell Dinner

Day 14

Morning: Free time in Antigua until departure

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