This trip is intended for college students from University of Arizona. 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
  • International health insurance
  • 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 1-2 meals 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 work
Afternoon: Visit Mayan cultural center

Day 3

Morning: Service work
Afternoon: Salsa dance lesson

Day 4

All day: Excursion to Lake Atitlan
Boat ride to small fishing village, swimming in the lake

Day 5

Morning: Service work
Afternoon: Tour macadamia nut plantation

Day 6

Morning: Service work
Afternoon: Sunset view above Antigua

Day 7

Morning: Service work
Afternoon: Free time in Antigua & Farewell Dinner

Day 8

Departure for airport

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