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Global Impact Adventures - Guatemala

April 6 - 15, 2024

9 Nights & 10 Days – Trip Includes:

  • Flights from Toronto (ask about other connecting cities) 
  • Build a home for a mother and her 3 children
  • Support and visit an artist cooperative (teaches youth art skills for future opportunities)
  • Daily excursions throughout the adventure
  • Pacific Ocean experience, including a surf lesson.
  • In-country transportation
  • Most meals
  • Daily yoga and mindfulness practices
  • Taxes
 

Prices are $3950 per person double occupancy. Add a $500 single supplement for singles having their own room. Prices are in Canadian dollars. You can make full payment at any time. Your space will not be confirmed until payments are made by a minimum of 10 people to confirm this group.

Itinerary

Day 1 

  • Arrive by flight to Guatemala City
  • Transfer to Antigua hotel for the night
Day 2
  • Transfer to San Pedro
  • Check in to Hotel Sakcari
  • Walking tour of the village
  • Visit house build site and meet the family
  •  Breakfast, lunch, dinner
 Day 3

 

  • Sunrise kayak or yoga session
  • Zipline experience
  • Work on house build with local family
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4

  • Sunrise hike at Indian Nose
  • House build with local family 
  • Visit a student’s art exhibition
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 5
  • Visit communities of San Juan (chocolate making, textile, Mayan bees)
  • Visit San Marcos (swimming and cliff jumping)
  • Visit to house build; time permitting
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner
 Day 6

 

  • Final visit to house build, including celebration with family and kids
  • Free time – shopping or other activities
  • Celebration dinner
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner
 Day 7

 

  • Boat to San Lucas
  • Shuttle to El Paredon
  • Check in to Hotel Cocori
  • Surf lesson (tide dependent)
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8

  • Yoga
  • Surfing
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  • Estuary kayaking tour
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 9
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  • Yoga
  • Check out and transfer to Antigua
  • Check in at Antigua hotel
  • Walking tour of the city
  • Free time
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner
 Day 10

 

  • Check out from hotel
  • Transfer to airport for flight home
Guatemala History

What's Included

  • Airfare to and from Toronto to Guatemala City 
  • All in country transfers
  • Single or double Accommodations
  • Daily meals(with exception of outings that you may choose)
  • Daily activities and excursions
    • Surfing
    • Yoga
    • Kayaking
    • Horseback Riding
    • Coffee Tour
    • Sunrise Hike
  • Donation to build home for family.  Each participant has provided a donation amount of $1000 that is used towards the construction of the home.  Should fund raising events create and excess of funds required a reimbursement may be available.

What's Not Included

  • Travel and health insurance(proof must be provided, travel insurance available at the time of booking). Purchase travel insurance
  • Alcohol
  • Passports are required
  • Purchase of gifts

Trip Cost

  • What’s the Cost:

    The total cost of trip is $3950 CAD per person double occupancy. Add $500 single occupancy. $3450 per person triple occupancy.

    Register before September 30th to receive a $100 per person Early Booking Discount.

    $750 deposit dues at booking (non-refundable)

    $1100 due November 30, 2023

    Total Balance  due February 15, 2024

Guatemala Volunteer Vacation Sample Itinerary

Day 1 

Arrival, pick up at Guatemala City Airport and transport to San Juan Del Obispo where families will be waiting for us and will escort us to our homes in this town overlooking the city of Antigua (10 minutes away).
 

Day 2

Orientation to Guatemala and the villages of San Juan as well as Santa Maria where we will be doing our volunteer projects. We will begin to work and will spend most of the day in the village of Santa Maria. Either late afternoon today or on Saturday we will be spending time with a very knowledgeable Guatemalan guide who will answer questions and help us understand the country and its people from a variety of perspectives. Antigua has been designated a world heritage city. Beautiful, fascinating and ancient … now home to over 50 language schools. People come from all over the world to study Home School, Mission Trip.
 
 

Day 3

 

Workday in the village of Santa Maria. Santa Maria is a Mayan town further up the (dormant) volcano.

Day 1 

Arrival, pick up at Guatemala City Airport and transport to San Juan Del Obispo where families will be waiting for us and will escort us to our homes in this town overlooking the city of Antigua (10 minutes away).
 

Day 2

Orientation to Guatemala and the villages of San Juan as well as Santa Maria where we will be doing our volunteer projects. We will begin to work and will spend most of the day in the village of Santa Maria. Either late afternoon today or on Saturday we will be spending time with a very knowledgeable Guatemalan guide who will answer questions and help us understand the country and its people from a variety of perspectives. Antigua has been designated a world heritage city. Beautiful, fascinating and ancient … now home to over 50 language schools. People come from all over the world to study Home School, Mission Trip.
 
 

Day 3

 

Workday in the village of Santa Maria. Santa Maria is a Mayan town further up the (dormant) volcano.
Volunteer Trip

Day 4

Optional English/Spanish worship service in a small church in Antigua. In the afternoon, we will arrange for those who wish to experience a live volcano … to climb volcano Pacaya. (Oon foot or by horse) A safe but powerful and exhilarating experience. A life experience.

Day 5

Back to work!

Day 6

This day will be a set aside as a day trip into Guatemala City where we will spend some time with a mission that is serving families living in the Guatemala City dump. This will be a hugely inspirational and thought-provoking experience.

Day 7

We leave this morning for the coffee plantation… a trip that takes us from the Highlands of Antigua (approximately 1 mile high) down to the coast. The temperature will turn from warm and comfortable to hot and moist. We will follow the coast up towards Mexico and just before we get to the Mexico border we will turn to the right and head up a short ways to the town of Columba. (In the area called Costa Cooka) (so that’s Columba, Costa Cooka.) ( Say that real fast 3 times.) Note: we will stop at a rubber tree plantation for lunch and a rather remarkable tour. During the course of the last 10 years or so when coffee prices hit all-time lows, many farmers switched to rubber trees. It’s a fascinating process and we will look at the dynamics involved, both to the landowner and also to the people who live(d) on the land.
Antonio Mombiela whose family owns the coffee plantation has built a small retreat center on the property. We will be housed in this retreat center for two nights.

Day 8

Today we will tour the coffee plantation. We will see what it has taken for this family to survive economic hard times and how they have sought to protect the jobs and lifestyle of the 100-200 people who live in the small village on their property. We will take some time to discuss what we are seeing around us. If the small swimming pool has been tended, some will no doubt be amused by throwing their leadership teams into the water.

Later on that evening we will watch a movie together on the history of the coffee industry, a recent production which will help us make sense of what we are seeing all around us. It might just inform the way that we stop for a quick coffee at Starbucks when we return home.

Day 9

We leave in the morning for Lake Atitlan. We will drive uphill seemingly for ever and will arrive at the Hotel Del Lago where for the next two days we will live in an all-inclusive setting. Travelers can eat and lounge by the beautiful pools for much of the day. This should begin playing with the edges of our conscience as we consider all we have seen. We will no doubt be impacted by the kind of contrasts within which the people of Guatemala live. Extreme poverty and extreme wealth live side-by-side. We will take some time here in Lake Atitlan to discuss our thoughts and feelings around issues of lifestyle.

Day 10

Lake Atitlan. This is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world… bordered by three (non-active) volcanoes. This afternoon we’ll take a panoramic boat trip across the lake to the Mayan village of Santiago Atitlan. Travelers will have opportunity to choose gifts and souvenirs of their Guatemalan experience by walking the markets not only of Santiago but also of the area surrounding their hotel. This is a safe area and travelers will have a great time wandering the markets, lounging by the pool’s and eating some great meals. We will continue to take time to debrief the experience to date.

Day 11

We really do not have to be back in the village of San Juan till later on in the day, so we will drag out our experience at this hotel for as long as is comfortable. We will likely leave at 2:00 p.m. for the two hour trip to Antigua. It will be good to have one more day to enjoy our Guatemalan hosts and to say goodbye.

Day 12

9:30 a.m.. After breakfast we’ll take our final photographs and then be picked up in San Juan and taken to the airport for the flight home.

* flight tax subject to change depending on airline fuel or other surcharges.

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