Guatemala Volunteer Vacation
Guatemala Volunteer Vacations
& just good plain fun.
Open to anyone! For students, seniors, families, friendship groups & anyone else interested in a grand learning about and making a difference in Guatemala.
We want to take you on a grand experience that will give you an opportunity to serve, to discover and generally really get to know another culture by living and volunteering right alongside in a safe and eye-opening journey.
12 Days from
$1550 US per person + airfare
Ventures like this are worth the expense for the following reason:
They create a massive exclamation mark on much that has been taught at home, at school and in our church community. They take all the words and books … and create a visual and experiential feast such that travelers really “get it”… sometimes for the first time in their lives. Past teaching comes together in a very practical and full life-on experience.
For older and experienced travelers, this is an experience of travel and eye-opening beauty in which we are able to give back and bless others with whom we come into contact.
Trips like this are markers. They are “stakes hammered into the ground” upon which we connect various aspects of our past… and make decisions with regard to who we will be and what we will believe in the future. That’s why trips like this can be worth many times the expense. They are life-changing.
It’s important to note that this is more than just a volunteer work experience. It certainly incorporates volunteerism and hands-on practical service, but we will experience history, climb a live Volcano, discover what it is to survive as a family living and working in Guatemala city dump. We will experience life on a coffee plantation as well as a rubber plantation.
We’ll live simply… and then finish off in the lap of luxury as we take a few days at an all-inclusive setting in the highlands of Guatemala on the edge of one of the world’s most beautiful lakes.
We work with partner organizations that are looking forward to our coming to volunteer and celebrate with them in their work. Our first week centers just outside one of the most beautiful Old World cities of the world…Antigua Guatemala.
We experience 2000 years of Mayan history, 500 years of Spanish colonial rule, and some significant years of CIA intrusion. All of this makes for a safe and powerful experience. We have excellent Christian partners to host, transport, teach, and provide significant volunteer opportunities where we will be able to make meaningful contributions.
This trip is designed not only to serve but also to create experiences that will inspire & shape your life when you return. While one of our goals is certainly to enable you to do something important and useful, one of our chief goals will be to make sure we come away a little deeper, wider and stronger. Many of you will leave Guatemala with a deeper desire to make the world a better place.
Guatemala Volunteer Vacation Sample Itinerary
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.
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.
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.
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.
* flight tax subject to change depending on airline fuel or other surcharges.