Guatemala Service Trip
- Saturday, March 26, 2011
- Monday, March 28, 2011
March 28-29: Volunteer with Vamos Adelante, the only development organization in the isolated region of Esquintla, Guatemala. Vamos Adelante provides education, health, and nutrition services to poverty-stricken individuals in over 24 villages in the region of Esquintla, Guatemala. Help Vamos Adelante with one of their most pressing projects following the natural disasters of 2010. Enjoy a packed lunch in the village.
March 30: In the morning, visit local coffee farmer, Don Filiberto. Board a chicken bus and head to his village to explore his coffee farm, meet his family, learn how to make tortillas, and purchase his fair trade coffee. Don Filiberto and his family are part of Common Hope’s “Income Generating Plan.” In the afternoon, volunteer at Open Windows After School Program. Participate in tutoring, computer training, mentoring, and other after school enrichment programs. Return to hotel in the evening.
March 31: Visit local family run farm and coffee plantation, La Azotea. Spend time exploring the textile museum, UNESCO music museum, education center, and coffee farm. Spend the afternoon volunteering on local projects and lending a hand to the on-site school. This school serves over 500 children from neighboring disadvantaged areas. Return to hotel in the evening.
- Saturday, April 2, 2011
April 1: Free day. Options in-clude hiking a local volcano, day trip to Lake Atitlan, bike ride through the valley, fair trade visits, zip-lining through the jungle, or day trip to the ruins at Tikal. Farewell dinner in the evening.
April 2: Transfer to Guatemala City for return flight back to the U.S.
- total distance: 1,817 miles (2.924 km)