Salesforce Family Service Trips 2019-2020

Salesforce family service trips program 2019

Please click here for the Salesforce Trip Interest Form link.

ViviendasLeón has brought student and family groups on service and educational trips to Nicaragua for more than 15 years.  This coming year, we are launching a new travel and service program in Guatemala. We have forged a partnership with an established organization with 20 years of experience in the Lake Atitlán region, and have a team who will manage the program in country. Our partner, Mil Milagros, is a well respected and like-minded organization that has deep roots in the region allowing us to continue work in rural communities based on trusting relationships.

These trips are a 7 day program for families who want to introduce their children to service and global citizenship while being immersed in a new place, language, people and culture. The trips include 7 days in the Lake Atitlán region, based in the town of Panajachel.

Our three main goals are to explore the culture, history and language of the Mayan Highlands region and its people, work alongside rural families and children in their indigenous communities  and spend time throughout the trip learning from local people and educators about Guatemala, while discussing the experiences we are having at the end of each day.

In Panajachel, each family stays together in a homestay, in a neighborhood where we have close relationships with many families. Homestays are an ideal way to get to know how Guatemalan families live; their customs, food and culture. At the end of the trip we will visit Iximche, the ruins of a Mayan city and Antigua, a beautifully restored colonial town before returning to the airport.

Scheduled trips in 2019:
June 16 - 22, 2019
July 21-27, 2019
August 4 - 10, 2019

Scheduled trips in 2020:
February 16-22, 2020
March 22 - 28, 2020
April 5 - 11, 2020

Trip costs are $1,250 per person for 7 days, plus airfare. All expenses are inclusive within Guatemala. Flights to Guatemala from San Francisco are via United Airlines, American Airlines or Avianca.

The Salesforce Matching Grants Program* is available to employees for reducing this cost by 55% with a cap per employee of $2,500.  This trip also qualifies for 20 hours of Volunteer Time Off (VTO).

* Each Salesforce and employee is eligible for a match up to US$5,000 (with a minimum US$50 donation) per fiscal year of an employee’s direct tax-deductible donations to eligible charities. US$2,500 is available immediately, and an additional US$2,500 is unlocked after completing and logging 56 hours of volunteering. Employees can request a Matching Grant through Volunteerforce.