Family Service and Immersion Trip
March 24 - 30, 2019
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Join us for our new Family Service Trip program in the Mayan highlands region of Lake Atitlán, Guatemala. This 7-day program is for families who want to introduce their children to service and global citizenship while being immersed in a new place, language, people and culture.
Our three main goals are to explore the culture, history, and language of Lake Atitlán and it’s peoples, working alongside rural families and children in the indigenous communities in the town of Santa Lucía Utatlán and work on development projects while discussing the experiences we are having at the end of each day.
Each family stays together in a homestay and neighborhood surrounding the lake. Homestays are an ideal way to get to know how Guatemalans live; their customs, food, and culture. Families will be able to brush up on their Spanish skills while having breakfast and dinner with their host families as well as when interacting with the community. After breakfast at our homestay, we visit cultural and historic sites ranging from Mayan ruins, local cooperatives, and unique development programs, and learn about local crafts, and ancestral practices and rituals from local practitioners.
Afternoons are spent with our partner Mil Milagros, an established organization with 20 years of experience and deep connections in the region focusing on water, health and nutrition. We will complement their work by building kitchens, classrooms and other projects, in the rural communities around Santa Lucía Utatlán and work side by side with community members on these authentic rural development projects.