Immersion Travel Program in Guatemala 2024

Travel with ViviendasLeón to Guatemala this April 6-13

On this immersive journey, experience Guatemalan cultures, languages and histories in the center of the Mayan Highlands region, Lake Atitlán.  

Our mission supports indigenous communities to restore their farming heritage through contemporary training in intensive organic farming, climate change mitigation and small business training.

Take part in these projects and work side by side with families who are learning these new techniques, feeding their families and communities, and rebuilding their local agricultural economy.

Since 2006, ViviendasLeon has operated a service learning travel program, bringing more than 2,000 volunteers to Central America. Our family service program supports our organization’s mission: Alleviating poverty by empowering and equipping rural communities to become the agents of their own development. The program is well structured, combining cultural and language learning with hands-on experiences in community projects, and returning home with a deeper understanding of the complex world beyond our borders. 

“It’s hard to put into words the experiences my family and I have had on our immersion trips with ViviendasLeón. Each one has been truly amazing. Family immersion trips are an incredibly special way to travel.” 

Will Robbins, Immersion Travel program, 2017

Highlights:

  • Stay with host families in the lakeside town of San Juan la Laguna, and enjoy traditional foods, Spanish language conversations and lake community culture.
  • Spend multiple days getting to know families living in indigenous rural communities while working side by side on their small, organic farms, over our mid-day lunch, and through cultural activities.
  • On weekends, enjoy regional visits to other lake communities with unique cultural activities, historic sites and nature reserves.

Program details:
Dates: April 6-13, 2024
Cost: $1,900 per person, all expenses included except airfare

A typical day:

  • Wake up and have a typical breakfast with your host family. 
  • Head to the rural community to work side-by-side with community members on their project.
  • Lunch in the community
  • Continuing work with families and other related community activities, then return to the lake.
  • Evenings are spent over dinner with host families
  • Weekend visits to nearby places of cultural and historic interest

Learn more: Download our Immersion Travel Guide for Guatemala 2024

Register:
Registration is now open.  Use this link to register for this unique educational travel experience. .