Immersion Travel Update

Welcome back!
After two years of pandemic-related limits on travel, we are excited to offer our Family Immersion Travel Program once again this year in June. We are happy to return to our partner countries, Guatemala and Nicaragua, eager to build connections and share our work with local communities.

With so many events happening all over the world at any given moment, it can feel overwhelming to keep up. Over the past two years, Nicaragua has been embroiled in a national political crisis and was deeply impacted by COVID-19, as well as occasionally threatened by hurricanes. These intersecting hardships have affected, but not deterred, our farming program. In fact, people need to farm in sustainable ways now more than ever. 

The Guatemalan government responded admirably to COVID-19. The country is recovering from the pandemic, and we have just restarted our food and nutrition program there.

Our updated travel program:
In June, our Family Immersion Travel program will take place in the Lake Atitlán region of Guatemala. We will coordinate home stays in the community of Panajachél, and we will work in the indigenous community of Los Planes. Training, food, water, and small business are the cornerstones of our rural development program.

This year, we are launching our efforts with a new concept: a teaching farm for children and parents. Here, community members can learn about small-scale farming to feed their families, how to provide produce to their communities, and how to earn a living doing so. To this end, our work will center around helping families build the functional teaching farm at the public school. 

  • “It’s hard to put into words the experiences my family and I have had on our immersion trips with VL. Each one has been truly amazing - we made lifelong friends, contributed to the resilience of local communities, and saw new parts of the world. Family immersion trips are an incredibly special way to travel.” 
    – Will Robbins, parent and three-time traveler

Working on a family farm in Nicaragua
Working on a family farm in Nicaragua

Our project this year:
This year’s program will focus on the rural community and project activities related to building a teaching farm and rainwater harvesting system. Participants will also have the opportunity to join in occasional cultural and historic tours in the region.

Program details:
Dates: June 18-25
Cost: $1,800 per person, all expenses included except airfare.

What is a typical day like: 

  • 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

  • Evenings are spent over dinner with host families

  • Occasional visits to nearby places of cultural and historic interest

Register:
If this sounds like a great way to spend a week with your family this summer, volunteering and learning about a new community and culture, submit your application form here.

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