This trip is intended for college student volunteers. Students will spend their mornings volunteering in the mountainous villages of Vuelta Grande and El Hato, participating actively in the daily life of rural Guatemala. In the afternoons, you will engage in cultural activities and reflection sessions. Free time and evenings will be spent in the colonial tourist town of Antigua. Volunteer work on this trip will include classroom and library construction at the local schools, as well as tutoring and classroom workshops, and reforestation work throughout the villages. The group will also visit the headquarters of microcredit organization, Friendship Bridge, and visit a naearby village to observe borrowers paying back their loans.


The cost of the trip covers virtually all in-country experiences, including:

  • Housing and meals
  • Excursions and cultural activities
  • Coordination
  • Service project materials and coordination
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport pickup and drop-off
  • Dedicated group leader and experienced local guides
  • 24-hour emergency contact
  • T-shirt

The fee does not cover airfare, visa expenses, or immunizations (if necessary). With the exception of meals during your free time on the arrival and departure days and any shopping you do, all trip costs are covered from the minute you arrive until the minute you return.

Housing & Meals

Volunteers on this trip will be housed as a group in a guest home in Antigua run by a local family. They will commute daily to projects and activities in Vuelta Grande or El Hato. Students will share a room with at least one other student and sleep in twin or bunk beds. Some rooms have private bathrooms, others will use a common bathroom just down the hallway.

At the guest house, volunteers will be served Guatemalan and international cuisine. The cooks are accustomed to cooking for Western stomachs. There are vegetarian dishes available in every meal, but meat or eggs are also included at least once per day. Packing trail mix and/or energy bars is recommended for people accustomed to a protein-rich diet. Volunteers will have access to purified drinking water, as it's always available at the guest house. You can fill your own water bottles using the water dispensers.

Tentative Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Guatemala City
Drive to Lago Atitlan
Visit Microcredit Organization, Friendship Bridge

Day 2

Morning: Oberve Friendship Bridge borrowers paying back their loans
Afternoon: Drive to Antigua

Day 3

Morning: Service projects
Afternoon: Home visits in Vuelta Grande

Day 4

Morning: Service projects
Afternoon: Visit to Mayan Cultural Center

Day 5

Morning: Service projects
Afternoon: Guest speaker

Day 6

Morning: Service projects
Afternoon: Visit with local youth service club

Day 7

Morning: Service projects
Afternoon: Free time in Antigua

Day 8

Morning: Service projects
Afternoon: Macadamia nut plantation tour

Day 9

Morning: Service projects
Afternoon: Farewell activities

Day 10

Morning: Free time in Antigua until departure

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