This trip is intended for families with children between 3 and 17 years old. Families will spend the week volunteering in the mountainous villages of Vuelta Grande and El Hato, where they will experience what daily life is like in rural Guatemala. Their 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 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 house in Antigua run by a local family. They will be driven up daily to projects and activities in Vuelta Grande or El Hato. Some rooms have private bathrooms, others will use a common bathroom just down the hall.

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 re-usable water bottles using the water dispensers.

Tentative Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival Antigua. Orientation & Walking Tour

Day 2

Morning: Service projects
Afternoon: Visit to Mayan Cultural Center

Day 3

Morning: Service projects
Afternoon: Tour organic garden above Antigua

Day 4

Morning: Service projects
Afternoon: Salsa dance class

Day 5

Excursion to Lake Atitlan.
Boat ride to fishing village and swiming in the lake.

Day 6

Morning: Service projects
Afternoon: Tour of Macadamia nut plantation

Day 7

Morning: Service projects
Aftenoon: Free time in Antigua and Farewell Dinner

Day 8

Morning: Free time in Antigua until airport departure

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