2019 Alice Deal Guatemala Program

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2019 Alice Deal Guatemala Program!  We have created two webpages dedicated to this once in a lifetime experience so that travelers are as informed as possible throughout the process. This first page, the Pre-Enrollment page, is meant to share exciting details, highlights, and pertinent info that participants will want to know before enrolling.  Once enrolled, the Post-Enrollment page will be shared with you and is intended to prepare travelers in more detail for the adventure ahead. Please be sure to review the information on both pages thoroughly and get excited for Guatemala!
Travel Dates: February 16, 2019 - February 24, 2019
Group Organizer(s):
WTT/SSA Contact:
Program Tuition: $2,290 - or - $2,176 with discount if paid in full
Airfare not included in program tuition
Confirmed Airfare: $624
Deadline(s): Info meeting on December 12 at 6:30 PM

Tuition Calculator

Our admissions team makes the payment process simple, offering multiple payment options and easy monthly payment plans.

Program Tuition: $2,290

Pay in Full

Pay in full at the time of enrollment and receive a 5% discount off your program tuition! Your program tuition with this discount would be:

$2,175.50

Guatemala Service Adventure

Imagine watching the sunset melt into the teeming jungle from atop the mighty ruins of Tikal, kayaking through the blue waters of Lake Atitlán, helping Mayan families with critical community service, and examining the market in Chichicastenango. You can do all of this and more in Guatemala. From the archaic, colonial streets of Antigua to the towering volcanoes near the capital city, Guatemala is a traveler’s paradise and is an obvious choice for students interested in learning Spanish through meaningful community service. Get excited about the rich culture and natural beauty Guatemala has to offer and join us on this memorable adventure.

Service Adventures

Service Adventures

Service Adventures combine local homestays, adventure travel, and meaningful service projects. Students will be truly immersed in our host communities allowing them the time to reflect on their complex and important role as global citizens.

Program Highlights


Check out some of the possible featured experiences of your coming adventure! Each customized itinerary is unique, but these are just a few of the activities which may be available during your program.

Soar through the jungle canopy on a zip line adventure

Swim and kayak the beautiful waters of Lake Atitlán

Relax at a lakeside retreat on Lake Atitlán

Learn about Mayan cultural traditions

Contribute to a local community by working on a service project

Improve your Spanish and immerse yourself in a homestay community

Learn about history and chocolate in Antigua

The Itinerary


We work hard to create engaging, educational, and truly immersive itineraries for our travelers. However, we also know that travel can be unpredictable, so we always design our experiences to be flexible enough to allow for adjustments based on group interests, unexpected opportunities, and any weather or safety concerns that may arise during your program. Should changes to the itinerary occur, we will notify travelers and families as quickly as possible. 

DATEDAYLOCATIONACTIVITYLODGING
February 16SaturdayWashington DC and Antigua, GuatemalaToday we fly from DC to Guatemala City, Guatemala. After our afternoon/evening arrival, we'll travel overland to Antigua, one of the most idyllic cities in all of Latin America! Upon arrival we'll check in to our hotel, eat dinner and rest after the long day of travelHotel Posada Hermano Pedro
February 17SundayAntigua – San Juan La LagunaAfter breakfast, we will travel to our host community on the shores of Lake Atitlan. Upon arrival, we will meet our host families, tour the village, and learn about our service project. Group activities will follow this afternoon, or we may possible begin work on our project.Host Families
February 18MondaySan Juan La LagunaService projects, village activities, family timeHost Families
February 19TuesdaySan Juan La LagunaService projects, village activities, family timeHost Families
February 20WednesdaySan Juan La LagunaFinish service projects, family time and a fiesta de despedida!Host Families
February 21ThursdaySan Juan La Laguna – San MarcosAfter breakfast and goodbyes, we will depart our host community and cross the lake by boat and relax at beautiful hotel on the shores of the lake. We will have the afternoon free to swim, relax and enjoy some of the most spectacular views in the world. In the late afternoon,Hotel El Dragon
February 22FridaySan Marcos – AntiguaEnjoy the beautiful views by swimming on the lake in the morning, after lunch, we will do an exciting zipline canopy tour!. In the late afternoon, we will travel back to Antigua and enjoy one final celebratory dinner together before our departure for the USA in following day.Hotel Posada Hermano Pedro
February 23 & 24Saturday & SundayAntigua - Guatemala City - Washington, DCWe'll have a relaxing morning in Antigua before we make our way back to Guatemala City for our afternoon flight home. We will arrive in Washington, DC at 1:30am on February 24.Airplane and your own bed, eventually!

Accommodations


In order to provide a safe and memorable experience for our travelers, teachers, staff, Program Leaders and Country Directors, we follow strict guidelines when deciding on lodging, making reservations, and assigning program participants to rooms.

Travelers will always be grouped in rooms and/or sleeping areas by gender, and will never share rooms with people who are not associated with their Walking Tree group. Group Organizers and Program Leaders will be roomed separately from each other and from other students. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three star or equivalent hotels that are centrally located, clean, safe and wifi-enabled. 

 

Below are a few examples of our partner hotels. Although these are our preferred providers, they are subject to change based on availability. Your final itinerary will provide complete information on your accommodations in the cities you will be visiting.
El Dragon Hotel

This boutique hotel is located directly on the shores of the stunning Lake Atitlán in San Marcos La Laguna. The unique location, quaint rooms, and artistic garden spaces will make any guest feel like they are in paradise.

Hostal Villa Toscana

This family hotel offers all the comforts of home in Guatemala City, in a friendly and welcoming environment. Just around the corner from the airport, the convenience and warmth of Hostal Villa Toscana make this the perfect place to stay before catching an international flight back to the USA.

Hostel Posada Hermano Pedro

We have spacious rooms and comfortable beds, each with its private bathroom, hot water, television and the special attention of our staff that will make your stay a pleasant rest.

Safety and Support


 EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
EXPERT LEADERSHIP
EXPERT LEADERSHIP
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING

My experience with your organization was exceptional. The communication was prompt, courteous, and thorough. The trip was very well planned and the educational focus made me feel this such trip had a great value. My daughter has grown and matured in a wonderful way because of this trip.

Jim
Parent of Teagan, traveler on 2017 program to Thailand

Your Adventure Includes

Estimated Airfare

In order to give our travelers the best possible price, we break out airfare from the Program Tuition. We will still handle all booking and ticketing via our flight partner who has access to special fares not available to the general public. We will provide full transparency in cost so that families pay what the flight costs and nothing more. You will be invoiced for the flight once we are able to secure the group’s airline contract.

Program Tuition Excludes: Travel insurance, baggage fees, airline minor fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.

 

Need to Raise Money? We have you covered.

Our travelers are provided with fundraising opportunities that are easy to implement and fun to take part in. Our flagship fundraiser involves selling bird-friendly, fair trade coffee from our host countries. There is no limit to the amount you can raise, so get started now by selling coffee or referring your friends to earn credit toward your program!

FUNDRAISING CENTER              REFERRAL BONUS

WTT coffee
Resource center

Resource Center

Why should high school students travel abroad? What happens if a participant gets sick? How quickly do we need to enroll? We’re sure you have plenty of questions and we’ve got you covered! Visit our Resource Center to discover the answers to your most pressing questions and contact us anytime with additional questions.

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