2019 Germantown Academy Guatemala Service Adventure
|Travel Dates:|| June 16, 2019 -
June 21, 2019|
Enrollment with Walking Tree begins on January 12, 2019
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.
Cultural Journeys provide deep insight into the history, culture, and natural heritage of our host countries through authentic immersive experiences. Students will explore ancient ruins, sample new foods, and develop valuable leadership skills.
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.
Swim and kayak the beautiful waters of Lake Atitlán
Enjoy delicious Guatemalan cuisine in a cooking class
Relax at a lakeside retreat on Lake Atitlán
Learn about Mayan cultural traditions
Contribute to a local community by working on a service project
Learn about history and chocolate in Antigua
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.
|June 16||Pennsyvlania - Guatemala||Fly from Philadelphia to Guatemala City, Guatemala. After arrival, we will transfer by bus to Antigua, about an hour away, where we will settle into the hotel, have dinner, and rest.||Antigua Hotel|
|June 17||Antigua - Host Community||After breakfast we will hold an orientation meeting and discuss the upcoming trip in detail. We will then venture out to explore the cobblestone streets of Antigua before making our way to our host community for the next few days. Upon arrival, we will tour the village, and learn about our service project before settling in to our hotel for the evening.||San Juan de la Laguna Hotel|
|June 18||Host Community||Our time in the host community will consist mainly of working on our community service project. Lunch will either be on-site or with local families. In the afternoon and evening, activities are flexible and will vary, but may include excursions around the village or activities with the local community.||San Juan de la Laguna Hotel|
|June 19||Host Community - Jaibalito||After a final breakfast we will depart for the lake-side retreat of Jaibalito. Upon arrival we will settle into our hotel, do a bit of exploring and relax on the lake’s shore line. We will have time to swim and kayak all afternoon in addition time for a nature hike.||Jaibalito Retreat|
|June 20||Jaibalito - Guatemala City||Our final full day in Guatemala! We will spend the morning enjoying an exciting zipline canopy tour, and in the afternoon we will head back to Antigua for a final dinner together before our international departure back to the USA the following morning.||Euromaya Hotel|
|June 21||Guatemala - Pennsylvania||After breakfast, we will head to the airport for a morning departure back home. Hasta luego!||Your own bed!|
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.
La Casa del Mundo
Accessible only by boat or on foot, La Casa del Mundo is arguably Guatemala’s most magical hotel. Perched on a secluded cliff, it has gorgeous gardens, swimming holes and a hot tub looking over the lake, making it the perfect place to relax and take in the wonder of Lake Atitlán.
Hotel Euro Maya
As the name suggests, this hotel respects the blend of indigenous and European cultures as reflected in Antigua’s history. A modern structure in the Spanish colonial style, the warm and friendly atmosphere and relaxing gardens on site make this a special accommodation for our students.
Safety and Support
EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
Communication was excellent! We had absolutely all the info we needed from the moment we signed up. LOVED the blog with photos. The prep and follow up activities on culture shock, re-entry, etc. were fantastic!!! Thank you!!!
Parent of John, traveler on Peru Service Adventure
Your Adventure Includes
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 funding opportunities that are easy to implement and fun to take part in. Our flagship fundraiser involves selling fair trade, organic, shade-grown, carbon-neutral coffee from a women’s collective in Peru. There is no limit to the amount you can earn, so get started now by clicking the link below!
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.