2019 Germantown Academy Guatemala Service Adventure

Dear Families – Welcome to the homepage for the 2019 Germantown Academy Guatemala Service Adventure. Walking Tree is thrilled to be partnering with Germantown Academy! Please read through the details about your program below and peruse our Resource Center, which contains lots of helpful information about our organization, tuition, safety, insurance, and more. We hope you will join us on the adventure of a lifetime in Guatemala!
Travel Dates: June 16, 2019 - June 21, 2019
Enrollment with Walking Tree begins on January 12, 2019
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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

Cultural Journeys

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.

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.

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

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. 

June 16Pennsyvlania - GuatemalaFly 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 17Antigua - Host CommunityAfter 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 18Host CommunityOur 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 19Host Community - JaibalitoAfter 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 20Jaibalito - Guatemala CityOur 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 21Guatemala - PennsylvaniaAfter 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.

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.
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


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!


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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