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 deadline of December 15, please!
Group Organizer(s):
WTT/SSA Contact:
Program Tuition: $1,690 - or - $1,606 with discount if paid in full
Airfare not included in program tuition
Estimated Airfare: $800
Deadline(s): Submit a deposit, and complete an Enroll Now form to secure your spot on the adventure!

Tuition Calculator

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

Program Tuition: $1,690

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:

$1,605.50

Payment Plan

Pay a $500 deposit at the time of enrollment, then we set up an automatic monthly payment plan. If you apply today, your estimated* monthly payments would be:

$283.33

* This is an approximate price. Your exact total will be confirmed by the Admissions Director upon enrollment.

Guatemala

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. 

DayLocationDescriptionLodging
1Pennsyvlania - 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
2Antigua - 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
3Host 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
4Host 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
5Jaibalito - 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
6Guatemala - PennsylvaniaAfter breakfast, we will head to the airport for a morning departure back home. Hasta luego!Your own bed!

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.
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
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 daughter’s experience in Morocco was extraordinary!! I really enjoyed seeing the pictures and hearing the stories about her adventures, but what brought me the most joy was the relationships she formed with the chaperones from her school and with Stafford and Said (Walking Tree’s Moroccan Country Directors and Program Leaders). She spoke of their characters and spirits which let me know these wonderful people went over and beyond the basics of the program. I am forever grateful for the love and care all four of you gave to her.

Beddar
Parent of Jadah, traveler on Morocco Cultural Journey

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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