2021 DCIS Guatemala Program

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2021 DCIS Guatemala Service Adventure!  To learn the basics about this once in a lifetime opportunity, you'll begin by using the Pre-Enrollment page, the purpose of which is to share exciting highlights and important info that participants will want to know before signing up. If you enroll, you'll graduate to the Post-Enrollment page which offers a greater level of detail.  Please be sure to review the information thoroughly and get excited for Guatemala!! 
Travel Dates: June 1, 2021 - June 10, 2021
Group Organizer(s):
WTT Contact:
Program Tuition: $2,290 USD
Airfare not included in program tuition
Estimated Airfare: $750
Deadline(s): Enrollment deadline forthcoming

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There are two options for payment, including an easy installment plan.  Follow the option which works best for your family.

Program Tuition: $2,290

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Payment Plan

Pay a $500 deposit at the time of enrollment and establish a monthly payment plan. If you enroll today, your estimated* monthly payments would be:

$447.50

per month

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

All prices in United States Dollars.

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 featured experiences of your program!

Soar through the jungle canopy on a zip line adventure

Swim and kayak through the bright blue waters of Lake Atitlán

Relax at a lakeside retreat on Lake Atitlán

Learn about Mayan cultural traditions

Hike the Pacaya volcano outside of Antigua

Contribute to a local community by working on a service project

The Itinerary


We work hard to create safe, engaging, and immersive itineraries for our travelers, but given the unpredictable nature of international travel we must remain flexible in our planning. Changes to a schedule are uncommon but if inclement weather pushes us off course or an unexpected opportunity arises which travelers are excited about, we reserve the right to adjust programming in the best interest of the group. 

DayLocationDescriptionLodging
June 1USARed eye flight from Denver to Guatemala City. Airplane
June 2AntiguaWe arrive this morning and head straight for our hotel in Antigua to rest. After some sleep and a big meal, the group will hold an orientation meeting and discuss the upcoming trip in detail, followed by a walk up Pacaya Volcano. This afternoon/evening we'll check out ChocoMuseo, a reknown chocolate factory where you get to try your hand at making your own delicious treats! Antigua Hotel
June 3Antigua - Host CommunityAfter breakfast, we will travel to our host community on the shores of Lake Atitlan. Upon arrival, we will meet our community hosts, tour the village, and learn about our service project.  Community Lodging
June 4Host CommunityOur days in the village will be anchored by our work on a meaningful community service project.  Lunch will be either be on-site or at a local restaurant. In the afternoons and evenings, activities are flexible and will vary, but may include time with community members, excursions around the village, or group activities.Community Lodging
June 5Host CommunityToday, we will continue working on our service project and spending time with in San Juan de la Laguna.  Evening activities will vary.Community Lodging
June 6Host CommunityToday, we will continue working on our service project and spending time with in San Juan de la Laguna.  Evening activities will vary.Community Lodging
June 7Host CommunityToday we will finish our service project and celebrate with our new friends with a fiesta de despedida!Community Lodging
June 8Host Community - JaibalitoAfter 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, kayak, relax and enjoy some of the most spectacular views in the world. Hotel Casa del Mundo
June 9Jaibalito - Guatemala CityEnjoy the beautiful views by kayaking on the lake in the morning. In the late afternoon, we will do an exciting zipline canopy tour! Before we travel back to Guatemala City and enjoy one last meal together before our early departure for the USA in following morning.Villas Toscana
June 10Guatemala - USAAfter breakfast, we will head to the airport for a morning departure back to the USA.Your own bed, eventually!

Accommodations


In order to provide a safe and memorable experience for travelers, we follow strict guidelines when choosing our accommodations. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three-star equivalent hotels which are centrally located, clean, safe and wifi-enabled. 

For rooming, travelers are grouped by gender, and will never share rooms with people who are not associated with their group.  Non-binary travelers are accommodated. Group Organizers and Program Leaders, along with any other traveling adult, are roomed separately from students.
Below are the hotels we anticipate using on your trip, subject to availability. 
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. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.

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. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the facilities keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.

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

We wanted our 16 year old son’s first experience traveling without the family to be a positive one. We wanted a true quality program and are so glad his school chose Walking Tree. Everything went absolutely smoothly on the trip. Our son has told us again and again how wonderful, informed, friendly, and absolutely critical to the success of the trip the Walking Tree staff was.

Tina
Parent of Leo Narbonne, traveler on Peru Service Adventure

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. You will be invoiced for the flight once we are able to secure the group’s airline contract.

Program Tuition Excludes: Premiere 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, 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!

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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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