2021 DCIS Guatemala Program
|Travel Dates:||July 24, 2021 - August 2, 2021|
Airfare not included in program tuition
|Deadline(s):||Enrollment deadline forthcoming|
There are two options for payment, including an interest-free installment plan. Follow the option which works best for your family.
Program Tuition: $2,290
Pay in Full
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:
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 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.
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
We do everything possible to run safe, engaging, and immersive programs 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.
|July 24||USA - Guatemala||Fly from USA to Guatemala City, Guatemala. After arrival, depending on time of the day we will transfer by bus to Antigua, about an hour away, where we will settle into the hotel, have dinner, and rest.||Antigua Hotel|
|July 25||Antigua||After breakfast the group will hold an orientation meeting and discuss the upcoming trip in detail, followed by salsa lessons. Following lunch, we will venture out to explore the cobblestone streets of Antigua including a visit to ChocoMuseo, a renowned chocolate factory where you get to eat your fill as well as try your hand at making your own batch!||Antigua Hotel|
|July 26||Antigua - Host Community||After 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|
|July 27||Host Community||Our 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|
|July 28||Host Community||Today, we will continue working on our service project and spending time with in San Juan de la Laguna. Evening activities will vary.||Community Lodging|
|July 29||Host Community||Today, we will continue working on our service project and spending time with in San Juan de la Laguna. Evening activities will vary.||Community Lodging|
|July 30||Host Community||Today we will finish our service project and celebrate with our new friends with a fiesta de despedida!||Community Lodging|
|July 31||Host Community - Jaibalito||After 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|
|August 1||Jaibalito - Guatemala City||Enjoy 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|
|August 2||Guatemala - USA||After breakfast, we will head to the airport for a morning departure back to the USA.||Your own bed, eventually!|
In order to provide a safe and memorable experience for travelers, we follow strict guidelines when choosing program accommodations. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three-star equivalent hotels and guest houses which are centrally located, clean, safe and wifi-enabled.
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
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
Our daughter is planning a high school junior year as an exchange student abroad, and your program was partly a ‘test the waters” of her being abroad. It was a tremendous success, thank you!
Parent of Della, traveler on 2017 program to Thailand
Your Adventure Includes
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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