2022 DCIS Guatemala Service Adventure
|Travel Dates:||June 1, 2022 - June 10, 2022|
Airfare not included in program tuition
There are two options for payment, including an interest-free installment plan. Follow whichever works best for your family. If we are within 90 days of travel, only the pay in full option is possible.
Program Tuition: $2,290
Pay in Full
Pay a $500 deposit at the time of enrollment and establish an interest-free monthly payment plan. If you enroll today, your estimated* monthly payments would be:
All prices in United States Dollars.
Guatemala Service Adventure
Viva Guatemala! Here is a country with so much to offer a curious traveler: dazzling culture, world-famous landscapes, compelling history and friendly and hospitable people. Whether you’re strolling the cobblestone streets of Antigua, watching the sun rise from the top of a temple in Tikal or working on a meaningful service project in a small community on the shores of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala is sure to leave you wanting more.
Service Adventures can combine rural homestays, adventure travel, and meaningful service projects which are guided by our community partners. Living in these small communities provides the opportunity to engage the language and culture from a uniquely advantageous position.
Check out some of the featured experiences of your program!
Enjoy a new perspective on a zip line and canopy tour
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.
|June 1||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.||Hotel Casa Antigua|
|June 2||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!||Hotel Casa Antigua|
|June 3||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.||Hotel Pa Muelle|
|June 4||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.||Hotel Pa Muelle|
|June 5||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.||Hotel Pa Muelle|
|June 6||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.||Hotel Pa Muelle|
|June 7||Host Community||Today we will finish our service project and celebrate with our new friends with a fiesta de despedida!||Hotel Pa Muelle|
|June 8||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.||El Dragon Hotel|
|June 9||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|
|June 10||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, 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 and safe.
Hostal Villa Toscana
This family hotel offers all the comforts of home in Guatemala City, in a friendly and welcoming environment. Just around the corner from the airport, the convenience and warmth of Hostal Villa Toscana make this the perfect place to stay before catching an international flight back to the USA. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
Hotel Casa Antigua
Casa Antigua Hotel is set in a historic building, just a 2-minute walk from Antigua’s Central Park, and offers a rooftop terrace with panoramic views. Rooms at this hotel feature a desk, wardrobe, cable TV. and fee Wi-Fi. The bathrooms are decorated with traditional painted tiles and have a shower. The bedrooms feature antique furniture and traditional Guatemalan fabrics. Hotel Casa Antigua has shops, meeting facilities, terraces and 3 gardens with fountains. The hotel staff is bilingual and Spanish classes are given. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
El Dragon Hotel
This boutique hotel is located directly on the shores of the stunning Lake Atitlán in San Marcos La Laguna. The unique location, quaint rooms, and artistic garden spaces will make any guest feel like they are in paradise. Free Wi-Fi throughout the facilities keep everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped according to gender in their rooms.
Hotel Pa Muelle
Hotel Pa Muelle is located in the municipality of San Juan La Laguna, a very welcoming town and proud of its history and art. Rooms include a private bathroom, hot water, cable TV, comfortable beds (double and single), kitchen and a community area. The hotel offers a nice view of the lake and mountains. San Juan La Laguna offers attractive places and activities, such as traditional painting galleries and weavers who work with natural dyes. 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
I was very concerned about my daughter who has a peanut allergy travelling to a foreign country for the first time without us. Walking Tree was very sensitive to my concerns and reassured me that this is something they could handle and they did! I would send her again in a heartbeat. Thank you Walking Tree.
Parent of Emilie, traveler on 2018 Service Program to Costa Rica
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. Once confirmed, you will be invoiced for the flight roughly 75 days prior to travel.
Program Tuition Excludes: Travel insurance, baggage fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.
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