2022 DCIS Guatemala Service Adventure

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2022 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, 2022 - June 10, 2022
Group Organizer(s):
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Program Tuition: $2,290 USD
Airfare not included in program tuition
Confirmed Airfare: $596

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Program Tuition: $2,290

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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:

$895.00

per month

* This is an approximate price. Your exact total will be confirmed when your enrollment is processed.

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 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.

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 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. 

DayLocationDescriptionLodging
June 1USA - GuatemalaFly 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 2AntiguaAfter 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 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.  Hotel Pa Muelle
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.Hotel Pa Muelle
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.Hotel Pa Muelle
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.Hotel Pa Muelle
June 7Host CommunityToday we will finish our service project and celebrate with our new friends with a fiesta de despedida!Hotel Pa Muelle
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. El Dragon Hotel
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, 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. 

Below are the accommodations we anticipate using on your trip, subject to availability. 
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
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

With a previous outfitter [I worked with], the experience was more “touring” and no hands-on contributions and work. Walking Tree surrounds the travelers with amazing professionals who are dedicated to their sciences, travels, and countries. Travelers’ experiences are first-hand, authentic and memorable!

Shelley
Alumni Group Organizer on programs to Costa Rica and Panama

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. Once confirmed, you will be invoiced for the flight roughly 75 days prior to travel. 

Program Tuition Excludes: Premiere Travel insurance, baggage fees, airline minor fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.

 

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