June 4-14, 2022 - Custom Service Trip for University Presbyterian Church, Baton Rouge
Group Orientation: Date to be arranged
Included: All lodging, transportation, many materials for service projects, in-country experts, many meals and entrance to many attractions. Airfare is not included.
Trip Cost (Double/Triple Occupancy): $1,953
Share your talents to help empower women, children and families in the Mayan village of San Martín Chiquito, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. This cultural immersion service adventure will introduce participants to the tremendous beauty, bounty and poverty that exist side-by-side in this country which, going south from Mexico, is the gateway to Central America. Meet and work side by side with the Mayan people as they share their rich culture and strive to overcome the great hardships inherent to many developing nations. Your participation will provide support for critical programs that improve health, promote and deliver education, and create job opportunities. Together, these opportunities empower Mayan communities to thrive, and make it possible for them to build meaningful live at home with their families.
June 4, 2022– We’ll meet you at a pre-arranged time based on flights at the Guatemala City airport with our comfortable bus, then head to the Colonial City of Antigua. There, we will check into our accommodation, a family-run hotel, before heading out to dinner at a local eatery serving traditional fare. Antigua will offer an introduction to the Guatemalan culture and customs. Hosted: Dinner
June 5 - After a good night’s sleep and breakfast at the hotel, early risers can enjoy a gentle hike to Cero de la Cruz, offering a window into local life and spectacular views of the city. We will have some time in the morning to stroll in the town, learn about Jade and visiting a small chocolate museum. We will pack up and leave mid-morning headed for the Guatemalan highlands and the beautiful city of Quetzaltenango (Xela). On the way, we will stop for a lunch at Chichoy, an eatery serving traditional fare. We will arrive at our destination and check in to our comfortable accommodations, a family-owned and run hotel just off the historic Parque Central. This will be home during our volunteer service experience. At left and below: Typical “traje” of Quetzaltenango; Cathedral at Parque Central. Hosted: Breakfast, hike
During our stay in San Martín Chiquito, all breakfasts, lunches and dinners are included. Dinners have been added as a special contribution from Local Hope honoring this UPC volunteer group.
June 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,– After breakfast we will begin our service projects each day in village of San Martín Chiquito, a Mám-Maya village rich with traditions of the past and challenges of the future. We will undertake individual projects where we welcome you to contribute your specific talents and interests. We will match your talents with need, and will work with the children on a variety of projects spanning art for preschoolers and grade-school children, assembling and delivering water filters, building and delivering chicken coops, English language reinforcement and more. In the village, a scrumptious traditional lunch will be served daily, as well as a delicious dinner. The exchange of ideas and talents will be immensely rewarding and you will find that the people of the community are thrilled to have you there. On our last day in the region, we will celebrate our successes with the people of the village with a trip to Las Georginas, a local hot-water spring; or, a hike to Sacred Lake Chiquibal, depending on conditions. We will be accompanied by staff and young people from the village as an extra-special time to make friends across culture. We will celebrate our last evening with a farewell dinner including a special ceremony. (At right, recent volunteer enjoying time with village children.) Hosted: Breakfasts, lunches, dinners, entry to Las Georginas, a surprise activity, farewell dinner and ceremony.
During our time at the Lake, dinners are included as well as a choice of (1) small-village cultural tour, (2) nature hike with ziplining and shopping experience, or (3) a guided volcano climb. Kayaking is also included.
June 12– After breakfast, we will head for Lake Atitlan, one of the world’s most stunning destinations! Depending on the time, we will stop for lunch at a traditional eatery along the way (no-host), or eat at our magnificent accommodation on the lake. When we arrive, we board private launches for our destination. Once there, explore the exquisite grounds featuring a sub-tropical landscape. That evening be prepared for a delicious, home-made course dinner and, if you like, to relax and rejuvenate in a wood-burning hot tub under the night stars. After your days of service, you certainly deserve it! Hosted: Breakfast in San Martin, Home-made course dinner at the lake, boat transportation, and hot tub
June 13 - Lake Atitlan is the perfect place to get some exercise or relax—it’s up to you! Explore a local wildlife preserve and zipline, or climb a volcano with a guide. Or instead, continue growing your cultural understanding by exploring indigenous villages that dot the lake. No matter what you choose, your Atitlan visit will be sure to impress. Hosted: Dinner, kayaking, and choice of: ziplining, exploring villages in a private launch, or climbing a volcano.
June 14 – In the morning we will pack up, board our launches, and head back to Guatemala City to catch flights. You will take with you an intimate experience of the Mám-Maya, and an understanding also of the T’zutuhil and Kakchiquel cultures, and memories of Guatemala you will never forget! Hosted: All transportation, including boats
FLIGHT BOOKING INSTRUCTIONS
We suggest the following flights. If you elect a different flight, please plan to meet the group upon arrival June 4 at La Aurora Airport at 1 PM. Do not book a return flight that leaves from Guatemala City prior to 1 PM on June 14th.
Outbound: June 4, 2021 - Delta 5071/904 leaving Baton Rouge at 7:10 AM, arriving Guatemala City 1:11 PM.
Return: June 14– Delta 906/5452 leaving Guatemala City at 1 PM, arriving Baton Rouge 8:46 PMMany of your questions will be answered during our formal orientation. However if you have questions prior, please don’t hesitate to contact on of your trip leaders using the emails listed.
|Event End Date||06-14-2022|
|Application Start Date||11-26-2018|
|Cut off date||06-14-2022|
|Cost (Dbl/Tpl Occu.)||$1,953|
|Location||Xela AID Guatemala|