Travel to Guatemala – Volunteer Vacations | Discover Corps

Guatemala – In & Beyond the Classroom

Discover an ancient Maya culture that continues to thrive today despite pressures of modernization.

Uncover the art, landscapes, and inspiring young minds that constitute this majestic land.


Our Purpose

You’ll be based in Quetzaltenango (or “Xela”), the heartland of Mayan culture and the perfect place to gain a profound insight into Guatemala’s fascinating, ancient indigenous group. Immersed in the local community, you’ll have the chance to delve deep beyond the surface that most outsiders see. And by working to support disadvantaged Mayan students in their education, you’ll have the
chance to give back. Mayan culture has long been marginalized in Guatemala, and Mayan children are often faced with great obstacles to success in their education. You’ll provide support at a local, all-Mayan school that is working to rectify this by promoting indigenous language and culture. Meet the students, take part in arts, crafts and games, and create educational resources that will be used in lessons long after you’ve returned home.

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What You'll Do

Since the peace accords were signed in 1996, the indigenous Maya communities have been struggling to preserve the culture and fully claim their place in society.  You’ll support Maya schools by developing learning materials and educational games that reinforce the teachers’ lessons. These teaching aids live on after you depart as a sign of solidarity and support for this community.

Explore rural Guatemala, meeting a traditional Shaman who teaches you about Maya cosmology. Dive into Guatemala’s rich culture by learning how to make colorful indigenous textiles and play the marimba (the national instrument of Guatemala).

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What You'll See

Explore Guatemala’s cultural treasures with a visit to Antigua, a charming colonial town with gorgeous architecture and narrow cobblestone streets. Visit the largest craft market in the world, navigating locals selling everything from bright cloths to colorful flowers and medicinal plants. Trek to Lake Atitlan and experience its peaceful beauty.

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Itinerary Overview

Wake up surrounded by the mountain landscape of Xela, then enjoy a breakfast full of fresh local fruit. Spend the morning volunteering at a Maya school focused on the preservation of the country’s indigenous language and culture. In the afternoon, take a leisurely stroll at a local craft market or visit a weaving workshop. Return

for a home-cooked dinner, sharing food and conversation with local leaders and artisans. Throughout your entire experience, your Discover Corps guide will be there to guide you each step of the way and to share his experiences as a Guatemalan who has experienced the difficult history of the country.

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Where You'll Stay

The first night of the journey will be spent in the charming colonial city of Antigua. Unwind in a centrally-located 3-star hotel walking distance to Antigua’s many markets and bustling alleyways. Continue to the cultural hub of Quetzeltenango where we’ll base ourselves in a completely private compound. Relax in one of the common areas or in the grassy backyard with the group. All rooms are double, single or group occupancy (upon request). As it is a house, bathrooms are shared in the common hallways and meals are prepared in the kitchen. At the end of the trip, visit the picturesque Lake Atitlan and stay in a basic hotel in one of the villages along the lake.

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Traveler's Journal

“I loved it. Everything about this trip surpassed my expectations. I expected a high quality trip where I saw the important sights and did some volunteering, but I got much more than that. The ladies at the Home Base became like family, and I left a piece of my heart with the children at the school. Orlando, the guide, feels more like my Guatemalan brother than a staff member. I never expected to be so moved by a vacation. I came back with a new perspective on life and a love for Guatemala.”

Dates and Fees

We offer several Family Friendly dates, to help families book travel around common school vacation times

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Duration: 8 days

Program Cost:  $2,195 Adult* / $1,895 Child*

2019 Dates

June 15-22, 2019

July 6-13, 2019

August 17-24, 2019 (STS)

September 14-21, 2019 (STS)

October 19-26, 2019 (STS)

December 26-January 2, 2020

2020 Dates

January 18-25, 2020 (STS)

February 15-22, 2020 (STS)

March 21-28, 2020

April 4-11, 2020

June 13-20, 2020

July 4-11, 2020

August 1-8, 2020

September 5-12, 2020 (STS)

October 24-31, 2020 (STS)

December 26-January 2, 2021

  • * Double Occupancy Price. Children’s pricing applies to travelers 16 years old and younger sharing a room with an adult
  • Single Room Supplement = $200
  • All trips are Family Friendly
  • STS = Solo Traveler Savings
See What's Included
  • All meals included: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
  • 5 nights rustic lodging in Xela
  • 1 night lodging at 3-star hotel in Antigua
  • 1 night lodging at 3-star hotel on Lake Atitlan
  • Airport transfers and all ground transportation
  • Service project: all supplies, materials and 15 volunteer hours
  • All activities: 2 guest speakers, 5 hands-on workshops, 1 performance
  • Features: excursions to Antigua, Lake Atitlan and Chichicastenango craft market
  • All gratuities for hotels, meals, baggage, Discover Corps Host & transportation
  • All land transportation during the trip with licensed drivers
  • $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Turnkey customer support from preparing for your trip to arrival back home

What's Included

Our trips are inclusive of all activities, lodging, transport and most meals to make your experience hassle-free.  Here’s a sample of what’s included:

  • All meals included: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
  • 5 nights rustic lodging in Xela
  • 1 night lodging at 3-star hotel in Antigua
  • 1 night lodging at 3-star hotel on Lake Atitlan
  • Airport transfers and all ground transportation
  • Service project: all supplies, materials and 15 volunteer hours
  • All activities: 2 guest speakers, 5 hands-on workshops, 1 performance
  • Features: excursions to Antigua, Lake Atitlan and Chichicastenango craft market
  • All gratuities for hotels, meals, baggage, Discover Corps Host & transportation
  • All land transportation during the trip with licensed drivers
  • $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Trip literature
  • Turnkey customer support from preparing for your trip to arrival back home

What’s Not Included:

  • International Airfare
  • Tips for Discover Corps guide and driver
  • Laundry or phone services

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