Guatemala – Children of the Maya

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.


The Place and The People

You’ll be based in Quetzaltenango (called “Xela” – shay-lah by the locals), four hours from the capital city. Known as the “city that is the soul of culture,” Xela is the epicenter of indigenous Maya art and music.

Delve into the well-kept traditions of the Maya and get to know the Xelaju people in a town full of historical treasures and scenic beauty. On any given day, you’ll see local families in the narrow city streets — adorned in brightly colored traditional fabrics, walking past artisan markets selling age-old handicrafts. In the distance, vast plains make way for volcanoes that scrape the sky. 


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).


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 to Home Base for a home-cooked dinner, sharing food and conversation with local leaders and artisans. Throughout your entire experience, your Discover Corps host 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.

Sue Cuthbert

San Diego, CA

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: US $1,999 *

 

Sept 16-23, 2017 (STS)

Dec 26, 2017-Jan 2, 2018 (FF/STS)

Jan 27-Feb 3, 2018 (STS)

Feb 17-24, 2018 (FF/STS)

April 14-21, 2018 (STS)

June 2-9, 2018 (FF/STS)

July 14-21, 2018 (FF)

Aug 11-18, 2018 (FF)

Dec 26-January 2, 2019 (FF)

 

 

 

See What's Included
  • All meals included: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
  • 5 nights Home Base 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 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 Home Base 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

Alumni & Family Discounts

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