April 12-18, 2020
Join us on our 2020 Spring Break Family Service Trip in the Mayan highlands region of Lake Atitlán, Guatemala. This 7-day program is for families who want to introduce their children to service and global citizenship while being immersed in a new place, language, people and culture.
Our goal is to explore the intersection of culture, history, and language of Lake Atitlán and it’s rural indigenous peoples with the contemporary challenges they face in their communities. We will work alongside families and children in the town of Santa Lucía Utatlán on development projects that address their need for improved nutrition, education and economic stability.
Our program is based in two towns around the lake: Panajachel and San Juan la Laguna. Each family stays together in a homestay, an ideal way to get to know how Guatemalans live; their customs, food, and culture. Families can brush up on their Spanish skills while having breakfast and dinner with their host families. After breakfast at our homestay, we visit cultural and historic sites that provide context and background, ranging from Mayan ruins, local cooperatives, and unique development programs, learning about local crafts, ancestral practices and rituals from local practitioners.
Afternoons are spent with our partner Mil Milagros, an established organization with 20 years of experience and deep connections in the region focusing on water, health, and nutrition. We will complement their work by building kitchens, classrooms and other projects, in the rural communities around Santa Lucía Utatlán and work side by side with community members on these authentic rural development projects.
Learn more about our organization here
In an effort to create long-term solutions, ViviendasLeón is proposing a project that includes composting toilets at a rural school. The design addresses the challenges of unreliable water for flushing toilets and collects rainwater for important hygiene uses.Continue reading >