Winter break family trip 2020

Families making tiles at Mayan Ken in San Antonio, Palopó
Families making tiles at Mayan Ken in San Antonio, Palopó

Winter Break Family Service and Immersion Trip 2020

February 16-22, 2020

Join us on our 2020 Winter 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.  

Map of Lake Atitlán region
Map of Lake Atitlán region

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 on our About page

Next Steps:

  1. Fill out our Family Trip Interest Form.
  2. Receive our Next Steps email filled with important information.
  3. Explore our Resource page and read our Travel Guide to get acquainted with the diverse types of experiences we offer.
  4. Once you’ve chosen an experience, submit a ViviendasLeón Application and start your trip preparation process.
  5. Get ready for your trip to Guatemala!

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