ACS Hillingdon Guatemala Expedition
June 27 - July 7, 2020
The picturesque nation of Guatemala bridges Mexico with all other Central American countries. While quaint in geographical size, the native people radiate a happiness that is larger than life.
More details coming soon!
> Project & Community Details
Activities in the village:
Gain an in-depth understanding on the role and value of the Sikaab'e Vocational Center, including connection with past and current local students, its role in the community, outcomes related to their self-sustaining farm programs, etc.
Participate in meaningful construction work hand-in-hand with community members, including work on a new employee housing unit onsite at the vocational school, school repair/reconstruction in the communities, and stove repair/reconstruction. This would involve cement work, brick moving/laying, digging, etc. (Specific details coming soon pending 2020 project finalization.)
Participate in focused trainings, including Days for Girls & Men Who Know (the men's equivalent of the Days for Girls training), peer-to-peer exchanges and classes with local high school students
Build relationships through intercultural exchange with community members through the various activities listed above.
> Expedition Leaders
> Expedition Fees
Incorporating the additional hotel nights, regular student discount from CHOICE and the responsibilities the teacher chaperones provide, we have settled on a rate for students of £3700. That fee is all-inclusive and covers all of the in-country transportation, lodging, meals, project support, expedition leadership, the additional tour component, the at-cost component and stipends of the staff travelling with the students and sundry expenses, etc.
Payment should be made on Parent Pay https://www.parentpay.com/ with an initial deposit of £400 due by February 14th 2020 to secure each place. Full payment must be made by May 1st 2020.
> Flight Requirements
ARRIVAL: *Saturday, June 27* Arrive at La Aurora International Airport (GUA) before 1pm (the earlier the better).
DEPARTURE: *Tuesday, July 7* Leisure time to explore Guatemala is possible (depending on flight departures). Transportation will be provided to La Aurora International Airport (GUA) for flight departures.
Be sure to check/purchase international flights as soon as possible. It is strongly recommended that all travelers arrive on the designated expedition start date and reserve personal travel for after scheduled activities.
CHOICE partners with CV Travel, a Humanitarian Travel subsidiary of Christopherson Business Travel. They have helped thousands of humanitarian travelers across the globe. For those looking to travel with fellow participants on pre-approved itineraries, please contact our trusted travel agent for this trip, or book your own ticket on one of the attached itinerary suggestions. CV Travel also provides affordable and comprehensive travel insurance as well as special humanitarian rates and provisions, such as extra baggage, etc…
> Trip Resources
> Next Steps
- Complete and submit your registration for all participants. (ASAP)
- Upload a copy of your passport
- Coordinate/book flight
- Secure Travel/Evac Insurance - Send in a copy and confirmation. You will find info regarding this on page 9-10 of the Expedition Manual.
- Attend trip orientation! This is usually held 6 - 8 weeks before the start of the expedition. Details to follow.
All materials are due April 27, 2020 at the latest. All materials should be sent to [email protected].
For any questions, reach out to CHOICE Expeditions Program Specialist, Emily Wright (207) 432-8442.
Learn all about our work and history in Guatemala HERE.