Day 1
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Departure

Welcome to Guatemala! Your Xperitas Team Leader will meet you at the airport in Guatemala City. Transfer to your hotel in Antigua and enjoy your first group dinner and team meeting.

Included Meals: Dinner

Day 2
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Antigua

Transfer from Antigua to Panajachel, where you’ll take a short boat ride across Lake Atitlán to the Tz’utujil community of San Juan La Laguna. Your host family will be waiting to welcome you.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 3-9
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Family Stay

Under the leadership of a community-based nonprofit, collaborate on a project such as building accessible bathrooms, office renovations, or planting an organic garden. Build relationships with community members by working alongside them on the project. Explore San Juan and deepen your understanding of Tz'utujil culture by participating in an indigenous weaving workshop, learning how locally grown cacao is transformed into sweets at a chocolate shop, observing a Mayan ceremony, and climbing Cerro de la Cruz for an incredible view of the lake and its surrounding Mayan communities. Each day, enjoy traditional Guatemalan meals with your host family and reflect on your experiences in team meetings and the group journal. On your last day, have a final celebration with community members.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 10
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Antigua

Say goodbye to your new friends in San Juan La Laguna and return to Antigua. Explore Antigua and participate in a team meeting. 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11
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Antigua

Lace up your shoes to hike Volcán de Pacaya, an active volcano with stunning views. Reflect on the day later in your final team meeting.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12
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Return

Transfer to the airport in Guatemala City for your flight home.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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Reflections on the Experience

“I believe that I have gained a deeper cross-culture perspective because I got to witness first hand the traditions and everyday life of the community.” – Student

“Well organized, safe, fun.” - Chaperone