- Listing Type: Summer Programs
- Destination: Guatemala
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Provided By: Independent Provider
- Session Start: February, March, April, July
- Session Length: One Week
- Entering Grade: 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, PG, College
- Gender: Coed
- Category: Community Service
- Sub-Categories: Youth Outreach
- Selective: No
- Ages: 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19+, 19
- Minimum Cost: > $3,000
School the World is a non-profit organization committed to improving the quality of education in the developing world. We offer student service learning trips for high school students interested in making a difference abroad. Our service program is unique in that students contribute to a larger ongoing mission.
School the World's Global Citizenship Program supports infrastructure growth & programming costs while providing an inspiring service experience for U.S. high school & college students.
· Fosters a mutually beneficial experience for all participating parties; the children and parents in the community as well as the students from the United States.
· Motivates students to not take their education for granted, returning home eager to take advantage of all the opportunities available within their schools and local communities.
· Provides training in successful fundraising strategies including time management, creating an elevator pitch, solicitation letters, effective outreach and the importance of acknowledging each person who supported their mission to fund a school.
· Promotes leadership through the World Changer Student Leadership Program, where returning students apply to become a Trip Leader and serve as support to first-time World Changers as well as working closely with School the World staff members before, during and following the trip.
· Empowers students to become global citizens and ambassadors within their local communities, often teaching younger students about global literacy & education · Inspires high school students to study international development, public health and education in college. Many continue on to acquire jobs in the non-profit or humanitarian aid sector.
ABOUT THE TRIP: Each group that travels funds and participates in the final construction phase of a new school building and/or playground during their journey of discovery. Students spend the majority of their week in the Western Highlands of Guatemala working on the project and interacting with the children, their parents and the teachers as they form strong bonds through mutual learning. We also believe cultural exposure and understanding is an important part of our program. During their trip, students experience the wonders of the Mayan world, visit the Spanish colonial city of Antigua, and barter in the largest open air market in Central America.
Throughout the trip, our World Changers begin to open their eyes and minds to the deep and complicated causes underlying poverty and gender discrimination prevalent in rural communities. They walk away with first-hand insights of economic realities that force mothers and fathers to send their young children across treacherous borders. More importantly, they experience the power and influence of education in ordinary people’s lives.
IMPACT: "The biggest takeaway I got from this trip was that you do not need material items to be happy when you are surrounded by people who you love and who love you. When you do something that you enjoy and are with the people that you love, all you need is the right mindset & to be grateful & appreciative of what you have"
-World Changer February '19
"The bonds made by everyone on the trip as well as the community are unforgettable and have changed my perspective of the world and my relationship with others."
-World Changer July '18
"Being able to work with and help other people in another culture made me want to pursue careers that will focus on helping other people. I am currently looking at colleges and this trip has given me clarity and focus for the field I want to pursue"
-World Changer July '18
780 U.S. high school students have participated in our Global Citizenship Program
40 Schools Built
29 Playgrounds Built
Cost and Session Information
The $750 application fee is due at the time the applicaiton is submitted. Please visit our website for more information on our refund policy. The entire cost can be fundraised by the student. The service learning program coordinator will help the students find ways to fundraise as well as guide them through the process. The $3600 cost covers all transport, accommodations, food expenses & construction cost in Guatemala.
We're excited to announce our 2019 student travel schedule!
- February 16-23
- March 16th-23rd
- March 23-30th
- July 15-23, 2018
- July 25-August 2, 2018