Step directly into the ancient world of the Maya: explore exciting works of indigenous art, learn about a civilization rich with history.
Volunteer at a Maya school and journey across sacred Lake Atitlan. Attend a ceremony with a Maya shaman and visit a chocolate workshop. Explore ancient archaeological ruins and shop at the largest indigenous craft market in the hemisphere. In Guatemala, the natural world and the local culture are intertwined, and you'll be able to experience both sides and everything in-between!
You will much of your service hours volunteering at a local school refurbishing and building classrooms and working with the Maya children. The school is unique in that it is run by Maya teachers and actively promotes the culture and language of the indigenous. You can also share your talents doing arts and crafts, playing sports and games, and practicing conversational English with kids during their recess.
During our learning excursions, we will meet a traditional shaman who will teach us about Maya cosmology, and also learn about medicinal plants used by the Quiche people of the region. You’ll dive into Guatemala’s rich culture by learning how to make colorful indigenous textiles, play the marimba, and even visit a chocolate workshop!
To cap it all off, you'll visit Antigua, a quaint colonial town with gorgeous architecture and cobblestone streets. We’ll also adventure to Lake Atitlan, which rests at the foot of three massive conical volcanoes, and Chichicastenango, which has the largest Maya craft market in the world.
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My 16 year old daughter traveled to Guatemala with Global Leadership Adventures in the summer of 2017 for 14 days with Children of the Maya. The experience was life-changing. Being immersed in a Spanish speaking culture teaching children English offered the perfect balance of challenge and fun. Grace learned so much about herself, leadership and the challenges & blessings of education. She was able to compare & contrast Education system in the US with that of a small, impoverished town in Guatemala, seeing the beauty and brokenness in both systems. Grace came home more compassionate, inspired to create change in her own community and to be more courageous in her own life to help her grow. This personal growth will allow her to have more to offer those she serves & works side by side with on her next Global Leadership trip in summer 2019.
My daughter went on the Guatemala trip at age 15. I was very hesitant to allow her to go on such a far excursion but she fell in love with the culture and learned so much from her trip. One of me and my husband's favorite part of her trip was the constant nonstop trips to other cities and cool markets. They made sure that she got the full experience, even took them salsa dancing! I would fully recommend this trip to anyone.
I fell in love with the country and the people on this trip so deeply that the only hard part was saying goodbye. I look back on my time in Guatemala, from beginning to end, and see only pride and good times, whether it was slathering our faces with a volcano's facewash or another brick with cement. But the one thing I think truly defined the trip was the activity we did at the very end. We took a ball of blue yarn and threw it around the room, sharing what the trip meant to us, holding on to our corner of the string, and tossing it along. Once the final person finished sharing we cut the string and made bracelets. This small gesture meant the world to me. Now I can reach down to my wrist and remember all that we did together for the greater good, and I know that even though we've departed to our own corners of the country, we share different parts of the same wonderful, beautiful trip.
I love GLA. I've travelled with them thrice now, and I have complete faith in the program as a whole the entire experience felt safe, controlled, and very very fun. I would highly recommend it to anybody who asked, and I would love to travel with them again.
This past summer I had the amazing experience of traveling to Guatemala with Global Leadership Adventures. It was my second trip with GLA (I had traveled to Costa Rica with them the summer before), and it was even better than my first trip, which I didn't think was possible. Each day we woke up, went to volunteer at a local school (where we painted and cemented) for a few hours, explored a new part of the country, and learned incredible things. We did everything from visiting a local chocolate factory to getting Salsa lessons to enjoying beautiful hot springs. In addition to bonding with the local children, I made met other students who are still some of my closest friends. I would highly recommend traveling with Global Leadership Adventures if you are interested in an unforgettable summer trip. It can be scary traveling to new places and exploring new cultures, but GLA takes all of the worry away with great mentors, comfortable housing, and an exciting list of activities.
This past summer I was fortunate enough to travel with Global Leadership Adventures to Guatemala on the Children of the Maya program. I was initially pretty timid to sign up, considering I had never left the country with anyone other than my parents and I wouldn't know anyone else on the trip, but I decided to take a leap of faith and I am so glad that I did. From concreting and painting local elementary schools and playing with the children to being immersed in Mayan culture through salsa dancing lessons and chocolate making, I was always having a blast. The Global Leadership Adventures staff did a great job of not only making us feel safe but also building connections and helping us expand our leadership skills. Meting the other teenagers who I traveled with was one of the best parts of the trip. In less than a day of being together, we bonded so much and I instantly made lifelong friends that I still keep in touch with today. This experience with Global Leadership Adventures completely changed my life in ways one review cannot even begin to explain. My views of the world, my desire to help, and my social and leadership abilities changed drastically and I did not come home the same person. If you are even considering going on a trip with Global Leadership Adventures, I strongly encourage you to just do it. You definitely will not regret it.