Guatemala Impact Adventure | Bishop Kelly High School

Starting at $3,595

Trip Dates: June 7-16 2024

The Vivid Roots Global Impact Adventure Program is a premier 10-week student-led program that includes a 10-day trip to Guatemala.

This Impact Adventure ignites inspiration, shifts perspective, and equips students with the tools to become a true force for good in the world. Most importantly, students can demonstrate their leadership in effecting tangible change by helping underserved communities gain proper access to clean water, education, and health services.

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About the Program

About:

The Impact Adventure Program is approximately 10 weeks long and designed to help high school students with (A) Impact Skill Building, (B) Fundraising for a Service Project, and (C) a trip to Guatemala.  

Impact Skill Building: Through weekly meetings, online trainings, and Vivid Roots mentorship, students will be challenged to lead a fundraising project and host an awareness event within their community. During this experience, students acquire time management, community outreach, delegation, and networking skills, along with covering 6 out of 10 College & Career Readiness Competencies recognized by the Idaho State Board of Education.

Fundraising for a Service Project: Students are paired with a service project that helps assist the Vivid Roots mission, to increase access to clean water, education, and health services in developing countries.

Guatemala Trip: An intentional 10-day travel experience to Guatemala that revolves around three essential pillars: culture, service, and adventure.

There will be two groups for the trip:

Group A:
16 students, 3 parent chaperones, 1 teacher chaperone
Group B: 16 students, 3 parent chaperones, 1 teacher chaperone

Groups will be chosen on a first come first serve basis!

Highlights

  • Make a meaningful impact within underserved communities 
  • 10-day life-changing international travel experience
  • 40+ Volunteer Hours
  • Actionable impact skills
  • New life-long friendships
  • Mastery of 6/10 College & Career Readiness Competencies recognized by the Idaho State Board of Education
  • Opportunity for school credit through new Extended Learning Opportunities Law 33-6402
  • Letter of Recommendation from Vivid Roots
  • A Global Leadership Program Certification

Impact

The central part of a Vivid Roots Impact Adventure is the “Impact” portion of the trip. For this trip, you will be working with Wellkind an established organization that serves multiple communities around Lake Atitlan. We will visit the Wellkind campus, meet with the community members, and learn about the complex issues that they face.

Your funding will help a specific impact project which you will be intricately involved with. The difference you will make will be tangible, impactful, and lifechanging for all the beneficiaries.

What's Included:

Flights

You will be flying with the group to and from Guatemala City.

Accommodations: 9 Nights Hotels

Clean, safe, and comfortable rooms. In some cases you’ll share rooms with other 1-2 Impact Adventurers and in others you will be bunked in larger rooms with 3+ travelers.

Meals

19 of 24 meals are included

Dietary restrictions? No worries, we can accommodate most preferences!

You will be on your own for a few meals where you can explore local cuisine with recommendations from your guides. Meals in Guatemala cost $5 – $8.

You will want to budget $40-$65+ for food.

Transportation

All group transportation is included. Private passenger vans (with A/C) – tuk-tuks and boats.

Guides

You will be accompanied by professional guides throughout the trip. Our Vivid Roots adventure guides are not only professional and knowledgeable but also all around incredible humans who you’ll surely value from the get-go.

Activities

  • Antigua Tour
  • Cooking Class
  • Pacaya Volcano Hike
  • Impact Project + Community Activities
  • Coffee Tour
  • Mayan Community Cultural Tour
  • Kayaking / Paddle Boarding
  • Ziplining
  • EcoFiltro Tour

Additional Things To Think About

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is required for all trips. Policy’s start around $75. (Don’t worry, we can help with this too!)

Use this link to get a quote for your travel insurance.

Payment

To save your spot on the trip a $500 Deposit is required.  Payment plans are available.

If payment is a challenge, some guests choose to fundraise for their trip which is super easy with our guest software WeTravel. We can help advise students on how to fundraise.

Impact Project Donation

To pay for the materials for the project you will work on, we ask that each guest donates or fundraises $350.

*We will help you achieve this goal through the Global Leadership Program before the trip!

Frequently Asked Questions

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What People Are Saying About Guatemala Impact Adventures

  • Sofia Stephanie Rodriguez

    My experience with Vivid Roots was phenomenal! I loved every single moment of my experience in Guatemala. I felt safe from the get-go (my first solo vacation. I was super nervous.) Everyone from the team was friendly. I love how conscious the company is and gives back. I definitely recommend going on a trip!

  • Miles Urdy - Junior

    I loved this life-changing trip! I’m definitely going to go again!

  • Abby Mahoney - Sophomore

    Vivid Roots is an amazing company full of amazing people!! I would highly suggest supporting them or going on an impact adventure.

  • Annie Muldoon

    This was my second trip with Vivid Roots. VR attracts like-minded people that have a passion for helping others and adventuring. Every day was filled with lots of adventure, great memories, and good food. I would highly recommend traveling with Vivid Roots!

Day 1: Travel Day + Arrival In Guatemala City & Transfer to Antigua

You will travel with the entire group leaving Boise Airport (BOI) together and arriving in Guatemala City (GUA).

After arriving in Guatemala City, you’ll head about an hour southwest to the beautiful town of Antigua. Antigua will be the home base for much of the trip.

It is known for its Colonial Era Spanish architecture, it is also surrounded by three beautiful volcanoes. Agua, Fuego, and Acatenango volcanos can all be seen on a clear day. You’ll get settled in, and meet your guides.

Meals Included: None

Day 2: Explore Antigua & EcoFiltro Tour

We’ll start the day by having breakfast and delicious Guatemalan coffee together. After we’ve finished up, our Adventure Guide will take the group on a walking tour through the vibrant, cobblestone streets of Antigua.

During the middle of the day, we will tour Ecofiltro, the company that makes the water filters that we will distribute during the project.

 

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3: Hike Pacaya - An Active Volcano

After an early breakfast, we will head to the base of a majestic volcano called Pacaya where you will be able to roast marshmallows on hot lava!

Pacaya volcano is one of the many (active) volcanoes near Antigua, rising to an elevation of 2,552 meters. The hike to the summit is gradual and manageable for nearly anyone and the views at the top are breathtaking.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 4: Coffee Tour + Cooking Class

After breakfast, you will depart for a Coffee Tour with De La Gente Co-op.

This is no ordinary coffee tour. This unique cooperative is supporting farmers in a unique way and making a meaningful difference. The farmer will guide you through his land and you will get to see the process from start to finish.

After the tour, you will have some free time before heading to another high light of the trip, an authentic Guatemalan cooking class!

 

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5: Choose Your Adventure Antigua

On this day you will be able to choose from a few different adventures, such as a local village tour, mountain biking or …..

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 5: Transfer to Lake Atitlan & Meet Impact Partner

We will wake up early and get on the bus to Tzununa, a small community off the shore of the incredible Lake Atitlan. This will be our base for the next few days.

You’ll be off the beaten path but build connections that most people never experience.

The bus ride is roughly 3.5 hours and upon arrival you’ll get a tour of Wellkind and establish your project work for the next few days

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 6: Service + Zipline Tour

After breakfast, you will make your way into the community and begin your service learning. What the day holds is TBD until the date gets closer, but it’s sure to be a great time!

In the afternoon we will take a boat across the lake and enjoy a zipline tour with some mind-blowing views of the lake and surrounding volcanoes!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7: Service + Kayaking

Similar to day 6, you will spend half your day with the service learning project and the half adventuring around the lake!

This time by Kayak. You will do a leisurely make your way along the shoreline and have swim in the lake!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9: Boat Tour & Transfer Back To Antigua

After breakfast, you will hop on a boat and make your way around the lake to visit some other lively villages that call Lake Atitlan home.

After the tour you will make your way back to Antigua.

A final farewell dinner with the group before turning in for the night and packing for an early morning departure

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 10: Farewell!

After an early breakfast, it’s off to the airport to fly back to Idaho!

Meals Included: Breakfast

Impact Location: Tzunana - Lake Atitlan

Causes:

Water, Education, Health Services

Volunteer Hours:

40+ Volunteer Hours

Overview:

Lake Atitlán is considered to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. This breathtaking crater lake is surrounded by 3 volcanoes, home to a dozen Mayan communities, multiple native languages, vibrant textile designs, ancient stories, and an incredible diversity of birds and trees.

But the people that live around the lake are struggling. In rural areas of Guatemala like this more than one-in-five (20%) of the population does not have access to any source of water – the rest are subject to intermittent services that are lacking in both quality and quantity. The variability and changes in the climate only increase the water shortage, affecting mainly families living in extreme poverty, as they lack the resources and capacities to adapt properly in the face of events such as droughts, hydric stress, and the contamination of surface water sources

Shad Qudsi — Executive Director, WellKind Guatemala

Shad is a passionate farmer, designer, and permaculturalist. He has lived and worked in Tzununa, Guatemala, for the past 12 years, where he and his wife founded Atitlan Organics, a permaculture-inspired organic farm. He believes that humans can live harmoniously on the planet and meet all their needs while actually enhancing the local and global ecology. After spending years practicing regenerative food production, Shad began partnering with a wide range of local farmers and community members. Shad’s current role as Program Director of WellKind Guatemala enables him to build community-driven, permaculture-inspired solutions to food security, climate change, and economic disparity.

Project Examples:

Rain catchment systems, build and distribute water filters.

What will I do?

First, you will learn about the community, their needs, and the project you will be supporting.

You will join the other members of the GLP to fundraise for the project. You will have a VR Advisor supporting you along the way. Fundraising is a key component to creating actionable change.

As a volunteer, you’ll have the opportunity to engage with community members your supporting and connect with them while in Guatemala. You will also learn more about the community you are helping and engage in some fun surprise activities.

Where will I stay?

We will stay in Tzununa, a quaint lake-side town on the shores of Lake Atitlan. You will be housed in comfortable accommodations, in bunk-style rooms with multiple other travelers.

What will I eat?

We eat breakfast at the hotel or on the drive over to the project site. Lunch will be provided by our partner WellKind. We will it dinner back at the hotel.

 

What’s My Impact?

Your impact expands far beyond the scope of the specific impact project you work on. Each project completed will empower the communities to improve their quality of life and embolden them to plan for a brighter future. There is no doubt the things you learn during this process will highlight the common thread that connects us all and change your life forever.

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Project Leader:

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Everything you need to prepare for your trip!

Click here to see the trip rosters for Group A & Group B.

Hello, all of you awesome, do-gooding, adventurers! This page is full of information that will help you prepare for your upcoming trip. Please follow the steps below, new information will be added after your trip is confirmed and on-boarding as started

Here is what will be covered:

  • Passport
  • Flights
  • Traveler Insurance
  • Vaccinations
  • Fundraising
  • Traveler Agreement
  • Traveler Information Form
  • Volunteer Training
  • Packing & Final Preparation

On this page, you will find all of the details about preparing for your trip to Guatemala. This page will be updated once your trip has a confirmed minimum number of travelers.