Boise High Leadership Guatemala Impact Adventure

Starting at $1,995 / 10 Days

Trip Dates: November 5 2020 – November 15 2020

Experience this beautiful country, gain a new perspective and genuinely connect with locals while working alongside them to strengthen their communities. You will experience their culture and traditions first hand — not as an outsider but as a friend.

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About the trip

Details:

Starting at $1,995 per person (or just $224/mo)

Duration: 10 Days

About:

Trip Dates: November 5 2020 – November 15 2020

Adventure through Guatemala and genuinely connect with the locals while working alongside them to strengthen their communities. You will experience their culture and traditions first hand — not as an outsider, but as a friend. The Guatemala Backroads Plus is a perfect blend of culture, impact and adventure. You will explore colonial Antigua, get to know Guatemala cowboy country in the department of Chiquimula and explore the magical jungles along the breathtaking Rio Dulce.

An impact adventure is the best of both worlds, an incredible travel adventure combine with an impactful service project. During a portion of your trip, you will go off the beaten path to rural villages where we have partnerships with local communities. During this time you will work alongside the community to help increase access to clean water, education and health services. Don’t worry, no specific skills are needed to partake in the project, just a big heart, and a positive attitude!

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Highlights

  • Work alongside locals to strengthen their communities.
  • Roast marshmallows on an active volcano.
  • Explore colonial Antigua, it’s vibrant colors and volcanic landscape views.
  • Adventure in the heart of the jungle along the Rio Dulce.
  • Swim under Hot Waterfalls
  • Trek through the jungle and explore sacred Mayan Cave very few people get to experience
  • Experience Guatemala the way most travelers never get the chance to.

Impact

The central part of a Vivid Roots Impact Adventure is the “Impact” portion of the trip. For this trip, you will be working in Chiquimula where we have partnered directly with the local government and community leaders. You will work alongside the community to help increase access to education, water, health services through multiple initiatives.

Donation for Impact Project – To pay for the materials for the project you will work on, we ask that each guests donates or fundraises $250. This small donation will change many lives. When you arrive you will see the materials that your donation funded and your volunteer labor will help complete the project.

If you have questions about the donation, please let us know!

What's Included:

Accommodations: 9 Nights Hotels

Clean, safe, and comfortable private rooms. You’ll share rooms with one or two other Impact Adventurers. (Upgrade to your own private room if you want!)

Meals: 14

14 of 26 meals are included

8 Breakfasts – 3 Lunches – 3 Dinners

Dietary restrictions? No worries, we can accommodate to most preferences!
You will be on your own for 10 meals where you can explore local cuisine with recommendations from your guides.

Transportation

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

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: 7 Included - 9+ optional that you can add

  • Antigua Tour
  • Cooking Class
  • Pacaya Volcano Hike
  • Impact Project + Community Activities
  • Rio Dulce Riverboat Tour
  • Jungle Trek + Tiger Cave Exploration
  • Kayaking

Add-on Optional Extras

  • ATV/Motorcycle Rental
  • Hot Waterfall Excursion
  • Belize Private Island Hopping (Snorkeling + Beaching Chilling)
  • Ziplining
  • Livingston Tour
  • AND More!

Additional Things To Think About

Flights:

Flights to Guatemala are affordable and range from $300 – $1,000+. We can help you book your flights and get you a great deal. Just ask us for a quote!

Travel Insurance:

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

Airport Transportation:

It’s about a 45 minute drive from the airport to the hotel. There are public taxis shuttles and uber available or we can book a private driver who will be waiting with your name on a sign to take you to the hotel for $50.

Private Room:

If you would like your own private room, no problem just add $295.

Payment:

To save your spot on the trip, just make your $250 Deposit. We can workout a payment plan with you. Must be paid in full 6 weeks before departure.

Impact Project Donation:

To pay for the materials for the project you will work on, we ask that each guest donates or fundraises $250. This small donation will change many lives. We can give you everything you need to fundraise so you can make a HUGE impact in the community you will be helping!

Frequently Asked Questions

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What People Are Saying About The Trip

  • SofiaStephanie 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! ??????

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  • Hans Hansen

    Amazing guides, beautiful country, and most importantly, the profound impact this group is having on communities in Guatemala. Being a part of that will be something I remember for the rest of my life. Highly recommend getting involved with these guys.

Day 1: Arrival In Guatemala City & Transfer to Antigua

After arriving in Guatemala City, you’ll head about an hour South West to the beautiful town of Antigua. Antigua 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, meet your guides and the other guests you’ll be traveling with. Once we’re acquainted we’ll go out to dinner as a group to get the good vibes rolling!

Meals Included: None

Day 2: Explore Antigua

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. This town is rich with history and culture. Diego, our guide, is a Guatemalan local and a very knowledgeable person. He’ll be able to answer any questions you may have along the way. To finish the tour we’ll go to a viewpoint that looks over the city and is a great place to take photos. After that the day is yours! You’ll have the rest of the day to get some lunch at a local spot and choose some activities to fill your time.

A few possibilities for the day:
– Learn how to make chocolate from scratch
– Visit a world famous Jade museum
– Rent ATVs and explore the surrounding hills
– Find a quiet cafe to read a book or chill
– Hunt for souvenirs at the colorful textile markets

In the evening we’ll get back together for one of our favorite activities of the trip, a group cooking class. We’ll hop in a caravan of tuk-tuks and head to a surrounding town. You’ll have the opportunity to learn how to make a traditional Guatemalan meal with all of your fellow travelers while sipping on beverages and dancing to reggaeton.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 3: Cimb An Active Volcano

After an early breakfast, we will head by private bus 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. (If you don’t feel comfortable hiking you can rent a horse).

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 4: Start Impact Project In San Jacinto

This is the first of three days that we’ll be working alongside the local community to increase access to clean water, education, and health services.

Depending on the needs and requests from community leaders, we may be working in a school or possibly a health center in a surrounding mountain village. We typically work from 8 am to 5 pm with a break to get out of the sun and enjoy some local cuisine.
Once we get to a good stopping point for the day, we’ll head back to town to clean up, relax, or join a pick up soccer game in the local square. We’ll have dinner at the hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 5: Continue Impact Project In San Jacinto

This is the second of three days that we’ll be working alongside the community to increase access to clean water, education, and health services. We’ll pick up where we left off the previous day, and work hard to get as much done as we can. We’ll follow the same schedule as the first day of service.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 6: Final Day of Impact

Once we finish up the last of our service project, we’ll hop back into the trucks to go check in on some past projects we’ve done, and visit sites of future projects., Once we’ve said our goodbyes to Jessica and all the locals, we’ll head to one last spot (a surprise) with a great view. After we’ve cleaned up and packed, we’ll hop in the van and head to Rio Dulce, a beautiful town whose name comes from the river that it sits on, the Rio Dulce (Sweet River).

We’ll stay at Hotel Backpackers, a very special place for us. Our stay helps raise money for a school called Casa Guatemala which provides an education for students who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 7: Explore The Jungle Along The Rio Dulce

Early risers will have an opportunity to take an hour ride to Finca Paraiso, a geothermally heated waterfall.

If you sleep in, or the rain prevents us from going, we’ll start the morning by exploring the river by boat. Our ride through the mangroves will lead us to a guided hike through the jungle to a cave with a local Mayan community.

After that we’ll get checked into our home for the next two nights, Finca Tatin. Finca Tatin is a riverside bungalow style hotel with opportunities to relax and swim off the dock, kayak, sauna, or simply chill and absorb the sounds of nature from a hammock.

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 8: Choose Your Own Adventure in The Jungle or Ocean

After waking up with some tasty homemade breakfast in the jungle, you’ll have the opportunity to choose your adventure activities for the day.

Some of your options include:
– Zip-line Tour
– kayaking
– Explore Livingston,
– Island hop the Belize Cayes

All of these activities will be arranged for you based on individual interest and the weather.
*The costs associated with these activities are not included, but are affordable and well worth the experience!

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 9: Tour Casa Guatemala & Travel Back To Guatemala City

We’ll wake up for breakfast and say our goodbyes to Finca Tatin staff. Then we’ll load into the boat and head up river toward Rio Dulce. On our way back, we’ll stop at Casa Guatemala.

Casa Guatemala is a registered NGO and receives no government funding. We rely on funds from individuals and groups around the world to provide care for up to 300 children at our village and in the larger community. These children have been wards of the State, but the majority come from families from the surrounding Mayan villages who live in cases of extreme poverty who, without Casa Guatemala, would have no other access to education.

We’ll take a quick tour of the grounds, learn more about their program and do an activity with some of the students.

After that we’re back on the bus and headed back to Guatemala City where we’ll stay for the night. 

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10: Farewell!

This is the day the trip ends. Guests will be leaving for the airport starting very early in the morning. Breakfast is included with stay at the hotel, but depending on your departure time you might have to get breakfast at the airport. Your guides will help you arrange rides to the airport, and say goodbye.

Meals Included: None

Not enough?

If you want to extend your adventure, maybe climb another active volcano or visit the beautiful volcanic Lake Atitlan, just ask!

Impact Location: San Jacinto, Chiquimula, Guatemala

Causes:

Water, Education, Health Services

Volunteer Hours:

15+ Volunteer Hours

Overview:

San Jacinto is in Southeast Guatemala near Honduras and El Salvador. With a total population of about 14,000, 12,000 of those live between 12 communities in the mountainous old growth forest outside of town. Due to climate and lack of resources, many families are accustomed to living on about $2 per day. Each family has about 5-8 people. While working alongside the communities over the last two years, we have seen a level of resilience and resourcefulness that keeps us motivated to continue working with community leaders to identify and implement sustainable solutions.

You can access your fundraiser here: link to Keela

Project leader:

Jessica Sagastume. Jessica works for the local government and is our primary point of contact. She works with the community leaders to assess and understand their individual needs, and acts as a collaborative facilitator of the projects.

Project Examples:

Renovate Schools, Renovate Health Centers, Feminine Hygiene Education, Install Water Tanks and more! See past projects

What will I do?

As a volunteer you’ll have the opportunity to get your hands dirty on the project you helped fund, primarily through manual labor. This could consist of painting, planting gardens or trees, basic construction, clean up and more!

With additional training you may also fit children with shoes, or distribute and demonstrate how to use water filters. Female participants may also distribute feminine hygiene products.

Where will I stay?

We stay at an awesome ranch 10 minutes outside the main town of San Jacinto (see day 3-5 of itinerary). There is A/C and a pool, perfect after a long day of work!

What will I eat?

We eat breakfast and dinner at the hotel and the communities will make us lunch for us each day!

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.

Read more about our sustainable approach.

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Project Leader:

Project Leader

Everything you need to prepare for your trip!

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 and be sure to complete the On-boarding form and sign the waiver at the bottom of the page!

Here is what will be covered:

  1. Passport
  2. Traveler Insurance
  3. Flight information
  4. Vaccinations and Medications
  5. Packing
  6. Fundraising
  7. Traveler Agreement
  8. On-Boarding Form

Passport & Visa Info

Passports:

Make sure that your passport is valid through your return date. If it will expire before then, click the link to explore options for renewals. If this applies to you, please contact Dylan ([email protected]) to let him know so he can help answer any questions.

Click > For U.S.A. Renewals

 

If you are a citizen of a country not listed above, you can find the information by searching “Passport renewal application (enter country name)” into an internet browser.

Traveler Insurance

Traveler insurance is required:

1) The coverage should start the day you begin to travel, and extend through the day return home.

2) We recommend using World Nomads, but you are welcome to explore other options with similar coverage. The policy should cover:

  • lost baggage
  • trip cancellation
  • trip interruption
  • injury

Please write down your provider and your policy number, you will need to give us that information later.

Flights

The most important things to note when purchasing your plane ticket:

1) Vivid Roots is a certified Travel Agency, so we can help you book your flights. If you would like a quote please click here to fill out the form and we will be in touch with your right away! If you would like to book your flight on your own, no problem please just double-check the itinerary to see the dates and your arrival and departure cities! If you are with a group, we will take care of your flights and book you with the rest of your group!

2) You also may stay longer in-country if you like, we can provide recommendations for activities to extend your adventure. Again if you are flying with a group, you won’t need to worry about this.

 

Vaccinations & Medications

Vaccinations:

Guatemala does not require any vaccinations to enter its country but recommend getting hepatitis vaccinations. Talk with your doctor and make sure to give yourself plenty of time to get an appointment set up, some seasons of the year are busier than others and it can take multiple weeks to get in to see them.

Here is a link to the Health Information for Travelers to Guatemala

Medication:

If you are currently (or will be) on any medication during the trip, make sure that you have enough to last you through your entire visit.

It’s never a bad idea to bring some precautionary travel medications such as anti-diarrhea and anti-nausea medication. We will have a few lengthy bus rides that can definitely upset the stomach.

Packing:

Below is a packing list for your trip to Guatemala.
Click here to access packing list 

Fundraising: 

If you are fundraising for your trip, please use the link below and complete the brief fundraising training video.
You can access your fundraiser here:

Traveler’s Agreement & Liability Waiver

This document outlines the expectations of the trip under the Travelers Agreement Section and covers the Assumption of Risk Statement & Liability Release in the second section.

Please read and sign: https://waiver.fr/p-nHXmf

 

On-boarding Form:

IMPORTANT: Please fill out this form by X Date.

Before you fill this out, you will need your Passport handy, your flight information and travelers’ insurance information!

https://forms.gle/kQASeefFxtrzkLVd9

 

Volunteer Training: 

Before you leave you will need to complete this brief Volunteer training to make sure you maximize your impact while working on your impact project:

Questions: 

If you have any questions during this process please email: [email protected]