Guatemala Impact Adventure | Idaho High School

Starting at $2,995 / 10 Days

Trip Dates: June 23 – July 2, 2023

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 firsthand — not as an outsider but as a friend. This trip is open to all Idaho high school-aged students (and parents).

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About the trip

Details:

Starting at $2,995 per person (or just $499/mo)

Duration: 10 Days

About:

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. This Guatemala Impact Adventure is a perfect blend of culture, impact, and adventure. You will explore colonial Antigua and the magical Lake Atitlán.

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 places 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.
  • Gain a new perspective and create lasting memories
  • Explore colonial Antigua, its vibrant colors, and volcanic landscape views.
  • Adventure around the amazing Lake Atitlán.
  • Engage in the incredible Mayan culture firsthand
  • 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 with CREAMOS an established organization that serves a specific community outside of Guatemala City. We will visit the CREAMOS campus, meet with the community members and learn the complex issues that they face.

Your funding will build rain catchment water systems that will help community members gain access to water and hold it during the dry season where currently they are without water for many months of the year. Additionally, you will be providing water filters that will service individual house holds.

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. You’ll share rooms with other 1-2 Impact Adventurers.

Meals

18 of 26 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
  • Jungle Trek
  • Kayaking / Paddle Boarding
  • Ziplining
  • Mountain Biking (Optional)
  • 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, just make your $500 Deposit. Payment plans are available. Must be paid in full 6 weeks before departure.

If payment is a challenge, some guests choose to fundraise for their trip using platforms like GoFundMe.

Impact Project Donation

To pay for the materials for the project you will work on, we ask that each guest donates or fundraises $250.

*If you participated in a Vivid Roots fundraiser you do not need to raise additional money (unless you want to of course)

Frequently Asked Questions

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What People Are Saying About Guatemala Impact Adventures

  • 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 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.

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 in 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.

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

We will finish the evening with a cooking class where we will cook our own dinner!

 

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

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: Start Impact Project

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

See the “Impact” tab for more details.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 5: Continue Impact Project

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.

There will be a few fun surprise activities.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 6: Choose Your Adventure Around Antigua

You will have 3 awesome options to choose from today.

Option #1: Mountain Bike Tour

Option #2: Finca Pilar Trek

Option #3: Da La Gente Coffee Co-op Tour

 

 

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 7: Off To Lake Atitlán

After breakfast, we will take off for a 3-hour drive to Atitlán.

Lake Atitlán is a large volcanic lake located in the Guatemalan highlands. It is known for its stunningly beautiful landscapes and its traditional Mayan culture. The lake is surrounded by several small towns and villages, each with its own unique character and charm.

Once we arrive at the lakeside town of Panajachel we will take a boat tour of the lake to explore the different villages that surround it and enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding volcanoes.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 8: Choose Your Own Adventure On The Lake

You will have 3 fun options to choose from to enjoy what lake Atitlán has to offer.

Option #1:  Kayak + Trekking Trip

Option #2: Ziplining 

Option #3: Cultural Weaving Class

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 9: Back To Antigua - Free Afternoon

After breakfast we will make a the 3-hour journey back to Antigua where you will have a free afternoon to enjoy Antigua and maybe grab some last-minute souveniers.

We will finish off the day with a special farewell dinner

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10: Farewell!

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

Meals Included: Breakfast

Impact Location: Guatemala City Garbage Dump

Causes:

Water, Education, Health Services

Volunteer Hours:

15+ Volunteer Hours

Overview:

There are thousands of women living in the slum settlements bordering the Guatemala City garbage dump (GCGD), all of whom confront enormous economic, social and emotional challenges as a consequence of systemic barriers including hegemonic masculinity, extreme poverty, and economic exclusion. Over 70%  of Guatemalans engage in informal employment, limiting their access to health insurance, social security and other government benefits. Women represent 51% of this workforce, yet are overrepresented in informal industries, face poorer working conditions, and confront systemic barriers to achieving formal employment.

The effects of these injustices are amplified for the women living in the GCGD squatter settlements, as many compete for scant resources, education levels among the population are astronomically low, and there is virtually no opportunity for dignified employment. As a result, an estimated 15,000 residents of this community make a living scavenging in the garbage dump for items to recycle, resell or reuse. This work is physically demanding, exposes garbage pickers to tremendous risk, and generates an average of $3-$7 per day.

Project leader:

Hannah Sklar – Hannah is the Execcutive Director of Creamos. She has worked with the organization for over 10 years and has a deep understanding and passion for helping solve the unique challenges that people in the dump community face.

Project Examples:

Rain catchment systems, build and disibute water filters.

What will I do?

As a volunteer, you’ll have the opportunity to engage with community members and support them by helping assemble water filters annd the rain catchment systems. While on site for the project you will also learn more about the community your are helping and engage in some fun suprise activities.

Where will I stay?

We will stay in Antigua in comfortable accomadations and drive to the project which will take about 45 mins.

What will I eat?

We eat breakfast at the hotel or on the drive over to the project site. Lunch will be provided by Creamos. We will it dinner back in Antigua.

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!

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 onboarding form and sign the waiver at the bottom of the page!

Here is what will be covered:

Step 1: Passport

Step 2: Flights

Step 3: Traveler Insurance

Step 4: Vaccinations

Step 5: Fundraising

Step 6: Traveler Agreement

Step 7: On-Boarding Form

Step 8: Volunteer Training

Step 9: Packing & Final Preparation

 

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

 

Step 1 – 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 here for more info on US Passports.

Step 2 – Flights:

For your trip, you will be flying with the rest of the group from Boise to Guatemala City (GUA). We will collect your information once you have submitted your deposit and book your flight on your behalf.

Step 3 – Travelers Insurance:

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

Step 4 – Vaccinations:

Guatemala does not require any vaccinations to enter its country but there are a few that are recommended, such as Hepatitis A & Typhoid. It is best to talk with your doctor or reach out to your local travel clinic 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.

For more information from the CDC regarding traveling to Guatemala here.

Steps 5-8 will be updated on this page once your trip is confirmed to depart with the minimum number of travelers.