Family Trips

A couple by a volcano
Hugging friends

Guatemala Humanitarian Trip

Trip Cost & Dates

$1195

+airfare

  • July 15-23, 2022 (Full)
  • July 23-31, 2022 (Full)
  • November 11-19, 2022 (Full)
  • November 18-26, 2022 (Full)
  • More Trips COMING SOON

Cost Includes

Fee Includes everything except airfare, souvenirs, and personal snacks

  • Food
  • Drivers
  • Hotels
  • Interpreters
  • Tips
  • Humanitarian Projects
  • Adventure Experiences
  • Cultural Experiences
  • Admin Costs

WHERE

We stay in hotels in Antigua and Panajachel and visit surrounding villages and small communities.

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9 Day Example Itinerary

(subject to chage)

 

  1. Arrive and Drive to Panajachel
  2. Church, Lake Atitlan, Lunch with AGP seamstresses, Visit Locals
  3. Humanitarian work in the village and teaching in the schools
  4. Humanitarian work in the village and teaching in the schools, Soccer with locals
  5. Ziplining, Cliff Jumping, San Marcos, Souvenir Shopping
  6. Humanitarian work, Antigua, Iximche
  7. Hike Volcan Acatenango, Sleep on volcano
  8. Summit volcano at 4am, Breakfast, hike down, Drive to Antigua, Free time
  9. Fly home

Our week-long adventure with the Thomason Family was inspiring and life-changing.  Our week was carefully planned to make the most of our time.  We were able to visit underprivileged children in hospitals, orphanages, schools, and small villages.  We were given the opportunity to serve and give our time and talents.  More important and rewarding than giving service was building connections with people we learned to love as soon as we met them. 

Kimberlee Jensen

The Thomasons also made sure we didn’t miss out on the fun and adventurous activities Guatemala has to offer.  We zip-lined, cliff jumped, climbed a volcano, shopped and ate delicious food. We met together once a day for a leadership training that helped us to reflect on our experiences and make goals for the next day.  This was not an experience where you sit back and enjoy the ride.  The more effort you put into your time and service, the more you learn and grow.  If you are looking for an experience for your family that will provide a vision expanding experience, family bonding, service and adventure all packed into one week, this is trip for you.

Kimberlee Jensen

Love one another, as I have loved you

-John 13:34

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

-Gandhi 

I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.

-Edward Everett Hale

Frequently Asked Questions

What does a typical day look like?

Every day is packed. We typically start with breakfast between 7-8am and go hard all day long. Most days are filled with humanitarian projects or experiences, with one adventure day, as well as hiking the volcano. You will be tired at the end of each day. We go-go-go!

How old does my child have to be?

There is no age minimum. You know your child better than we do, but they need to be adaptable and flexible and able to handle long days, or you need to be willing to help them and stay back with them.

What are the vaccination requirements?

Due to requirements ever-changing with COVID, we strongly encourage that you stay up to date on the current requirements. As far as other vaccinations, nothing is required, but there are recommendations from the CVC (link). We know people that aren’t vaccinated that have traveled to Guatemala and some that got every vaccination suggested, the choice is yours.

Do I need a Passport?

Yes!

Do I need a Visa?
You don’t need to do anything prior to arriving. They will stamp your passport with a 3 month visa. You won’t even know it happened.
Do I need to speak Spanish?

No, we will have interpreters that will help with communication. If you do speak Spanish, please let us know! 

What if I have a picky eater?

We do not cater to picky eaters, so make sure you bring plenty of snacks. With a large group, we will have 2-3 options for most meals, but in order to have the food ready so it doesn’t take all day, options are limited. 

What if I have an allergy or medical condition?
Please advise us of your allergy/medical condition and we will let you know if we can accommodate you. When at all possible, we try to accommodate allergies/medical conditions.
Do we buy our own airfare?

Yes! You are welcome to purchase the flight that best suits your needs. We will let you know when our drivers will be picking the group up and you can arrange your flights accordingly, and arrange an extra hotel stay if needed. 

I want my child to help pay for their trip, do you have suggestions for how they can earn money?

Yes! We did the same and it was an incredible experience for them. First, get the word out that they are earning money to go to Guatemala on a mission trip and let people know what they are willing to do. Social media is a great place to get the word out. Some specific ideas for fundraising are, yard work, house cleaning, watching pets, house sitting, babysitting, bake sales, lemonade stands, garage sales, walking dogs, or asking for sponsors from friends and family or businesses. Many people want to be a part of something like this, but not everyone can go, so allowing others to help monetarily is a blessing for many. 

I've always wanted to do this, but don't have the time, money, or both, how did your family do it?

We had the same reservations and concerns, but God truly opened doors. If you feel like you should go, but it doesn’t make sense on paper, ask God to open doors and He will. If you want to go, but it doesn’t feel quite right, start saving and preparing and you will know when it’s the right time for your family. 

What type of humanitarian work do we do while we're there?
All of our humanitarian work is aimed to help them to help themselves. We focus on basic life-changing things that will empower them. If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime. We are very careful not to come in and “save the day” or bring an abundance of donations to just give. That can cause unhealthy dependence or jealousy in the community. It can also ruin the economy for those working so hard to run a business. We work with locals to find out the needs of the villages and communities and our humanitarian work always revolves around education, health, and inspiring our team and those we serve to live their mission. Some examples are:
  1. Teaching and helping in the schools
  2. Adult education classes
  3. Installing solar panels for families without light
  4. Helping in hospitals
  5. Donating Angel Gowns
  6. Installing water filters (If a larger water project is funded, we help install that in the community)
Is the volcano hike hard?

Yes! It is uphill for 5 miles to base camp, with an additional 1 mile to summit in the morning if you choose. You start at about 8,000ft elevation and end at about 13,000ft elevation. It’s not for the faint of heart, BUT it is so worth it! You get to see an active volcano erupt if the weather and volcano cooperate. It’s incredible!! One of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for most. There is an option to pay extra for a horse to ride up the volcano to base camp. They only offer the horse up, they do not offer it back down. The horse is about $100 extra.

When will you start contacting us if we sign up for a trip?

We will get a team email going about 3 months before your trip to help everyone prepare and answer your questions. 

When should we purchase our flights?

That is completely up to you. You can purchase them early if you find a good deal, or for peace of mind, or you can purchase them after we meet as a team. Whatever is best for you is great!

What should I pack?

We will send out a packing list with everything we recommend you pack.