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Thursday, January 30, 2020
Summer Experience Trip

Enjoy the Summer Experience with Mayan Families!

Come to Guatemala this summer and spend a week with Mayan Families around beautiful Lake Atitlán from July 11-18 or August 8-15. Lake Atitlán was named "Atitlán, the most beautiful lake in the world" by National Geographic’s Español because of its full luscious green scenery, steep volcanoes, and colorful Maya textiles created by close-knit indigenous communities. Each community surrounding the lake has its specialty that adds to the vibrancy of the culture here.

The opportunity will allow you to understand and work with the Mayan Families' mission and volunteer with our programs in communities throughout the Lake Atitlán region and to learn how the indigenous villages can benefit from your impact.

As a team, you will install stoves, water filters, and serve lunch to the elderly community. Additionally, you will help lead an educational and fun activity for the children in one of our preschools to experience the educational environments that we have created for our students. Most importantly, you’ll build new relationships with the families and children that we serve.

Become part of a supportive team and collaborate with the communities we serve. You will see firsthand our three main focuses as an organization: advancing education, nutrition and health, and economic development, through community-led programs. 

The itinerary below is family-friendly for children ages 12+. We only have 12 spots available for each date, so reserve your spot now with a non-refundable, tax-deductible deposit of $300/person. The total program fee is $1100/per person which includes a $300 tax-deductible contribution to Mayan Families, which goes to support the running of our programs.

What is included

  • Seven nights’ double- occupancy accommodations at a trusted and secure hotel in Panajachel (If you would like a single room, please notify us so we can plan and price accordingly)

  • Meals* (Except for the day you arrive on Saturday, all dinners will be included. Except for the Sunday, all lunches will be included)

  • Airport pickup and drop-off in private, insured vehicles

  • Daily transport to our communities

  • Excursions and classes (see below for a more detailed itinerary)

  • Translators to all activities 

The fee includes the cost of a stove, bed, water filter, and a meal with members of our elderly care program on the day you visit.

Your trip will include a traditional Guatemalan cooking class, a walk through the rainforest, traditional weaving and beading classes and much much more.

Summary of Itinerary

* Note: This is a working itinerary that is subject to change depending on program availability. 

Day 1: Arrive to Guatemala & private shuttle transfer to Panajachel

Day 2: Optional excursions to Panajachel Nature Reserve  or explore the colorful town of Panajachel 

Day 3: Introduction to Mayan Families staff and office, Traditional beading class with a talented Artisan, stove and water filter installation, lunch in San Antonio

Day 4: Lead an activity with our preschoolers in El Barranco, visit our Elderly Care Center, install a bed and a stove to a family in need

Day 5: Learn to cook a traditional Guatemalan dish and swim in the beautiful waters of Lake Atitlan

Day 6: Free morning or have the chance to visit your student.  Join us in a local fundraiser. (soccer tournament)

Day 7: Depart Panajachel, tour Iximche Mayan ruins, overnight in Antigua (a UNESCO World Heritage site)

Day 8: Private shuttle to the airport from Antigua or extend your visit

Day 9: Optional extension day in Antigua or Guatemala City


Please contact our Experience Coordinator at for more information or to submit your payment. We are excited for you to join us in Guatemala for a life-changing experience!


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