Experience Mayan Families

Coming to visit us here in Guatemala can be an incredibly rewarding and life-changing experience! Every year we welcome extraordinary individuals, groups, and student sponsors who would like to see firsthand the work we do and get involved in a deeper way.

Ways to Experience

We believe that immersing yourself in a new and different culture can have a huge impact on the way you perceive and understand the world and its needs; it’s an experience that brings us all closer together. For this reason, we have created various visit opportunities available all year round, so you can be sure to visit us in the way that is right for you!

Visit Option 1: Custom Trips for Groups

We love hosting groups – whether it’s a Rotary Club, university group, or a group of friends! We offer a basic group package for groups of 8-20 people with a stay of 9 days and 8 nights in Panajachel. The package includes accommodations, transportation to and from the airport, transportation to and from your volunteer activities, and most meals, among other things.
With the logistics covered, the fun part starts! We help you fill in your itinerary by offering a range of activities to choose from, from installing an efficient stove in the home of a family in need, to learning traditional beading techniques with women from our Artisan Program. Click here to see all of the activities we offer!

Visit Option 2: Cultural Immersion Itineraries

Is your group more curious about cultural immersion? We have created three different cultural immersion programs, with focus areas of Artisan, Environment, and Health & Wellness. These programs will help you understand not only the programs Mayan Families operates to ensure strong, vibrant and self-sufficient Mayan communities, but also have the opportunity to connect with Mayan culture from different perspectives and learn how to create a positive impact on your visit. Click here to read more about our different cultural immersion itineraries.

Visit Option 3: Summer Experience

Our flagship Summer Experience program is an amazing opportunity for individuals, friends or families to come and visit us for a full week each summer. To learn more about this amazing experience, check out our blog which provides the full itinerary.

Visit Option 4: Student Experience

One of the most special opportunities available to sponsors is the ability to come and visit the student they are sponsoring and the student’s family. To learn more about planning a visit to see the student paired with your sponsorship, click here!

Don’t see a trip that meets your needs?

We are always happy to customize trips for groups and individuals. So whether you can only visit for a day, or you’d like to partner with us to take on an even bigger project than the ones offered through our customized itineraries, we are happy to collaborate!

Please email experience@mayanfamilies.org to start planning your trip today. We can’t wait to hear from you!