• Guatemala Bunk Bed Project
  • Guatemala Children
  • Karla's in Guatemala
  • Resilience in Guatemala
  • Common Hope Village
  • Common Hope Village
  • Common Hope Village
  • Children at the Orphanage
  • Resilience in Guatemala
  • View from the Volcano
  • Resilience in Guatemala
  • Resilience in Guatemala
  • Resilience in Guatemala
  • Roasting Marshmallows at the Volcano
  • Resilience in Guatemala



MARCH 6 – 13, 2018

Guatemala, also known as “the soul of the earth”, touches the heart unlike any other country in Central America. This awe-inspiring country offers the natural beauty of highland lakes ringed by perfect volcanic cones and delightful colonial architecture with brightly colored markets.

Reunite mind, body, and spirit by both getting your hands dirty and having ample time to contemplate the day’s lessons with like-minded individuals while working with multiple different non-profit organizations to learn how to truly make a difference for the people of Guatemala.

This trip will deepen your understanding of the challenges and opportunities that face people living in a third world country. Every day of the trip, you will be able to do hands on work to help the people of Guatemala.  Over the course of the trip you will begin to realize that by helping the people of Guatemala, you are actually awakening your inner needs and opening your heart to new insights and possibilities.

You will have ample time to develop your own gratitude for the wonderful opportunities you have been given and be amazed at the spirit and resilience of the Guatemalan people… a people who according to our standards have very little, yet have so much to teach anyone of us about the role that social connection and gratitude play in our own happiness.

With the surrounding beauty and help of our staff you will learn reflective and resilient practices. Our time developing resilience will be through the use of dialogue with other members, quiet self-reflection, journaling, daily group reflections and using the work and experiences as daily metaphors to develop gratitude, hope, awe, and joy.

If have additional questions about this trip, please contact Karla Heeter at

DEPOSIT = $500

  • This is a nonrefundable deposit to secure your space on this trip
  • Payment in full is due by January 15, 2018


  • Single Occupancy: One person in a single occupancy room

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY ROOM = $1,200 per person

  • Double Occupancy — I have a roommate: At checkout, please let us know the name of your roommate in the Order Notes section.
  • Double Occupancy — Please assign me a roommate: If you don’t have a roommate, we would be happy to assign one for you.


Please be sure to read through the Additional Information tab below to familiarize yourself with What’s Included, What’s Not Included and Cancellation Details.


Product Description


7:00am – 8:00am Optional breakfast at the hotel

8:00am – 1:00pm Daily Service Learning Trip

1:00pm – 5:00pm Lunch, Journaling, and free time to practice your own personal resilience by swimming, reading, getting a massage or exploring the beautiful surroundings on your own or as a group.

5:00pm – 6:30pm Social Hour with daily debriefing and book club

6:30pm – 8:00pm Group Dinner


Travel to Guatemala 

You will need to arrive in Guatemala City prior to 2 p.m. By early afternoon we will arrive at our hotel in Antigua. We will start our Service Learning Trip off with an organizational meeting at 5pm to discuss the coming experiences of the week.

Education Opportunities : Common Hope

The families who walk through Common Hope’s doors often live in one-room houses made of cornstalks and scrap metal, with little or no access to education, medical care, clean water, or jobs with livable wages. The mission of Common Hope is based on the belief that education is the key to unwinding the cycle of poverty. They provide the necessary resources for thousands of impoverished children to attend school each year. We will have the opportunity to work in a variety of classrooms in the school, participate in social work visits and meet with families of children who have been sponsored by members of our community to hear their stories of success and experience the environment in which they live.

Opportunities to Love : El Amor de Patricia

El Amor de Patricia is an orphanage for abandoned, abused and neglected children where they are loved, appreciated and encouraged to reach their full potential in a family-style setting. We will hear stories of how children are taken in by this orphanage. We will care for the children while we are there and then travel with their staff as they fulfill one of the other missions of the orphanage – delivering needy children their first bed.

Mental and Physical Resilience : Volcano Hike

The group will rally for a hike up Pacaya, one of Guatemala’s active volcanoes. From the summit you will see a spectacular panorama of three volcanoes surrounding Antigua and Guatemala City. You will have the opportunity to roast marshmallows on the hot lava.

Economic Opportunities : Wakami

Wakami is a social system that seeks to transform the communities in which they work by providing opportunities to generate income and create prosperity. They believe in transforming cycles of poverty into “cycles of prosperity.”

Wakami designs and sells fashion accessories. Their products are produced in 15 rural communities, and are exported to over 20 countries on 4 continents. Wakami is based on the concept that all women share similar hopes and dreams for their families, and that through market forces connections can be made between people around the world to turn those dreams into reality.

Educational & Economic Opportunities : Safe Passage

We will spend part of a day with Safe Passage at the Guatemala City Dump and work among the families who make their living by sifting through the materials. Safe Passage serves about 500 children and 100 mothers in the area surrounding the site of the garbage dump. They provide education programs focused on the key areas of preschool education and after-school programs. They also provide an adult literacy program and offer business education for mothers to leave the garbage dump through, a women’s jewelry business, The Sewing Initiative with 13 industrial sewing machines, and Family of Women where handicapped mothers make simple retail products.

Additional Information


• Accommodations
• Ground Transportation in Guatemala
• Guide service & translators
• Facilitation of resilience topics & book club


• Round-trip airfare
• Meals or drinks
• Optional side trips
• The book for the book club: “Rising Strong” by Bréne Brown


• $500 nonrefundable deposit required to reserve your spot. Full payment is due on or before January 15, 2018
• Cancellations of full payment reservations prior to February 1, 2018 are subject to a $250 cancellation fee
• Full payment reservations are nonrefundable on or after February 1, 2018
• Limited to the first 20 people