Guatemala Expedition
Your Outdoor Classroom
I would like to invite you to join me in an international service and learning experience unlike any other. Our 9-day, total immersion, ‘Guatemala Expedition,’ places you on-the-ground in an indigenous Maya village where on successive days you will work one-on-one with a farmer, school teacher, student, university professor, development worker and artist craftsman.

Who: High school students, university students, and church groups have all enjoyed my Guatemala Expeditions.

If you are a group of adults or retirees you may prefer ‘Guatemala with a Purpose.

International Development
High school students from Canada on a research boat on a lake as part of a Guatemala Expedition.

You will learn about the diversity of culture found in Guatemalaand the complex interrelationships this creates. Working in different villages, you will confront the realities of the problems and solutions encountered in international development. You will visit a disaster relief camp and get a sense of the loss and the challenge. We will explore how man’s impact on the ecology of the region can contribute to a disaster.

Boys at a small rural school playing with traditional masks during a Guatemala Expedition.
Gain a perspective on the myriad complex issues found in a developing nation on understanding the importance of a long term community relationshipand on introducing sustainable, practical solutions. You will make friends in a beautiful village  and discover the personal relevance of touching one small country in an increasingly interconnected world.

High school students and a wildlife biolgist find a coral snake during a Guatemala Expedition.
 “The first thing that comes to mind when someone asks me about Guatemala is adventure. I will never forget the adventures I had and the many friends that I made along the way. From the villages of the Pacific coast and the highlands, the Petén and the Capital, everyone went above and beyond to lend a helping hand or make me feel at home. The amazing landscape and rich culture were unlike anything I had ever seen before.”

History & Culture
High school girl from France learning how to use a loom during a Guatemala Expedition.
Guatemala is a fascinating kaleidoscope of overwhelming beauty and cultural contrast. Timeless, colorfully dressed, traditional Maya navigate lake and village shadowed by active volcanoes – while the wealthy race their sleek, black Jaguars along cobblestone streets in a 16th century Spanish colonial town.

Why Guatemala?
High school students relax in a hot tub and watch a volcano during a Guatemala Expedition.

Guatemala offers an in-depth view of the wealth, poverty, biodiversity and culture found in all of Latin Americain a microcosm. Each day of our 9-day journey will bring you a different field experience working hands-on in:

  • a forgotten village
  • a cloud forest and mile-high lake
  • the studio of a craftsman
  • a tropical plantation and village farm
Environmental Sustainability
Students hike with a wildlife biologist through a cloud forest during a Guatemala Expedition

You will learn through immersion the complexities in:

  • Maya, colonial and contemporary culture
  • sociology and village life
  • ecology and environmental sustainability
  • sustainable development solutions
 Why the Center for Sustainable Development?
High school girl takes a selfie with children at a small rural school in Guatemala.
CSDi has partnered with development staff from 500 organizations in 152 countries to develop and manage projects that impact over 400,000 people. Their projects have utilized 270 different kinds of solution oriented activities to address community need.

The Center for Sustainable Development specializes in providing sound, evidence based information, tools and training for development professionals worldwide. CSDi is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Participant Profile
High school students work with farmers at a rural farm in Guatemala.

This training experience is for self contained groups of 12 to 20 people. If you are an individual—we want to work with you too! Please look into our Distance Learning Program.

The Guatemala Expedition is for groups wanting to see different facets of the beauties and complexities of a developing nation and its people. Groups have included high school groups, university students, graduate students, and church groups.

A college student from the US climbs a pyramid at Tikal in Guatemala.

Participants are responsible for travel costs to and from Guatemala. The cost of the training includes 9 nights’ accommodation, 8 days’ ground transportation, meals and training materials. Costs will range from $1,600 to $1,800 per person depending on the size of the group and specific requirements you may have.Please write to me directly for full details. Describe the size of your group and your schedule and I will respond with a quotation. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in learning more about dates and how my Field Programs can increase your knowledge of a complex world.

Student quotes from evaluation forms:

“Really getting beyond the tourist sites, interacting with local places and experiencing Guatemala from the inside out, the schools, children and villages were awesome!!”

“I think I have been truly changed”

“I had the time of my life on this trip!

“By far the best part was seeing the true Guatemala and not just the tourist side, for example, Tierra Linda and Concepción”

“I really liked the community service we did, it made me feel like I was really helping while learning culture”

“I have been on numerous school trips (e.g. to Peru, China and Italy) and I can honestly say this is the best”

“The idea of showing people the entire country from great churches to poor farm villages is the highlight of this trip!”

“Although every day was packed with things to do they were always great activities, even the exhaustion was worth it!!!

“Coming in to it I didn’t know what to expect but it is one of the most unforgettable trips of my life – thank you so much!!

“Kami and Sheila… they are outstanding, what treasures, so interested in the kids and communicative in addition to being ideal guides for the trip”

“Kami and Sheila get a million gold stars!! They were amazing.”