DURATION: 10 Days

DATES: June 9-18, 2020

DEPARTURE CITY: TBD

COST:  $1,500 excluding international airfare

AGE:  15+

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We infuse service with adventure to offer the trip of a lifetime!

Yuda Bands has been taking youth, teachers, and parents to visit our Yuda Bands sponsored students in Guatemala every summer since 2007. On this trip you’ll experience the true Guatemala as we serve side by side Yuda Bands sponsored students. We’ll also visit many world renowned tourist sites. Below you’ll find a quick view of a few of the activities on our 2020 itinerary.

DURATION: 10 Days

DATES: June 9-18, 2020

DEPARTURE CITY: TBD

COST:  $1,500 excluding international airfare

AGE:  15+

Reserve Your Spot Today

We infuse service with adventure to offer the trip of a lifetime!

Yuda Bands has been taking youth, teachers, and parents to visit our Yuda Bands sponsored students in Guatemala every summer since 2007. On this trip you’ll experience the true Guatemala as we serve side by side Yuda Bands sponsored students. We’ll also visit many world renowned tourist sites. Below you’ll find a quick view of a few of the activities on our 2020 itinerary.

Work Project

We’ll be serving side by side 150 Yuda Bands students in a large scale community service project in San Martin, Jilotepeque. Community service projects provide an opportunity for the Guatemalan students to give in a way they can afford. When Yuda Bands students give service in their community each quarter (learn more about this here) something changes inside as they realize they literally have the power to impact their community and change their future.

Tikal

Tikal is the largest excavated site on the American continent and was the capital of a conquest state that became one of the most powerful kingdoms of the ancient Maya. The ancient Mayan Citadel, Tikal dates back to the 1st century A.D. and is located in the heart of the jungle and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll take an early morning flight (included in cost) and spend the day exploring the national park. We’ll meet up with a local Mayan guide who will teach us Mayan tradition as we climb pyramids and explore the ruins.

Food and Clothing Project

Before you leave you’ll select a family to support on the trip by providing them food and clothes. About a month before leaving, you will be given clothing sizes to collect for your Guatemalan family. You’ll deliver the clothes along with a month’s supply of food (purchased in Guatemala by your tour guide) to your family and visit them in their humble home. In the homes is where you will see true Guatemalan culture and fall in love with the people you serve.

Lake Atitlan

Atitlan is a huge lake in a massive volcanic crater in Guatemala’s southwestern highlands. You will cross the lake by boat to explore the town of Santiago de Atitlan where you’ll find some great deals on traditional souvenirs and trinkets. After you do a bit of shopping and grab a bite  to eat we’ll continue our boat right to a local hidden favorite the trampoline. The trampoline is safe platform built for cliff jumping, don’t forget your swim suit!

Leadership Training

Each trip participant will prepare a 15-20 presentation on an assigned topic to present to a group of 25-30 Guatemalan students. With the help of Spanish translators you’ll gain confidence in your own teaching ability as you help the local students learn skills that will in turn bring more job opportunities for them after graduation. More about L.E.A.D >

Antigua

Antigua is a small city surrounded by volcanoes in southern Guatemala and probably the most popular tourist spot in the country. It’s renowned for its Spanish colonial buildings and is great spot to buy local artesian souvenirs. You’ll visit a local artisan who will teach us the process of creating jewelry from unique Guatemalan Jade. You’ll also have a chance to visit the hotel Casa Santo Domingo which is built on an ancient monastery dating back to 1538!

Making Yuda Bands

Yuda Bands bracelets are the center of the Yuda Bands organization. The sale of these bracelets funds all of our scholarships and pays for service projects, local directors, and leadership trainings. Our Yuda Bands makers earn a fair trade wages and express themselves through these unique leather and coconut bracelets. You’ll get a chance to see the whole process and even design and make your own Yuda Bands

Canopy Tour

You’ll take an exhilarating zip-line ride through the rainforest of Tikal. The tour consists of a series of nine platforms upon the trees for wild life observation linked by horizontal double zip lines from one tree to another. The guides have been fully trained to provide assistance as you fly through the tress with the monkeys (yes, monkeys swing from the zip lines through the trees)!

Cultural Event

You’ll attending a welcoming “culture” event shortly after we arrive in San Martin, Jilotepeque (the village where we will be doing our service and helping the students). Many of the 150 Yuda Bands sponsored students and their parents will attend and participate. You’ll see traditional dances, hear traditional songs and other unique customs of Guatemala. The students will be very excited to show off their traditional entertainment and welcome you to their country.

Volcano Pacaya

Pacaya is an active volcano, which rises over 8,300 feet. An expert guide will join our group and lead us to hot spots to roast marshmallows from the heat rising through the earth’s curst. With a bit of luck you’ll be able to see actual lava flowing. Those who don’t want to hike all the way to the top can make the trek by horse back. After summiting we’ll run down the back side of the volcano which is made up of small pebble like sand.

Included in Price

  • All hotel accommodations
  • Round trip flight from Guatemala City to Flores (Tikal)
  • All ground transportation
  • Luggage transport and storage
  • Entry to Volcano Pacaya National Park
  • Local expert Volcano guide
  • Entry to Tikal National Park
  • Local expert Tikal Mayan ruins guide
  • Canopy Zipline jungle tou
  • Supplies for food project
  • Building material for work project(s)
  • Trip guide with 8 years of experience in Guatemala
  • Fluent Spanish translator
  • Bottled/filtered water through the trip
  • Most meals

Not Included

  • Round trip airfare from gateway city (paid by volunteer, purchased by Yuda Bands)
  • Passport
  • Personal items
  • Souvenirs
  • 9 meals (budget $5-8 per meal)

Payment Deadlines

  • $500 due 10 days after signing up
  • $500 due March 1, 2020
  • $500 due April 1, 2020
  • *$700 due May 15, 2020 (adjusted to plane ticket actual cost)

Airfare Details

Volunteers are responsible for arranging their own domestic travel to the gateway airport. International airfare will be purchased by Yuda Bands on or near March 1, 2020 and must be paid by trip volunteers. We estimate airfare to cost approximately $700. The final payment will be adjusted if airfare is more or less than the anticipated $700.

Fine Print

Price is based on double occupancy and includes in country round trip airfare from Guatemala City to Flores, Peten (Tikal). Everyone must follow all rules and use common sense. Minimum age: 15.

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Remaining Volunteer Spots: 20

TRIP GUIDE

Phillip Whiting is a husband, father of four, and the president of Yuda Bands. He has been leading Yuda Trips for several years to Guatemala and Zimbabwe. He has visited 43 countries on five continents and has lived for nearly two years in Central America with his family. He speaks fluent Spanish and loves the people of Guatemala.

Africa trip details at: yudabands.org/africa