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GUATEMALA MICROSOFT EDGE LITERACY EXPEDITION

JULY 14-21, 2018

The picturesque nation of Guatemala bridges Mexico with all other Central American countries. While quaint in geographical size, the native people radiate a happiness that is larger than life. The CHOICE + Microsoft Edge + ACCENT expedition focuses on the indigenous Q'eqchi' communities of the pleasant Polochic region, amidst the breathtaking cloud forest of the Alta Verapaz state. The groups will support a community-led project while assisting in the mentorship and training of women participating in the Microsoft Edge adult literacy program ACCENT. 
 

Expedition Overview

Date Day Expedition Activities Place
7/14/2018 Saturday Arrive in GUA by 12 pm - Bus to Rio Dulce, Orientation Rio Dulce Resort
7/15/2018 Sunday Boat tour of coast - Bus to village - Welcome Ceremony Sikaab'e Dorms
7/16/2018 Monday Project work in village / Tour Sikaab'e Vocational Center Sikaab'e  Dorms
7/17/2018 Tuesday Project work in village / Accent Mentorship Training Sikaab'e  Dorms
7/18/2018 Wednesday Project work in village / Accent Mentorship Training Sikaab'e  Dorms
7/19/2018 Thursday Project work in village / Farewell Ceremony Sikaab'e  Dorms
7/20/2018 Friday Bus to Guatemala City Hotel Barcelo
7/21/2018 Saturday Explore GUA/Antigua or travel home GUA-USA

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Fees

Adult: $2195 Student: $1995 (International Airfare NOT Included) / 10% Discount for all parties of 4 or more. Additional $50 discount per person if the complete fee is paid upfront with the submission of application and $300 trip deposit.

*rates include hotel accommodations, certified group leaders, village lodging, village meals, and local transportation.

Payments can be made two ways:

1) Mailing a check (preferred if paying for more than one person as it reduces processing fees for CHOICE) made out to:

CHOICE Humanitarian
7879 South 1530 West, Suite 200 | West Jordan, UT 84088
Memo: “Participant Name, Trip Country + Date” 

2) Online HERE


Flight Requirements

*Saturday, July 14: Arrive at La Aurora International Airport (GUA) before 1 pm (the earlier the better)

*Saturday, July 21: Leisure time to explore Guatemala is possible (depending on flight departures) transportation will be provided to La Aurora International Airport (GUA) for flight departures. 

Be sure to check/purchase international flights as soon as possible. It is strongly recommended that all travelers arrive on the designated expedition start date and reserve personal travel for after scheduled activities.

CHOICE partners with CV Travel, a Humanitarian Travel subsidiary of Christopherson Business Travel. They have helped thousands of humanitarian travelers across the globe. For those looking to travel with fellow participants on pre-approved itineraries, please contact our trusted travel agent for this trip, or book your own ticket on one of the attached itinerary suggestions. CV Travel also provides an affordable and comprehensive travel insurance as well as special humanitarian rates and provisions, such as extra baggage etc…

Blair Greene
1(205)-484-2029
blair@cvtravel.com


Trip Resources


Next Steps

  • Email expeditions@choicehumanitarian.org to join the waiting list.
  • Download and return (email/mail) completed Application + Medical Form for all participants (ASAP)
  • Pay initial $300 deposit per/person (ASAP to reserve spot)
  • Send in a copy of your passport
  • Coordinate/book flight - Send us a copy as soon as this is booked.
  • Secure Travel/Evac Insurance - Send in a copy and confirmation. You will find info regarding this on page 9-10 of the attached expedition manual.
  • Attend trip orientation! Details to follow.


All materials and payments are due May 1, 2018. All materials should be sent to expeditions@choicehumanitarian.org. For any questions, reach out to CHOICE Expedition Director, Jordan Menzel jmenzel@choicehumanitarian.org 801-943-6106.


About Guatemala

Learn all about our work and history in Guatemala HERE.

Read THIS Expedition Journal from a past trip to Guatemala to see how other families, friends, and co-workers navigated the experience together!


 

EXPEDITION FEE PAYMENT

VIEW UPCOMING TRIP OPPORTUNITIES

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