You’ll be based in Quetzaltenango (called “Xela” – shay-lah through the locals), four hours through the capital city. Known as the “city that's the soul of culture,” Xela is the epicenter of indigenous Maya art and music. Delve in the well-kept traditions on the Maya and have to know the Xelaju people in a very town packed with historical treasures and scenic beauty. On a day, you’ll see local families inside narrow city streets — adorned in extremely colorful traditional
fabrics, walking past artisan markets selling age-old handicrafts. In the distance, vast plains make opportinity for volcanoes that scrape the sun.
What You'll Do
Since the peace accords were signed in 1996, the indigenous Maya communities have already been struggling to preserve the culture and fully claim their set up society. You’ll support Maya schools by developing learning materials and educational games that reinforce the teachers’ lessons. These teaching aids reside on after you depart like a sign of solidarity and support due to this community.
Explore rural Guatemala, meeting a normal Shaman who explains about Maya cosmology. Dive into Guatemala’s rich culture by learning to make colorful indigenous textiles and have fun playing the marimba (the national instrument of Guatemala).
What You'll See
Explore Guatemala’s cultural treasures having a visit to Antigua, a captivating colonial town with gorgeous architecture and narrow cobblestone streets. Visit the largest craft market inside the world, navigating locals selling sets from bright cloths to colorful flowers and medicinal plants. Trek to Lake Atitlan and experience its peaceful beauty.
Wake up surrounded because of the mountain landscape of Xela, then have a breakfast brimming with fresh local fruit. Spend the morning volunteering in a Maya school aimed at the preservation from the country’s indigenous language and culture. In the time, require a leisurely stroll at the local craft market or check out a weaving workshop. Return to Home Base for just a home-cooked dinner, sharing food and conversation with local
leaders and artisans. Throughout all your experience, your Discover Corps host are going to be there that will help you each step on the way and share his experiences like a Guatemalan that has experienced the difficult history in the country.
Where You'll Stay
The first night with the journey will likely be spent from the charming colonial capital of scotland- Antigua. Unwind inside a centrally-located 3-star hotel walking distance to Antigua’s many markets and bustling alleyways. Continue to the cultural hub of Quetzeltenango where we’ll base ourselves in a very completely private compound. Relax in one on the common areas or inside the grassy backyard together with the group. All rooms are double, single or group occupancy (upon request). As it is a home, bathrooms are shared inside common hallways and your meals are prepared inside the kitchen. At the end from the trip, check out the picturesque Lake Atitlan and stay inside a basic hotel in one with the villages over the lake.