YOU Can Be The Change! See trip dates, descriptions and application below
Part of Xela AID's vision is to "profoundly enrich the lives of volunteers." Toward this end, Xela AID offers Global Citizen Service Trips including a variety of service projects and a respite in Guatemala's most beautiful places (such as Lake Attitlan, Antigua, and Tikal).
“This service trip was exceptional and I believe we all, as a group, became better individuals and will move forward to contribute and give back.” — Moonsook, 48
“This trip was life changing.” — Kristin, 43
“The trip was eye-opening. I learned a lot, and that it is possible to make a difference. I won’t forget this trip, and am grateful for all the hard work that was put into it. Thank you for the opportunity. Inspirational, amazing!” —Greer, 16
“All around awesome, life changing trip!” — Miles, 17
SERVICE TRIPS FOR 2014 ("Overview and Application" is available below for Trips that have available space)
(TRIP COMPLETE) - March 14-23, 2014 (late-night departure) "10-Days, 3-Volcanos" - CLIMB the progressively tougher volcanoes of Antigua, Xela, and Lago de Attitlan to benefit Xela AID. This trip is for the especially fit and their cheering section! Will include a day in the village of San Martín Chiquito where Xela AID is based. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
(TRIP FULL) June 13-22 (late-night departure) "Dignified Housing & Other Projects TBD with Intensive Spanish Study Option." Includes Attitlan, Antigua and Tikal option. Contact email@example.com
(TRIP FULL) August 1-August 10 (late-night departure) "Literacy, Art Therapy, & Special Projects at Las Nubes. Finish Julia's House" Projects TBD. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
SERVICE TRIPS FOR 2015
(NEW TRIP ADDED!) March 27-April 5(late night departure) - Trip Overview and Application Projects To Be Decided - Projects could span art and music education with children; tutoring and specialty health clinics; light maintenance and construction. Construction could include a chicken coop or outhouses. Each trip is customized to take advantage of the talents and interests of volunteers.
Friends, trip dates will be announced soon. Planned are trips in March, June and August. To get on a list for information, sign up for our newsletter via our home page. Feel free to ask for additional information: email@example.com
Trip Costs. For 2015, cost is $1441 per person, including: all lodging, in-country transportation and coordination, many meals, admission to special attractions, in-country tips, project materials and international travel insurance. Round-trip airfare to Guatemala City is not included, and normally ranges $450-$635 depending on point of origin and how early it is booked.
Current projects are being planned as Volunteers sign on. Spanish study is available. Optional activities will include soaking in volcanic hot baths, salsa lessions, and a trip to hear local music. The trips will include nights at Lake Atitlan and hiking, kayaking, with optional zip lining, and some time in Antigua.
RESERVE SPACE NOW! - If you believe that you would like to join us for a trip, we strongly suggest you hold space by contacting the person designated above. To confirm held space, a deposit of $500 is required, sent to Xela AID, 111 W. Ocean Blvd., 4th Floor, Long Beach, CA 90804. Please note on your check: "2014 Trip Deposit." For your convenience, you can also make your trip deposit online HERE.
More About the Trips and Past Trips: And No, You Don't Have To Know Spanish..
Each trip is tailored to the needs of the local community and the talents and interests of our volunteers. Past trips have included medical, optometry and dental clinics; construction, painting and repairs; horticulture and gardening; distribution of funds to sponsored children; participation in local classrooms including Xela AID's San Martin Tots Preschool and much more.
And you don't have to speak Spanish. In fact, Spanish Study is available.
All trips include R & R in places of extraordinary beauty, such as Lake Attitlan, Antigua, or Tikal.
It is our sincere hope that you will join us. If there is someone else you would savor spending two weeks with, feel free to send them this website address.
Space will be limited, so please review the Trip Application as soon as it becomes available. Email us if you have questions or are interested in reserving space.