June 28 to July 6, 2019

The name Guatemala is derived from the Maya word Cuauhtēmallān, meaning place of many trees. From the verdant hillsides to the plumage of the quetzal bird, this trip will offer you endless shades of green. You will spend your first weekend exploring the colonial city of Antigua and its fascinating history. Next, you will be warmly welcomed by teachers in a school located just outside of Antigua in the village of Jocotenango. You will be paired with a teacher for five full days of collaborative coaching and cultural exchange.

Cost — $1550 plus airfare

Included —

Grant Opportunities — Grants of up to $150 are available to current and retired school staff and university faculty who are paying full cost out of pocket. In order to be eligible, you must complete the following requirements:

Friday, June 28 — Arrival in Guatemala City

Arriving at the Guatemala City airport, you will find the hotel shuttle to the Hotel Barcelo (we will help prepare you for this!) The team will gather for dinner at a nearby restaurant. The rest of the evening will allow for getting acquainted with your fellow team members and an early bedtime if you choose.

Saturday, June 29 —  Antigua

Your day begins with breakfast at the delicious hotel buffet, followed by a morning meeting and orientation. Next the team will leave for Antigua, where you’ll have a late lunch. In the afternoon, you will settle into the guesthouse where you will be staying for the week.

Sunday, June 30 — Antigua

Your day will begin with breakfast at the guesthouse, followed by activities that will allow you to become acquainted with the community where you will be working this week. You can choose among many activities such as souvenir browsing at the market or making chocolate with your favorite add-ins. The day will finish with dinner together and final preparations for your week of work in the schools.

Monday, July 1 — Antigua

Upon arrival at the school, you will have the opportunity to observe a classroom to see the local context in practice and get to know your local partner as well as some of the children. The first part of the afternoon will be spent working with your partner teacher in grade groups to understand and discuss identified challenges in the classroom. Afterwards, in pairs when possible, you and your partner will design a lesson for the following day.

Tuesday, July 2 — Antigua

During the morning, you will observe your partner teacher’s class and support or run activities during the math class. A workshop based on Monday’s discussion will occupy the afternoon to provide opportunities to develop content and teaching strategies. You will eat dinner with the team and have some time in the evening to prepare for the next day.

Wednesday, July 3 — Antigua

Today offers an opportunity for you and your partner to decide whether it’s time to demonstrate ideas in practice by delivering a model lesson. Today or tomorrow is usually an optimal time as you will have developed a good relationship with your partner teacher. It isn’t an obligation; however, and you will be able to decide what you’re comfortable with once this point in the week arrives.

Thursday, July 4 — Antigua

This day’s content will depend on what you and your partner teacher are working on. Options include another model class, your partner trying out new activities, or co-leading a class together. Questions to process as a group in the evening are What did or did not go as well as you’d like? and What did you learn from this lesson?

Friday, July 5 — Antigua

This morning’s content is flexible, because each pairing will have different loose ends to tie up. You will be available to answer any remaining questions and to celebrate the myriad accomplishments of previous days. The week will conclude with a small celebration and a diploma ceremony. The team will hold a final debriefing in the evening.

Saturday, July 6 — Antigua

With a full heart and an entire scrapbook of memories, today is for departures. Transportation to the airport will be arranged for you.

In order to create the best possible experience for you, we might need to alter this itinerary. We will let you know about any significant changes.

Our partner on this trip is the NGO Education for the Children. They founded and run the Escuela Proyecto La Esperanza (School of Hope) in Jocotenango, Guatemala, which was the first fully Spanish-English bilingual school in the country. Since 2003, over 1100 students have benefited from their programs that focus on nutrition, healthcare, counseling and career guidance as well as education. EFTC has offices in the United Kingdom as well as Guatemala.

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