Guatemala

Land & Spirit

A 10-Day Adventure For Adults

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Duration
10 Days
Description

Explore the convergence of tradition and modernity: investigate Maya spirituality, live with local families, and practice Spanish while basking in Guatemala’s idyllic landscapes.

Dates

Oct 24 - Nov 3, 2019


Suggested Ages

Adult Participants

Number of Participants

8-12


Availability

open

Begins In

49 Weeks

Tuition

$3,495


Estimated Flight Cost

$1,200

Tikal

coban

todos santos

Santiago Atitlan

Program Overview

MORE THAN A COUNTRY, GUATEMALA IS A COLLECTION OF PEOPLES WHO RANGE FROM THE HIGHLAND MAYA IN THE MOUNTAINOUS NORTHWEST,


to the descendants of African slaves on the Caribbean coast.  All have distinct histories and cultures which have melded into the broader identity of this nation with a majority indigenous population.   Guatemala is a place where traditional wisdom runs deep and often comes into conflict with Western ideas of development and progress.

Our journey takes us through a myriad of landscapes ranging from the magical shores of Lake Atitlan to the colonial capital of Antigua, now a UNESCO World Heritage site.  We explore the ways in which Maya communities maintain traditional ways of life while adapting to an increasingly globalized world. While staying with families in a highland Maya town, we visit milpa agricultural sites, weave and paint alongside local artisans, and gain an understanding of primordial concepts of time and the cosmos.  On this investigation of culture and historical relationships to the land, we open our eyes to Guatemala, a land of profound beauty and deep contrast.  

Sample Itinerary

Program Components

4/5
Comparative Religion

The syncretism of Catholicism and Maya spirituality, Maya cosmo-vision, cycles of time, Latin American Protestantism, community based movements.

5/5
Development Studies

Modernization and globalization, impact of education and tourism on indigenous culture, exploration of minority empowerment issues, sustainable agriculture, social justice issues.

5/5
Focus Of Inquiry

Land use, grass roots organizing, sustainable agriculture, globalization, indigenous rights, social justice movements.

3/5
Homestay

Spend 3 days with a local family in the town of Pachitulul on the south edge of lake Atitlan at the base of the volcano Santiago

2/5
Independent Study Project (ISP)

In Pachitulul and San Juan Cotzal, interview locals about topics of personal interest; projects often revolve around photojournalism, comparative analyses, personal experience and interviews

3/5
Language Study

Instruction to basic Mayan and Spanish from a native speaker with regular opportunities to practice with locals

2/5
Learning Service

Examine service through a critical lens; help with group roles and assist your host family with daily household chores.

3/5
Ethical Travel

Dragons participants are travelers not tourists. We respect cultural norms by staying in family-owned accommodations and taking local transportation when possible. The most profound learning moments often arise in the spaces in between, and traveling alongside locals creates space for un-orchestrated moments of engagement.

2/5
Day Hiking

On any program you choose, you can expect that Dragons instructors will guide you into the wilderness, exposing you to the pristine beauty of nature, undisturbed by the advances of modern development.