What does Youth Leadership Week look like?
Saturday: Travel to Guatemala
Sunday: Church (optional). Team activities. Humanitarian leadership workshops.
Monday: Build and install garden boxes with Cultiva International
Tuesday: Cultural tour in San Juan La Laguna. Leadership workshop.
Wednesday: Teach Guatemalan Children in orphanages and schools about proper oral hygiene with Mason Gives.
Thursday: Morning hike. Leadership workshops.
Friday: Hiking and zip-lining at the Atitlan Nature Reserve; souvenir shopping; evening celebration
Saturday: Travel home
Daily Morning Routine: Meditation, gratitude journaling and exercise.
Daily Evening Routine: Guided journaling and group mentoring (Inner Circle).
What are the dates?
Stay tuned for upcoming dates.
How much does it cost?
This is a week packed with learning, personal development, and adventure and is all inclusive (except airfare) for $1995 per person. If you sign up during our early-bird pricing period, you’ll get $500 off! That’s $1495, which includes all private in-country transportation, all food, snacks, lodging, workshops, guides, medical insurance, and t-shirt.
A $300 non-refundable deposit reserves your spot and locks in the discounted pricing. Prices are in US Dollars. Everything will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
The last day to sign up with early bird pricing is December 31, 2018. However, don’t wait until the end, these spots are already being reserved. The remaining balance is due 45 days before Youth Leadership Week (February 17th).
Reserve your spot today!
There are only 18 spots available so space is limited. Email us at [email protected] to get started!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is the trip safe?
We take this very seriously and recognize this is a big question for many participants. We have taken all precautions to make this trip safe of our participants. Greg and Lucy Jensen co-hosts of youth leadership week, live full time in Guatemala with their five children. Cam and Mandee Quayle moved to Guatemala with their four children in August 2018 for a one year family humanitarian mission. Greg and Lucy have been bringing groups of families and youth to Guatemala for over five years. Participants stay in safe hotels, including the volunteer housing for Cultiva International. All transportation is private and with responsible drivers. Participants are always in groups and accompanied by adult leaders.
Who can participate?
Participants must be ages 16-19 when the week begins. We are also reserving two spots for two Parent Mentors to participate. Parent Mentors are parents of participants. We may make an exception for a participant under 16 years old, if they have an older sibling registered for the same week or approved by the youth leadership week hosts.
How many spots are available?
We have 18 spots available for youth.
Will there be adult chaperones?
Yes. We have 18 spots for youth plus Cam and Mandee Quayle and Greg and Lucy Jensen and other adults as needed. We will maintain a ratio of 1 adult to 4 youth.
Do I need to get vaccinations?
No vaccinations are required to enter Guatemala. Talk to your family physician for any specific questions about vaccinations.
What if I get sick?
If someone were to get sick or injured, we have direct local access to doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, etc. The travel medical insurance, which we include in the cost of the trip would cover any cost incurred.
Do I need insurance?
We include medical travel insurance in the cost of the trip. This covers any emergency medical or dental expenses, as well as emergency evacuation or repatriation.
What is the lodging like?
Lodging for participants is in Casa Cultiva’s volunteer housing. Casa Cultiva is private and secure and it is not open to the public. All rooms have three-four beds and a full bathroom with hot water. Three-four participants of the same gender will share a room. Depending on flight times when returning home, there may be a need to overnight in Guatemala City. We use a safe, secure and trusted hotel near the airport. All participants would be accompanied by the adult leaders.
What is the food like?
Breakfasts are provided by Casa Cultiva and include things like Guatemalan beans and eggs or pancakes and fruit. Lunches and dinners are either dine in at Casa Cultiva, at a local restaurant, or provided in the field on service days. All food is washed and prepared using modern practices. The food is delicious and healthy. We do not serve a lot of processed food. We will make sure you have plenty of food. We will also provide safe drinking water at all times.
What will we do for service projects?
Cultiva International teaches self-reliance principles to local Mayan families. They teach a ten-hour nutrition and garden box program where Guatemalans can work and earn their own garden box. We will be working with these families to help them install and plant their new garden box they have earned. We will be with these families at their homes, and get a unique and personal view into how they live. Mason Gives provides free dental care to children in rural Guatemala. Dental education is important to stopping the cavity process. With the help of translators your youth will teach and demonstrate proper oral hygiene to numerous children in schools, orphanages or in their homes.
What is the in-country transportation?
All in-country ground transportation is in private, modern vans with trusted, professional drivers. This includes rides to and from Guatemala City, as well as transportation on service days.
Is this a rehabilitation camp?
No. This is not a rehabilitation trip. We are learning and experiencing important and serious things. This is not a week for troubled teens. We expect participants to understand why they are here and what they want to learn.
Is this a tourism trip?
No. This is not a sightseeing trip. We will see and experience many amazing things and have some awesome adventures, but this week is more than that. We will learn about ourselves, about effective humanitarian work, and be directly involved in hands-on service.
Are the trips coed?
Yes. We accept male and female participants. Housing will be assigned by gender and there will be no sharing rooms or entering rooms of the opposite sex. Dating or pairing off is not allowed.
What are the rules and standards during the week?
This is a week for learning, growth, and exploration. We want to maintain a safe environment and have trust among the group. There will be absolutely no bad language, no making fun of others in the group or others, no romantic affections. Any bad behavior will be addressed immediately.
Is this leadership week associated with a religion?
No, this is not a religion week. We are teaching about service, leadership, and personal development. These things can be religious in nature, but we do not have an agenda based on any religion. However, we will be maintaining strict behavior standards. We want this week to be a safe place where everyone can learn and grow personally while helping others.
Can I sign up by myself?
Yes. You don’t have to sign up with a friend or sibling. We will have participants from lots of different places. You will have a new group of friends in no time.
Do I need to know Spanish?
No knowledge of the Spanish language is required. There will always be Spanish speaking leaders available to help.
Can I call home or use the internet?
It is a very busy week with back to back activities. Limiting access to the internet provides an overall better experience. In the case of an emergency and a parent needs to reach their son or daughter, they will be able to call a U.S. number and reach Cam Quayle or Greg Jensen on their cell phones.
Do I need a passport?
Yes, a valid passport is needed to travel to Guatemala. At the time of travel, it must have at least six months left before it expires. This can take time to receive, so you should order your passport as soon as you are accepted.
Do I need a visa to travel to Guatemala?
Yes. When you arrive in Guatemala, your passport will be stamped, giving you a 90 day tourist visa.
Can my 16 or 17-year-old fly unaccompanied internationally?
Yes, they can fly to Guatemala alone. Different airlines have different requirements. Some airlines may require a notarized letter from the parents. Check with the airline for exact requirements.
Will someone be at the airport in Guatemala City when I arrive?
Yes. Cam Quayle and Greg Jensen will be at the airport to personally pick up each participant.
How much luggage can I bring?
Each participant is allowed one checked suitcase or bag, and a carry-on bag, such as a backpack.
What should I bring?
Each participant will be provided with a detailed packing list. It includes basic clothing, toiletries and a water bottle. You do not need to bring anything out of the ordinary.
Can I wash clothes during the trip?
There are no washing facilities for participants. Please plan accordingly and bring enough clothes, especially socks and underwear.
What flight should I purchase?
We require that all participants arrive on Saturday before 3pm, and depart on Saturday after 12pm, whenever possible. Participants will fly into and out of La Aurora/Guatemala City International Airport.