CC International provides for all food, lodging, volunteer project coordination, a full time bilingual guide, in country transportation, travel emergency medical insurance, support of project partners, and a recreation activity.  Our Direct Trade Impact Exploration Guatemala is located in San Miguel Escobar,  near the historic city of Antigua. Volunteers work with direct trade farmers and artisans to explore the impact of direct trade policies and complete projects that benefit the communities.

 

Sample Itinerary

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Day 1

  • Arrive in Guatemala and shuttle to San Miguel Escobar Orientation
  • Meet the farmers and volunteer team
  • Dinner in a farmer's home,

Day 2

  • Breakfast at volunteer lodging
  • Spend a day with local coffee farmers, and learn all the steps of coffee processing from the seed to the cup. 
  • Lunch in farmer's home
  • Hike the base of Vulcan Agua to the fields where you'll pick coffee, then pulp it with bicycle power, start the fermentation, wash and dry it, dry mill, sieve, and sort it, and finally roast it on a traditional comal and grind it by hand on a grind stone. Oh-and drink it.
  • Dinner in farmer's home 

Day 3

  • Breakfast at volunteer lodging
  • Subsistence farming
  • Work alongside a subsistence farmer in the tropics in doings daily tasks of farming a small plot by hand. Not only is it fulfilling work, but you'll understand the world a little better by the end.
  • Lunch in farmer's home
  • Coffee planting
  • Dinner at the volunteer lodging 
  • Evening: Optional movie night and discussion
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Day 6

  • Breakfast at volunteer lodging
  • Visit weaving cooperative in Santiago Zamora 
  • We'll while the day away with the ladies of an indigenous weaving cooperative. They will teach you how to weave artistic weaving as well as petate, a read mat. Learn their folkloric dances, the history of their town, and how they are working to improve it. This tour takes place in real time, at the pace of our indigenous hosts.
  • Lunch at Cooperative
  • Afternoon making burlap bags or metal working with local artisans
  • Dinner in farmer's home 

Day 5

  • Breakfast at volunteer lodging
  • 3 mile hike over the base of Vulcan Agua, where you'll see those nisperos, anonas, and other trees up close, and maybe even try a couple. He'll be happy to take you through the colonial palace if you'd like.
  • Lunch is in the fields, a special treat of local fare. While you eat, Filiberto will share his stories with you—of particular interest are his encounters with the guerillas during the civil war. 
  • In town once again, you'll go to one of our greenhouses where we'll put you to work preparing seedlings for our future tree plantings. 
  • Dinner in farmer's home 
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Accommodations and Meals

Volunteers will stay volunteer facilities that have been inspected and approved by CCI. In order to be approved facilities must have the following;

  • Safe and clean sleeping areas
  • Clean and functional bathroom facilities
  • Showers
  • Sanitary food services
  • Access to medical support
  • Onsite communications
  • Electricity
  • Fresh water

Recreation

The recreation program will vary based on the location of your project. Possible activities include rainforest hiking, rafting, surfing, snorkeling and horseback riding. The recreational activity is included in the project service fee.

Project Service Fee

The Project Service Fee of $885.00 per person is based on seven nights and eight days, and includes all food, lodging, in country transportation, full time volunteer coordinator, project materials, liability insurance, and educational/recreational activity.  Project Service Fee does not include flights to and from Puerto Rico.  Fill out a volunteer team sign up form to get started.