Guatemala / Adult – November 8-17, 2013
Guatemala / Adult – February 7-16, 2014
Guatemala / Adult – March 7-16, 2014
Guatemala / Adult – March 14-23, 2014
Guatemala / Adults – April 4-13, 2014
Tanzania Adult Itinerary
Saturday: Meet at Kilimanjaro International Airport 8:00 p.m. to be picked up and transported to a hotel in Arusha.
Sunday: Leave after breakfast. Arrive in Mto wa Mbu at the Twiga Lodge late afternoon. Before dinner, meet Majengo Orphanage staff and children, & have a build orientation.
Day 3 to Day 7
Monday to Friday: After breakfast, depart for the build site (three minute drive). Each day begins with an instructional orientation. Work begins at 9 a.m. and finishes at approximately 4:30 p.m. with snack and lunch breaks throughout. Return to Twiga Lodge for free time to explore, shop, swim, eat and relax.
Wednesday afternoon (R & R):
After on-site lunch, return to Twiga Lodge for a free afternoon to participate in a local activities such as: the village walk, cycle Lake Manyara, hike to the top of the Rift Valley Escarpment and experience the true Tanzanian, Maasai culture. Or, simply relax at the Twiga Lodge.
Day 8 and 9 (R & R)
Saturday morning: Travel to the Ngorongoro Crater for a safari. Ngorongoro Crater has often been described as one of the wonders of the world, not only because of its inherent geological significance, but also because it serves as a natural sanctuary for some of Africa’s most dense population of large mammals: hippos, elephants, lions, rhinos, wilda beast and more. The Ngorongoro was part of the original Serengeti National Park proclaimed in 1951. It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site
After the safari, travel to the Rift Valley Photographic Lodge, set high in a bush-cloaked ridge, with magnificent views over Lake Manyara national park. Have dinner and breakfast here.
Sunday: Lounge around the pool or take a walk with a Maasai warrior to the watering hole to see some of Tanzania’s wildlife (extra charge). Late Sunday afternoon: Return to Twiga for dinner.
Day 10 and 11
Monday and Tuesday: Return to previous week’s work schedule. Farewell gathering with the children and staff on
Day 12 to 15 (R & R)
Wednesday: After breakfast, travel to Arusha Airport to take a small plane (carry on and luggage must not weigh more than 17 kilos) to the island of Zanzibar (approximately one hour flight). Then we will be transported by bus to Mnarani Beach Cottages (www.lighthousezanzibar.com), where the group will spend the next three nights and four days on the Indian Ocean. Accommodation, breakfast, lunch dinner are all included at the resort. Day trips, snorkeling, scuba diving and alcohol are all available at an additional cost. This area is known for its rich Swahili Arabic culture, white sand beaches and magnificent sunsets.
Saturday: Late check out before being transported to Stone Town for departing lunch. The afternoon is free to sightsee. Meet at the Zanzibar airport by 4 p.m. to fly home to Canada.
Travellers are welcome to arrive early or extend the trip so long as they meet up with the rest of the team at the airport on the first Saturday night of the trip. Otherwise, the traveller will be responsible for all costs incurred to meet up with the group at another location.
Details and pricing are subject to change.
Guatemala Adult Itinerary
Friday: Leave Toronto and meet at Guatemala City International Airport in the early afternoon. You will be picked up and arrive at the hotel late afternoon (Please note that there is a time difference). During the build the group will be staying at Hotel Las Camelias Inn. Side Note: in the past volunteers from the east coast have enjoyed arriving one day early and therefore are rested when the build begins.
*Details subject to change.
Sat morning to Wednesday noon: Group will depart for the build site after breakfast at the hotel (45 minute drive). Each day begins with an instructional orientation. Work begins at 9 a.m. with snacks and lunch breaks throughout the day. The children are close by on regular school days; rest assured, their smiles, laughter and boundless warm presence make the work days fly by. At approximately 4:30 p.m., return to the hotel for free time to explore, shop, eat and relax. Take advantage of the many opportunities to immerse yourself in Guatemalan life with cultural activities such as salsa dancing, weaving and taco making lessons. Explore and find your favourite restaurant for dinner with your team mates. (Dinners not included)
Monday: Participate in a half-day build, returning to the hotel after lunch at the site. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to participate in local activities.
Take advantage of the many opportunities to explore Antigua:
- Go on walking tours of Antigua or visit local attractions such as the Jade Museum.
- Discover the cities unique cafés, markets, restaurants, bars
- Visit Filadelfia Tours, which offers beautiful grounds to walk around, in addition to various excursions including: zip lining, mule rides, mountain biking, birding, trail walking, paint ball, Mercedes Unimog mountain rides, a coffee plantation tour and more.
- Venture to one of the four volcanoes surrounding Antigua. The most popular trip is to the active volcano, Pacaya. This trip will take you to the crater, and on a lucky day, will give you the opportunity to peak into the swirling pool of lava.
Day 6-9 (R&R)
Thursday: Participate in half-day Melody School build after lunch there will be a farewell gathering with all the children and staff. Return to Antigua and transfer to the beautiful Hotel Porta Antigua http://www.portahotelantigua.com for 3 nights. “At Porta Antigua, we merge the traditions and ambiance of 16th century Antigua with every modern comfort. Our accommodation celebrates the classic colonial architecture, handmade crafts and colorful textiles of Guatemala while seamlessly incorporating the contemporary luxuries today’s traveler seeks.
Thursday – Sunday: You are free to participate in possible group activities (extra cost) such as hiking, biking or going to the spa or spend your free time relaxing around the pool or discovering the beauty of Antigua.
Sunday: Travel to the airport for an early morning flight
More About Antigua
In 1979, Antigua was designated a UNESCO World Heritage SIte for its well preserved colonial architecture and cultural value. The city is like an open air museum where you will see churches, museums and ruins from the early 1700s. Wander through cobblestone streets with numerous cafes, shops and restaurants, or venture out beyond the city to take guided tours through the mountains and volcanoes that surround the Antigua Valley.
Antigua is the jewel of Guatemala. There is so much to see and do, in town or in the surrounding mountains; you will never be at a loss to create your own unforgettable experiences.
Details and pricing subject to change.