Guatemala Trip: April 2011
LWB McGill Chapter
Potential Itinerary
• 10 days: April 21/22/23 to May 2/3/4
• 4 days sight-seeing and traveling, 6 days at
Asturias Academy...
On the Agenda: Lake Atitlán
• Famous lake in the Highlands
• We’ll visit a public library in San Juan, climb a
local volca...
On the Agenda: Retalhuleu
• This department is in southwestern
Guatemala, on the Pacific
• We’ll see ruins and an amazing ...
Another Option: Into the Jungle!
• Possible to replace trip to lake with Rio Dulce
River and Livingston, on the east coast...
Another Option: Tikal
• We’ll see the Mayan ruins at Tikal, in the
northern department of El Petén
• One of the largest pr...
Costs
• NON-GUATEMALA TRANSPORTATION COSTS
– Round trip airfare: Montreal to Guatemala City $650
• IN-COUNTRY COSTS
– Fee ...
Safety and Security
• There are security risks in Guatemala, although
we encountered minimal danger during our trip
last y...
Your Commitment
• Participate in fundraising efforts (e.g. bake
sales)
• Brainstorm, work on library projects (e.g. book
b...
Important Dates
• Dec. 1st
: LWB Bake Sale to raise funds to help
offset trip costs
• Mid-January: purchase plane tickets
...
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  1. 1. Guatemala Trip: April 2011 LWB McGill Chapter
  2. 2. Potential Itinerary • 10 days: April 21/22/23 to May 2/3/4 • 4 days sight-seeing and traveling, 6 days at Asturias Academy working on library projects • Possible to extend trip and travel around Central America or learn Spanish in Xela after
  3. 3. On the Agenda: Lake Atitlán • Famous lake in the Highlands • We’ll visit a public library in San Juan, climb a local volcano, and swim in the lake
  4. 4. On the Agenda: Retalhuleu • This department is in southwestern Guatemala, on the Pacific • We’ll see ruins and an amazing water park
  5. 5. Another Option: Into the Jungle! • Possible to replace trip to lake with Rio Dulce River and Livingston, on the east coast • We’ll visit a school library on the river and meet the Garifuna people of the Caribbean town of Livingston • We can also visit the Mayan ruins at Quiriguá, a UNESO World Heritage Site
  6. 6. Another Option: Tikal • We’ll see the Mayan ruins at Tikal, in the northern department of El Petén • One of the largest pre-Columbian Mayan cities • A UNESCO World Heritage Site
  7. 7. Costs • NON-GUATEMALA TRANSPORTATION COSTS – Round trip airfare: Montreal to Guatemala City $650 • IN-COUNTRY COSTS – Fee paid to Asturias Academy $450-600 (covers all meals and snacks, hotels, transport, entry fees!) • TOTAL $1,100-1,250 • Will be offset by grants (~ $100/person) and fundraising (~$30 and more: we have already raised $300 from the Manitoba Social)
  8. 8. Safety and Security • There are security risks in Guatemala, although we encountered minimal danger during our trip last year • The Academy partners with experienced tour operators and drivers, who only take certain highways and roads • We will be informed of local laws and customs (e.g. when it’s cool to take photos) • Security guards in hostels • We will register with our governments before traveling
  9. 9. Your Commitment • Participate in fundraising efforts (e.g. bake sales) • Brainstorm, work on library projects (e.g. book buying, event programming, grant writing), attend all trip-related meetings
  10. 10. Important Dates • Dec. 1st : LWB Bake Sale to raise funds to help offset trip costs • Mid-January: purchase plane tickets • March 2011: Mandatory visit to McGill Pre- Travel Clinic (vaccines/medications generally covered by PGSS insurance)

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