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University Itinerary

University Group Trip

This sample itinerary is from a group of 6 midwifery students who came to Guatemala for 8 days from a US university. The following relates to a medical major, but Buena Onda, with our great network of community partners all around Guatemala, can design trips specific to any major or interest area.

Highlights
Their project, in collaboration with a local health and wellness clinic, was a series of rural community well-woman checks for expecting moms. There was also a general practitioner (GP) on the team to work with community members who came for other reasons. They also collaborated with a local school to facilitate community introductions in rural areas. The group stayed in private-room hostel accommodation. There were various activities woven into their week to encourage a deeper understanding of Guatemalan life.

Any university itinerary is customizable to your group’s size, needs, and goals.

Saturday

  • Arrival to Guatemala City (GUA) and private 1-hour shuttle bus transfer to Antigua guest house accommodations

Sunday

  • Breakfast at guesthouse
  • Antigua (link to All About Guatemala) walking tour with professional English-speaking guide
  • Following lunch, private 2.5-hour shuttle bus transfer to Panajachel, Lake Atitlan
  • Check in to PanaHouse hostel, featuring two-person shared rooms, private bathrooms, and spectacular views of the lake from the top-floor kitchen
  • Afternoon hike in rainforest reserve park
  • Dinner in nearby Panajachel restaurant

Monday

  • Breakfast at hostel
  • Meet with private boat captain for 30-minute trip across the lake to San Pedro la Laguna
  • Cooking class of traditional Guatemalan dishes, featuring a trip to the local market to buy all ingredients with English-speaking chef
  • Enjoy lunch of dishes cooked in class
  • Take private boat for 10-minute ride to neighboring San Juan la Laguna
  • Free time in San Juan
  • San Juan is famous for murals depicting Mayan stories and hand-woven and colorful textiles using unique weaving practices and all-natural dyes
  • Return private boat trip to Panajachel
  • Dinner at Panajachel restaurant followed by live music at local bar
  • Tuesday

  • Breakfast at hostel
  • Meet with local project coordinator and whole collaborating team
  • Travel by private bus to clinic site in rural community
  • Community introductions, followed by morning with patients
  • Lunch in community
  • Education session, designed and run by visiting midwives, with local expecting women
  • Return by private bus to Panajachel, followed by group debrief and preparation for next day
  • Dinner in local Panajachel restaurant and free time
  • Wednesday

  • Breakfast at hostel
  • Meet with local project coordinator and whole collaborating team
  • Travel by private bus to clinic site in different rural community
  • Community introductions, followed by morning with patients
  • Lunch in community
  • Education session, designed and run by visiting midwives, with local expecting women
  • Return by private bus to Panajachel, followed by group debrief and preparation for next day
  • Dinner in local Panajachel restaurant and free time
  • Thursday

  • Breakfast at hostel
  • Meet with local project coordinator and whole collaborating team
  • Travel by private bus to clinic site in different rural community
  • Community introductions, followed by morning with patients
  • Lunch in community
  • Education session, designed and run by visiting midwives, with local expecting women
  • Return by private bus to Panajachel, followed by group debrief and preparation for next day
  • Dinner in local Panajachel restaurant and free time
  • Friday

  • Breakfast at hostel
  • Meet with local coordinator to go to main clinic site for week review and determine needs for follow-ups (depending on immediate circumstances, students can go back to one of the communities or continue with the itinerary)
  • Lunch in Panajachel restaurant
  • Hike to natural thermal springs and spend afternoon there
  • Upon return to Panajachel, dinner in Panajachel restaurant and free time
  • Saturday

  • Breakfast at hostel
  • Private 2.5-hour shuttle bus transfer to Antigua guest house
  • Following early lunch in Antigua, meet private shuttle bus for 1-hour trip to Pacaya Volcano, and a 1.5-hour hike to the crater
  • Upon return to Antigua, dinner and free time
  • Sunday

  • Private 1-hour shuttle bus transfer to Guatemala City airport for departure
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