Guatemala Service Learning

Guatemala Service Learning


Group of students in Guatemala

Make a difference, meet wonderful people and travel to a natural and cultural paradise.

Eller has partnered with Dream Volunteers for an alternative spring break opportunity to volunteer abroad.

Antigua, Guatemala

Spring Break 2024 (March 1-8)

Guatemala Overview

Guatemala is one of the largest and most culturally rich countries in Central America. It boasts volcanoes, thick tropical forests, outstanding Mayan ruins that stretch out and above the surrounding forest canopy and beautiful lakes. It is bursting with exotic fauna, flora and wildlife.

The weather varies greatly from season to season. In the dry season, running from November to May, days are sunny and warm with mild evenings. The average temperature runs in the 70s, with highs in the 80s and lows in the 60s. The rainy season runs from May to October and typically sees sunny mornings and wet afternoons with cloudy evenings.

Program Details

Dates: Spring Break 2024 (March 1-8)

The Eller College partners with Dream Volunteers for this program. Dream Volunteers is recommending all participants to be vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to travel. 

The volunteer projects will focus on children, school improvement and/or the environment. Sample projects include, but are not limited to: classroom and library construction, beautification of elementary schools, reforestation and development of recycling centers and various environmental awareness projects. On past programs, cultural activities have included activities like dancing, cooking lessons, soccer matches, or excursions to famous sights of Guatemala.

Accommodations and Meals

The group will be staying together in a guest house in Antigua run by a local family. Volunteers will commute daily to projects and activities in Vuelta Grande or El Hato. Students will share a room with at least one other student and sleep in twin or bunk beds. Some rooms have private bathrooms, and others will use a common bathroom just down the hallway. Most of your meals are included in the price of the trip. The meals will range from typical Guatemalan dishes with meat, veggies, rice, black beans and tortillas to American-style food. Special arrangements can be made for vegetarians or those with restricted diets.

Sample Day

  • 8:00 - Breakfast and morning meeting
  • 8:30 - Depart for Vuelta Grande
  • 9:00 - Volunteer work
  • 12:00 - Lunch
  • 1:00 - Volunteer work
  • 2:00 - Cultural activity
  • 5:00 - Reflection/Free time
  • 7:00 - Dinner

Program Price


  • Includes: Round trip international airfare from Tucson, housing, most meals, and local transportation
  • Not Included: International health insurance ($3/day), personal expenses

*Subject to change

Application and Deadlines

This program is on a first come, first serve basis. Please do not wait until the Final Enrollment Deadline to apply, as the program may already be full. The deposit is $500 (25% of the program fee), and it is due upon acceptance into the program.

  • January 30, 2024 - Final Enrollment Deadline
  • January 31, 2024 - Last Day to Receive a Refund on Deposit (excludes $100 administrative fee)
  • January 31, 2024 - Final Payment Due 

For more information, please contact Anissa Dominguez, global programs coordinator.


Upcoming Information Sessions

If you are unable to attend either session, please schedule an eSMS appointment with a Global Advisor below, or reach out directly to Anissa Dominguez


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