Spectacular Volcanoes. Sparkling Lakes. Exquisite Temples. Colonial Charm. Guatemala invites us to experience the mystical resonance of its hospitable people and verdant ecology. From Glacial to pre-Columbian. Indigenous to Colonial. Ancient to Modern. Guatemala has experienced the peaks and valleys of conquest and reconciliation over time. Now at peace, the nation offers a unique landscape where the full spectrum of human experience transcends the imagination. What can we learn from these incredibly resilient people?
Our partnership with socially-responsible enterprises and profit-sharing cooperatives teaches travelers about economic empowerment through honest community investment.
Join one of our upcoming Guatemala adventures:
Guatemala Digital Storytelling Teacher Training
Complete certified professional development hours while gaining experience in hands-on, inquiry-based, socially conscious curriculum at an exciting international destination.
July 6 – 14, 2017
De La Gente (“Of the People”)
Friendly. Easy-going. Modest. The Guatemalan people welcome us with gracious sonrisas (smiles) and a relaxed temperament. The Maya culture, comprising over half the population, keeps alive the colorful and enigmatic traditions made legendary in stories and ruins of the ancient Americas. Deeply spiritual in reverence for nature, various deities, and passion for life, Guatemalan people exude a quality of paz (peace) which informs the beauty of mere existence.
Our travelers engage with hands-on experiential discoveries. Climb a volcano. Pick coffee beans. Bargain in the market. Grow your poultry. Cook over wood-fires. How delicious does your food, your chocolate, your coffee taste when you live farm-to-table?
Her Infinite Impact
Guatemala has the widest gender gap in the Western Hemisphere. Global economic development experts agree: want to end the cycle of poverty? Educate the girls. Our partnership with Starfish-Impact provides a cross-cultural network of mutual benefit for our travelers and local girls which multiplies in the global community far beyond our generation.
Join us, and make your adventure serve the greater good throughout the Americas.
Guatemala Digital Storytelling Teacher Training
Join award-winning media industry professionals on fun, hands-on, inquiry-based international professional development adventures. On these trips you will create compelling stories with hand-held devices (iphone, iPad, or DSLR camera), learn how to integrate digital storytelling methods into courses of all levels and subject areas, expand your talents in photography, video, journalism, and inquiry-based projects, and acquire the skill to lead your own digital storytelling trips with students abroad.
HW Go! Guatemala: A Digital Storytelling Adventure
Combining cultural awareness, adventure travel, and Digital Storytelling these one-of-a-kind trips empower you to skillfully transmit global truths. Students learn key aspects of topic research, news gathering, story reporting, production and the distribution process. We provide insider’s access to notable locals with fascinating stories to share.
CLICK HERE to register for our Digital Storytelling Adventures: Guatemala Summer 2016.
We are so impressed with the student travelers of Peace Works Travel. They came to Southeast Asia seeking to understand and help with the challenges of land-mined-Cambodia and the UXO-littered country of Laos. It’s incredible how they have already developed an awareness of war and an intellectual curiosity and exercised the act of social responsibility at such a young age.
Bill Morse, Director Cambodian Landmine Museum, Siem Reap
My Peace Works Travel tour taught me about my uncle’s military service of Vietnam. I appreciate his sacrifice for our country so much more now than before the trip.
Briggs Boss, Sophomore, Thacher School
This is truly the trip of a lifetime. Every day gets better and our guides make us feel like family.
Stacy Serrette, Teacher and Dean of Student Life, Emma Willard School
Peace Works Travel students are doing what we should all strive for everyday: learn from history and engage with dialogues of conflict resolution. That's the only way to prevent the next genocide from happening.
Paul Rusesabagina, Real-life Hotel Rwanda hero who saved over 1200 people during the Rwandan genocide.
You opened our eyes to the tragedy created from a war long ago. As a family, we have had many discussions inspired by the trip. There is nothing better than sitting around and having your kids interact in intellectual conversations. Many thanks for adding new food for thought to our kitchen table.
Shirley Hahn, Beverly Hills, California
History teacher-turned social entrepreneur makes an impact on educational travel scene.
The Santa Barbara Independent
After visiting the Killing Fields, we restored our hope with a volunteer project teaching English to kids. I understood how humans can heal from tragedy: We must all invest in the hopes of a new generation.
Alex Greer, Junior, Laguna Blanca School
The Vietnamese veterans shared stories about the War, ideas about a bright future for the next generation and how it feels to connect with those they fought. It was fascinating to hear their insights. The students were awestruck.
Kelly Bennett, history teacher, Santa Barbara Middle School
Vietnam was a name I had grown up hearing: a place my father had tried to avoid, a war my mom protested against, the battlefield where my uncle lost his sight to a landmine. When my school announced the spring trip, I knew I had to go. It was the best experience of my entire life.
Alexandra Kall, Francis Parker School
Volunteering at the Peace Works Travel Village was life-changing for my students. After learning about chemical warfare they discovered we can actually "do something" for the children living with the legacy of Agent Orange. I am forever grateful for this experience.
Spencer Barr, English Teacher, Santa Barbara High School, California
I had never led a group outside the country before. Your organization and planning and daily programing is so excellent. I will definitely do this again. Thanks so much.
Stacy Serrette, Director of Student Life, Emma Willard School
Another great day yesterday. We saw the body of Ho Chi Minh and learned more about his philosophy of bringing the government close to the ordinary people, how he lived in such simple quarters to make that point, and how the country evolved from independence from the French. Our students asked such great questions that integrated their thinking on policies and personalities. It’s clear they are connecting the various stories of Vietnam together in a more comprehensive picture of the war.
Eric Taylor, Francis Parker School, San Diego, California
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The Scene of the Crime
A reporter’s journey to My Lai and the secrets of the past. BY SEYMOUR M. HERSH There is a long ditch in the village of My Lai. On the morning of March 16, 1968, it was crowded with the bodies of the dead—dozens of women, children, and old people, all gunned down by young American […]