Central America has recently come back in favour with the discerning gap year backpacker as they look for pastures less travelled. Pastures where there's adventure, history, culture and NGO's responsibly contributing to community and conservation issues. Guatemala delivers on all fronts and we have our team in place to pull it all together.
The Guatemala Team
Your Program co-ordinators will be Harold Gonzalez, who delivered our programs in Venezuela for many years, including leading adventure expeditions into the Gran Sabana and Orinoco Delta, with Grace Hilling, a graduate in Environmental Sciences who came from upstate New York to Monterrico two years ago. Grace has developed an exciting outreach program to involve local junior schools with the nearby ARCAS turtle and wildlife sanctuary.
From our beautiful island base of Monterrico with the
Pacific Ocean on your doorstep, and mangrove forest giving way to a string of
majestic volcanic mountains to the east, they have organised a program, which will show you the best of Guatemala - the adventurous side combined with the long term turtle conservation and community education in this tranquil corner of Guatemala.
A key part of our mission is to encourage local kids to participate in sea turtle and wildlife conservation - to appreciate what lies on their doorstep. It is still legal to sell and eat turtle eggs, so it's important to explain the bigger picture.
Spanish tuition is thrown into the program to help you communicate with the local communities enabling you to have a full cultural immersion into indigenous Mayan life.