A small group of CELC families will travel together to Guatemala for 10 days this August 2023. Hosted by CELC’s co-founder Melinda Alcosser, the families will explore Antigua and Lake Atitlán regions for this incredible journey.  Service learning, cultural immersion, along with many unique activities are planned. 

After traveling with students to Guatemala in 2014, CELC maintains relationships with local educators and artists who now have helped to design this trip. Some of the plans include working alongside a women’s weaving cooperative in Panajachel within the Lake Atitlán region to learn how they developed their craft into a sustainable economic enterprise.  

It is now known that when women have ownership of businesses, it not only strengthens the person, but also benefits the economy and family life. 

The itinerary is varied, giving the group a wide range of opportunities to learn about the fascinating Guatemalan culture and way of life. Plans include a tasty chocolate-making workshop; exploration of Mayan villages; participation in authentic music and dance, as well as cooking classes; hike Pacaya Volcano; and service-learning projects with local community organizations through EducArte and Urban HeArt, all a part of this experiential adventure.