The Sustainable Development Trip to Guatemala

The Sustainable Development Trip to Guatemala

January 4-18, 2015

Are you a sustainable development professional? Student? Simply interested in and/or curious as to what sustainable development is?

On this newly created trip, in partnership with The Earth Rights Institute, travel to Guatemala for an opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture of Sustainable Development. Step into the world of Guatemala and experience its breathtaking beauty while you meet and engage with local and international specialists and other innovative individuals who will deepen your knowledge about sustainability.​ Learn how to become a global partner of today, where your participation results in long-lasting effects. This is a wonderful opportunity for aspiring workers in sustainable development, mid-career professionals, or just anyone interested in the field!

Our other partner organization for this trip will be the Maya Association Uk’ux B’e. This group sponsors a network of community organizations seeking to increase political incidence and a school based on Maya values and technology. Through participating with leaders from this organization in the Holistic Action Planning for Innovation (HAPI) methodology you will develop your leadership skills as you co-design a sustainable solution that will improve local quality of life. Travel with comfort and safety as we take you on this inspiring journey.

Watch a video here about the ERI Living Lab

On this trip you will:

  • Learn about the Global context through the lens of the “People’s Goals for Sustainable Development”, a world-wide coalition of grass-roots organizations that serves as a platform from which policy decisions can be influenced on a national and global scale.
  • Meet and dialogue with change makers such as community activists, social entrepreneurs, local NGOs, educators, and women’s organizations.
  • Learn about Guatemalan history and culture through workshops with local authorities
  • Spend 9 days immersed in rural Guatemalan culture, sharing the home of a local leader
  • Participate with other travelers in a Self Organized Learning Environment (SOLE) and create individual and group works of art that represent your learnings
  • Co-design solutions in a mixed group of 5 local leaders and 5 fellow travelers using the HAPI methodology
  • Have free-time on a Saturday to explore cultural activities and nightlife in Antigua, an UNESCO World Heritage Center
  • Participate in a Mayan fire ceremony

Price includes:

  • 9 days of homestay in rural Chimaltenango
  • 5 days of double-room accommodations in Antigua
  • On-ground transportation, including airport pick-up and drop-off
  • 2-3 meals per day
  • Trip leader and translations
  • Preparatory reading and orientation materials
  • Admission and fees to all program activities
  • Honoraria to all speakers and organizations

Register here!