Volunteer for a Sustainable Future: Guatemala - Appropriate ...

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The Appropriate Technology Collaborative

Volunteer for a Sustainable Future: Guatemala Solar and Natural Building Trips

Solar and Natural Building Volunteers, 2012

Overview: Come join The Appropriate Technology Collaborative for the experience of a lifetime! Our volunteer trips are combined Solar Power installations and Natural Building Projects at schools, nutrition centers, community centers and medical clinics. Learn-by-doing local natural building techniques and solar electricity concepts around Lake Atitlan and beyond. Recent participants report ATC volunteer work projects as “life changing” and “the best vacation we ever had”. (Note: We promise hard work, but most people call it fun!) While most tourists never experience Guatemala up close, you will work hand-in-hand with local talent and gain insight into an indigenous Latin American culture. Most local ATC staff speak the Mayan languages Kachiquel, Tzutujíl and K’iche'. Your personal rewards from the ATC Volunteer for a Sustainable Future experience are incalculable. The Maya way of life remains in tact here in the Guatemalan highlands, weaving and wearing traditional textiles and making tortillas from corn raised on their fields. See people planting maize and harvesting coffee on steep hillsides. Visit the gorgeous Lake Atitlan, and its surrounding volcanoes. Take a historic walking tour of Antigua Guatemala, a World Heritage site and former capital of Latin America and end our trip with a tour of the ancient Mayan city, Iximche. If you are game for hard work, daily hikes in the mountains and making new friends, an ATC Volunteer trip is for you. Some ATC volunteers have even repeated the trip - there is always something new to learn! Contact us soon at: [email protected]g 3765 Plaza Drive ● Ann Arbor ATC

La Cambalacha

Barrio 3

MI ●

● 48108 ●


San Marcos la Laguna Page 1 of 7

ph: 734.668.4811 ●


Guatemala C.A.

ph: 011.502.5199.9632

About Guatemala: Guatemala is located in Central America. It borders the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea located just south of Mexico. Guatemala is rich in natural beauty and travel opportunities; it's a country that offers much to those willing to step off the beaten track for a little while. Antigua Guatemala is often regarded as the traveler’s hub, a picture-perfect Central American town ringed by volcanoes. La Antigua is a great place to learn Guatemalan history or simply sip some coffee in a street-side cafe and watch the world go by.

Early Morning in la Antigua Guatemala

ATC Transportation to a Project Site

Lake Atitlan (or Lago de Atitlán) where our project is located is another frequent stop on any visitor’s itinerary. Lake Atitlan is a volcano-rimmed lake considered by many world travelers to be one of the most beautiful places on earth. Guatemala's population is quite small, with an estimated 13 million people. It hosts a tropical climate along the lower elevations and cooler weather in the mountains where our projects are located. The country is full of rich indigenous culture mixed with Spanish traditions. Guatemala has a nearly 75 percent poverty rate. It is the third poorest country in the western hemisphere, and 1 of every 2 children is chronically malnourished. Guatemala, like many countries in the Americas, has a problem with crime in some areas. ATC follows the U.S. Embassy STEP program and we receive regular updates on what areas of the country are safe to travel in. For Volunteer for a Sustainable Future trips, we stay far away from troubled areas. All ATC transportation to and from Lake Atitlan is with highly qualified professionals. Once on the lake we travel by water taxi and sometimes to reach a job site we might ride in the back of a pickup truck. (Please note: Every project