Life-impacting service, eye-opening exploration… & just good plain fun.
RCOA’s February 2020 Guatemala adventure will offer students the experience of 2000 years of Mayan history, 500 years of Spanish colonial rule, and some significant years of CIA intrusion. All of this is quite visible, and it makes for a safe and powerful experience. Snowfish has excellent Christian partners to host, transport, teach, and provide significant volunteer opportunities where we will be able to make meaningful contributions.
This trip is designed not only to serve but also to create experiences that will inspire & shape your life when you return. While one of our goals is certainly to enable you to do something important and useful, one of our chief goals will be to make sure we come away a little deeper, wider, and stronger. Many of you will leave Guatemala with a deeper desire to make the world a better place.
This trip a blend of adventure, mission, fun, important volunteer experiences, historical studies and excellent friendships. Each day is strategic, and the mind-expanding and life-giving education is often hidden in the daily adventures.
Our job at RCOA is to care for students (and family members) and our partner Wally Schmidt with Snowfish (www.snowfish.ca) has the task of handling every single detail: food, lodging, transportation, schedule, mission and volunteer assignments, and day-to-day scheduling details. Trevor Haug from RCOA will be attending with and caring for RCOA students and helping nurture their thoughts and maturation.
Our job at RCOA is to care for students (and family members) and our partner Wally Schmidt with Snowfish (www.snowfish.ca) has the task of handling every single detail: food, lodging, transportation, schedule, Mission & volunteer assignments, and day-to-day scheduling details. Trevor Haug with RCOA is thereby freed up to care for students and to help nurture their thought and maturation.
Experiences may typically include:
- Partnering with a wonderful non-denominational Guatemalan Mission that inspires and trains local Guatemalans to create and administer the missional and humanitarian activity.
- We may help to build a school in a rural village, dig a well, or volunteer in a school for Mayan girls who have been left out of the official educational process.
- Climbing a live volcano.
- Experiencing life in a typical Guatemalan town, living for a couple of days with a loving, Spanish-speaking family.
- Exploring the world heritage city of Antigua, Guatemala, a 500-year-old city of fountains, cobblestone streets, Internet cafés and markets. There are over 50 language schools in this small city and people come from all over the world to study Spanish here.(So again, very safe)
- Exploring 2000 years of Mayan history and seeing how it has fused with 500 years of European Colonial Rule.
- Living at a coffee plantation to explore life from the Guatemalan countryside. It’s like going back in time.
- Visiting an all-inclusive Hotel on Lake Atitlan, one of the most beautiful lakes in the entire world, bordered by 3 volcanoes.
- Students will keep a journal of their daily observations and it is here that we will do our debrief, making sense of all we have seen and experienced.
We will return refreshed, inspired, grateful and with a significantly expanded understanding of God at work in our time. This trip is designed to put an exclamation mark on everything that students have been taught at home, church and school.
Note: Safety is a prime concern as I design my trips. We stay in areas and travel to places that have been part of our experience for the past 15 years. We work closely with, and under the watchful care of, excellent Guatemalan partners. This year we are adding a whole new layer of security in partnership with the Guatemala tourism branch.
Life & learning outcomes will almost certainly include incredible gratefulness, an expanded worldview, a love for the Spanish language, observations on rich versus poor, city versus rural, and colonial history versus Mayan history to name just a few. We will experience God at work all around us… and hopefully in them as well.
Travel that will comfortably and safely blow your mind, and leave the world better place.