Homeland Tour To Guatemala - July 2023
Help Your Child Explore Their Roots in Guatemala
Experience Guatemala’s Cultural Beauty
Join The Barker Adoption Foundation on this heritage journey to experience the cultural beauty of the “Land of the Eternal Spring” and all it has to offer. After all, your children are connected to this land – Come with us and have your children/teens weave Guatemala's culture, customs, and history into their journey of identity!
Guatemala Tour Details
July 1 to July 8, 2023
The itinerary is one we have found works very well for families making their first return trip to Guatemala. It includes family fun, cultural activities, and two meaningful days spent volunteering in the Lake Atitlan area. Each week’s itinerary runs from Sunday - Saturday, but you will need to arrive on the previous Saturday in order to be ready to leave Guatemala City for Panajachel on Sunday morning. The last Sunday is your travel day home unless you opt to extend your time in Guatemala. The Tour is designed as a family trip, with parents accompanying their children led by Cynthia Cubbage, Barker's Director of Family & Post Adoption Services, and Missy Herendeen, Barker's Child, Adolescent, & Family Adoption Competent Therapist
What if we adopted our child from somewhere other than Barker?
Tours are open to all adoptive families regardless of whether Barker was your placing agency.
What will we do on the tour, and how much does it cost?
$2,200 plus airfare and other miscellaneous items. Details below. A full itinerary and remaining payment schedule will be available soon. Please contact Kate Ambush with questions or issues at kambush [at] barkerfoundation.org (subject: kambush%40barkerfoundation.org) .
What can I expect in terms of support while we are preparing for our trip?
Barker's adoption specialist will host pre-travel meetings to go over our itinerary in detail and answer any questions you or your family may have. Additionally, we will provide opportunities for families traveling to connect with each other before and after the trip. We hope that learning about the families you will be traveling with and for your children to get to know a little about one another will enhance your overall experience and make some new post-travel connections.
Tour Cost Details
The cost of the tour is $2,200 per person, not including airfare, meals and miscellaneous expenses.
Package Rate (per person) Includes:
- Hotel cost for two people for the entire trip; incremental hotel costs for more than 2 people will be confirmed by February 1, 2023.
- Two bag lunches, two dinners, one that includes a cultural show
- Entry fees to ALL group events
- In-country group transportation on insured, air-conditioned buses from Guatemala City- Texpan/Iximche- Panajachel- We use an approved transport service for the US Embassy
- A donation that will allow our group to gift items such as onil stoves, 10-year water filters, beds/bedding, and/or food to a needy family in the Lake Atitlan area
- Assistance with scheduling and transportation for any elective activities
- Adoption Specialist to prepare your family emotionally and logistically for this life-changing experience to the beautiful land of Guatemala
- Three bilingual guides
- Elective activities
- Food other than any breakfasts that may be included with hotel rates and the two lunches and two dinners listed above
- Tips to drivers, hotel staff, restaurants, and guides
How do I register and secure my space for the Guatemala Homeland Trip?
To register and secure your space for Barker's Guatemala Homeland Trip, register and pay the non-refundable deposit of $350/person. A full itinerary, application and timeline for balance of payment for the remaining $1,850 will follow soon. Please email kambush [at] barkerfoundation.org (subject: Question%20on%20Homeland%20Tour) (kambush@)ccubbage [at] barkerfoundation.org (subject: I%20would%20like%20to%20register%20for%20the%20Guatemala%20Homeland%20Tour) (barkerfoundation.org)kambush [at] barkerfoundation.org (subject: Question%20on%20Homeland%20Tour) (,) if you have questions or issues.
The $350 non-refundable deposit/person is due to hold your spot. The remainder of your travel fee of $1,850/person is due in 2023. Details on a payment schedule to follow.
CANCELLATION AND OTHER POLICIES:
The $350 deposit is non-refundable.
Any changes to the in-country itinerary by group members will result in additional costs.
The Barker Adoption Foundation reserves the right to make changes to the itinerary if it is in the best interest of the group for safety or other reasons, including but not limited to the unforeseen unavailability of an activity.
After you have applied, please keep in mind:
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