Homeland Tour To Guatemala - July 25 to August 2, 2020
Help Your Child Explore Their Roots in Guatemala
The Barker Adoption Foundation is pleased to announce that a Guatemala Homeland Tour has been scheduled for July 25 - August 2, 2020! This trip is almost full SO HURRY!
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 the culture, customs, and history of Guatemala into their journey of identity!
Guatemala Tour Details
The itinerary is one we have found works very well for families making their first return trip to Guatemala. It includes family fun and cultural activities as well as 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 Emily Marshall Barker's Clinical Intake & Family Support Specialist.
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?
For detailed day by day itinerary and cost per person, please contact Cynthia Cubbage at ccubbage [at] barkerfoundation.org (subject: Guatemala%20Homeland%20Tour%20Question) .
What can I expect in terms of support while we are preparing for our trip?
Barker's adoption specialist will host, via webinars pre-travel meetings to go over our itinerary in detail and answer any questions you or your family may have. Additionally, we will be providing opportunities via the virtual world for families that are 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 updated every year so for the most recent detailed tour cost please contact Cynthia Cubbage at ccubbage [at] barkerfoundation.org (subject: Questions%20about%20Guatemala's%20tour%20cost) .
Package Rate (per person) Includes:
- Hotel cost for 2 people for the entire trip
- 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 the Guatemala Homeland Trip, please email ccubbage [at] barkerfoundation.org (subject: I%20would%20like%20to%20register%20for%20the%20Guatemala%20Homeland%20Tour) and you will receive all of the necessary paperwork to complete your registration.
To secure your spot a $600 deposit per person is due by January 1, 2020. The remainder of your travel fee of $1,300 is due on April 30, 2020. Please keep in mind that even though the deposit is due on January 1, 2020, we are accepting deposits NOW. Checks should be made payable to The Barker Adoption Foundation, with “Guatemala Trip 2020" included in the item line of your check.
Please note that spaces are limited and applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. We are keeping our group small, therefore, we will only be signing up a maximum of 20-25 people (which includes children) for this homeland trip. Once we reach the maximum number of people that we can take on this trip, we will no longer be able to accept applications for the trip. So, Hurry! Secure your spot now.
AS OF 9/16/2019 THIS TRIP IS ALMOST FULL! We will send out an email to let you know when all spots have been filled.
Please fill out and submit the Guatemala Homeland Tour Registration along with a $600 deposit per person by January 1, 2020.
Please mail registration form and deposit to:
The Barker Adoption Foundation
7979 Old Georgetown Road, First Floor
Bethesda, MD 20814
CANCELLATION AND OTHER POLICIES:
Package costs are based upon group travel, so cancellations that have not been received in writing by email to ccubbage [at] barkerfoundation.org by May 15, 2020, may not result in a refund. If travelers are unable or fail to travel because of an event of force majeure, including but not limited to- war, terrorism, threats of terrorism, State Department advisories, strikes, bad weather, natural disasters, loss of luggage, etc., The Barker Adoption Foundation will not guarantee a full refund but will work with participants if there are any costs that can be refunded.
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:
Apply or Renew All of Your Passports - All passports should be valid through December 2020. Please send copies of valid passports to postadopt [at] barkerfoundation.org.