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Join American Jewish World Service and Ruth Messinger on an unforgettable trip to Guatemala, a land of spectacular beauty and complex challenges. As we explore a landscape of stunning volcanic vistas, colonial cities and ancient Mayan culture, we will meet activists and leaders working to overcome the trauma and inequality left in the wake of the country’s decades-long civil war.
We will venture into towns and villages to meet Mayan midwives, inspirational youth activists, indigenous leaders, and celebrated human rights defenders like Claudia Samayoa, who has risked her life to protect the rights of her people.
These inspiring activists, farmers and youth are rebuilding Guatemala’s civil society from the ground up, and promoting peace, equality and the right to live independently on their ancestral land. Throughout the journey, we will engage in dialogue with local leaders, journalists and intellectuals, who will offer insight into the unique challenges of securing human rights in this fascinating country.
Meet with AJWS grantees like the Departmental Coordinator of Traditional Midwives of Quetzaltenango (CODECOT), a grassroots association of midwives that advocates for improved maternal-child health services in indigenous communities.
Experience a full day tour of Antigua, considered the most well preserved colonial city in Central America.
Hear about the realities of farming in a rural community and the ongoing struggle over access to land during an intimate dialogue with Comite Campesino del Altiplano (CCDA).
Take in the natural splendor of Lake Atitlan, a spectacular volcanic lake in the Western Highlands of Guatemala.
Trip Cost (excluding international airfare)
Dates: June 22 to 27, 2014*
Cost: $2,700 based on double occupancy (single supplement $525)
*Dates do not include travel and may alter slightly.