July 25 – August 1, 2020
For registration questions, email us at Info@TrueNatureEducation.com
Over the past decade, True Nature Education and The National Society of Leadership and Success have partnered to offer this exciting service, leadership, and adventure travel opportunity to Guatemala.
You are invited to join us in 2020 to our newest destination in Guatemala! Experience the rich culture of this incredible country while doing work to support the people, communities, and preservation of the land and natural environment. You will have an unforgettable journey, full of outdoor adventures, connections with local communities, and service outreach work. In addition, you will have the opportunity to meet new friends for life, learn about being an international student leader, and explore more about yourself. In a time where our world is becoming more and more of a global community, come be a part of the bridge of support by taking part in this incredible service, adventure and leadership trip.
During the program, you will participate in several service opportunities* including potential projects such as: beach or forest clean up, painting or gardening at the local school, and sharing our individual gifts – art, music, dance, and sports — with the local communities. Students will stay at eco-hotels and locally run sustainable hotels. Our programs will take place at two different sites. Site #1 will be in Antigua and Site #2 will be located at Lake Atitlán.
- 7 nights accommodations
- 3 delicious meals each day
- Group Ground Transportation to/from Airport to Retreat Center
- All excursions, activities, and service projects listed in the itinerary
- Led and guided by one of True Nature’s qualified Group Leaders
The students will have the opportunity to explore the vibrant city of Antigua before heading to the ecological villas on Lake Atitlán. This majestic lake is said by Mayan tradition to be the site where the world was born. Surrounded by 3 volcanoes, lush greenery, and a year-round temperate climate, it is a sought after location for good reason. The ecological villas are located in the village of Santa Cruz Laguna on the beautiful shoreline of the lake. Enjoy delicious, locally sourced meals in the lakefront dining room with panoramic views of the volcanoes.
Lodging includes electricity, hot water, internet, phone, comfortable beds and linens, fired hot tub and sauna, which allows you to rest peacefully after a long day of activities. Most accommodations for large groups are shared. Private rooms are occasionally available for an extra fee on a first-come, first-serve basis.
You will be captivated by the beauty and relaxing atmosphere of this special location that is so deeply steeped in Mayan tradition!
SERVICE PROJECTS MAY INCLUDE WORK IN:
~Painting of local schools
~Gardening at local schools
~Lakefront or forest clean up
~Village Community Building
ACTIVITIES CAN INCLUDE:
~Visits to local museums and churches
~Mayan or Cacao Ceremony
Arrival Day at GUA
Stay overnight in Antigua for the night
Tour of Antigua or the surrounding area
Lunch in Antigua
Leave for Lake Atitlan
Boat ride to the lodge in Santa Cruz la Laguna
Kayaking and swimming
Walk up to the town of Santa Cruz la Laguna for a village tour
Service project #1
Service Project #2 in Santiago, Atitlan
Mayan or Cacao Ceremony
Ziplining and visit to the Nature Reserve in Panajachel
Free time in Panajachel – Visit museums, shopping etc.
Service Project #3
Possible Service Project #4
Visit to San Juan la Laguna
Lunch in San Juan
Free time in the afternoon
Transport to Airport
Depart for Airport…Adios…
*Schedule subject to change
For more information contact: Info@TrueNatureEducation.com
True Nature is an Educational Travel Company which provides full service in the planning, support, and guiding of a diverse catalog of trips to Guatemala each year. We believe in the power of experiential travel abroad and the multitude of effects it has on one’s growth. We have hosted thousands of participants and have been honored to share in the life-changing experiences of our guests. It is True Nature’s goal to meet the needs of our guests and to be of support from the time you first contact us, to the time you land in Costa Rica until you return home from your journey.
TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST TRUE NATURE/SOCIETY TRIPS
My experience with TNE was truly incredible and inspiring. It was exactly what I needed to get back in touch with myself. It reminded me of what I want out of life, which is to help, meet, laugh, hug, and be with people and appreciate the gift of life. I would travel again with True Nature anytime. I am so grateful for this opportunity. Please keep what you’re doing! You change people’s lives for the better!
This has been one of the most amazing, and eye-opening experiences of my life. I have found a new and greater appreciation for so many thins. I have more aware of how much of an impact that all the little things in life have, whiter it be spending a little bit of time to help someone else, or adjusting your perspective just a little- it can make all the difference.
If college doesn’t make you feel independent enough, or if you want to take off a week from the norm and experience something that is both rewarding and productive, True Naure Education is a great opportunity to take that first step. For me, many of the things that I saw, felt, and experienced were first timers that changed the way I recognize culture. Even though, this is only a week long trip, I am going to feel home sick from my family away from home— that is the friends, guides, and people of Costa Rica. They have become like a second family to me. If you are one who dreams big, this experience will sew the seed of wisdom that you will attain from traveling abroad and grow into your redefined self. Pure Vida!
PAYMENT AND ONLINE REGISTRATION
*The trip has a minimum of 10 people and a maximum of 25 people.
**AIRFARE IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE TUITION PRICE.
*** A $35.00 Non-refundable Service Processing Fee will be added to the tuition.
Register early as these programs fill quickly to fill quickly!
Once payment is processed you will receive a confirmation email with lots of important and helpful information (including payment schedule).
July 25 – August 1, 2020 – REGISTER NOW!
- Initial deposits and the $35 registration fee are non-refundable and non-transferable
- 50% of payments are refundable up to 90 days before program excluding initial deposit and the $35 registration fee
- 89 days prior to a program, tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable
- Full tuition is refunded if the trip is canceled due to low enrollment. The $35 registration fee is not refundable
- True Nature is not responsible for any loss incurred due to currency conversion rates
ALUMNI AND NON-SOCIETY MEMBERS
Society Alumni and Non-Society Members are also welcome on the trip. If you or someone you know would like to join us please let us know.
Non-members will have to pay the full tuition price and also agree to the True Nature / Code of Conduct for the trip. Alumni are eligible for the discount.
IS THIS PROGRAM FOR ME?
While the programs are open to all ages, most of the people are of college age and traveling abroad for the first time Our international programs are opportunities to put into practice the values and mission of True Nature which include service, leadership, adventure, and mindfulness. If you have an interest in the program, have an adventurous spirit, a desire to experience a different culture and a willingness to participate in group activities then you are welcome to join our programs.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
We understand that many questions come up when visiting a place you have never been. What do I bring? What is the weather like? We have created Participant Packages that will clarify these type of questions and more Once you have registered, we will send you these materials. In addition, on our website we have a comprehensive FAQ section, that also gives detailed answers to common questions. If you have other questions, you can always write us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can support you.
All international flights will arrive at Guatemala City Airport (Aurora- GUA). True Nature Education has a Group Travel Agent that will be happy to help you book your flights. Just ask us if this interests you. From the airport, we will organize one group transport for all retreat participants. Before booking tickets please contact us to discuss flight arrival and departure windows for your retreat and to be sure group minimums have been reached.
BOOKING YOUR FLIGHT FOR THE BEST PRICE POSSIBLE!
True Nature Travels and STA Travel have partnered together to provide you the best airfare for your upcoming trip. STA Travel is a full-service travel agency which offers affordable, flexible fares and access to their exclusive airfare deposit program. Please use the following link to book or contact STA Travel directly: http://www.statravel.com/solutions/true-nature.htm.
We cannot emphasize more the importance of travel insurance. As we all know, especially as travelers, “life happens.” Whether it’s family, work, mother nature, or a change of heart, it is important to be prepared in case you need to unexpectedly change your travel plans. Often for less than $100, you can purchase a travel insurance policy and be protected in the event that you need to make a change or need to be covered financially prior to or during your trip. To purchase insurance with the True Nature discount, click here.
SOCIETY MEMBERS SAVE $350 OFF REGULAR PRICE OF $2345!
$1995 for NSLS Members
$2345 for Non-Society Members
Paying your initial deposit of $350 will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip. A non-refundable $35 Payment Processing Fee will be added to the tuition rate upon registration. For technical questions or alternative payment options, please contact us.