A: Minimum group size is 4 and maximum group size is 10. We also require each group to have an assigned group leader who will be the primary point of contact for our Service Learning Trip Coordinator throughout the process of your trip.
A: We recommend the book Geography of Grace by Kris Rocke and Joel Van Dyke. We also strongly encourage groups to view the the short film series, Restore:
Once the trip is officially scheduled, we will also provide the trip leader with a Service Learning Trip Manual that will provide important information and details for the leader to share with the group in preparation for their time in Guatemala.
A: Lemonade International rents a home in Guatemala City, referred to as “The Lemonade Guest House”. The house is located about 15-20 minutes outside of La Limonada. Men and women are provided with separate rooms which are furnished with bunk beds. All bedding is provided as well.
A: No immunizations are required to travel to Guatemala, but we do strongly encourage each individual group member to consult with a family physician regarding any suggested immunizations. Each person should be in good physical condition at the time of the trip as walking long distances on tough terrain is required.
A: The schedule for the time your group will spend in Guatemala can vary but it will include investing time with the Guatemalan leaders who serve the La Limonada community and with the people of the community as themselves. You will also have an opportunity to listen to and learn from the leaders of each of the programs that are in place to empower the people of La Limonada. We strongly encourage groups to consider this as a learning experience as well as an opportunity to build meaningful long-term relationships. Your group leader will work with our Service Learning Trip and Communication Liaison in order to design a trip that is the best fit for the people in the group – which may include various projects for the children who attend the Academies and/or for the community at large. It is important that during the planning process we are made aware of any professional skills that you or your team may be able to offer as there are opportunities for specific projects (such as medical, dental and construction).
A: All costs are as follows:
Application Fee: Non-refundable $100 (per group)
Airline Ticket: Approximately $450-$800 (per person)
Estimated Cost Per Person: $840 per person (standard one week – Sunday-Saturday)
- *Per Diem: $40 per night per person ($240 for one week – Sunday-Saturday)
- *Administrative: $300 (per person)
- *Program Support: $300 (per person)
*Per Diem: The daily cost of staying in Guatemala covers all meals, safe drinking water, housing, utilities, free wi-fi, and ground transportation. Because your security is a priority to us, all groups stay at the Lemonade Guest House which offers safe, clean lodging, and simple bunk beds. A resident of La Limonada cleans the house and prepares authentic and healthy meals for the groups.
*Administrative: The in-country cost covers the facilitation and coordination provided by the staff members in our Guatemala office. Our group hosts will meet you at the airport and will provide transportation throughout your trip. They will also provide in-country leadership, project coordination, translation and any additional support needed throughout your time in Guatemala. This also covers the cost associated with the finances and administrative support provided by your Service Learning Trip and Communication Liaison.
*Program Support: We believe groups are meant to support the community development efforts in Guatemala. This fee provides essential assistance to the programs. If your group is doing a service project for the children or community, this fee applies to your construction or other project costs. Please note that refunds will not be given for cancellations made after 30 days prior to the date of your group’s scheduled arrival.
A: All group members are required to raise 100% of the cost of the trip 30 days before your departure date. Raising financial support can be a unique opportunity for family and friends to participate in the Service Learning Trip experience with you. While you could pay for the trip yourself, utilizing our Lemonade Stand online campaign tool can be an amazing way to engage and share this experience with others. Our Service Learning Trip and Communication Liaison is also available to help brainstorm creative ways to fundraise the total cost.
A: Fill out our Service Learning Trips Application and submit with the $100 non-refundable application fee.
If you have any further questions, please contact our Service Learning Trip Coordinator, Cindy Witmer!