Culver Stockton University

[h4a]“Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life.” – Michael Palin[/h4a]

Group of faculty-led students
Here are the whole group on their orientation day!

We had the pleasure of hosting a group of University students on a faculty-led trip in Guatemala this month! With a flying visit through Guatemala then onto Belize, this group stopped in for a few days with us to hang out and enjoy some of the fantastic things about Guatemala!

Group of students in Spanish class
Studying in group Spanish classes

When they arrived we took them to their hotel in Antigua and gave them an orientation of the city and our plan for them over the next few days! They then had some Spanish classes in a local partner school in Antigua, enjoying learning some important phrases for their stay.

Group of people sat at a table ready to eat
Ready to enjoy their hard work!

The next day we took them on a coffee tour of a local coffee farm in Antigua where they learnt all about how to make coffee, one of the biggest exports! After this, they went onto a local cooking school and cooked up one of the best local dishes in Guatemala – Pepian! The great thing was that once they had cooked it, they got to taste the delicious dish for dinner, enjoying the meal they had sweated so hard over!

Group of students and local kids sitting in a circle playing
The students playing games with the kids!

After experiencing some of Antigua’s finest activities they were invited to one of our local projects in Santo Tomas Milpas Altas. It’s a project that provides a healthy daily meal to the children it serves as well as offering educational help and a place for the kids to feel safe and play for a while! Here they carried out some planned activities and played with the kids for the day!

Group of students in Spanish class
Students enjoying their group Spanish classes!

As I said, it was a flying visit so after another day in Antigua, eating at some local restaurants, taking some more Spanish classes and enjoying what the city has to offer! We enjoyed a final goodbye meal with them and safely got them onto their next day of travel – to Belize!

Group of students laughing with kids
Practising their Spanish with the kids in the project

It was an absolute pleasure hosting the group from Culver Stockton University, showing off this beautiful country and all that it has to offer! If you are interested in talking to us about your own, personalised, faculty-led trip, please take a look here for more information.

Group of students counting out sweets
Counting out the sweets for the piñatas!