New Hope, Guatemala*
If you have never experienced Guatemala, this trip is the one to take. All of the locations you will visit carry a different, distinct flavor of the country. You will spend your first weekend exploring the capital, Guatemala City, which has distinctive historic and modern neighborhoods. Your next stop will be the community of New Hope, a recently constructed village on the northern outskirts of the City. The teachers and families of New Hope will warmly welcome you. Your lodging will be at the New Hope guesthouse, and you will eat most of your meals there. You will be paired with a teacher and interpreter (if needed) for four full days of collaborative coaching. At the conclusion of the trip, the entire team will travel to Antigua to visit this charming colonial city.
*currently closed for new applications, only past New Hope trip participants should apply
Dates — August 4 to 12, 2017
Cost — $1,275 plus airfare
Grant Opportunities — Grants up to $450 are available to current and retired school staff and university faculty who are paying out of pocket.
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Day 1 — Guatemala City
Arriving at the Guatemala City airport, you will be met by a T2T-I representative who will accompany you to your hotel. The team will gather for a mouthwatering dinner at a nearby restaurant, Casa Chapina. The rest of the evening will allow for unpacking, getting acquainted, and an early bedtime if you choose.
Day 2 — Guatemala City
Your day begins with breakfast at the delicious hotel buffet, followed by a morning meeting and orientation. After the orientation activities, the team will have time for a visit to the sights in Guatemala City, followed by lunch at a restaurant nearby. In the afternoon, the team will travel to New Hope and get settled at your location for the week.
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Day 3 — New Hope
The day will start early with breakfast at your host site, the New Hope School, and a preparation meeting for the day’s activities. The New Hope community will be celebrating Day of the Family today, and the team will get to know community members by helping and participating in interactive activities with the families of the New Hope School. You will get to meet the New Hope teachers and work alongside them to lead fun activities for the families!
Day 4 — New Hope
Monday is a holiday at the New Hope School, so the team will travel out into the community. You may get to visit a local public school, a middle school that New Hope graduates attend, or another site in the community. You will get to know the setting and context of New Hope better during this exciting day.
Dinner will be provided at the guesthouse. Afterwards you may want to take a walk around the neighborhood, organize a pick-up basketball game, or just relax.
Day 5 — New Hope
During the morning, you will be escorted to one of the New Hope School’s classrooms to meet your partner and her/his students. An interpreter will accompany you if needed in order to facilitate the collaborative process.
We guarantee that the conversation you and your teacher have in discussing learning strategies will be one of the most enriching teaching experiences of your career. We also predict that you will learn from your partner just as she/he learns from you. A group professional development session will occupy the afternoon.
Questions for discussion in the evening after dinner are What did or did not go as well as you’d like? and How will this knowledge affect you tomorrow?
If time allows, a movie and/or game night will furnish entertainment.
Day 6 — New Hope
This morning you will support your partner as you co-teach a lesson you prepared together. Your one-on-one meeting with your partner teacher will give the both of you a chance to review how it went and make any tweaks for the next time.
The team will hold a short concluding session before dinner.
Evening time will be for packing.
Day 7 — New Hope and Transit to Antigua
Today presents another opportunity to co-teach or experiment with a new activity. You will have individual meetings to debrief and wrap up the week, during which you will be astonished at the growth that you both have experienced in such a short time.
The team and all the partners will participate in an awards banquet, where each participant will receive a certificate of completion. Saying good-bye is often bittersweet, with much to celebrate along with sadness that you can’t bring your new friends home with you.
You will depart immediately after the ceremony to drive to Antigua.
The evening will be open so you can explore the myriad delights of this colonial city. You can choose among souvenir browsing at the markets, designing your own jade jewelry, and learning to make chocolate.
Day 8 — Antigua
This morning will be focused on debriefing and completing some follow-up work with your fellow team members. You will use the time in the morning to produce some pedagogic artifacts (for example, writing up a successful lesson you did at the New Hope School). The team will enjoy a late lunch in Antigua followed by some free time to explore this colonial city’s many delights. Your evening will include a final team dinner at one of the fantastic restaurants near the hotel and some relaxation time with your fellow team members.
Day 9 — Antigua
This is the departure day. Transportation to the airport will be arranged for you.
While in Guatemala City you will be staying in a tourist-class hotel that is safe, clean, and comfortable. Your accommodations in the New Hope community will be at their guesthouse, a large gated facility with dorm-style rooms, shared bathrooms, and a communal kitchen. You will eat all of your meals at the guesthouse. Prohibitions on smoking and alcohol consumption apply here.
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