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Snapshot Tours

 
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Join us for CoEd’s popular Snapshot Tour, a glimpse into Guatemala and CoEd’s programs. You will meet the children who benefit from CoEd projects and witness the gratitude of their families and communities.

You will also experience Guatemala’s culture and landscape as we travel to small Mayan villages and visit the colonial town of Antigua, awarded "Top City" by Wanderlust Travel Magazine!

 

 
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2017 Snapshot Tour Dates

February 21-26, 2017
July 18-23, 2017

Participants should arrive in Guatemala on Tuesday. However, some exceptions can be made for a Wednesday arrival if absolutely necessary.

Cost per Person

 

US $1,275 plus airfare for double occupancy
US $1,375 plus airfare for single occupancy

*If you do not have a traveling companion, we will happily match you with a roommate in order to secure the Double Occupancy rate.

NOTE: Trip expenses may be tax deductible.

Details

- The application deadline is January 15 (for February) or June 15 (for July).
- A non-refundable deposit of US$350 is required at the time of application.
- Apply online now or contact Leslie Jenkins Reed, leslie@coeduc.org or 513-661-7000, ext. 115.

 
Sample Itinerary
 

volcanoNote: This itinerary shows real experiences and approximate travel times, but does not coincide with actual itineraries.
TUESDAY
Guatemala City
Arrive in Guatemala City (GUA) on morning/ early afternoon flight

WEDNESDAY
8:00 am Orientation & Breakfast
10:00 am Visit to a Culture of Reading Program (CORP) school
1:00 pm Lunch
2:30 pm Computer Center demonstration
5:00 pm Depart for hotel
7:00 pm Group dinner at hotel

THURSDAY
7:30 am Breakfast at Hotel
8:30 am Depart for CORP school demonstration
9:30 am CORP school demonstration & celebration
1:00 pm Lunch
2:30 pm Free time
6:00 pm Social hour
7:00 pm Group Dinner

FRIDAY
7:30 am Breakfast at Hotel
8:30 am Depart for CORP school visit
10:15 am CORP school visit & classroom activities
1:00 pm Lunch
2:15 pm Depart for Textbook school visit & celebration
2:30 pm Textbook school visit & celebration
4:15 pm Depart for hotel
6:00 pm Social hour
7:00 pm Group Dinner at Hotel

SATURDAY
8:00 am Breakfast at Hotel
9:30 am Scholarship student career panel & cultural activities
12:00 pm Lunch & Free time
1:30 pm Optional tourism activity or free time
6:00 pm Final dinner & reception at Hotel

SUNDAY
Depart Guatemala City on scheduled flights.

 
How to Sign Up for a Snapshot Tour
1.

To apply online, simply click Apply Online

If you prefer to print and mail your application, download the PDF.

You will need Adobe Reader, a free download, to view the application. If you have any trouble with the PDF, please contact Leslie Jenkins Reed at leslie@coeduc.org for assistance.

Mail your completed application (along with your deposit, if paying by check) to:

Cooperative for Education
2300 Montana Ave., Suite 301
Cincinnati, OH 45211

2.

Along with your application, we require a nonrefundable US $350 deposit to secure your place on the tour.

To pay online, simply click Pay Online.

If you prefer to send a check, make check payable to "Cooperative for Education" and mail to:

Cooperative for Education
2300 Montana Ave., Suite 301
Cincinnati, OH 45211

3.

You will receive email confirmation that your application and deposit have been accepted and that you have a secured place on the tour. Your confirmation will include information about purchasing your own plane ticket to Guatemala City (GUA), immunizations, packing, and other helpful information.

The remainder of your balance will be due one month before you travel, using one of the payment methods described above. You will need a passport with more than 6 months to expiration at the time of travel to enter Guatemala.

If you apply and pay online but do not receive an email confirmation from Cooperative for Education within three business days, your application was not submitted correctly. Please contact Leslie Jenkins Reed at leslie@coeduc.org or Caroline Phelps caroline@coeduc.org at for assistance.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 
group photoWho will travel with me?
The tours are enjoyed by people of all ages who like to travel and are willing to take time out of busy schedules to help with our project. You will meet a group of like-minded individuals who are fun, friendly and flexible. You will also be joined by many of CoEd's U.S. and Guatemala staff.
 
Will I be safe in Guatemala?
Asociación CoEd has been operating tours in Guatemala since 1998. In that time, not one of our tour participants has ever been a victim of a serious crime. However, in Guatemala, as in other developing countries, crime is a significant problem. Traveling in these countries is therefore not without risk. Click here to see CoEd's Statement on Safety.
 

ConvivioDo I need to speak Spanish to go on the tour?
Absolutely not! In fact, the majority of our tour participants speak little to no Spanish. Most tour activities are translated. When interacting with the students on an individual basis, our travelers find other ways to communicate and interact with them: showing family photos, playing soccer & basketball, and other games.

 

Can I arrive before the tour and stay after?
If you plan to arrive a day before or stay a day after the tour at the hotels we use in Guatemala City or Antigua, we can book those nights for you. Please contact Leslie by July 1/Jan. 1 at leslie@coeduc.org or 513-661-7000, ext. 115 to make the arrangements.

If you would like to travel in Guatemala outside the official tour, you are responsible for making your own arrangements. Click here for a list of several Guatemalan travel agencies.

 
Can I bring my son or daughter?
Yes! We welcome parents traveling with their children to share a volunteer travel experience. We as that all minors travel with a relative. In our experience children older than ten years are better suited to understand the difficulties of life in a developing country. Families with children adopted from Guatemala have found the structure of the Snapshot Tour to be an enriching experience for their child.
 
Can I leave hotel contact information with my friends or family?
Yes, just before your tour we will send you a complete list of hotels and contact information, which you can share with your family in case of emergency.
 

Can I learn about the tour from the perspective of a previous volunteer?
Absolutely. We have many Snapshot Tour veterans who are enthusiastic about sharing their experiences with you. Feel free to contact any of these volunteers to learn more about their perspective:

Jorge Gonzalez
Cincinnati, OH
513-759-2232 chico83@cinci.rr.com

Ed McCarter
Cincinnati, OH
513-321-2841 ed.4183@gmail.com

 
Can I donate school supplies or other items to CoEd's projects?
Yes. Please click here for CoEd's Supply Donation Overview (PDF), including the list of items we accept for donation.