Travel Philanthropy Program: Be Part of the Story

Trek Guatemala works to build equity in the communities that we visit throughout our four-day adventure. Our Travel Philanthropy Program allows our staff and guests to work hand-in-hand in supporting the small Mayan village of Pachute, our home for night 2 of the Sky Route Trek. In support of our sustainable travel initiatives, we invite all guests and friends of Trek Guatemala to join us on our mission to help enhance the schools for local children and bring greater access to medical supplies for community elders.

Here’s how you can help.

A Two Pronged Approach to Giving

Pre-Trip

The children of many Guatemalan villages lack access to basic resources needed to help further their education, both in and out of the classroom. That’s why Trek Guatemala has partnered with Pack for a Purpose, a non-profit organization built to link tourists to local communities. Even the smallest amount of extra space in your luggage can go a long way. For our guests, the process couldn’t be easier:

  • While packing, fill those extra side pouches in your suitcase with school supplies like notebooks, pencils, calculators, markers, colored pencils, binders, crayons, or any other classroom necessities.
  • If you’re a participant on one of our adventures, simply hand us the supplies during the pre-trip briefing that takes place the evening prior to the trek.
  • If you aren’t a guest on one of Trek Guatemala’s treks, shoot us an email with your travel dates to Antigua and we’ll work around your schedule in finding a time to collect the items.

Rather than simply giving the school children of Pachute the donated supplies, Trek Guatemala works in conjunction with local environmental organization EcoActiva to host educational program centered around waste management in the communities. Children and adults alike are given the opportunity to learn about the long-term effects that plastic and wrappers on their land, as well as better understand the separation of trash, recycling and compost. It is at these seminars when the school supplies and distributed.

Post-Trip

Trek Guatemala has designed a way to give-back even once our guests have returned to their home countries. For those participants who want to contribute to our Travel Philanthropy Program, Trek Guatemala has designed a method of giving so that donors can choose precisely which sustainable tourism project their donation supports.

Pack for a Purpose - Trek Guatemala

We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and take supplies for the projects we support in need, you’ll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families. Please click here to see what supplies are needed for our projects.