Trips – University of British Columbia

Creative Classrooms: School Murals & Renovations


Cost: $1400 CAD + Flight Costs
Departure City: Any
Departure Date:
May 1, 2020
Return Date:
May 10, 2020
May 1 -10, 2020

Chuacruz, Gautemala

Cost: $1400 CAD + Flights
Participation fee includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals, and 24/7 in-country support

Trip Overview:
Help serve a community in need of improving its educational opportunities by working side by side with local students and their families to improve the infrastructure of the community's school, Instituto Mixto de Educación Básica. Participants will be involved in painting walls and desks, and helping construct a new recreational space, as part of a larger renovation project funded by SOS (including upgrades to classrooms' roofs, windows, doors, and more)

This trip will promote solidarity and cross-cultural understanding that will ultimately help reduce poverty and inequality in the world. Each day will be filled with hands-on painting and construction work, playing and sharing with children and cultural excursions. You will learn about local cultural traditions through food, music, testimonies, nature adventures, and visits to colonial towns and historic sites. An integrated opportunity for cultural and Spanish immersion, service and adventure.

Itinerary Highlights Include:
  • Contribute hands-on support to painting of the education centre, installation of a recreational space, and work with local students and community members to develop community murals
  • Build cross-cultural friendships by participating in artistic, recreational, educational, and cultural activities
  • Experience the Chuacruz Cultural Festival (May 1st-5th), a small and unique festival to a village, allowing an opportunity for true cultural immersion

Community Profile:

Chuacruz is a small rural village located in the department of Chimaltenango in Guatemala. The population is predominantly Indigenous and have faced many years of poverty, marginalization and violence leading to several development challenges. There are many community needs to improve infrastructure at the local schools. SOS has held several outreach trips in this community in the past helping improve conditions of the schools and this trip will continue to bring much needed upgrades to their community.

Who We Work With

SOS works exclusively with registered non governmental organizations (NGOs) in every country we work in to not only ensure the efficiency of our projects, but to ensure our volunteers have the best experience.

Partner NGO:

Semillas de Innovation para Desarrollo Sostenable (SIDS)
This project is being implemented in collaboration with Semillas de Innovation para Desarrollo Sostenable (SIDS); a not-for-profit community organization supporting innovation and sustainable development throughout Guatemala. SIDS and SOS have worked together since 2012 on 18 education-based projects throughout Guatemala. Husband and wife Edil and Sheily created SIDS after completing the SEED Scholarship program, funded by USAID, providing opportunities for advanced education among rural community leaders throughout Guatemala.

What's Included?

SOS volunteers sleep in available community structures (classrooms, community centers, churches), and live as close to the conditions of the community as possible.

SOS works directly with Flight Centre to process all volunteers' Outreach Trip logistics from your travel insurance to your in country needs like clean drinking water and accommodations!

Three meals a day plus clean drinking water and snacks! Meals will consist of rice, beans, tortillas, and fruit/vegetables. Soups, stews, and pasta dishes are common as well. Most dietary restrictions and allergies can accommodated.

SOS works exclusively with registered non governmental organizations in every community to ensure our volunteers have the best experience possible.