Dusty Shoes VIM team
Jul
27
to Aug 4

Dusty Shoes VIM team

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Building improved cookstoves and creating community with the Methodist Women Circles of AMA

AMA is a program to provide behavioral health services, education and promote civic participation with women that have experienced high levels of historical trauma. Opportunities for non-builders to participate in craft projects with schools and canning projects with women

Team Leader: Trish Vaughan

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Indigenous Foodways Tour
Oct
26
to Nov 5

Indigenous Foodways Tour

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Join the Highland Support Project for a 10-day Indigenous Foodways Trips in Guatemala

Spend a week in the Guatemalan Highlands partnering with a local indigenous women's organization (AMA) to learn about Mayan culture, agriculture and their food practices while supporting AMA’s community projects, which foster women’s empowerment and build community resilience.

What do we mean by Foodways?

Foodways are the cultural, social, and economic practices relating to the production and consumption of food. Foodways often refers to the intersection of food in culture, traditions, and history. This trip explores these intersections through the Mayan worldview (cosmovision) which is founded on the principles of balance, wholeness, and spirituality. This service trip is part of HSP’s ongoing effort to support indigenous communities in Guatemala and Arizona achieve food sovereignty.

A transformation trip like no other!

On this trip, you will:

  • Visit an organic coffee cooperative on the shores of the volcano-studded Lake Atitlan, a national treasure

  • Visit remote Mayan communities, rarely experienced by tourists to work with a local family and mason to build smokeless stoves, transforming the family’s health and living environment

  • Participate in a Mayan ceremony led by a Mayan priest to experience Mayan spirituality

  • Visit AMA’s agricultural development projects in the rural communities

  • Experience the famous religious celebration, ‘Day of the Dead’ on November 1st, visiting a local cemetery

  • Spend a night in AMA’s community center, in the most remote and highest point of the Highlands, a unique experience, harvesting corn,  taking a sunrise walk to a local viewpoint, and bathe in a medicinal Mayan sweat bath

  • Receive lectures on Mayan culture and philosophy by prominent Mayan scholars

  • Learn about the ancient art of backstrap weaving and AMA’s fairtrade textile enterprise, Pixan

  • Take a cookery class

  • Fly to the north to visit the ancient civilization of Tikal, a World Heritage Site

The trip lasts 10 days from Saturday 26th October - Tuesday 5th of November. The trip costs is $1590. This includes all in country accommodation, private transport, food, cultural activities, translation, guide, insurance, internal flights to Tikal . Flights to and from Guatemala are not included.

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Why not buy AMA”s cookbook to give you a flavour as to what’s to come?



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VCU Nurses Without Borders Annual Guatemala Trip
Jan
4
to Jan 11

VCU Nurses Without Borders Annual Guatemala Trip

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Travel to the highlands of Guatemala this winter and transform your life!

Join the annual VCU Nursing Students without Borders Club, Nursing professionals and folks interested in learning about traditional Maya health practices while supporting the development of women's health professionals in Guatemala.

The week-long journey will include exchanges with midwives, learning from traditional health care providers, visit coffee cooperative and a weaving social enterprise. Speakers on Maya healing traditions, women's health.

Cost is $1,100.00 + Airfare. Includes all entry fees, 3 meals a day, Instruction and materials. 

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Misfit Guatemala Stove Building Mission
Jul
6
to Jul 14

Misfit Guatemala Stove Building Mission

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Join this trip to build stoves and live in the mountains with the people we serve.  Our group has been going to serve these beautiful people for many years, but we are always looking for new folks to join our merry group from any part of the world.  

AMA is a program to provide behavioral health services, education and promote civic participation with women that have experienced high levels of historical trauma. Opportunities for non-builders to participate in craft projects with schools and canning projects with women.

Team leader Jeanette Kurucz.

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Stanton District VIM delegation to Guatemala
Jun
29
to Jul 6

Stanton District VIM delegation to Guatemala

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Building improved cookstoves and creating community with the Methodist Women Circles of AMA

AMA is a program to provide behavioral health services, education and promote civic participation with women that have experienced high levels of historical trauma. Opportunities for non-builders to participate in craft projects with schools and canning projects with women.

Team Leader: Marilyn Blagg

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VCU Summer Trip
Jun
7
to Jun 15

VCU Summer Trip

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Rural Development in Guatemala

The Global Education Office and the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs are pleased to offer students a service-learning field course that explores environmental issues, political-economic challenges, and sustainability concerns in the context of the developing country of Guatemala. The course involves applied work with rural communities in the Western Highlands region of the country, conducted in conjunction with the Highland Support Project (HSP), a non-governmental organization (NGO) that is active in the region. Topics and themes examined through the course include land distribution, poverty and social vulnerability, community health, indigenous rights, land degradation, household energy use, farming systems, and sustainable livelihoods.

Program Director

Dr. Avrum J. Shriar

Students will stay in hotels for three nights (one in Panajachel and two in Antigua). More information regarding housing for the nights in and around Quetzaltenango will be provided once finalized. Meals (except on the last day in-country) and accommodations will be covered while in Guatemala.

VCU Class with Credits $3,499.00 + airfare. Not interested in credit, $1,200.00 + airfare.

App Deadline: February 15th

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Midwifery & Women's Health Trip
May
18
to May 25

Midwifery & Women's Health Trip

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Weaving Maya and Western healing knowledge for improved infant maternal health.

With VCU Institute of Women's Health and the Highland Support Project.
The itinerary includes cultural, educational, service and exchange. Learn about traditional Maya midwifery practices, medicinal herbs, bone setters, spirit guides and energy healing. Trip includes visits to Lake Atitlán and Antigua.

Cost is $985.00 + Airfare.  Includes all entry fees, 3 meals a day, Instruction and materials. 

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MIDWIFERY AND WOMEN'S HEALTH
May
19
to May 26

MIDWIFERY AND WOMEN'S HEALTH

Maya midwifery practices, medicinal herbs, bone setters, spirit guides and energy healing. Trip includes visits to Lake Atitlan and Antigua. The 8-day trip is all inclusive for $985.00 plus airfare. All proceeds support training for rural health care workers.

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Spring Break Guatemala Trip
Mar
3
to Mar 10

Spring Break Guatemala Trip

We work in rural highland communities that are rarely visited by outside groups. With more than two decades of experience working in isolated regions, we are uniquely positioned to facilitate an experience in real Guatemala. 

In addition to service projects, we provide excellent speakers concerning food sovereignty, women's rights, Maya culture, and social justice.

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MIDWIFERY AND WOMEN'S HEALTH TOUR
Jul
22
to Jul 29

MIDWIFERY AND WOMEN'S HEALTH TOUR

Weaving Maya and Western healing knowledge for improved infant maternal health.

Study tour in Guatemala July 22-29.

With VCU Institute of Women's Health and the Highland Support Project.
The itinerary includes cultural, educational, service and exchange. Learn about traditional Maya midwifery practices, medicinal herbs, bone setters, spirit guides and energy healing. Trip includes visits to Lake Atitlan and Antigua. The 8-day trip is all inclusive for $985.00 plus airfare. All proceeds support training for rural health care workers.
For more information and an application visit www.womenshealth.vcu.edu. Contact Janett Forte at Janett.Forte@vcuhealth.org or Beth Collins at estoddert@vcu.edu.
For more information about partnering with Indigenous communities of the Americas explore www.highlandsupportproject.org or contact info@highlandspupportproject.org

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Pace Campus Ministry Journey of Transformation
Jul
20
to Jul 27

Pace Campus Ministry Journey of Transformation

The United Methodist Campus Ministry at VCU is organizing a mission immersion experience for Senior High and College Students.    The team will be accompanied by Rev. Jason Micheli currently serving Aldersgate UMC Alexandria and Ben Blevins of the Highland Support Project.

The purpose of the experience is to raise awareness and passion in young people for faithful service and promote best practices in Christain stewardship and reconciliation ministry.

The cost of the trip is $985.00 plus airfare.   Contact karen@highlandpartners.org for more information. 

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Ft. Apache Horse Corral Rehab
Jun
17
to Jun 24

Ft. Apache Horse Corral Rehab

Join Highland Partners and spend the week working on the White Mountain Apache reservation in Eastern Arizona.   Team members will be rehabbing the horse corrals at the famous Ft. Apache historical cavalry stables.  The long-term objective of the project is to prepare facilities for use in an Equine Therapy program.    

Depending on the number of participants, team members will stay in a historic building on the grounds of Ft. Apache and will have opportunities for a wild elk sighting trail ride around sacred Mt. Baldy.  Team members will enjoy organic produce grown from the HSP supported tribal enterprise Nedee Bikiyaa and prepared by tribal chefs. 

The Cost of the trip is $995.00.   (not including airfare)

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