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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