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Guatemala – July 10-17, 2017  

$1,800.00

Co-educational trip for students in grades 8-12

Our student leaders travel to Guatemala City from Milwaukee to serve primary school children in a mountain village and cognitively and physically disabled orphans in the Antigua, Guatemala area. 

Each day our student servant leaders engage in various activities that are needed in schools, neighborhoods, and orphanages. Examples of volunteer activities are: tutoring, painting, cleaning, field trips for youth, serving/delivering meals to the hungry, recreation, music, arts and crafts. Each night is filled with group reflection, speakers, and team building, and leadership training.

Guatemala Experience

July 10-17, 2017

TIKAL ADVENTURE ADDED!

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Our student leaders travel to Guatemala City from Milwaukee to serve primary school children in a mountain village and cognitively and physically disabled orphans in the Antigua, Guatemala area.

Each day our student servant leaders engage in various activities that are needed in schools, neighborhoods, and orphanages. Examples of volunteer activities are: tutoring, painting, cleaning, field trips for youth, serving/delivering meals to the hungry, recreation, music, arts and crafts. Each night is filled with group reflection, speakers, and team building, and leadership training.

The backbone of the Pivotal Directions experience is the “CLASS Act” curriculum

Character – The student will learn to recognize that strong character shapes how a person acts, reacts, and takes responsibility.

Leadership – The students will learn to define different styles of leadership.

Action and Assessment – The student will learn to take action and assess their progress.

Study – Model habits of successful servant leaders and social entrepreneurs.

Service – The ability to serve others strengthens the student’s ability to lead.

This develops… Human Dignity, Self-Awareness, Global Awareness, Goal Setting, and Character

$1800 International Program Fee

​(not including airfare)

All in-country costs for 7/8 days including: lodging, food, ground transportation, (additional flight to Tikal in Guatemala included in program fee) activities, travel insurance (most personal insurance is limited outside of the US), service projects, park entry fees, tours, t-shirt, donation to partnering agencies, tips, pre-trip and in-country leadership training, curriculum, mentoring, photo memories, and of course, the most valuable… an eye-opening, lifetime experience. Not included: Journal, travel day snacks and food in airports, vaccines, spending money for additional snacks, mementos, optional donations to any agency we serve at (groceries, medical supplies, athletic gear, books, etc.)

Volunteers may request a letter of recommendation or reference for future college admissions, scholarships, or job reference.

In 2017, each new student will receive a copy of the award-winning book, “The Pivotal Life: A Compass for Discovering Purpose, Passion & Perspective”. Written by the founder of Pivotal Directions. Author and trip leader, Jeff Wenzler, will utilize themes and reflection questions from his book in discussion on the trips with the students as they develop their own unique compass to live a life as a servant leader. 

Guatemala Sample Itinerary  

Day 1  Travel Day  

Arrive in Guatemala City. Settle into lodging at hostel. Evening welcome by Guatemalan hosts.

Day 2 Orphanage/School 

Visit the market and foot tour of La Antigua and Orphanage

Day 3 – Orphanage/School

Evening leadership training and reflection.

Day 4 – Orphanage/School

Evening leadership training and reflection.

Day 5 – Orphanage/School

Evening leadership training and reflection.

Day 6/7 – Trip to Tikal, the largest ancient Mayan civilization in the world. Hike the temples. 

Students will process the week, present peer awards, and learn how to translate the week’s experiences into their daily lives back home. 

Day 8 Travel Day. 

Return home with a new perspective.

Leadership Training and Reflection

Each day has a servant leadership theme that is discussed in the evening

during large group presentations and processed in small group reflection. Journaling experiences. 

Critical reflection is a necessary component of servant leadership.

For students wanting more Pivotal Directions hopes participating students will take advantage of opportunities to be servant leaders in their own backyard. Pivotal Leadership will encourage student leaders to put their passion for serving others to work through service locally and helping out at our middle camp July 31 – August 4.  

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