Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Appropriate Technology Collaborative--Volunteer Travel Opportunities 2013:

Volunteer Travel Opportunities 2013:

We are pleased to offer the opportunity to work on solar power, natural building techniques and to learn about solar power in Guatemala in 2013.  In addition to several student travel projects we have opportunities for everyone to work with us in Guatemala.

The opportunities are:

March 9 – 17, Solar Power and Natural Building on Lake Atitlan  (Filling fast, reserve your space now, contact:info@apptechdesign.org and include the words Volunteer Travel in the subject line)

August 3 – 11, Design and Natural Building on Lake Atitlan

August 11 - 18, Circuits and Solar for Nonprofits and NGOs  (if you travel Aug 3rd you can extend your trip)

Itinerary for March Solar Power and Natural Building Trip:

Location:  Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

March 9 - 17, 2013

Come join The Appropriate Technology Collaborative for the experience of a lifetime. This trip will focus on installing solar power at a small school and learning natural building practices on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.  Recent participants report ATC volunteer work projects as “life changing” and “the best vacation we ever had”.  (Note:  we promise hard work but most people call it fun)  While most tourists never experience Guatemala up close you will work hand-in-hand with local talent and gain insight into an indigenous American culture.  Many local ATC staff speak the local languages Kachiquel and K’iche’.

The personal rewards from this experience in a majority indigenous Mayan region are incalculable. Your perspective on life and the world around you will be changed. We will start the project with a walking tour of historic Antigua, a World Heritage site to get our bearings in time, history and space, and we will end with a tour of the ancient Mayan city Iximche.    If you are game for hard work, hikes in the mountains and making new friends, this trip is for you. Some ATC volunteers from our February 2012 trip will be returning in March 2013.  We suggest you contact us soon at:
info@apptechdesign.org, please include in the subject line “Travel March 2013”.

About Guatemala:
Guatemala is located in Central America. It borders the North Pacific Ocean, between El Salvador and Mexico, and the Caribbean Sea between Honduras and Belize. Guatemala is rich in natural beauty and travel opportunities; it's a country that offers much to those willing to step off the beaten track for a little while.

Antigua Guatemala is often regarded as the traveler’s hub, a picture-perfect Central American town ringed by volcanoes. La Antigua is a great place to learn Guatemalan history or simply sip some coffee in a street-side cafe and watch the world go by.

Lake Atitlan (or Lago de Atitl├ín) where our project is located is another frequent stop on any visitor’s itinerary. Lake Atitlan is a volcano-rimmed lake considered by many world travelers to be one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Guatemala is small with an estimated population of 13 million. It hosts a tropical climate along the lower elevations and cooler weather in the mountains where our project is located. The country is full of rich indigenous culture and Spanish traditions. However, Guatemala also has a nearly 80 percent poverty rate.

Itinerary:  (note: subject to change due to local conditions)
Day 1 March 9, 2013:  Greeted at the airport by ATC Guatemala staff, shuttle to your hotel / hostel in Antigua.

Day 2 (Sunday): AM, Breakfast then a walking tour of Antigua with local historian Elizabeth Bell or her staff;  travel to Santa Cruz, Lake Atitlan; dinner at our hostel / hotel.

Days 3-7 (Work days, Monday-Friday): Breakfast served at 8:00 AM before traveling by boat to work sites; work from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. with lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; supper served family style; time for team activities, learning about solar power and free time.

Day 8 (Saturday): Travel to Mayan Ruins at Iximche; travel to Antigua; free time; walking tour of the Antigua Market (optional) overnight in Antigua.

Day 9 (Final day, Sunday March 17, 2013): Departure day.

Note: Trip includes special events throughout the week, including cultural experiences visits to local NGOs, market tours, boat rides, etc..  All food and travel is covered in the Program Cost.  Beverages other than coffee or tea at breakfast and safe drinking water all day are not covered in the Program.

Hotels / Hostels include double- or triple-occupancy rooms and are simple and basic and typically located near the project site. Guatemala’s climate can be hot during the day and cool at night. Hot water is provided but, based on experience, will probably not work all of the time.  Hotel rooms will be cleaned and maintained daily.  Lake Atitlan is at an altitude over 5,000 feet so mosquitoes are rare.  If you are staying in a Hostel room please check your valuables with ATC staff or the Hostel desk.

Program cost: (airfare not included)
US $1,250.00  Based on Double Occupancy, Hotel Room

US $1,350.00 Based on Single Occupancy, Hotel Room

US $1,100.00  Based on staying in Hostel / Dorm Room style

Air travel to and from Guatemala is not provided.  Payments to The Appropriate Technology Collaborative and for air travel associated with our work in Latin America are tax deductible per U.S. IRS Code.  See IRS Publication 526.  We recommend you contact a tax professional.

Take the ATC World Design Challenge:
The Appropriate Technology Collaborative is challenging travel volunteers to make an even greater impact on poverty. We are asking all ATC teams to help us raise an additional $10,000 in 2013 to support ATC’s projects in Latin America. Take the challenge – ask for details on the trip or contact us – info@apptechdesign.org, Subject “Travel Team Challenge”.

Team leaders:
John Barrie and Colleen Connor Barrie are from Ann Arbor Michigan. John is the founder of The Appropriate Technology Collaborative, he is an Architect and Industrial Designer.  John works about 25% of the time in Guatemala and Nicaragua. Colleen has been on several volunteer trips to Guatemala. She has studied Spanish in Guatemala and Ca’ceres Spain.   Contact:  john@apptechdesign or info@apptechdesign

The Appropriate Technology Collaborative

The Appropriate Technology Collaborative designs, develops demonstrates and distributes new technologies that improve the quality of life for the world’s poorest people.  We have several projects currently in development including low cost medical diagnostic tools, very low cost solar lighting, wind turbines made from local fabric and a solar coffee dryer!

If you would like to help us please email john@apptechdesign.org
Donations  ATC Donations Link
The Appropriate Technology Collaborative is a not for profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  Your donations keep our programs going.  Thank you!
The Appropriate Technology Collaborative is a not for profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  Your donations keep our programs going.  Thank you!

More Information: 

Tina Watson's Travel Blog

ATC Flickr Photo Set

John Barrie

Executive Director
The Appropriate Technology Collaborative
3796 Plaza Drive, Suite 1E
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
ph:   734.668.4811

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