Thanksgiving 2018: Do Something Different. With Others. For Others

This Thanksgiving we invite you to try something different and be a part of a unique week-long Learning Journey scheduled for 19-25 November, 2018. This eye-opening tour will help you learn more about ways in which SERES and our network of young community leaders are working hard to build a more resilient and sustainable future for Guatemala’s youth. 


The Thanksgiving Learning Journey has been curated to provide a rich and meaningful Thanksgiving week in Guatemala for you and your family. Together we will explore this country while learning more about the complex challenges faced by youth in the region,  getting to know the stories of inspiring young change makers who are making a difference in their communities and visiting some of their projects in Mayan villages.


Our week long trip will begin in the old colonial city of Antigua,Guatemala, a stunning World Heritage UNESCO site full of ruins, restaurants, boutiques and colorful markets. While in Antigua we will enjoy a typical Thanksgiving dinner at Caoba Farms, an organic restaurant, store and farm. As we head out on the road  we will travel through the stunning scenery of the highlands of Guatemala on our way to San Juan Comalapa where we will see some of SERES youth ambassadors in-action.

We will next stop in Tecpán and explore Iximché, the ancient capital of the  Kaqchikel Mayans. Heading northeast, we will stop in Santa Apolonia, which is well known for its handicrafts, particularly its earthenware pottery. While there we will meet a group of indigenous young women and see how they are working to address the Global Sustainable Development goals in their community.

From there we will head to Lake Atitlán. Situated in the Guatemalan Highlands of the Sierra Madre mountain range, the lake is a body of water in a massive volcanic crater ringed by steep, verdant hills, that is known for its Mayan villages and volcanoes with striking pointed cones. While there we will be welcomed by the family of Abigail Quic, SERES Sustainability Ambassador and Guatemalan Program Coordinator, at their home in San Juan la Laguna, Atitlan. We will share a meal with them, tour their home and learn more about Abigail’s vision for Guatemala’s first sustainable home.

On our way back to Antigua we will stop and walk the inspiring site of the SERES Regional Resilience Hub, and learn more about this groundbreaking project before saying goodbye to our group and heading home.

If you are interested in registering or joining our waiting list, please contact Jennifer Argueta at