Since 2013, HW Go! Digital Storytelling Adventures has been taking students to countries recovering from conflict to make short video documentaries and photo series. We have traveled to Laos, Rwanda, Cuba, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Mexico. Our films have been screened in film festivals worldwide and won awards. Join us this summer on a meaningful discovery of Guatemala, exploring the intersection of nature, European colonialism, ancient wisdom and modern education of a fascinating people. Combining cultural awareness, adventure travel, insider’s access to social enterprise, natural landscapes and analytical reflection, this one-of-a-kind Digital Storytelling Adventure empowers students to explore a hidden gem of the Americas. Our social entrepreneurship lens focuses on a chocolate famers collective and the education of young Guatemalan women, fostering the “Girl Effect” recognized by our in-country partners.
Our study of civilized society in Guatemala invites project-based inquiry of the Maya culture which pre-dates the birth of Christ emerging into prosperity of contemporary life. It is testament to the Maya core belief that significant populations retain their unique perspective, weathering centuries of influence from Spanish conquest, U.S. Cold-War disruptions, civil war and the immense pressure to abandon their traditional faith. Through a comprehensive itinerary balancing active learning with quiet reflection, students are encouraged to perceive the Guatemalan people through a lens of compassion. Ultimately, the synthesis of historical curriculum, conscious tourism, and cultural exchange provide a framework for applying the lessons of the past upon the geopolitical conflicts of today.
The teaching team consists of filmmaker and HW teacher Cheri Gaulke, filmmaker and educator Jackson Kroopf, and history teacher and founder of Peace Works Travel Alethea Paradis. Pre- and post-trip instruction gives students the skills necessary to create their own digital story (video, blog, photo essay, etc.). Collaborative projects (particularly in video) are encouraged. To support this effort, instruction includes a history lecture, video and photo workshops, writing assignments, editing and work sessions. Attendance at all workshops is mandatory. The work will culminate with a final public presentation for family and friends on July 20, 2018.
Overview of dates – Pre-trip workshops at HW: July 2-3, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; Trip to Guatemala: July 5-14; Post-trip workshops at HW: July 16-19, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; Public presentation: July 20, 4:00 pm.
$4770.00 Price Includes:
- Accommodations and all meals
- Professional educator supervision and instruction (4 chaperones per 12 students)
- Digital Storytelling Instruction (before, during and after trip)
- A showcase of student work for family and friends
- Travel insurance
- Service-Learning project donations
- Entrance fees, performances, program workshops & excursions
- History curriculum
- 24/7 local and international support
- Private transportation by A/C coach
- English speaking guidance
- Water & First Aid
- Gratuities for Host Manager/ tour guides/ drivers
- International airfare
Sign-up process: This is a two-part process. First, go to the student portal at hw.com and search under Trips 2018-19. Student and parent must register. Your student account will be billed. After registering at HW, proceed to the Peace Works Travel website for the second step of registering. http://programs.peaceworkstravel.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=14027
PREREQUISITES: HW Students Only