Trips – Ryerson University

Healthy Bodies, Active Minds: Nutritional Education for Youth Development


Cost: $1450 CAD + Flight Costs
Departure City: Any
Departure Date:
May 1, 2020
Return Date:
May 10, 2020
May 1 - 10, 2020

Las Arrugas & Bolonco, Guatemala

Cost: $1450 CAD + Flights
Participation fee includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals, and 24/7 in-country support

Trip Overview:

In Guatemala nearly 70% of Mayan children face chronic malnutrition, which is one of the highest rates of malnutrition in the world. 
During this trip we will be visiting the indigenous communities of Bolonco and Las Arrugas, where SOS has previously funded the construction of two school kitchens, to support nutritional education and health promotion for local students.

Itinerary Highlights:
  • Meet with nutritional experts to understand the challenges and opportunities related to diet and nutrition in the region
  • Support coordination of Nutritional and Fitness Assessments for youth and deliver educational workshops
  • Work with local youth to plan and prepare meals, while participating in cross-cultural dialogues on the topics of food, nutrition, and fitness.
  • Support the planting and cultivation of school orchards to increase food security

This trip is ideal for those interested in global health, nutrition, student wellness, food security, and community development.

Community Profile:

Las Arrugas and Bolonco are small rural villages located in the Alta Verapaz department of Guatemala. The population is predominantly Indigenous and have faced many years of poverty, marginalization and violence leading to several development challenges. One of the main concerns in this region is the significant disparities in social well-being and malnutrition among children. This has lead to negative impacts on school participation and learning outcomes within these communities. SOS has held previous outreach trips in these communities and hopes to continue to build on progress made improving the lives and well being of the local people here.

Who We Work With

SOS works exclusively with registered non governmental organizations (NGOs) in every country we work in to not only ensure the efficiency of our projects, but to ensure our volunteers have the best experience.

Partner NGO Profile:

Semillas de Innovation para Desarrollo Sostenable (SIDS) This project is being implemented in collaboration with Semillas de Innovation para Desarrollo Sostenable (SIDS); a not-for-profit community organization supporting innovation and sustainable development throughout Guatemala. SIDS and SOS have worked together since 2012 on 18 education-based projects throughout Guatemala. Husband and wife Edil and Sheily created SIDS after completing the SEED Scholarship program, funded by USAID, providing opportunities for advanced education among rural community leaders throughout Guatemala.

What's Included?

SOS volunteers sleep in available community structures (classrooms, community centers, churches), and live as close to the conditions of the community as possible.

SOS works directly with Flight Centre to process all volunteers' Outreach Trip logistics from your travel insurance to your in country needs like clean drinking water and accommodations!

Three meals a day plus clean drinking water and snacks! Meals will consist of rice, beans, tortillas, and fruit/vegetables. Soups, stews, and pasta dishes are common as well. Most dietary restrictions and allergies can accommodated.

SOS works exclusively with registered non governmental organizations in every community to ensure our volunteers have the best experience possible.