Thank you for your interest in Walden University’s Public Service Program to Guatemala, March 25- April 2, 2017. The total program cost is $2,040 per person in shared rooms.

To qualify for a $250 Walden scholarship, you must be one of the first 10 people to fill out the registration form AND pay the deposit before Dec. 1st. You should pay the deposit when you register to have the best odds at receiving the scholarship, as it is possible that the scholarships spaces will be filled before Dec. 1st. With the scholarship, the total cost is $1790 in shared rooms.

**Note: As of 1.17.17 the program is full.

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Volunteer Opportunities- based on availability

Option A: Teaching at a local school:
WU learners who select this option will have the opportunity to work with the local school children, offering classes such as English, IT, environmental education.

Option B: Family Aid:
WU learners who select this option will work with a local organization that assists families with improving their living conditions. The local organization has a soup kitchen for children from poor neighborhoods twice a week. They also provide extra education (for example, in English, art, recreational activities). Services that the local organization provides in cooperation with volunteers has included fixing a latrine, building wooden stairs to reach the latrine, building a chicken coop, helping to establish a garden using tires, etc. Service work may include activities such as making a floor (if the house has dirt floor), building chicken coops, or installing lights.

Option C: AWARE:
This project strives to help street dogs and cats find a better home. Street dogs and cats are a rampant problem in Guatemala, and many times these animals suffer from cruelty from humans, diseases, food deprivation, and abuse. AWARE rescues these animals, heals them, neuters them, and they are put up for adoption. AWARE is in needs of assistance to help feed the animals, help in veterinary procedures, build cages, and maintain the facilities. They are sustained through donations and volunteer work.

Option D: Playground:
WU learners who select this option will help build a playground out of tires and wood in a low-income school or community center. Participants that are familiar with carpentry and or building will be chosen to help lead the team.

The following two steps are required to guarantee your spot:

1) Please fill out this registration link.

2) You will be redirected to this page after registering. You can also click the link to the payment page to make future payments.

Please note the payment due dates:

December 1, 2016 — $300 deposit due to AEA to be eligible for a $250 scholarship (first 10 to apply)
December 10, 2016 — $250 scholarships are awarded to the first 12 people to pay their deposits and register
January 1, 2017 — $300 deposit due for those not receiving scholarships
January 15, 2017 — $870 second payment due for everyone
February 15, 2017 — Final $870 due for those not receiving scholarships
February 15, 2017 — Final $620 for those who received scholarships

A single room can be supplied for $500 extra and must be paid at least 35 days before departure (based on availability). Pay here.

If you are one of the first 10 to register, you may pay the full amount, $1,790 all at once if you like.

Everyone else may pay the full amount without the scholarship, $2,040, through this link.

** You will save $50 if you pay all at once by check. Please email us in advance if you plan to do so.

Please note the below refund/ cancellation policy:

All deposits paid by scholarship awardees prior to December 10, 2016, will be 100% refundable up until that date
Between December 10-31, 2016, the deposit for scholarship awardees will not be refunded

On Dec. 15, 2016, all applicants who are not selected for the program will be refunded their deposits

Between Jan 15-31, 2017, the deposit and 30% of the second payment will not be refundable
Between Feb 15-10, 2017, the deposit and 75% of the second payment will not be refundable
Between Feb 22, 2017 and your departure to Panama, there will be no refunds

***By paying for this program, you accept the following terms***

The liability of AEA is limited subject to AEA’s insurance policy limits. Services provided in connection with our itineraries are rendered by suppliers acting as independent contractors and agents of AEA. Each party agrees to be responsible and assume liability for its own wrongful or negligent acts or omissions, or those of its officers, agents, or employees to the full extent allowed by law. It is understood and agreed that nothing in this agreement will be construed as an express or implied waiver by Client of its governmental immunity or governmental immunity.

AEA acts only as an agent for services provided. Because of unforeseen changes in the transportation schedule, the land portion of the program may be occasionally extended or curtailed. AEA cannot be held responsible for such changes. The number of days indicated in the itinerary starts with the day of scheduled departure and ends with the scheduled return arrival day, irrespective of the hour of departure or return, and may vary due to transportation schedule changes. AEA reserves the right to accept or to retain anyone as a passenger on the program. Unused portions of the itinerary are not refundable. Full or partial payment for reservation, constitutes an agreement to all the provisions and conditions on the part of the passenger, all land and air costs and conditions and thereof are those in effect and they are subject to changes at any time. Dates and schedule subject to changes.

AEA shall not be held liable for cancellations or disturbances in connection with services, which are arranged only as external services outside of the contract and offer made. (e.g. sporting events, theater performances, exhibitions etc.)

AEA and its employees will do everything possible to ensure a reliable program in a timely manner. However, our liability for any damages caused solely by agents charged by us to perform the services requested by you shall be limited to the limits of AEA’s insurance policy. In any instance where service is interrupted, cancelled or changed beyond AEA’s control, including flooding, high rivers, heavy rains or national disasters, AEA and its partners will do their best to substitute or replace the service at limited or no extra cost, depending on the details at that time. Substitutions or replacements, however, cannot be guaranteed.

We are following the Zika virus closely, and recommend reading this article from Jan. 30, 2016:

“Travel doctor Mark Wise, who has published two books about travel health, says it’s still too difficult to tell how big a risk Zika is because there is not enough information available.” For the time being, the risk is still considered low,” said Wise.


But the people who could be most adversely affected by an infection are pregnant women, women who are thinking of becoming pregnant, or women who could become pregnant.

‘For the vast majority of people who aren’t pregnant or planning on getting pregnant, it’s thankfully a fairly mild, self-limited infection.’

Wise has simple advice for this group [those planning to get pregnant]: “It’s pretty straightforward: don’t go to the countries that are reporting Zika virus,” he said.

For the rest of the population, the risk is low.

“It really shouldn’t concern the majority of people travelling,” said Wise. “Nothing’s really changed — we just have a third, milder virus,” said Wise, citing dengue fever and chikungunya, similar mosquito-borne viruses long found in the region.


If you are concerned that Zika could escalate, it might be worth considering buying trip cancellation insurance through Trip Mate, Travel Guard or World Nomads, for example. Read the policies carefully to make sure they contain what you need. Not all policies allow cancellation for outbreaks or cancellation for any reason. Expect to spend $100-$200 for a policy.

Thank you, and please let us know if you have any questions.

The AEA Team




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