Our annual immersion trips are planned to give volunteers a first hand experience with survivors of trafficking, working directly at shelters populated by rescued and at-risk youth. Each year’s group will be helping to strengthen the work being done by that specific global branch of our Bloom ProgramTM, an initiative to educate and empower these young women and turn them from survivors to THRIVERS. Fundraising done by the attendees will be used to supplement and sustain the program.
Attendees use their time in the area to complete much-needed service projects around the facility, so they can truly be “Love in Action”. They will also get to interact with the survivors and their families, and talk with the staff that deals with the day to day challenges.
Guatemala - April 5-10, 2019
The group will close at 14 attendees and the trip will run from Friday, April 5th to Wednesday April 10th, which includes travel days. Costs will cover all meals, shuttles, and double occupancy accommodations*, as well as a donation of supplies and funds to continue to support the Bloom ProgramTM at our Latin American affiliate.
Attendees are responsible for their own airfare, though we will make sure to share all travel arrangements for the team so attendees can try to travel together when possible.
The cost per person will be $1985, with a nonrefundable deposit of $385 due upon registration to confirm your spot.
After reserving your position on the trip, at least half of the remainder, $800.00, will be due by January 15th, 2019**. The final payment will be arranged at some point before the group departs.
In order to strengthen the Guatemalan Bloom ProgramTM, attendees must fund raise at least $2,000 ($1000 for students) on top of event costs***. In order to help with this, we are providing you with your own personal fundraising page, which can be shared via social media and email. You must be registered to attend before you can begin fundraising. These funds are required to attend and so anything not raised will be charged to the participant.
We are also challenging every attendee to collect a duffle bag of donations to bring with them, in addition to their luggage. Once you are registered, you will be contacted with more specific, additional information.
*If you would like to book a single room, there is an additional fee of $275 per person.
**If you make any additional payments beyond the deposit and have to cancel after January 15th, all efforts will be made to fill your spot. In that event, and at your request, we will refund anything on top of the $350 deposit.
***If the $2,000 goal is not met or the registrant does not attend the trip for any other reason, donated funds are not refundable, and will instead be directed towards the Bloom ProgramTM as planned.
If you have any questions about registering and/or donating, please contact us at info@DurgaTreeInternational.org
We sincerely thank you for your support.