Our May 26th departure date is rapidly approaching. We wanted to clarify a few details and remind you of some others. First, our flight, American FLT: 1441 leaves at 8:00 a.m. from Boston. When we mentioned 6:00 at the last meeting, we were mixing up the departure time with the meeting time. In fact, we would like to meet at the American Airlines desk (Terminal B) in Boston Logan at 5:30 am. That should give us enough time to check in and get ready. You won’t need a paper ticket, just your passport. If your parent/parents are getting up early to drop you off, please thank them profoundly and repeatedly — they are giving up their right to sleep in on Memorial Day just for you.
By the way, here is our flight itinerary which includes one stop in Miami and which brings us back to Boston on June 19th at 9:25 pm:
26 MAY 14 – MONDAY
AIR AMERICAN AIRLINES FLT:1441 ECONOMY FOOD FOR PURCHASE
LV BOSTON 800A EQP: BOEING 737-800
DEPART: TERMINAL B 03HR 30MIN
AR MIAMI INTERNTNL 1130A NON-STOP
AIR AMERICAN AIRLINES FLT:1603 ECONOMY FOOD FOR PURCHASE
LV MIAMI INTERNTNL 1240P EQP: BOEING 737-800
AR GUATEMALA CITY 120P NON-STOP
19 JUN 14 – THURSDAY
AIR AMERICAN AIRLINES FLT:2359 ECONOMY FOOD FOR PURCHASE
LV GUATEMALA CITY 1130A EQP: BOEING 737-800
AR MIAMI INTERNTNL 400P NON-STOP
AIR AMERICAN AIRLINES FLT:2412 ECONOMY FOOD FOR PURCHASE
LV MIAMI INTERNTNL 615P EQP: BOEING 757
AR BOSTON 925P NON-STOP
ARRIVE: TERMINAL B
Regarding spending money, a good rule of thumb for visiting Guatemala is to take between $100 and $150 per week you are there. You will NOT need any money for meals or travel — everything is covered in your tuition/trip fees — so you are free to bring less than that. But most travelers to Guatemala find that there are so many wonderful hand-made crafts, clothing, and truly unique artwork that they wish they had brought more money. Each week there will be an opportunity to shop at a major artisans’ market like the one in Santiago, Atitlan or in Chichicastenango and we certainly want to encourage supporting the local economy in this way. We will also meet with some fair trade artisans co-operatives where you can know exactly who is benefitting from your purchase. We will provide an opportunity for you to change money later in the afternoon on the day we arrive. Thus, you don’t need to bring any quetzals (Guatemala’s exchange unit) with you. Also, we suggest not changing at the airport as they tend to give a very low rate. Typically you can get about 7.5 quetzals per U.S. dollar.
The final calendar is still in the works but I will be posting it as soon as I have it.
See you soon,