This March, Play360 (www.play360.org) is offering an exciting 8-day service learning program to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Experience Guatemala’s people and culture in a meaningful way as our team works with the local community to build a school playground. As we engage with the local culture and community, you will play an essential role in furthering Play360’s mission of training organizations to build low-cost, sustainable playgrounds in order to improve education in the developing world. The unique playgrounds designed by Play360 are colorful, dynamic, and interactive. Play360 playgrounds provide opportunities for:
The 9-day service learning program consists of five days of playground construction and teacher training. Remaining days will be spent touring the wonderful sites of Guatemala: visiting hot springs, exploring Mayan villages, ziplining and hiking in the Atitlan Nature Reserve, and visiting the colonial town of Antigua (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).
A unique experience to step away from the comfort of your everyday life, you will broaden your perspective, learn about a different culture, and be of service in a meaningful way. You will contribute your skills and talents to help create positive, tangible change in an impoverished community. As an active participant in this team experience, you will learn and reflect with the group on the experience’s challenges and rewards. Your service in Guatemala will be a transformative experience that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
This journey begins at home - before you travel to Guatemala - with your fundraising efforts, and continues even after you return as you share the story of your experience with your community. Each participant on a Play360 service learning program is responsible for paying the program fee ($1,500). The program fee covers your accommodations, food, in-country transportation, and park fees. The fee does not cover your international airfare; you are responsible for these costs.
Additionally, each participant commits to fundraising at least $1,000 to cover the costs of building the playground and to support the continued work of Play360 and subsequent playground builds in Guatemala and beyond. We will support your fundraising efforts by setting up a fundraising website for you and by providing you with fundraising ideas and information about Play360. You will share our mission with your community and give family and friends the opportunity to contribute to this exciting project.
About Play360 (www.play360.org)
Who we are: Play360 is a nonprofit that trains local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in developing countries to build low-cost educational playgrounds to improve learning environments.
What we do: To promote the value of free play in child development, our playgrounds provide large hands-on learning equipment; small-scale learning resources; and, a matching curriculum and training for teachers. Using an asset-based approach, we help NGOs look to their own communities for resources – local materials (like recycled tires), local tools, and local skills. Similar to organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Play360 encourages NGOs to ask for investment by parents and community volunteers in the form of sweat equity.