Next Step Travel Trips: Adventure, Learning, “Good Food, Good Company”
By Kelly Reid on Wednesday, July 10th, 2013
Tortilla making, coffee grinding, humanitarian service, and the potential to make amazing new friends — could a trip get any better than that? Each of these experiences and more are available through The National Peace Corps Association’s Next Step Travel Program, which features small group travel (up to 20), hands-on service projects, educational programs and a close-up view of the impact of volunteer service in Guatemala and the Dominican Republic (Oh and of course there is some time for marimba dancing, too!).
The first several groups of Next Step Travelers have returned, and their accounts of adventure and service while abroad speak volumes of the attributes of this program. One Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV), Patricia Wand, had this to say about her time with Next Step Travel:
What an enriching and stimulating tour! We’ve just completed our first week and feel like we are getting a good idea of Guatemalan life. The schedule is perfect; enough time for service, enough time to tour villages, enough time to soak in the Georgina hot springs, enough time to dance to marimba music, enough time with spinners and weavers, enough time to interact with each other, enough time to sleep. Good food, good company, good Spanish practice.
“At this point we are delighted with what we accomplished and the teachers pleased with what we have left them,” another RPCV, Janet Grieg (India 1966-68), says in regards to the progress her small group made while in Guatemala, “Not only teaching aids – but a wonderful sense of shared purpose for us all.”
But, hey, don’t take our word for it. Even national media sources have praised the Next Step Travel Program. Check out this article that ran in the Chicago Tribune!
If serving with one of Next Step Travel’s small group, hands-on service trips seems like an adventure you may be interested in undertaking, slots are still available for upcoming trips! Click here to learn more about future Next Step Travel opportunities and take your first step towards Next Step!
Also, make sure to head over to Next Step Travel on Facebook to see more photos, posts, and past members of the program. View the Guatemala group page here, and the page for the Dominican Republic here.