Alternative Spring Break to Guatemala City

March 3-10th, 2018 | Guatemala City, Guatemala


Clowns on the Bus! Join us for a Spring “Break” in Guatemala City March 3—10, 2018!

The Guatemala City Alternative Spring Break is a very special trip, now in it’s 11th year. We love returning to work with our friends the Fabrica de Sunrises (Smile Makers) and we have developed relationships with many caring people and organizations over the last 11 years.

We will have clown workshops, daily visits to engage with the community, and spend lots of time in discussion with our group and Guatemalan friends over meals and on the bus.

Who’s invited to attend? You! You’re invited. This trip is a great way to begin clowning or to expand your clown and community. We welcome everyone with the desire to approach care in a different way. We’ll be a group of 20 or so, and we’ll spend a lot of time together as a group engaging and encouraging one another. Invite a friend or family member to go with you! On several trips we have had 3 generations travel together! We will have brand new clowns and clowns with different experiences and we will be a joy-bringing community together.

*You need NOT be in a medical field to attend (or to be a care-giver). No clown experience necessary. Required: willingness to be loving and engaged with others 🙂

To be a clown is to allow yourself to walk through the limitations of your “normal” identity…what will happen for you when you do this? Becoming a clown, even for a short time, can allow you to choose how others see you– as joyful, fun, funny, loving…and by doing this you can turn that lens back on yourself.  This work and play can transform your self- and world-view. It is uplifting to be a part of this experience with a group. 

Please join us for a heart-expanding trip!



We will live together in a small family-run hotel, the Museo Inn Posada Belen, where we will take meals together around a long table and have time to discuss our experiences.

The day-to-day itinerary of the trip will not be available from the Fabrica de Sonrisas coordination team until closer to March, but this is what a typical day looks like:

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Travel by bus to clown at hospital, orphanage, or nursing home
  • Lunch at the hotel
  • Travel by bus to another clown visit
  • Dinner at the hotel
  • After dinner group activity


General Information

Cost – $1550

The payment package includes: 

  • Beautiful family-run hotel reserved just for us
  • 3 meals a day
  • Transportation to and from the airport
  • Private transportation in the city

Please arrive before dinner Saturday the 3rd. Leave any time on the 10th.

*The tour package does not include your flight to and from Guatemala City 


Patch Adams — entered medical school in 1967 to use medicine as a vehicle for social change; promotes and practices living a life of public joy as a revolutionary act; fount of ideas for avoiding burn-out in long-term social justice and health. Enthusiator.

Charlotte Huggins — enjoys clowning, group facilitation, transpersonal ecopsychology, swimming, writing, painting, playing, singing, listening, playing ukulele, laughing, making characters, face paint, color, learning, our planet, collaboration, making things, reading, discovery, stories, plants, flowers, learning, acro yoga, and other things…


Want to Participate?

1) Begin by completing the Guatemala Spring Break Registration Form.

2) Fill out the Electronic International RELEASE FORM or the PDF version to send by mail. (Don’t forget the Parental Authorization Form if Under 18)

3) The Trip Coordinator will be in touch with you for any additional information, concerns, or questions.

Passports: No visa is required. Passports can be expedited by your local post office. Please bring two color photocopies of your passport with you.

Vaccinations: Please talk to your doctor about the recommended vaccinations for travel to Guatemala. We will not be in any areas of the country where Malaria is a possibility.

Contact: If you would like more information for the week please email Charlotte or call her at (828) 215-5956 with ANY questions you may have.

Downloadable Forms

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Parental Authorization for International Travel 26 KB
Gesundheit Institute Internation Release Form 24.5 KB


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