10th Annual Spring Clown Trip to Guatemala City!

Spring 2020 | Guatemala City, Guatemala


Clowns on the Bus! Join us for a Spring “Break” in Guatemala City !

This is our 13th annual Alternative Spring Break and (music please!) our 10th year returning to Guatemala City! We love returning to work with our friends The Fabricas de Sonrisas (Smile Makers), a Guatemala City based humanitarian clown troupe. Over the years, we have connected with many organizations and individuals who embrace the clowns role in forming a more loving healthy society.

The trip includes several clown workshops, daily visits to engage with the community (hospitals, orphanages, nursing homes, and more), and many discussions with our group and Guatemalan friends.

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. Each year, we have a mixture of experienced clowns, and participants learning for the first time. We welcome everyone with the desire to approach care in a different way, anyone with the ability and desire to be open and connect. The group is small on purpose–20 people including staff, and we’ll spend a lot of time engaging and encouraging one another. Invite a friend or family member to go with you! 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.

Gesundheit! Institute seeks to restore people, communities, systems, and the planet to wholeness and health through laughter and loving care. Our activism promotes the values of generosity, justice, and compassion. On this trip, you can further our mission by embracing the spirit of the clown. We define clowning as “spontaneous improvisational play.”

“Clowning” as described by our esteemed colleague Dr. Carl Hammerschlag

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 6th. Leave any time on the 13th.

*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…

Colin McLaughlin– has been with Gesundheit for 6 years, from the Peruvian Amazon to Guatemala City. He is currently a clown at the St Louis Children’s Hospital, as well as a community social worker, a director and playwright, and a musician. This trip is his favorite week of the year.


Want to Participate?

**2019 Registration is CLOSED.**

1) Begin by completing the Guatemala Spring Break Registration Form & agreeing to the International Release Form. Be Prepared to make at least a $500.00 deposit to secure your place on the trip & have your passport ready.

2) If your under 18 years old please be sure to fill out the Parental Authorization Form (ONLY 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 about the trip, please email Colin McLaughlin (colindmcl@gmail.com) or call (540) 421-8964 with ANY questions you may have. Secondary contact, Charlotte (cstarocean@gmail.com) and (828)215-5956

Downloadable Forms

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


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