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Opal House 2020

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
06/19/2020 – 06/28/2020

Travel

Get outside your day-to-day bubble and experience the beauty of God's creation.

Explore

Meet new friends, explore culture, and learn learn new ways of seeing the world together.

Serve

Make a difference in the lives of at-risk children through creative arts and return home full of life.

Opal House 2020

OVERVIEW

IAA Camp Opal House is a 10-day mission trip to Guatemala to empower at-risk youth in a town on the edge of Lake Atitlan through creative arts and God’s greater story of redemption.

DATES

06/19/2020 - 06/28/2020

HIGHLIGHTS

• 2 days of team building in Antigua, Guatemala
• 5 days of teaching workshops at an art camp
• Art Show with the community
• Sightseeing
• Optional 3-day excursion to Lake Atitlan

HOSTING PARTNER

Opal House

Opal House is a refuge for the impoverished children of Guatemala. Located high in the mountains of Lake Atitlan is a 59 acre farm where peace and love exist. There the guests will receive physical, spiritual and educational nourishment. The children will be served in their native culture, customs and language.  Medical and surgical services will be provided to the local community.

CAMP LOCATION

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

TEAM LEADER

David Lee is Director of I AM ART, and has led over 12 trips to Guatemala with Athentikos since 2015. He’s a graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, TN who began playing music after watching old-timers playing the blues on the front porch as a child in Mississippi. I Am Art allows David to combine his passion for creativity with his desire to help other people.
David Lee
Director of I Am Art

TEAM MEMBER ROLES

There’s a place for everyone on the team, no matter your skill level or experience.

  • Workshop Leaders
  • Workshop Assistants
  • Logistics Coordinators
  • Storytellers / Blog writers
  • Photo/Video Crew
  • Social Media

You don’t have to be a professional creative. you just need to want to make a difference through creativity.

SCHEDULE

TRAINING

We’ll equip you with everything you need to impact lives through creative arts, including how to:

• Guide youth to explore their story through creative arts

• Understand the cultural and spiritual context of the trip

• Collaborate with like-minded creatives from all over the world

• Empower through story and creative arts

• Raise funds using our media and crowd-funding platform

• Promoting your trip through strategic social media

• Preparing lesson plans for a 5 day workshop using our curriculum guide

• Research and produce inspirational stories

• Select gear for international production

• Pack strategically for a short-term vision trip

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

Reflect on your journey before you return home.

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Three-day reflection & cultural excursion: Spend three days reflecting and exploring one of the most beautiful places on earth. Lake Atitlan is a large, crystal blue lake surrounded by three volcanoes, and only three hours from Guatemala City. Step back in time as you explore the culture of quaint villages surrounding the lake. Savor delicious local cuisine at the waterfront as the sun slips behind the volcanos. Renew and rest your soul at Casa del Mundo, a cliffside hotel only accessible by boat. If you have the margin, we highly recommend the optional Lake Atitlan excursion.

Cost:

$300

Includes:

Transportation, Lodging, Meals & Tours

Fundraising

You don’t have to pay for anything out of pocket. We help you raise support as a 501c3 nonprofit.

TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS

Athentikos is a 501c3 nonprofit and can accept tax-deductible donations on your behalf. In addition, all I AM ART team members are offered a personal crowd-funding campaign similar to Kickstarter through our web site. We’ll coach you through the fundraising process and provide the resources you need to communicate your opportunity to grow and serve, including our films about Guatemala.
Every team member who has wanted to join an I AM ART trip has been able to raise funding to cover costs. You do not have to pay for the trip out of your pocket. If you have questions, please contact us.

Example of Fundraising campaign.
Connect Fundraising Campaign Example

Use the award-winning Athentikos documentary for fundraising.

COST EXPLANATION

TOTAL COST = REGISTRATION FEE + TEAM FEE + AIRFARE

We break out the total cost into three installments. Your fundraising can cover everything.

Early Registration

$100

Deadline

05/01/2020

Team Fee

$1400

DUE ON

04/01/2020

COVERS:

In-country transportation, lodging, all meals, operational expenses, some art materials, team supplies, training and scholarships for local artists.

Average Airfare

$700

DUE ON

05/01/2020

Destination Airport

Guatemala City

Airfare varies depending on your departure city. People can donate airline miles to your trip and reduce your airfare cost … even make it free!

Optional excursion

$300

DUE ON

05/01/2020

COVERS:

Transportation, lodging, all meals, and tours.

Team members are responsible for:

• Personal Spending Money
• Some materials
• Background Check (as low as $30)

REGISTRATION FORM