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Un2OthersSpring Break in Guatemala

Service - Learning in Guatemala Building Bottle Schools with Hug It Forward

Bottle schools are constructed using the tried and tested method of post and beam construction, with sturdy foundations, columns, and beams made of concrete reinforced with iron rebar. The component that gives bottle schools their name and makes them environmentally-friendly is the use of “eco-bricks” in place of cinder blocks or bricks. “Eco-bricks” are plastic bottles densely packed with inorganic trash (for example, plastic bags, chip packets, and polystyrene). Community members gather the trash and stuffs the eco-bricks to begin the construction process. Masons then sandwich the eco-bricks between chicken wire and cover them with cement to form the walls of the new bottle school.

Host Organization

Dates: Summer- July 3-9, 2017
Winter Break- Dec 8-17, 2017

Cost: $2750.00
Non-Refundable Deposit: $400.00 Due May 15, 2017
Final Payment Due Date: June 15, 2017

Winter Break Non-Refundable Deposit Due: Sept. 15, 2017
Winter Break Final Payment Due Date: Oct. 20, 2017


Host Organization

Hug It Forward is a grassroots organization that promotes education and raises environmental awareness by empowering communities in Guatemala to build bottle schools: schools
constructed using “eco-bricks” (plastic bottles stuffed with inorganic trash) in place of cinder blocks.

By building bottles schools, entire communities work together to build a more sustainable educational infrastructure for their future. In the past five years since its founding, Hug It Forward has built 48 bottle schools (as of November 2014).

Bottle School Building

Young Boys

Young Girls

Eligibility Requirements

•College Students
•World Travelers
•Lifelong Learners
•Volunteers at Heart
•All Are Welcome

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What's Included:

  • Personalized Pre-Departure      Orientation
  • Bottle School Building, Cultural
    Activities, and Field Trips
  • Language Translators
  • Visa & Immigration Advising
  • 24/7 On-Site Staff Support & Emergency Assistance
  • All Meals with a Private Chef
  • Registration
  • Travel Medical Insurance
  • T-shirts
  • Cultural Engagement
  • Airport Pick-up
  • Welcome & Farewell Dinners
  • Hug It Forward Services and   Amenities
  • On-site Orientation
  • Centrally Located Housing
  • Overnight Excursions in Antigua, Guatemala
  • City Tour
  • Transportation


UN2OTHERS offers service-learning via international community service or mission journeys.