Intercultural Encounters is a program that designs and facilitates experiences of encounter, reflection, dialogue, and mutual service between people of the United States and Canada with Central American communities in search of a more just, tolerant and equitable world.

We host three types of groups:

  • Immersion Seminars:

Groups come for an intensive study on a certain topic such as migration, environment, religion and spirituality, or gender. During the time in Central America, the participants have the opportunity to talk with local specialists who provide serious and up-to-date information to the group about the local context. This way the groups have a framework to facilitate their discussions and reflections.


  • Immersion-Work Groups:

Groups can combine a time of study of a certain topic with a work experience where they participate in mutual learning and interaction with Central American people and groups.


  • Partnership Strengthening Visits:

For groups that have established partnership and solidarity relationships with local groups and/or churches, and are interested in learning about the realities in which their partners live day to day.


If you want to see and experience God at work, visit CEDEPCA!

Larry Betts, Peaks Presbytery

Dear Friends,

CEDEPCA and the Intercultural Encounters Program thank you for the trust you place in us when you ask us to facilitate your immersion seminars to Guatemala. We strive to provide a safe, educational and challenging experience for each group that joins us in the search for a better world.

Our rates for 2020 are as follows,

Groups of 7-11 participants: $150 per person per day

Groups of 12 or more participants: $140 per person per day

What this covers?

Pre-arrival coordination, accommodations, all meals, ground transportation, facilitation/interpretation throughout the trip, park and museum fees, fees for groups and individuals we visit during the stay.

What this does not include?

Airfare costs, personal shopping, tips for hotel staff and bus driver, nor work project money. The onetime money wiring cost (see below). Note: The payment doesn’t include a donation to CEDEPCA’s work. Thus, we suggest that you consider making a donation to our organization out of gratitude for the good experience that your group will have in Guatemala. Your donation will be directed toward the work of our programs in Women’s Ministry and Disaster Ministry. We thank you, in advance, for your generosity.

Refund Policy:

  • If, for serious and justifiable reasons beyond the control of CEDEPCA and/or the group, the entire group is unable to make the trip, CEDEPCA will refund 90% of the total payment and retain only 10% to cover administrative and planning expenses.
  • In the case of the individuals who for justifiable reasons cancel their trip at least 7 days before the planned date of arrival, CEDEPCA will refund 50% of the total payment and retain 50% to cover administrative and planning expenses.
  • CEDEPCA does not assume any responsibility to refund any percentage of the total payment to individuals who do not notify the cancelation of his/her trip at least 7 days before the planned date of arrival.

Onetime Payment! We ask that you use the wiring instructions to send a onetime wire transfer of the total amount three weeks before your group arrives. ***PLEASE NOTE: This wire will incur a onetime wiring cost that will be your group’s responsibility. Please check with your bank as this wiring cost is different depending on the bank ($30 – $75) to plan accordingly***

If you need further instructions on wiring instructions or have any other questions, please contact us.

Thank you for your confidence and support to our ministry. We look forward to seeing you in Guatemala!

IE rates 2020

Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information. You may use the form on this page or send an e-mail to Nancy Carrera ( We look forward to seeing you in Guatemala!

Calling all travelers and learners!

Have you traveled to Guatemala and wish you could return sooner than later? Have you always
wished to participate in a mission or learning trip to Guatemala but have been unable to do so
because of family, health, or finances? Would you like to be “transported” from your own living
room for a while to hear about what God is doing in another part of the world? If so, you are
invited to go on a Virtual Journey to Guatemala!

The topic of this journey is “Education in Guatemala: Challenges and Changes in the Wake of COVID-19.”One of the featured organizations will be La Puerta Abierta, an innovative community library and school in Santiago de Atitlán. Virtual Journeys are are interactive, creative, and engaging and provide you with the unique opportunity to leave your own context for 90 minutes and learn about what God is doing in another part of the world during this time of pandemic.

You are invited to our upcoming virtual journey.
When: Oct 28, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

A $10 per person donation to CEDEPCA is suggested.

Our Intercultural Encounters team

Nancy Carrera
Nancy Carrera
Program Coordinator
Esvin Sirin
Esvin Sirin
Logistics and Group Facilitator
Rebeca Noriega
Rebeca Noriega
Rev. Betsey Moe
Rev. Betsey Moe
PC(USA) MIssion-Coworker and IE Facilitator