This page shows an overview of the travel teams that will be headed to Guatemala and a way to channel donations to the specific groups. The first set of teams are internal — Guatemala Service Projects — and we’d be happy to answer any questions you may have! The second set of teams (OUR Guatemala) are organized through another group but we provide donation collection as a service to them because we mutually support the same organizations!
Guatemala Service Projects
March 18 – April 1, 2020
SCOPE: With a full two weeks to be of service and enjoy Guatemala, we have many things planned. We will be celebrating the inauguration of our 3rd library, this one in Santiago Atitlan, as well as donating 32 water filters in that community. In the two neighboring villages of Canton Panimache Quinto Bajo and Alto we will be donating 10 stoves and delivering more vitamins. At the backyard school, we will be checking in on our 2nd community garden and delivering donations. At Nuevo Reto, we will serve a community meal and deliver a bunk bed as well as plan additional projects for our Oct/Nov trip! When we travel to Chichicastenango, the site of our 1st ever service project, we will celebrate the 2nd story to their library building (which is going to be used for staff offices) and the installation of their multi-sport court. While in the area we will also meet with the potable water project committee, deliver chickens to families in need, and meet with sponsored students. In many of these places mentioned, we will also be distributing hand-sewn diapers and menstrual “kits” to aid girls and young mothers in many communities.
Not all will be work, though! We look forward to seeing Lenten processions with sawdust carpets in Antigua (Santa Ana) and visiting the thermal baths at Fuentes Georginas. We’ll also get to experience a weaving cooperative, a fire ceremony, and take advantage of the beautiful cultures in Guatemala.
October 30 – November 8, 2020
SCOPE: This promises to be a fun an exciting group, likely reaching our desired capacity of 18 people. If you’re considering this as a travel option, don’t delay! We will be there during Day of the Dead and will celebrate by respectfully watching how families celebrate in the cemeteries and watch with awe and admiration how the barriletes were crafted at the Giant Kite Festival in Santiago Sacatepequez. Our trip tentatively includes the delivery of water filters to Santiago Atitlan, stoves to Panimache Quinto Alto, and medical donations to the bomberos in San Bartolome Milpas Altas. We also plan to set up and train youth in a new bicycle repair shop at Nuevo Reto, conduct an educational toy drive, and donate shoes. Again, reusable diapers and menstrual kits will be distributed in the communities we serve.
OUR Guatemala: Travel With Purpose
February 8 – February 15, 2020 (Team OUR Women with Purpose)
February 15 – February 22, 2020 (Team Wendy’s Village)
July 4 – July 12, 2020 (Team Homecoming)
July 12 – July 19, 2020 (Team Esperanza)
July 19 – July 26, 2020 (Team Guatemala)