Guatemala Earthquake Recovery Project
Change Guatemala, change your life. Habitat for Humanity is sending three special Global Village volunteer teams this October to help rebuild San Marcos, Guatemala after last year’s devastating earthquake—and you’re invited.
Join this team of volunteers and give a family a hand up into a new home. You will bring the community new security, safety and hope. You’ll also get an insider’s glimpse of how disaster recovery works. Hear stories and ask questions of local government officials, NGO staff and the San Marcos community.
Sunday: Travel to San Marcos; welcome ceremony with partner families and Habitat staff; dinner.
Monday-Friday: Breakfast; work from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. with lunch on-site; free time after work; dinner of traditional Guatemalan food. One afternoon the team will work alongside neighbors to rebuild a community resource.
Saturday: Travel back to Antigua; experience local culture via a city tour, market visit, or other activities; celebration dinner with partners; overnight in Antigua.
Sunday: Depart Guatemala or begin independent travel.
You will leave San Marcos better than you found it. You will leave with new experiences, new knowledge, and new friends, too.
Your team will build at least two homes for earthquake-affected families. These homes will be structurally sound and better able to withstand the next earthquake or flood.
Local government officials will show teams how the earthquake affected families and infrastructure. Habitat Guatemala staff will also show you how we partner with local organizations to respond to disasters and develop communities.
Rebuild community spaces
Join with neighbors to rebuild a community space. You’ll see your team’s efforts improve the whole town.
When you volunteer with Habitat instead of just sending money, you partner with the community and provide them encouragement and support. Safe, decent homes improve the lives of each family, and so will the relationships you build.
About the disaster
On November 7, 2012, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit San Marcos in the western highlands of Guatemala. The damage was intense; 52 people lost their lives, 1,019 families lost their homes and nearly 1,200 additional homes saw severe damage.
What’s more, vital community resources such as schools and meeting centers were lost. The people of Guatemala are still coping with the trauma.
Who we’re serving
Teams will build with families who were impacted by the earthquake. Habitat Guatemala selects families according to income, readiness and performance of sweat equity, which may include construction on others’ houses or community service.
US$1,970 per person. Of this cost, $1,250 is a donation to Habitat’s continuing work in Guatemala disaster recovery and global housing solutions.
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.)
Meet the team leader, Dave Kvapil
Dave Kvapil of San Antonio, Texas is excited to be leading this Global Village team to San Marcos, Guatemala.
He has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity International for the past seven years; this will be his 14th GV build. Dave has previously led teams to Argentina, Brazil, Guatemala (four times), Macedonia, Mexico and Poland and has also participated in GV builds in Jordan, Kyrgyzstan and Romania.
Dave is committed to the Global Village program because he believes that every family deserves a home. The GV experience provides a truly unique opportunity to understand new cultures, make new friends and visit places where an average tourist would not venture, as well as to remind us to appreciate the lives we have.
For more information about this GV trip, please email Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org.