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San Marcos, Guatemala

March 21, 2015 to March 29, 2015

Join this volunteer team in the highlands of Guatemala as they build a house alongside a partner family.

The region is prone to natural disasters, so Habitat for Humanity is building sturdy houses that can withstand the next earthquake. For people who are vulnerable to disasters as well as economic shocks, these homes create stability and resilience.

As you build with the family, you’ll be welcomed into the neighborhood. Eat traditional food and meet the neighbors whose community you’re helping to improve. This trip is a unique opportunity to experience life inside the culture.

Global Village sends volunteers to build with Habitat for Humanity projects across the world. Get your hands dirty on the worksite, meet the families whose housing situation you are improving, experience the country like an insider and do it all alongside a team of like-minded volunteers. No experience is required! This build is your next step with Habitat to make the world a better place.

Trip highlights

  • Visit the Western Highlands of Guatemala, one of the country’s most beautiful regions
  • Become an honorary family member when you work and live alongside partner families

Program cost

This cost includes a significant donation to Habitat for Humanity, and it covers the volunteer’s accommodations, meals, in-country transportation and travel medical insurance. Read details.

You may raise the program cost, pay it all, or pay some yourself and fundraise the rest. With our help, fundraising with social media and email will be easy. We hope that you will set a goal above program cost. That additional donation will keep Habitat building after your team returns home. Joining this team can be your first step in making Guatemala a better place to live.


  • Saturday, day 1: Arrive in Guatemala, meet up with your team and enjoy a city tour.
  • Sunday, day 2: Travel to San Marcos. Habitat staff tells you about their work in Guatemala and introduces you to the partner family.
  • Monday-Friday, days 3-7: Build each day, with free time and a cultural activity one evening. On Friday, enjoy a dedication ceremony with the partner family.
  • Saturday, day 8: Travel to Antigua, a UNESCO world heritage site and spend the day exploring local markets.
  • Sunday, day 9: Your journey in Central America may continue independently, or you may depart for home.

Meals and accommodations
Teams stay at modest, comfortable hostels. Enjoy typical Guatemalan meals prepared by locals, including your partner families.

Tasks on the work site
Typical work for a Global Village team may include digging foundation, framing walls, mixing cement, painting, carrying construction materials and other tasks assigned by the expert construction crew.

Contact this team’s leader
Have questions? Ready to join? Email team leader Connie Genger

Connie’s favorite GV memory: “On my first build in Mexico, the grandmother in our partner family hugged me tight and just kept repeating, ‘Gracias, Señora, gracias!’ She touched my heart as did all of my teammates. After that experience with Habitat, I was hooked!”

To apply for a Global Village trip, please follow the Application Instructions.

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