Guatemala volunteer trip

Healthy homes - Women and Weaving

Join this nine-day Global Village trip building housing solutions and learning about livelihoods in Guatemala from women entrepreneurs and homeowners.

Build more than houses

Habitat for Humanity uses innovative solutions to address housing issues around the world. We know that clean air and access to water and sanitation are necessary for a healthy home. On this trip, you’ll be building smokeless stoves and safe latrines with women homeowners.

Meet the artisans

This trip is designed to immerse and educate. We’ll meet indigenous women at weaving cooperatives, become students of their craft and learn how they are strengthening their livelihoods. We’ll also deconstruct women’s issues in Guatemala in order to better understand Habitat’s community-driven approach.

Housing is opportunity

We invite anyone and everyone who is interested in exploring the connection between healthy housing and economic opportunity for women in Guatemala. In the end, it’s all about people creating a responsible impact. Join Global Village as we weave the stories of women homeowners, artisans and community members into action.

Program donation and fundraising

US$1950

You may fundraise your Global Village program cost or donate it. Most volunteers donate a portion themselves and fundraise the rest. We invite you to set a goal over your program cost so that you keep Habitat building even after your team returns home.

We use about half of your program cost to build safe, decent housing, including the solution you’ll build. Contributions from volunteers like you will help Habitat for Humanity serve more than 300,000 families this year. The other half of the program cost covers your expenses during the trip. Review the details.

Itinerary

Your field coordinator will show you how Habitat has been empowering families in Guatemala since 1979 through house construction, innovative housing solutions and disaster response and preparedness.

  • Day 1: Hola y bienviendo! After you arrive in Guatemala City on Saturday, your Habitat field coordinator will take you to the beautiful city of Antigua.
  • Day 2: Orientation. Travel to Panajachel, a town on the shores of beautiful Lake Atitlán. After a warm welcome from local Habitat staff and partner families, we’ll have dinner with the leaders of the women’s cooperative.
  • Day 3: Learn. Boat ride to San Juan La Laguna for a day at the women’s weaving cooperative. We’ll explore the weaving process from the collecting of the dyes to using the loom. Then we’ll share a meal with the cooperative members.
  • Days 4-5: Build. Build smokeless stoves with women homeowners. On Wednesday, we’ll learn about women’s issues and Habitat’s work in Guatemala.
  • Day 6: Learn. Spend the day with Thirteen Threads. We’ll learn how the organization empowers indigenous women through crafts skills training and support. In the afternoon, we’ll visit some women Habitat homeowners.
  • Day 7: Build. Build healthy, safe latrines for women homeowners and their families. After a dedication ceremony with the partner families, we’ll enjoy a dinner of traditional Guatemalan cuisine.
  • Day 8: Celebration. Journey back to Antigua for a free afternoon to explore the streets and markets. We’ll celebrate our time in Guatemala with a final team dinner.
  • Day 9: Adios! Continue your travels in Guatemala independently or head on home.

Meals and accommodations

Your team will stay at modest, comfortable hotels in double-occupancy rooms. Lunch will be on the build site, while breakfast and dinner will be at the hotel or local restaurants.

What’s next?

Apply now!

We will connect you with a team leader within two business days. The team leader will tell you more about the build and learn about you. After speaking with the team leader, donate or fundraise your deposit to secure your spot on the team. The team leader will help you prepare and lead you during the trip.

Have a question?

Your team leader, Polly Knudsen, will lead this team in the field and would love to speak with you. Email Polly at polly.knudsen@gmail.com.

Favorite GV memory: “My favorite Habitat memory was when the local parish priest in El Salvador came around and personally touched each of us thanking us for our good work and the help to his community. Little did he know we all felt we were gaining as much if not more than we were giving.”