Trip cost: US$1,930
Work alongside Guatemalan families and their community as they work to achieve strength, stability and independence through affordable shelter.
You’ll stay in the department of Chimaltenango and work alongside indigenous families to build a new home. The community is made up of mostly farmers, who typically grow corn and beans as well as a variety of other crops to sell at the local market. Traditionally, homes are constructed from dried corn or sugar cane stalks and have dirt floors.
The culture is rich, and your team will experience it in many facets by learning about local artisans, visiting nearby Mayan ruins and exploring Antigua. Volunteers stay in double-occupancy rooms at a local hotel and explore restaurants in the area or enjoy meals at their hotel. There's also time to reflect on the week's experiences with your team in the evenings.
Join this team if you’re ready to work alongside local masons and learn about the innovative ways Habitat is helping Guatemalan families get access to affordable shelter. You’ll work hard on the build site digging the foundation, mixing concrete and mortar, tying rebar, splitting concrete blocks and laying them for the walls of the home.
- Saturday: Welcome. Depart from home and join us in Guatemala! Habitat staff will greet you when you arrive and take you to meet your team.
- Sunday: Learn. Travel to your hosting community. The team will learn about Habitat’s innovative work and your project.
- Monday-Friday: Build. Mix cement, lay bricks and assist the local masons to build a new home or improve an existing one. The team will have time for excursions, rest and reflection meetings in the evenings.
- Saturday: Explore. The team will go sightseeing in and around Antigua and sample local cuisine.
- Sunday: Goodbyes. Continue your journey in Guatemala independently or head home.
Leading this team
Haley and Gala Pope will lead this trip to Guatemala and would love to tell you more about the experience!
When asked why they're eager to return to Guatemala, Gala shared, "This will be my second Global Village trip to Guatemala, and I am excited to return to this beautiful country. The families that we worked with and other Guatemalans that we met exuded kindness, care and dignity and inspired our team to do more. I look forward to meeting and working alongside more families in 2018."
Haley said, "In a day and age when many things seem completely out of our control, it's wonderful to know that you can still make a difference in someone else's life by connecting with those in a community and lending a hand to help build something everyone should have access to — a safe home. I'm looking forward to leading this trip to Guatemala for these reasons, but also to practice my Spanish. Because I have never been to Central America, I also look forward to exploring a new country and culture!"