Guatemala volunteer trip

Retahuleu, Guatemala

Healthy homes

Upgrade existing houses with smokeless stoves, water filtration systems, new bathrooms and more.

8 days

Trip cost: US$1,930

Discover how Habitat Guatemala is addressing pressing health issues for families earning US$2-4 per day through the Healthy Home Kit initiative. Decent, affordable housing provides an environment that promotes health and stability.

The three-part initiative focuses on building smokeless stoves, sanitary latrines and water filtration systems. Your team will have the opportunity to serve multiple families through one or all of the healthy home initiatives.

Work alongside Guatemalan families and their community as they work to achieve strength, stability and independence through affordable shelter.

Teams stay in double occupancy rooms at a local hotel and explore restaurants in the area of meals at their hotel while also reflecting with their teams in the evening about the week.

As part of this team you’ll impact several families in one week while learning about the innovative ways Habitat is helping Guatemalan families through shelter initiatives. You’ll work hard on the build site digging a foundation, mixing concrete and mortar, splitting concrete blocks and laying them for the walls of the stove, latrine or water filtration system.


  • Saturday: Arrive. Depart from home and join us in Guatemala! Habitat 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 on home.

Leading this team

Joanne Brunner is leading this team and would love to tell you more about the experience!

When reflecting on her experience with Habitat, Joanne shared, “One of my favorite experiences was in Malawi when the women and children met our bus with dancing and singing when we first pulled into the village. There was a lot of joyful singing and dancing throughout the week. They also bid us farewell in song and dance.”

Join this trip

Once you fill out the trip application, a team leader will be in touch to tell you more about this trip and answer any questions you may have.
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