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 Baja Verapaz – mountainous, remote and covered in lush cloud forests. The culture is rich here and your team will experience it in many facets by visiting the first sugar plantation in Central America, exploring local indigenous towns, touring ancient Mayan Reins or learning more about Guatemala’s history at the Museo Regional del Trapiche.
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.
Join this team if you’re ready to work alongside a local mason 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.
Your trip itinerary
- 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
Mike Parker is a retired veterinarian looking for a way to give back. This will be his seventh Global Village trip to Guatemala and enjoys experiencing homeowner’s children get excited about their new home.