Guatemala volunteer trip

Coffee Build - Solola, Guatemala

Healthy homes

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

9 days

Trip cost: US$2,165

Build housing and more

Habitat adapts its innovative housing services to meet the needs of communities and partner families around the world. On your Global Village trip to San Lucas Tolimán on the shores of beautiful Lake Atitlán, get your hands dirty building smokeless stoves and safe lavatories for coffee-growing families.

This trip is dedicated to the families who grow the coffee we drink every day and the organizations empowering them. You will harvest coffee and experience the daily life of members of a fair trade cooperative that produces high-quality, environmentally sustainable java.

See community development on the ground

Guatemala is one of the largest exporters of coffee in the world, but the growers themselves are often living in poverty. Join Habitat Guatemala and its partners providing dynamic housing solutions and viable economic opportunities that change the lives of low-income families in Guatemala. Work alongside them and learn about their opportunities and challenges.

This Global Village trip will give you a taste of some of the world’s best coffee and a strong understanding of Habitat for Humanity, fair trade and life in a coffee-growing country. We promise when you return, you will look at your morning cup of coffee in a whole new light.

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 a the hotel and local restaurants.

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Hola y bienviendo! Habitat picks you up at the Guatemala City airport. You’ll arrive before 5 p.m. and travel with your team to beautiful and historic Antigua.
  • Day 2: On the road. We’ll head north to San Lucas Tolimán, on the shores of beautiful Lake Atitlán. After a warm welcome from local Habitat staff and partner families, you’ll get a crash course in the history and culture of the coffee-growing region of Sololá.
  • Day 3: Coffee immersion. Enjoy a boat ride to San Juan la Laguna and visit a coffee cooperative, a fair-trade organization that invests in the community and produces environmentally sustainable products. After lunch with cooperative growers, we’ll travel back to San Lucas Toliman for some team reflection.
  • Days 4-5: Build. We’ll build smokeless stoves with some of the coffee growers and their families and learn about Semalaj Achi Loi, a local organization that supports coffee families.
  • Day 6: Harvest time. After participating in a coffee harvest activity, we’ll tour nearby coffee fields with Semalaj Achi Loi. They will teach us about environmental and economic changes and how they affect small growers.
  • Day 7: Build. The team will build healthy, safe bathrooms for coffee-growing families. After a dedication ceremony with the partner families, we’ll feast on traditional Guatemalan cuisine.
  • Day 8: There and back again. All good things can’t last forever. Head back to Antigua to explore the city and test your bartering skills in the artisan market.
  • Day 8: Adios! Continue your travels in Central America independently or head home.

Leading this team

Your team leader, Saundra Catalina, would love to tell you more about trip! Email her at saundracatalina@gmail.com.

When asked why she’s excited to lead this team, Saundra said, “I have been volunteering with Habitat for over a decade and I now work for Habitat in Denver, Colorado. There is not a trip or volunteer experience I am not excited for when it comes to Habitat. Meeting the partner families and having the honor of working for them and sometimes alongside them is one of the most rewarding experiences. My first trip was to Franklin, West Virginia, in 2008. While shoveling gravel into a hole in the ground under the sun for hours in order to lay the foundation of the family’s new home doesn’t sound like a glorious job, but it was such a rewarding experience. Knowing that we were contributing to the foundation of an affordable housing solution for a hardworking family so they can have a place to call home, have birthday parties in, celebrate milestones in, and create other long lasting memories is a feeling you don’t forget. I a excited to embark on a new Habitat adventure, meet new team members and get some work done for another Habitat affiliate!”

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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