Guatemala volunteer trip

Women and Weaving- Guatemala

Healthy homes

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

9 days

Trip cost: US$2,075

Join this nine-day Global Village trip to build housing solutions and learn about women entrepreneurs and homeowners in Guatemala.

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 build new homes as well as smokeless stoves alongside Guatemalan homeowners.

This trip is designed to immerse and educate. You'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.

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.

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. Serve with Global Village as we weave the stories of women homeowners, artisans and community members into action.

Itinerary

  • Saturday: Hola y bienviendo! You will be welcomed in Guatemala City by your Habitat field coordinator, who will take you to the beautiful city of Antigua.
  • Sunday: Explore. 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.
  • Monday: 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.
  • Tuesday-Wednesday: Build. Construct smokeless stoves with Guatemalan homeowners. On Wednesday, we’ll learn about women’s issues and Habitat’s work in Guatemala.
  • Thursday: 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.
  • Friday: 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.
  • Saturday: Celebrate. 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.
  • Sunday: Adios! Continue your travels in Guatemala independently or head on home.

Leading this team

Trina Godfrey will lead this special team to Guatemala and would love to tell you more about the experience!

When asked why she's eager to return to Guatemala, Trina shared, "The Healthy Home Kits program, building stoves and latrines and the surrounding transformation a day's work can bring to the lives of families in need of a helping hand — this is what calls me back for my sixth visit to this amazing country since 2015. Team members will likely also find their perspective transformed by this amazing experience."

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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