Panajachel, Solola, Guatemala
Jan. 5-13, 2019: Discover where your morning cup of joe comes from while working with locals to improve their living conditions.
Trip cost: US$1,991
Experience the daily life of Guatemalan coffee growers while working with them to build smokeless stoves and safe lavatories for their families.
Over 90 percent of rural Guatemalan families use wood as their primary cooking fuel, oftentimes using an open fire inside the home, which has led to 52 percent of Guatemalans suffering from respiratory disease. Through partnerships with the local community and family, Habitat for Humanity Guatemala has built over 21,000 smokeless stoves, reducing families’ firewood consumption by 60 percent. This not only saves them over $700 a year, but also allows them to allocate more time towards generating an income to better support their family. In additional to building smokeless stoves, Habitat also helps provide families with home improvements such as latrines, concrete floors and roofing as well as complete home construction!
You’ll be staying in double-occupancy rooms at a nearby hotel where breakfast and dinner will be provided. Lunches will be served on the build site. Work site tasks typically include mixing concrete and mortar, pouring concrete, tying rebar, splitting or moving concrete blocks or laying blocks. Off the build site you’ll have the opportunity to visit weaving or coffee cooperatives, take a boat ride on Lake Atitlan, make traditional tortillas or interact with the community through local school visits!
- Saturday: Welcome. Arrive in Guatemala City where Habitat staff will greet you at the airport and take you to meet the rest of your team over dinner.
- Sunday: Learn. Travel to the host affiliate where you’ll learn more about Habitat’s innovative work in the region and details about the week’s project.
- Monday-Thursday: Build. Serve on the build site and enjoy free time, reflection and team activities in the evenings. Wednesday includes a special trip to a coffee cooperative where you’ll learn more about the process of harvesting coffee beans.
- Friday: Celebrate. Spend the morning working on the build site followed by a farewell ceremony in the afternoon with the community to celebrate the week’s accomplishments.
- Saturday: Explore. Travel back to Antigua and spend the day exploring the city before enjoying a farewell dinner with your team that evening.
- Sunday: Goodbyes. Continue your journey in Guatemala independently or depart for home.
Leading this team
Charlie looks forward to leading another Global Village trip! The look of disbelief followed by gratitude on the families' faces when they see their very own home where their children will grow up is very, very powerful and inspires Charlie to continue leading Global Village trips. It’s something he will never forget and always comes to mind when he’s planning his next trip! Join Charlie on his next trip to Guatemala!