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.
- 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
John Leary is leading this special build to Guatemala and would love to tell you more about the experience.
When asked why he's excited to lead another team, John shared, "I am a former high school Spanish teacher with a love of service and exploring new cultures. Each of the builds I have been on have been special, there is always a connection to the family and community. One memory that stands out is the mother of the family on my first Vietnam build. She was rather remote at first but when we left she held my hands in hers and cried. The next year, my team visited her in her new home. She held my hands again in hers and we cried. That epitomizes the essence of Habitat for me."