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 Antigua, a colonial city with nearby volcanoes and Mayan architecture. The culture is rich here and your team will explore it after spending the days on the worksite.
Teams stay in double-occupancy rooms at a local hotel and dine out at restaurants in the area. In the evenings, you'll have time to rest and reflect on the week's experiences with your team.
Join this trip if you’re ready to work alongside a local mason and learn about the innovative ways Habitat is helping Guatemalan families gain 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.
- Saturday: Welcome. 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 Antigua. 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
Polly Knudsen will lead this team to Guatemala and would love to share more about the experience.
When asked why she's excited to lead another team, Polly shared, "When our kids were small, we spent the summers in our camper visiting the lower 48 states and the 10 provinces of Canada. The early years inspired the kids to travel. I've had the good fortune to visit them in far away places. I began volunteering in Latin America in 2001 in order to connect and travel with our daughter, who was serving in the Peace Corps in Suriname. Since then, I have made volunteering an annual event. On each trip, I have worked with terrific people. My favorite Global Village memory was when the local parish priest in El Salvador came around and personally touched each of us thanking us for our good work and the help to his community. Little did he know, we all felt we were gaining as much, if not more than we were giving."