June 6-14, 2020: Join this trip and immerse yourself in an exciting new culture!
Trip cost: US$2,000
Join this trip to Rabinal, Guatemala, and immerse yourself in a new culture as you learn about how housing needs differ around the globe.
In Guatemala, 46% of the population has inadequate or no latrine services. Many families cook using an open fire inside, leading to 52% of Guatemalans suffering from respiratory disease. Habitat for Humanity partners with the local community and partner families to improve the living conditions in Guatemala from home improvements such as latrines, concrete floors, roofing and improved stoves to complete home construction. Homes are designed to suit the needs of each individual family, though they typically include a kitchen, living room, bathroom and two bedrooms.
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 and splitting, moving or laying concrete blocks. Off the build site, you’ll have the opportunity to visit San Jeronimo, the Museo Regional del Trapiche, Mayan ruins or local indigenous towns.
- 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. Drive three to four hours to Rabinal where you’ll learn more about Habitat’s innovative work in the region and details about the week’s project during a welcome ceremony.
- Monday-Thursday: Build. Spend the day on the build site, breaking for lunch, snacks and water throughout the day. You’ll have free time and team activities in the evenings.
- 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 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.
Please note that while our itineraries begin with arrival day in country, some locations require additional days for travel.
Leading this team
At 16, Polly was an exchange student to Argentina and her family hosted a student from Peru. She saw things in South America she had never seen before. This fueled her desire to travel, learn about the world and try to make it a better place. When Polly’s kids were younger they’d spend the summers in their camper visiting the Lower 48 and 10 provinces of Canada. This inspired her children to travel and, as adults now, she’s had the privilege to visit them in far away places.
Polly began volunteering in Latin America in 2001 in order to connect and travel with her daughter, who was serving in the Peace Corps in Suriname. Since then, she’s made volunteering an annual event. She’s participated in 14 Global Village trips and led 10 of them. On each trip, Polly has worked with terrific people. Her teams always have volunteers of various ages, experience and backgrounds. They learn as much from each other as they do from the local community. Polly looks forward to meeting everyone and working on the build site together.