Oct. 12-20, 2019: Immerse yourself in the rich Guatemalan culture while working with the community to improve housing.
Trip cost: US$1,991
Join this trip to Guatemala and help families live healthier lives by helping build innovative smokeless stoves.
Over 90 percent of rural Guatemalan families use wood as their primary cooking fuel, often times 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, saving them over $700 a year, and allowing 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. 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 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
Haley and Weston lead teams together for Habitat’s Global Village program. Haley is from Atlanta and Weston is from Moorhead, Minnesota, but they now live in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado with their two cats, Leo del Rio and Salem Moon. Haley is a zoologist by training and owns a photography, archiving and science-writing company, TerraLens Photography LLC. Weston works as a physical therapist in Colorado and has worked all over the country in Minnesota, New Hampshire and North Carolina.
As team leaders, they appreciate Habitat for Humanity’s global focus of serving those in need regardless of economic status, borders or faith. Habitat is there for families when no one else is. They feel that making a lasting, tangible difference in someone’s life, like the construction of a home, is invaluable for the recipient family and for the volunteers who help.
When you join their team you can expect a well-organized, thought-provoking trip, starting with a personal phone call to understand your expectations and share what is involved in a Global Village build, newsletters that explain the details about the build, responsive communication before, during and after the trip and guided reflection meetings during the build. They look forward to leading this trip to Guatemala and more trips in the future!