Dec. 7-15, 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, 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, which saves them over $700 a year and 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. 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.
Leading this team
Graham looks to facilitate an amazing and meaningful experience for each team member while supporting the important work of Habitat for Humanity in helping families to have a decent, safe place to live. He loves to visit new countries and learn about different cultures. Graham is passionate about building homes and relationships while also providing opportunities for participants to learn more about the community where the team is working.
On past trips, Graham’s teams have met with community activists and religious leaders. Other activities have included an evening learning Romanian folk dancing, attending church services and a soccer match in Zambia, spending time with children in schools in Argentina, Zambia and El Salvador, visiting an animal orphanage in Kenya and sharing dinner with a Habitat family in Macedonia. Graham has been volunteering with his local Habitat affiliate in Philadelphia and the Global Village program since 2006 and has led teams to Romania, Argentina, Zambia, Portugal, Nicaragua, Macedonia, El Salvador and Kenya and has also volunteered with Habitat in Brazil and Louisiana. He is a “retired” attorney living in Philadelphia with his wife and three dogs. They have two adult sons who often can be found joining Graham on Global Village builds.