August 10-18, 2019: Join this trip and immerse yourself in a new culture!
Trip cost: US$1,904
Join this trip to Rabinal, Guatemala, and learn about a new culture as you discover how housing needs differ around the globe.
In Guatemala, 46 percent of the population has inadequate or no latrine services. Many families cook using an open fire inside, leading to 52 percent 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 stoves to complete home construction. Homes are designed to suit the needs of each individual family, but typically include two bedrooms, a kitchen, living room and bathroom.
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 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 3-4 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, enjoying free time, reflection and team activities in the evenings.
- Friday: Celebrate. Spend the morning working on the build site with a farewell ceremony in afternoon 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
This will be Mike’s eighth time leading a trip to Rabinal, Guatemala. Mike’s past teams have consisted of members from all over the United States and many other countries. Mike is a retired veterinarian and will be accompanied by Neil, a retired police detective who has co-led with Mike on many Global Village projects. Both leaders are looking forward to this trip!
This is an isolated part of Guatemala that provides the unique opportunity to build houses alongside an indigenous population within a small community. Though definitely not a tourist area, participants will see many of the artisans that provide crafts for sale in other, well-traveled areas of the country. Since Mike and Neil have built in this area for many years, the teams are especially appreciated by the community, and it is always great to visit several houses that have been completed in past years.