Nov. 2-10, 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% of rural Guatemalan families use wood as their primary cooking fuel. Oftentimes, they use 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%. This reduction 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
This will be Trina's 16th Global Village trip and eighth trip to the beautiful country of Guatemala. She has quickly developed a close connection with the country and its people. Trina loves to see a diverse team and families bonding over a common goal and believes there is no better way to be immersed in local life than to be building a stove in the kitchen of a family home. Trina does everything she can to help volunteers gain a more comprehensive understanding of the culture and life of the Guatemalan people who are bettering their lives and providing for their families. Despite language and cultural barriers, mutual trust, love and respect quickly emerge through small acts of kindness and cooperation. We always finish the week with renewed perspective and thankfulness. Trina has lived in Bermuda for the past 34 years and there, along with her husband who will be joining her on the trip, has raised five children.