July 18-26, 2020: Immerse yourself in the rich Guatemalan culture while working with the community to improve housing!
Trip cost: US$2,020
Join this trip to Guatemala and work with families as they build safe, affordable homes.
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 complete home construction to home improvements such as latrines, concrete floors, roofing and improved stoves. 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 explore Antigua’s natural beauty and historic monuments, hike an active volcano and have lava roasted marshmallows or interact with the local community.
- 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 about an hour to Antigua 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
Juliet volunteers with Habitat because she sees the impact of the mission. The dignity and hope that the work brings to a person, family and community for many generations are what keep her coming back.
When leading a team, she works to ensure that everyone enjoys the experience and feels they’ve made a contribution worth their time and energy. She believes safety and fun are not mutually exclusive, and she plans thoroughly for both. As an introvert, she prefers to facilitate team reflections in an organic way, making sure everyone has opportunity to share corporately and process privately in the way that best suits them.