Guatemala - Antigua
November 17 - 25, 2018
Are you looking for a life changing experience and to make a positive difference in the lives of others and yourself? If so, join our team in Guatemala where you’ll roll-up your sleeves with your fellow like-minded team members and help provide decent and affordable homes to the millions of Guatemalan families living in substandard housing. All it takes is a positive, open-minded, totally flexible attitude, a willingness to learn, a great sense of humor and the desire to have fun while working hard as part of a team. There are no prior skills or construction experience required.
Why should I go to Guatemala?
Guatemala is the western most Central American country consisting of 22 departments. The cultural richness and diversity of natural resources are incomparable to any other country in the region. Guatemala is home to 24 different ethnic groups of indigenous Mayans as well as Xinca, Garifuna, and Mestiza people. It is a land of stories and tradition. The country was unfortunately plagued with a 36 year civil war which has left effects that are obvious even
today. Despite its history of conflict, poverty, and human rights violations, the people and natural resources of Guatemala remain beautiful. Although a relatively small country (the size of Tennessee), Guatemala has five distinct regions: the Pacific coast, the Caribbean coast, the Western Highlands, the Eastern Plains, and the Verapaces.
Each area offers different and beautiful landscapes which may include beaches, waterfalls, volcanoes, mountains, fields of local crops, lakes, and rivers. To experience a country with ethnic biodiversity, rich history, and a story of struggle and hope, Guatemala is the place to be.
With a housing deficit of 1.6 million homes for a population of around 17 million people, Guatemala has a significant need for accessible housing options. Houses are commonly constructed of sub-standard materials and are in dire need of renovation from the effects of storms or earthquakes, and also serve as home to very large extended families. Habitat’s work in Guatemala is important and your collaboration is essential. Come to Guatemala and help not only build homes, but the possibility of a secure future for families.
Tell me about Habitat for Humanity Guatemala
Habitat for Humanity Guatemala is a nonprofit organization that aims to improve the quality of life of Guatemalan families through partial or full funding for the construction, improvement and repair of homes across the country. For more information, visit: www.habitatguate.org/eng
Habitat Guatemala has contributed to the reduction of 4.6 percent of the country’s housing deficit, both qualitative and quantitative. Our commitment is that all Guatemalans have a decent place to live. Until December 2015, Habitat Guatemala has helped a total of 86,304 families, with construction, improvement and home repairs.
What will my week look like?
Sat, November 17 – Arrival in Guatemala City
Sun, November 18 – Travel to Antigua / Orientation & Welcome Ceremony
Mon, Nov 19 – Thurs, Nov 22nd Work Days
Fri, November 23 – Work Day & Farewell Ceremony
November 24 – R&R Day (Visit Tecpán & Mayan Ruins in Iximché)
November 25 – Depart for Home
**The itinerary is subject to change**
Where will I stay? What will I eat?
Volunteers stay in modest, safe, and comfortable lodgings (with double occupancy) that have all the necessities: comfortable beds, hot water (usually), attentive staff, purified drinking water, internet, and a restaurant/space for eating meals.
What will it cost?
The cost for this 9 day opportunity to build in Guatemala is approximately
$2,350.00 + round-trip airfare + $110 for R&R*
The trip cost covers: lodging, food and ground transportation for the build portion of the trip, traveler’s medical insurance, orientation materials, and a donation to Habitat Guatemala and the Global Village Canada program. Participants will need to arrange and pay for round-trip air transportation from their point of departure to Guatemala City (GUA). Flight arrangements must be made in consultation with the team leader.
*Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for the trip cost and the eligible airfare – these will be 2 separate receipts. The costs for R&R portion of the trip are not eligible for a tax receipt and this money must not be sent to Habitat Canada. Your team leader will let you know how to pay this.
There are additional travel costs such as passport and immunizations which the team leader will discuss with you. These costs are not tax deductible.
Meet the Team Leader: Doug Amirault
I grew up in a small fishing village, Pubnico, Nova Scotia and now live in Toronto. I work for one of the largest hotel chains in the world in openings and renovations across Canada.
My first experience with Habitat for Humanity was eight years ago as a participant in El Salvador. Despite missing a flight connection and not having my luggage for the entire trip, my first build was a life changing experience and inspired me to become a team leader.
The ability to be immersed in the local culture, make life-long friends and most importantly, see first-hand the impact that Habitat for Humanity volunteers have on making a different in the lives of the families they work with, is why I volunteer.
My first build as a team leader was in Portugal and I have been back four times since. I have also lead teams to Whitehorse, Hawaii and Chile. Habitat for Humanity has been a great way for me to give back and to grow as a person. I look forward to chatting with you about Guatemala!
Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you would like to learn more about this trip or apply now using our on-line application!