You’ll work with Open Windows Foundation in San Miguel Duenas, an agricultural community of about 12,000 people who live 15 kilometres from the tourist city of Antigua. Despite being located so close to the tourism industry, many San Miguel families barely get by. Open Windows is a dynamic, non-profit children’s learning centre that provides 2,600 kids with services and programs so they have more options and independence in their lives.
About The Trip:
You’ll be building homes and possibly teaching children computer skills and literacy with the guidance of Open Windows Foundation (OW). Most of the people who live in and around San Miguel Duenas are subsistence farm workers living in tin and cindercrete block houses.
You’ll do construction that builds a future for people who live off of hope. You’ll work alongside like-minded volunteers who are also passionate about travel and giving others a hand up, not a hand out.
Read day-to-day experiences from our volunteers on the Guatemala Blog »
It’s Not All Work:
February is a great time to see Guatemala; the weather is warm (daytime highs average 25C), the rainy season is a couple of months off and it’s cool at night.
There’s lots to see and do. Antigua, where you’ll stay in a hotel, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its Spanish Baroque style of architecture and church ruins. The region was hit by several earthquakes in the 1700s (hence the historic ruins). Not to worry, though, there haven’t been any quakes of note in the past couple of hundred years or so.
On your mid-weekend break, you have the option of going to a volcano and lake, or to the ocean resort, Monterrico, known for its black sand beaches.
Past teams have also visited a chocolate maker, open markets, monuments, fountains and plant nurseries.
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Volunteers will be building homes with and for families in need. You will be assisted by local masons and builders to construct tin and cinder block homes along with installing a clean-burning stove. You will have a chance to visit Open Windows and work with small groups of children to help their computer skills, literacy and crafts.
When / Itinerary:
(Exact dates may change, but the trip will go in February of 2018)
- Saturday, February 24 and Sunday, February 25 – Team arrives Guatemala City airport; transport to Antigua and check into hotel
- Monday, February 26 to Friday, March 2 – PROJECT WORK in San Miguel Dueñas
- Saturday, March 3 to Sunday, March 4 – Free days for some R and R
- Monday, March 5 to Friday, March 9 – PROJECT WORK in San Miguel Dueñas
- Saturday, March 10: Return to Guatemala City
The entire program and flight costs are 100% tax deductible when paid through DWC. You can also fundraise and we will issue charitable receipts for donations $20 CDN or greater.
Volunteer trips take you to places you otherwise might never go, to do things you otherwise might never do and to meet people you might never otherwise meet.
You’ll make a difference in others’ lives and they will make a difference in yours. Simply put, there is joy and self-discovery that comes with giving to others. And you’ll have fun doing it, too.
DWC Team Leader:
Tony is a retired school administrator, but don’t let that fool you. He is up for adventures around the world and has been a reliable and enthusiastic DWC team leader heading many trips.
He first volunteer with DWC in 2005, when he accompanied a team to Sri Lanka following the 2004 tsunami and he has been involved with the organization ever since. He has led teams as small as three in number to as large as 20 to numerous countries including Sri Lanka, India, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Cambodia, Haiti, Peru and Guatemala. He considers himself to be extremely lucky to have had the chance to experience so many varied cultures, participating in projects with others that clearly made such a difference in the lives of people he has the privilege of meeting.
There are a couple of quotes that really resonate with Tony and encapsulate his association with DWC.
The first is attributed to a little known British comedian Paul Shane Spear: “I may not be able to change the world BUT I can certainly change some one’s world.”
He also really loves the quote attributed to Mahatma Gandhi : “You may never know what results come of your actions, BUT if you do nothing, there will be NO result.”
Are You Ready To Go?
Got questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ready to apply? Fill out our online application. You can secure your place on this trip with a $500, non-refundable deposit that goes toward your total trip cost. After you’ve submitted your forms and deposit, our office will contact you and send you a welcome package.
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