Join us and volunteer to help a family in Guatemala. In Guatemala, DWC works with Open Windows Foundation, our in-country host partner. All beneficiaries and projects are chosen in partnership with them according to local needs and priorities. Poverty reduction is the ultimate goal.
About The Trip:
The November volunteer team will travel to Guatemala to work on a community development project in San Miguel Dueñas. San Miguel Dueñas is 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. Most of the people who live in and around San Miguel Duenas are subsistence farm workers.
You’ll be doing work 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:
You can expect a warm and humid climate during your stay in Guatemala. It’s an excellent time to visit with temperatures averaging between 20°C to 30°C (70°F to 80°F) making it comfortable for indoor or outdoor pursuits.
There’s lots to see and do. Antigua, where our volunteers stay, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site 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.
Past teams have visited a chocolate maker, open markets, monuments, fountains, plant nurseries and even volcanoes. Some have gone for wilderness hikes or ziplining. There are lots of options for your free time.
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The project details and beneficiaries will be finalized in the coming months. Most DWC teams in Guatemala construct small houses made of cinder blocks with steel roofs for local families. It’s not much by most standards, but having a solid home will provide protection from the elements, improved sanitation, and a stable, secure place to nurture and raise children. Local masons and builders are employed and benefit from the extra income. No one forgets the impact that a culture of social responsibility makes in the lives of families with no one to lean on.
Sometimes the beneficiary is a working single parent family with many kids, grandparents who are left to raise kids with disabilities, or a family who has lost everything following a hurricane or flood. This is often the only leg up for people that face uncertainty and are trying whatever it takes to try to get out of poverty.
To Be Determined
- Saturday, November 7 to Sunday, November 8 – Team arrives Guatemala City airport; transport to Antigua and check in to hotel
- Monday, November 9 to Friday, November 13 – PROJECT WORK in San Miguel Dueñas
- Saturday, November 14 to Sunday, November 15 – Free days for some R and R and fly home.
- Monday, November 16 to Friday, November 20 – PROJECT WORK in San Miguel Dueñas
Posada La Merced Antigua
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:
Growing up, Heather spent a lot of time outdoors with her family hiking, camping and travelling around Canada and the U.S. After high school, Heather put on a backpack and spent 6 weeks making her way from Greece to Denmark. This European vacation sparked a love of international travel and adventure.
Always interested in combining her passion for volunteering with travel, in 2016, Heather joined a DWC trip to the Philippines. Working with DWC and Kamloops Hot Yoga, the group built a house for a local family and completed various projects for DWC’s local partner, Rise Above Foundation. She loved it so much she led a DWC trip to Peru in 2018.
In her spare time Heather she can found doing yoga, hiking with her dogs, kayaking or finding any excuse to be outdoors.
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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.
We’re glad to have you join us.
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