TRIP #GMA1121:


Trip Dates Are Tentative

Nov 6, 2021
Nov 20, 2021
Approx. $2,700 (approx) based on 10 volunteers
San Miguel Duenas, Guatemala


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:

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.

When/ Itinerary:

  • Saturday, November 6 to Sunday, November 7 – Team arrives Guatemala City airport; transport to Antigua and check in to hotel
  • Monday, November 8 to Friday, November 12 – PROJECT WORK in San Miguel Dueñas
  • Saturday, November 13 to Sunday, November 14 – Free days for some R and R and fly home.
  • Monday, November 15 to Friday, November 19 – PROJECT WORK in San Miguel Dueñas

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Do I need construction experience and how much will we work?
You don’t need any special skills or training. We hire local skilled labourers who will give training onsite for construction and team leaders. You will work at your own pace five days a week from about 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Your evenings and weekends are free for cultural activities and relaxing..
What are meals and accommodations like?
The team will stay at a hotel in Antigua that is comfortable and clean. The food is prepared hygienically and dishes range from local to standard Western fare.
Posada La Merced Antigua
How much does it cost?
The program cost is about $2,700 and will be finalized closer to the departure date. This includes accommodations, meals, in-country transport, program costs and a donation to Open Windows Foundation. It does not include airfare.

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.

Why should I volunteer?

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:

Cindy Logan

During retirement, Cindy has transitioned from helping people in the financial world to helping those less fortunate in developing countries.
Travelling to 39 countries over the years has given Cindy the skills to adapt to and respect different cultures and customs.
“As a team leader, I am looking for volunteers who want to work together to create positive change in the lives of those in need. In exchange, you will be rewarded by meeting wonderful people and learn about their customs and lifestyles. you will leave with a sense of pride in what we’ve been able to accomplish in the short time we are there. It’s not all work either so please join me on this working , fun filled vacation!”

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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.

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