In Guatemala, DWC works with Open Windows Foundation, our in-country host partner. All beneficiaries and projects are chosen by them with care, according to local need, with poverty reduction as the ultimate goal. DWC helps carry out these projects with volunteer efforts and contributions offering solutions that ensure long-term, sustainable benefits for the community.
About The Trip:
March 9 to 16, 2019, travel with a volunteer team to Guatemala and work together 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 definitely 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.
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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 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.
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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Volunteers on this trip will spend some of their time installing Eco-stoves in homes in the local community as part of DWC’s Light Up Guatemala program. In Guatemala, more than half the families rely on open fires to cook. The smoke fills their homes, resulting in severe health problems. Years of smoke exposure can cause pneumonia, cancer, stroke, heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Respiratory infections are among the leading causes of death in Guatemala, particularly for women and children who spend a lot of time around the fires.
Volunteers also help with various community driven projects that could include painting a classroom or spending time assisting younger children with reading skills, computer skills, numbers and crafts.
The team may also assist in the construction of a home for a family in need. This is typically a small house made of cinder blocks with a steel roof. 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. In some cases others in the community pitch in and work together with DWC volunteers.
No one forgets the impact that a culture of social responsibility makes in the lives of families with no one to lean on.
No special skills are required. The project details and beneficiary will be finalized in the coming weeks.
- Saturday, March 9 to Sunday, March 10 – Team arrives Guatemala City airport; transport to Antigua and check in to hotel
- Monday, March 11 to Friday, March 15 – PROJECT WORK in San Miguel Dueñas
- Saturday, March 16: Return to Guatemala City or continue exploring Central America
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:
Cathy Greven has enjoyed participating in seven Developing World Connections trips. She has traveled to Cambodia, India, Kenya, Sri Lanka, The Philippines, and Peru. She and her husband, John are also heading to volunteer in Cambodia in late 2018.
Cathy thrives on these life-changing adventures. Each location involved a different project, and she has made unforgettable global family connections in each community.
Volunteers who join Cathy in Guatemala will be appreciated for whatever interests and skills they offer. This is a trip where the abilities of the heart and soul are more important than physical strength and endurance.
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.
We’re glad to have you join us.
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