TRIP #GMA0818:

Help a Family in Guatemala

Explore Guatemala and build a home for a family in need

DEPARTURE DATE
Aug 11, 2018
RETURN DATE
Aug 25, 2018
COST
Approx. $2,250
WHERE
San Miguel Dueñas, Guatemala

Help a Family in 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 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:


The August 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 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.

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 in a hotel, 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.

Learn more about the Guatemala »

The Project:


The project details and beneficiary will be finalized in the coming weeks. The DWC team will construct a small house made of cinder blocks with a steel roof for a local family. 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 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.

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.

Draft Itinerary:


  • Saturday, August 11 to Sunday, August 12 – Team arrives Guatemala City airport; transport to Antigua and check in to hotel
  • Monday, August 13 to Friday, August 17 – PROJECT WORK in San Miguel Dueñas
  • Saturday, August 18 to Sunday, August 19 – Free days for some R and R
  • Monday, August 20 to Friday, August 24 – PROJECT WORK in San Miguel Dueñas
  • Saturday, August 25: Return to Guatemala City or continue exploring Central America

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FAQs:


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.
How much does it cost?
The program cost is about $2,250 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:


Jennifer Thibault

My name is Jennifer Thibault. I live in Knutsford, BC with my husband Mike, two teenage children Emma and Eric, two horses, three dogs and two cats. I am a book keeper for my husband and step-son who are both logging contractors. This allows me to work from home and to be available when my children need me. In my spare time, I enjoy going to the gym, trail running with my dogs and horseback riding. I am definitely a “Foodie” – I love to cook fresh, healthy food and enjoy trying foods from different cultures.

A huge part of my life is travel and helping others so Developing World Connections is the perfect fit for me. I’ve done some traveling in my 43 years (as a child Iran, Europe and across Canada; as an adult Jamaica, Mexico, Hawaii). Most recently my travels with Developing World Connections have taken me to Cebu, Philippines (Spring 2016) and San Migel Duenas, Guatemala (Fall 2017). I look forward to many more adventures with DWC.

Are You Ready To Go?


Got questions? Email us at info@developingworldconnections.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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