Guatemala is located in Central America, bordering the North Pacific Ocean, between El Salvador and Mexico, and bordering the Gulf of Honduras on the Caribbean Sea, between Honduras and Belize. Because it is located within the tropics, it ranges in elevations between sea level and more than 13,000 feet. It is a country rich in natural beauty, and features impressive mountains, volcanoes, and lakes.
The Maya civilization flourished here during the first millennium A.D.; then for 300 years, it was a Spanish colony, until finally it won its independence from Spain in 1821. From that moment on, the country has experienced a variety of military and civilian governments, and a 36 year civil war, which ended in 1996 when a peace agreement was signed. The civil war killed more than 200,000 people and created, by some estimates, about 1 million refugees.
The civil war may be over, yet there are many challenges the Guatemalan people currently face. Guatemala is a predominantly poor country that struggles in several areas of health and development, including infant, child, and maternal mortality, malnutrition, and literacy. Chronic malnutrition and mother-child mortality rates are among the highest in the region; the country's large indigenous population is disproportionately affected. According to the World Bank, Guatemala has one of the highest levels of inequality, especially in rural and indigenous areas. In rural municipalities, (which account for 44% of the country) almost eight out of 10 people are poor, according to the outcomes of the 2011 Rural Poverty Map. Most recently, a series of natural disasters hit Guatemala in 2010 and 2011 causing an estimated $1.8 billion in damages and losses.
When you serve in Guatemala with Group International Mission Trips, you’ll have the chance to serve alongside those who are making a difference in Guatemala. This experience will grow your faith and expand your understanding of the complexity of poverty and cultural diversity.
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Here are examples of the types of projects you might be involved with:
Our projects are chosen with the locals’ ongoing needs in mind, with coordination from local community members and non-profits to ensure we are making a long-lasting impact. You will surely get plenty of cultural interaction with Guatemalans as you serve in many beautification projects throughout the community of San Juan La Laguna.
Each evening, some of our local partners in the community will join us for dinner, so that you can interact and get to know them better.
Saturday – Arrive at La Aurora International Airport (GUA); stay overnight near Antigua.
Sunday – Tour Mayan ruins at Iximche; take a boat to San Juan La Laguna and attend a local church in the evening
Monday-Thursday – Service rotations throughout the different projects; evening devotions and God Sightings
Friday – Free day (zip-lining and visit to Antigua) - Overnight in Antigua
Saturday – Depart for GUA airport; fly home
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Our international trips are family-friendly, so, in most cases, kids can serve along with adults. We require 1 adult (18 years or older) for every 5 youth (17 years or younger). Contact Robin at 970-800-4000 for more location-specific age requirements.
Contact our expert international mission trip advisor, Robin, at 970-800-4000.
Prices do not include airfare from North America. However, in Peru, our price includes the airfare from Lima to Pucallpa and Cusco.
To reserve space on a trip, a non-refundable $100/person deposit is due when you register. Final payment is due 60 days before departure. If you cancel your registration prior to the final payment due date, your deposit is non-refundable but any additional payments you have made up until that time are refundable. Once you have paid your final balance and are within 60 days of your trip, all money is non-refundable. If Group International Mission Trips makes the decision to cancel your trip due to inclement weather or political unrest, we will reschedule you to a different trip or refund your fees.
Most meals are covered as part of your registration, except for free days if you're serving in Alaska or Puerto Rico. Please see the detailed itinerary of your international trip for any exceptions.
Most meals will be provided by our ministry partners, who have been carefully trained to prepare safe and nutritious meals for our teams. You will get a taste of local food on all of our trips, and some locations will include American food as well.
While some mission trips are more physically strenuous than others, most international trips will include at least four 8-hour service days in hot and humid environments. Your group can work at the level of physical exertion with which they’re comfortable.
Your international mission trip covers gratuities for meals in restaurants that are included for the week. Gratuities for porters or housekeeping staff if you stay in a hotel during your trip are at your discretion. Airport porters who help with your bags will expect to be tipped $1-$2, and if you participate in a guided tour or fun activity on your free day, you may want to consider tipping your hired guide.
The safety of your group is a top priority for us, as we’re sure it is for you. In all the areas we serve, we take extra precautions to make sure you or your group is as safe as possible. Guided by our local, experienced ministry staff partners, we avoid situations that are inherently dangerous. We’re also proactive by choosing lodging facilities and transportation that are safe and reliable. Our International Mission Trip Advisor is glad to answer further safety questions.
Probably. If you’re looking for a trip specially designed for your group, we may be able to accommodate that for you. We have several trips a year that we custom design for groups, at a date and location that fits their needs. Pricing and availability vary, but if you’re interested in a custom week, contact Robin at email@example.com, or call 1-970-800-4000 for more information.
Our payment policy is designed to give you the most flexibility when reserving your mission trip experience with Group Mission Trips.