• International Mission Trip to Guatemala - Guatemala  - Mission Finder

  • International Mission Trip to Guatemala - Guatemala  - Mission Finder

  • International Mission Trip to Guatemala - Guatemala  - Mission Finder

  • International Mission Trip to Guatemala - Guatemala  - Mission Finder

  • International Mission Trip to Guatemala - Guatemala  - Mission Finder

  • International Mission Trip to Guatemala - Guatemala  - Mission Finder

  • International Mission Trip to Guatemala - Guatemala  - Mission Finder

  • International Mission Trip to Guatemala - Guatemala  - Mission Finder

International Mission Trip to Guatemala

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.

Where

San Juan la Laguna, Guatemala

When

June 23 to June 30, 2018 and July 14 to July 21, 2018

Skills

A heart to serve.  All ages

What We Will Do

Here are examples of the types of projects you might be involved with:

Light construction projects for single mothers. Helping a struggling coffee farmer. Engaging in English language programs at a local school and supporting a local women’s cooperative.

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. These projects may include lake shore cleanup, public plaza repair and upkeep, and a fish farm and hydroponics project at one of the local schools.

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