MISSION GUATEMALA INC
Rating: 4.93 stars 238 238 reviews 3,607
Issues: Human Services
Location: 230 W Spruce St. Princeton IN 47670 USA
Geographic areas served: Lake Atitlan Region, Guatemala
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Well organized, meaningful projects, and community involvement. Mission Guatemala does an amazing job of organizing the work for the volunteers to complete, overseeing that work, and ensuring that the communities that are receiving the help have a stake in what is done and provide aid themselves, so there is a team effort for the work. Mission Guatemala also teaches the volunteers about the culture and history of the area they working.
After volunteering for Mission Guatemala, I can firmly say that I would easily return and work for them again. As a matter of fact, I am trying to plan when I can bring my three children to volunteer as well.
All of the people that worked for Mission Guatemala are very passionate, informative and helpful. There was not one thing that I disliked about my trip to Guatemala and that would not have been possible without the amazing Mission Guatemala staff. I definitely look forward to going back in the future.
Mission Guatemala is a great operation. It does everything in its power to not only help communities in Guatemala, but to do it in a respectful way while building lasting bonds with those communities. Additionally it operates very smoothly with the help of everyone that works for mission Guatemala. As a volunteer I feel like our time there was used very efficiently, as we got a lot of work done in only five days. Lastly mission Guatemala encouraged us to bond with the communities and learn about the diverse cultures with ing Guatemala. 10/10 this organization is a fantastic one!
my trip to Mission Guatemala in January 2015 was an outstanding trip. The accomodations exceeded my expectations. The staff was wonderful to work with and we were always treated with respect. Our days were well planned and we were able to do many volunteer jobs while there for two weeks. Mission Guatemala arranged sight seeing trips for us that allowed us to learn more about the culture and the people we were there to serve. My husband and I were not ready to come back to the states. We would have gladly stayed another two weeks and hope to make a trip back there within a year. Mission Guatemala is doing great things for the people in the small communities that they work with. I could also see how much the people appreciate all the hard work that Mission Guatemala does along with the teams that come to work. I would recommend this organization to anyone looking to go on a mission trip
Tom Heaton and Co. are wonderful hosts who unfold the story of Mission Guatemala and the many God-interventions that have brought the work to its current scope and efficiency. Tom and David see needs so clearly, and offer to meet the needs of the Guatemalan poor with great love, no judgment, and a standard of excellence which glorifies God and makes me as a fellow United Methodist very proud. This country and the people are beautiful!
This mission in Pana, Guatemala is focused on helping the local population by supporting the schools, providing medical, dental, and eye care as well as providing safe water and nutrient food. I think what makes it clear that they have the people, especially the children, as a focus group is whatever school we visited, and whatever mission representative was with us, the children, teachers and parents all not only knew the mission employees but welcomed them with smiles! I particularly liked how when Dave visited a school, the kids lined up to be lifted up and hugged, they took turns, and each gave him a big hug. They appreciate the school supplies, food and medical help, but really enjoy the love that is shared. This is a mission focused on what the community needs!
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Mission Guatemala Inc is a very productive organization reaching out to several communities with a wide variety of needs. The communities that we were able to help and spend time with are very grateful and humble people. Their years of revolutions, poverty and natural disaster have not dampened the cheerful spirit. We need more organizations who are willing to assure the money donated is placed where it is intended. These servants truly are selfless and live on a minimum while passing on their gifts to others. I am very blessed to have been a part of their helping hand. May His Spirit continue to bring you joy. Katherine Howell
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A group of us from Iowa spent 2 weeks with Mission Guatemala in January 2015. We were very impressed with the organization, its mission and goals, the amount of work that is accomplished, the basic services provided to the village people and the efficiency with which all is completed on few monetary resources! The medical clinic staffed by Guatemalan doctors, dentists, and pharmacists meets the needs of families who do not have the opportunity or resources to get those services. The meals and school supplies given to poor children in the area are meeting basic needs of nutrition and education! We saw the smiles on the faces of children when they received the school bags.
Mission Guatemala appears to be always looking for ways to improve the lives and opportunities of the disadvantaged. For instance, I helped teach sewing to women with the hope that they will make things to sell to earn some income as well as be able to teach others to sew. The organization is planning to develop a technical training program to teach skills that can be used in the work force. And they're going to open an optometry clinic.
I was very impressed with the staff, their caring attitudes, and their commitment to improving the lives of the poor in the area. I would definitely like to return and be involved with their program again. It is well organized! Bev Kruempel
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Mission Guatemala is a highly-ethical, reputable, well-run organization that is truly making a positive difference in the lives of impoverished Guatemalans. I was so impressed with the efficiency of the organization. They are providing medical services (including dental, optometric, pharmaceutical), jobs, nutritious food, clean water, fuel-efficient stoves, school supplies, and much more, to people in need, and all within a minimal administrative budget. The staff are caring, talented, delightful people who are passionate about their work, and their passion is contagious.
Rather than imposing improvements based upon first-world perceptions, Mission Guatemala is driven by the needs and the culture of those whom they serve. Because of this, the program is highly respected and trusted by the communities served and the entire country.
Our mission team of 20 volunteers spent 2 weeks serving with Mission Guatemala. Due in large part to their being well-organized and having lots of connections within the communities, we were able to maximize the use of our varied talents and accomplish more than I would have dreamed possible in such a short time. We had a wonderful time working there. In addition to the work, we were treated to a few delightful excursions to experience the culture of Guatemala. The lodgings provided are safe and comfortable, far better than what I would expect on a mission trip, and the food extraordinary!
I truly hope to return someday on another mission trip!
Our Iowa United Methodist Volunteer in Mission work team had a fabulous experience at missionguatemala. This is a well planned program staffed by reliable and knowledgeable people who are very helpful. A variety of work was accomplished because of the advance preparation of the staff and the willingness of our team to get the job done but not at the expense of building relationships.
I highly recommend this mission project for potential teams wanting a place where significant and meaningful work can be done for the Glory of God.