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Mission Guatemala Inc

Rating: 4.94 stars   287 reviews 45,966

Nonprofit Issues:

Human Services

Address:

230 W Spruce St. Princeton IN 47670 USA

Mission:

Mission Guatemala Inc., is a faith-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to help meet the basic needs and improve the quality of life of under-served and impoverished Guatemalan peoples through health, education and nutrition initiatives and missionary service.

Geographic areas served:

Lake Atitlan Region, Guatemala

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the blessing of serving at Mission Guatemala for 3 years. This is an incredibly well organized mission that has at its heart the Guatemalan people. They invest in the lives of people who live in communities of rural Guatemala through education, nutrition and medical care. We take our graduating seniors each year to serve at Mission Guatemala. Through their experiences, they see the world through a better set of eyes after serving with Mission Guatemala and are better prepared to continue their journey post high school. I highly recommend serving with Mission Guatemala!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Mission Guatemala exceeded our expectations for our most recent youth mission trip. First, they are a mission based upon relationships with the communities they serve and responsive to needs expressed rather than pre-conceived notions of what North Americans think is needed. They are well organized and maintained excellent communications before, during and after our trip. The accommodations, food and excursions were excellent. As a veteran of numerous mission trips in Latin America, i believe this is a mission that is absolutely worthy of our support.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Wonderful trip and organization. This was my third mission trip through Mission Guatemala, and I have been thoroughly and increasingly impressed each time. They truly exemplify the words "Do all the good you can...", and are making a tangible difference in the lives and communities of the Guatemalan people.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Last week I returned home from my fifth trip to Guatemala to serve with Mission Guatemala. For this trip, my team and I worked on the expansion of the kitchen at the primary school in Xepec. Mission Guatemala continues to work to help the families in the San Andres area. With their focus on education and nutrition for the children, they have made great strides in improving the futures for these children. It is also impressive the way Mission Guatemala strives to partner with the communities so they can help them with the areas of true need.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've recently returned from my 2nd trip to Guatemala to assist Mission Guatemala. My 2nd trip was as amazing as my first, and I look forward to many more. This year, I worked on 4 different projects: 1) installation of fuel-efficient stoves in the homes 2) construction of water collection tanks at one of the schools 3) family pictures for families at 3 local schools and 4) preparation of soccer fields at Nueva Esperanza school. Tom and Dave are so dedicated to improving the lives of these families. I feel so blessed to be a part of this.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I spent July 9 - July 17 in Guatemala with my mission team from JCUMC. Mission Guatemala is amazing. Rev. Tom Heaton is such an inspiration with all that he has allowed God to do through him in such a short time. I was privileged to work on 3 different projects during my week there: 1) Mission Guatemala is building a house for a family that was displaced, so I was able to work a couple of days helping on the house construction; 2) our team constructed 6 cabinets & 3 teacher desks for the Nueva Esperanza school; 3) Mission Guatemala is installing efficient stoves into homes that either don't have a stove or homes that have an inadequate stove. I was able to visit a couple of the homes that had received these stoves. Mission Guatemala's first accomplishments were the clinic with Doctor's office, Dentist's office and Pharmacy, and the Preschool. These are now in full swing. They also built a feeding center which is a partnership with Nueva Esperanza school. Our team had the special privilege of attending the recognition ceremony for the opening of this center. Although there was much work to be done, Tom did not want our experience to just be about the work. He planned our itinerary such that we were able to experience the culture of Guatemala. We spent a day at Chichicastenango at the beginning of our week, we had a special dinner one night during our trip in which our host shared his Mayan culture with us, and a trip across the lake to a weaving coop at the end of our week. This really helped us to better understand the people and the impact of the work we did.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in seeing the excitement and joy in the faces of the people who have been helped by Mission Guatemala.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide Tom with another assistant so he can relax and have some free time.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Absolutely. I am now an expert at chopping cinder blocks and sanding. I will never forget the people I met through this experience.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It was very gratifying to know that I was helping to build a home and to provide materials to the school and to homes that will make people's lives better. The people were so loving and they welcomed us into their homes and school with overwhelming hospitality.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

The staff provides the perfect mix of logistics, safety, accommodations and cultural opportunities to allow a team to fully experience all the beauty and richness that is Guatemala. They stress that it is more important to make relationships within the communities than to "finish" a work project. You will work hard, lean new skills, make new friends & they allow sufficient leisure time for teams to either relax or reflect upon being the "hands and feet of Christ."

It is also so rewarding to know that their sole purpose of being in Guatemala is to positively impact the lives of children and families in the communities in which you serve.

This was my 4th trip with Mission Guatemala and I cannot wait until my 5th!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I just finished my 2nd trip to Guatemala and hope to make many more. The Mission Guatemala are special people whose focus on education, health, and nutrition is designed to meet the unique needs of each community they support. Volunteers not only provide "helping hands" working alongside talented Guatemalan workers but spend time with children of the local communities. They also get to visit some of beautiful and interesting sites in the area and leave with an appreciation for the land and people of Guatemala. A trip here is truly a life changing experience.

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Tom Heaton, Dave Burns, and their team do a fantastic job! Excellent understanding of the people, communities, and accessing the needs. I have done volunteer work on short term mission trips for over 30 years and this organization is one of the best!

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I have just returned from another week of working with Mission Guatemala - my fifth in five years. We have developed what we expect to be a long term relationship with Mission Guatemala. The visions and goals of Tom Heaton and Dave Burns are in strong agreement with ours. Mission Guatemala is working towards making long term differences in areas of nutrition, health and education. An important part of every visit is the development of relationships - within the community, with the staff, within your own teams and with other teams serving at the same time. There is never any question that mission teams will be treated well and kept safe. The staff have always been extremely friendly and professional. As a team leader for a number of years, I never hesitate to recommend Mission Guatemala as a mission opportunity.

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This was such a blessing to my life. I love the way in which they run the program, where they did more than help individuals, but strove to develop a community. The people in charge are phenomenal, creating projects for teams in a foreign environment, but then feeling welcomed and safe at every meal and at the place of residency. Best trip I've ever been on, I can't wait to go back.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I just returned from my first mission trip and it was to Mission Guatemala. The organization reaches their people by using their input to determine where they most need help. The lives they are able to touch is so great. I fell in love with the Guatemalan people.

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