My service-trip to Guatemala in 2009 was life-changing, as I catch myself having to validate whether I NEED things, as compared to how I lived there. I have/had made several changes to the way I was deciding to spend money. I find myself spending LESS, and being able to allocate MORE towards certain funds. Aside from this all, I was able to make a positve impact in the lives of several families, as I was able to build three houses, and got to play with some AWESOME kids.
I have volunteered with The God's Child Project five times in Guatemala to date, and also have volunteered at the US offices as well. This organization changes lives. We have sponsored kids through GCP and have seen (in person) their lives change forever! GCP offers hope for a better future as well as a better present. Volunteering in Guatemala is so awesome because the team they have down there is so much fun! Every teacher, social worker, coordinator, home builder, etc care about what they do. Many of them now I get to call friends and to have people with hearts of gold working with this project just makes you confident when you come back home. You know that the kids and families of Guatemala are in amazing hands with the GCP workers & volunteers located in Antigua. Everyone should go down and volunteer, it does change the lives of people in Guatemala but even more so, it will change you!
I have volunteered twice in Guatemala with the God's Child Project and say first-hand that this organization is saving hundreds of children from abject poverty by providing them with first and foremost an education, but also with safe housing, food and medical care. Every volunteer and staff member is focused on doing what it takes to keep children in school and off the very dangerous streets.