MISSION GUATEMALA INC

Rating: 4.93 stars   238 reviews

Issues: Human Services

Location: 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
2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

My Mission Guatemala experience was what I expected it would be, but also so much more. I have been on missions in the past and I had expected it to be fun, rewarding, and enjoyable, but I never expected to get so much back from it. There are so many things I loved about this trip, but I will try to condense it into a few points. First of all, the country Guatemala itself is amazing and worth going just because of that. We had awesome weather, the most amazing drives everyday, and beautiful scenery to look at. Second, the people we got to interact with at each work site were welcoming, loving, and grateful. In fact, I can definitely say that I saw God in all of them through their kind and unconditional love. Finally, Mission Guatemala was so organized and we rarely had any road blocks during the week. The only road blocks we had were not their fault and just things that happen sometimes. I highly recommend going on a mission trip with them in the future.

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

Nothing, it was an awesome experience!

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?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Mission Guatemala far exceeds any expectation you may have when going on a mission trip. I was blown away by this group. This is an amazing organization that I was able to see firsthand how they help those in need in impoverished areas of Guatemala. It was my first mission trip overseas and you won't find a better or well organized organization for your team. Not only do they treat your team well, they also give you the opportunities to really get to know the culture while you're there. Nothing but A+++++!

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

Do nothing!! They are amazing!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had an amazing week with Mission Guatemala! I came with a group from my church (First UMC, Mt. Vernon, IN) and we worked on continuing the construction of bathrooms at the school in Caliaj and also did maintenance work around the clinic. Tom, Max, and Dave were wonderful, patient, and informative hosts during our stay in Guatemala and showed a real compassion and love for the people they worked with. Mission Guatemala is a wonderful organization and I would recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone who is interested in mission work in Guatemala.

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?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been on two trips to Mission Guatemala and will return in September for a third. Our church is now sending two groups per year to partner with the ministry of Mission Guatemala. Tom, Dave, and the entire staff have provided excellent service opportunities, interactions with the local culture, and life-changing experiences. The amazing impact that Mission Guatemala has made on its local community in just a short amount of time is incredible. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Mission Guatemala.

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

My experience with Mission Guatemala was extremely positive. Rev. Tom Heaton, along with Dave Burns, did an amazing job of making our time in Guatemala one of the most incredible mission experiences I've ever experienced. The advanced planning and preparation provided by Mission Guatemala was extremely helpful. Once on site, we were graciously hosted by the Mission Guatemala team. The hospitality extended by all associated with Mission Guatemala was amazing. Our work projects were also extremely well planned. We had three projects going on at the same time. The projects spanned a range of skill levels, so all member of our team had a place to plug in and feel great about accomplishing the tasks before us. It is apparent that Mission Guatemala, Rev. Heaton, and Dave Burns are well respected by the people in the greater San Andres community and Panajachel. Every thing was amazing...from travel arrangements (our drivers were great), to food (excellent), to lodging (comfortable, nice, clean), to our interactions with the local community, and to our ability to experience a bit of the Guatemalan culture (lots of fun in addition to lots of hard work). I would definitely give Mission Guatemala my highest praise and refer anyone interested in an international mission trip to consider making Mission Guatemala a top choice.

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

the way the mission experience ministered to me. I simple am not the same person I was when I arrived in Guatemala. I was ministered to by Rev. Heaton, Dave Burns, and the people of Guatemala. I will never forget seeing a mother explore her new home site: the joy on her face. I will never forget seeing an over-looked community receive water filters: the hope in their eyes and voices. I will never forget the children of Nueva Esperanza sanding tables alongside members of our team: the looks of pride!

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

have found a way to stay longer!

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.)

I made new friends from our team and Mission Guatemala. As a result of the trip, I'm wrestling with how this experience might impact my future ministry.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

deeply moved, challenged, filled with hope, and encouraged that we can make a difference.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I came with a group of people from church. The main projects we worked on during our week were building bathrooms (that will have flush toilets) for a school and some projects at the clinic. From getting off the plane in Guatemala City to getting back to the airport at the end of the week, everying was very well planned and prepared. Our transportation, housing, food, supplies for the projects, and local people to provide translation and direction for the project were taken care of. The week was a productive and enjoyable experience.

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?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

What a great week we spent with Tom,Dave, Max and all the Mission Guatemala staff! They did an outstanding job of helping us understand the culture and the people of Guatemala, from the Mayan educational dinner, to the weaving demonstrations and time to interact in the markets. Our time spent volunteering was well coordinated, and our time spent interacting with the people of Guatemala was a gift. I truly received more than I gave.

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?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Mission Guatemala has truly been an amazing blessing in my life. I have learned so much from just putting my hands to work. Tom and everyone who is a part of this mission all took great care of us, and also the privilege of learning Guatemala's culture. Everyone you met was kind and just wanted to share God's love. I will never forget this experience.

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?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Mission Guatemala does a great job of taking care of it's volunteers. From the time we arrived in the Guatemala City airport to when they delivered us back there a week later we had no worries. Our accommidations and food were very good. When we arrived at the work site all materials needed were there waiting for us. We were able to interact with the children from the school where we were helping to build a bathroom. This was an awesome experience and I would recommend it to anyone.

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?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Tom and Dave are doing Great Works in the name of God. The opportunities Mission Guatemala Inc. gave our group was life changing. They are truly spreading God's word and giving blessings back to the volunteers. Tom's whole team was ever-attentive and very helpful.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

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

A lot

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?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

God blessed my son and I with the opportunity to attend this trip. I will never forget this. Mission Guatemala goes above and beyond to accommodate everyone. We felt safe and comfortable in everything we did while in the country. We soon found out we weren't just there to help. We were also there to give hope, to learn, to teach and to enjoy in Gods amazing love. I recommend this trip to anyone who hears the call to do Gods will.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

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?

2013

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