MISSION GUATEMALA INC

Rating: 4.93 stars   238 reviews

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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
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Rating: 5 stars  

We visited Mission Guatemala in January, 2015. It was a transformational experience for both my husband and I. This ministry does not just go out and try to "fix" people and their situations, they are in dialogue with the communities to hear what their needs are and then they provide assistance and support to meet the needs of the community. Tom and Dave are providing great leadership to a stellar group of people they have recruited to work with. The combination of both people that originate from the communities they serve as well as people working in their fields of expertise is what makes this such an amazing ministry. Observing and experiencing how Mission Guatemala engages their communities to participate and invest in their own change was truly inspiring! Upon returning to the organization I serve, I felt there was a lot to be learned from the Mission Guatemala model.
Jennifer, Indiana USA

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have worked with Mission Guatemala several years, and I am always learning something new. Working on projects that are needed in the rural areas are always satisfying and rewarding. Tom and Dave maintain their focus on education , health, and nutrition, and it shows. I like that they involve people of the areas to be involved in the projects as this gives ownership to the people and not to us outsiders.

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Rating: 4 stars  

Our group cleaned & painted at a clinic and preschool facility; built tables and benches for a feeding center; and started building a house for a Mayan family. We were also able to participate in presenting water filtration systems to displaced families that have lived in tents since last fall (2010) when they had to leave their village because of mud slides.
The best part of the experience was that we were working side by side with the people we were trying to help. We were learning from each other. It was a lot of manual labor that took a lot of time and many hands.
Tom and David have their hands full managing the groups that come in to do projects, but I think that is why they have gotten so much done in the short time since the mission work began. Not many organizations can get a building, doctor, dentist, and preschool going in less than a year. They keep a handle on what needs to be done to add positive quality to community life inspite of the difficulties the people face.

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I experienced a different culture and worked with people outside my comfort zone. I was able to get back to a basic and simple lifestyle which we all need to do at times. I was amazed at the giving and the receiving on the part of everyone, which just goes to show that we all have somethng to share. I really feel I got more than I gave.

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

A knowledgeable errand person for Tom and David would be helpful, but I know how it is. When you start a business, the manager does it all -- even run to Walmart to get important papers like TP. A tool to assess the talents and abilities of the individuals that are coming in to help might help organize the projects although Tom does have a priority list in mind. I was surprised how we all fell into teams to get the projects done or started the week we were there.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Mission Guatemala is truly a wonderful organization that does mission work in the right way. They have deep respect for the communities and people they work with. First class all the way!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Mission Guatemala does amazing work with the people of Guatemala who live in small rural communities. Their clinic in San Andres Semetabaj provides inexpensive medical with pharamacy, dental, and eye care to whoever needs help. Some ride the bus up to 2 hours to get low cost health care at the clinic. The MG staff is mostly native to Guatemala, which helps the communication with those being served.

Our church helped MG build an all-weather soccer/basketball court at Sucun last year and with constructing a new restroom for students at Marie Del Carmen school this year. The restroom replaces the current pit toilet being used by the students. The MG team provides good construction supervision and uses local materials that are purchased by the volunteers. Working at 8.000 feet in small mountain communities can be a challenge building things, but the MG team always found ways to overcome or work around every construction problem we encountered. I plan to return again next year to serve the wonderful people of Guatemala, and I thank God that Mission Guatemala provides us this opportunity to "go into all the world" for mission work.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Mission Guatemala provides a bridge of hope that allowed our church to connect with Native Guatemalans and help meet their needs all while making new friends. MG is well organized and works hard to focus on projects requested by leaders in the rural communities. Interpreters provided by MG allowed good communication with the children and adults in the communities being served. I grew in my faith through serving the wonderful people of Guatemala. The MG team members worked hard to make certain that all our needs were met, regardless of the hour of the night when a run to the pharmacy was needed. I will return again next year.

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

Everything went fine with our mission adventure

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?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

My 3rd year at MG. Very well run mission for very needy and appreciative Mayan people. As a volunteer you will work on projects that make a real difference in lives while getting to know the local children, seeing how they live, and enjoying the beautiful and safe area of Lake Attilan. The MG personnel, facilities and food are great. The local workers that MG hires to help the volunteers are knowledgeable and hard working. The city of Panajachel is delightful and there are some nice surprises during your mission week. Guatemala City is only a 3 hour flight from Atlanta, Panajachel is a 3 hour drive after that.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Mission Guatemala is very well run and organized in helping in many ways the very poor Mayan people in the area of Panajachel on Lake Atitulan. The projects are important and you can see your progress. The facilities and food are very good. The staff is extremely helpful and flexible. The area is beautiful and the Mayan's are warm and very appreciative. Very highly recommended.

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

No changes recommended.

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?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Mission Guatemala is outstanding because of how integrated they have become in the communities they serve. Involvement of Mayan staff and the requirement of involvement of the community who benefits in the selection, planning, and construction of projects is critical to their success and the level of trust that has developed for Mission Guatemala. We were warmly welcomed by the community and developed lasting relationships with those with whom we worked. In addition, the accommodations and food for the teams make serving on a team a real pleasure. This trip was my second to Mission Guatemala and I look forward to doing it again next year. It is a time each year that I can truly say I am the person God created me to be.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Mission Guatemala is helping people in the best way; they are fulfilling basic needs such as food and medical in a way that allows the dignity and active participation of those being served. I felt like my time and resources were more efficiently used than by any other charity I have been involved. I got to see and experience the benefits firsthand in Mayan communities in desperate circumstances. The organization and leadership of Mission Guatemala is simply the best!

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

None.

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?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Mission Guatemala is doing a great job of affecting the lives of children in Guatemala, well organized. The week we had building a new cafeteria was rewording, the crew waste nothing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Mission Guatemala is an amazing organization. Tom Heaton has developed a staff that is dedicated and proficient in their jobs. They are continuing to serve more and more needs in the area. The project our team worked on was well organized. With the help of the MG staff and workers we were able to do more than we ever thought possible at the beginning of our stay. The accommodations and meals were exceptional, especially for the area. We were given tours of the clinic and area to better understand the real needs of the people. Overall I think MG is one of the finest organizations with which I have been associated.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Just returned from a wonderful week of work at Mission Guatemala with a team from my church. Was wonderful.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Mission Guatemala does an awesome job of managing work teams. They line up meaningful work to be done. They pay attention to the details of accomodations. And most importantly they are intentional about giving team members opportunities to meet Guatemalans and learn about their culture and conditions. I have been on many mission trips over the last 20 years, several outside the US, and this trip was definitely the best.

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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