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: 4 stars  

Volunteering with Mission Guatemala was a great experience. It was exciting to be a part of a continuing construction project to make a kitchen for a school. I like being able to help others and being a part of the many people and activities that have been and will be part of the project. Mission Guatemala is doing many different good things. In addition, the River House provided nice housing and the cooks made great meals.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is our second trip to volunteer with Mission Guatemala! And we'd go again in a heartbeat. The projects are extremely well organized and the staff and other workers are just great. The passion for the work they do is written all over them! Great balance of work and downtime. We were blessed far more than we blessed others I'm sure!

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Rating: 5 stars  

What an amazing week we had with Mission Guatemala! The projects (helping to build an office for the teachers at the Jr. High School and installing efficient stoves); the beautiful children; the amazing way God blessed us while we were there. We've already scheduled our return trip for next year! Thank You Mission Guatemala for all you are doing for the people of 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  

3 people found this review helpful

This was my second trip to volunteer for Mission Guatemala. This is an outstanding organization that has great respect in the San Andreas Semetebaj and Panajachel areas. They are very organized and consistently develop programs that exceed similar mission progams. From the staff, cooks, interpreters. drivers, and work leaders, Mission Guatemala does an excellent job of coordinating a true cultural emersion experience. The accommodations and food are excellent and you are well taken care of during your stay. Your experience includes the opportunity to work with the native people and explore areas that the normal tourist would never get to see on a regular tour. Mission Guatemala goes beyond being just a mission trip. They have developed trust and respect from the local people as well as creating a true international bond of friendship between the United States and Guatemala. They include cultural experiences to accompany the actual mission experience. I encourage anyone thinking about doing mission work abroad for their first time to give Mission Guatemala a try. It is amazing to observe the growth of this organization in such a short amount of time. I know that they will go far in the future doing all the good they can for the wonderful people of Guatemala. D. Martin, Evansville, IN

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Rating: 5 stars  

This was my second trip to Mission Guatemala. It was such a blessing! Very well organized. It was a great mix of work, education and fun!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I and 12 others from my church spent last week in Guatemala working with Mission Guatemala. It was a simply wonderful experience all the way around. We worked hard and felt a great deal of satisfaction with the work we did. Our accommodations were better than any other mission trip I have been on and Tom and Dave were always there to answer any questions we had. A fabulous 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?

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

This was my second trip to Mission Guatemala. Tom and his team do a remarkable job. We learned the history of Mission Guatemala, visited the clinic, preschool, and feeding center. We worked all week on stuccoing a school kitchen. We were just part of a team effort of many volunteer groups to help build this kitchen for the children in the area. We enjoyed the people, culture and beautiful surroundings. We had gracious hosts, cooks, bus drivers, guide, construction crew, and interpreter. Thank you for a wonderful week.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I just spent the last week with Mission Guatemala and I'm still thinking about the wonderful experiences I had. Tom, David and Noah made the week of hard work, fun and meaningful. Tom has said he is all about developing relationships and we definitely did that with the friendly and appreciative natives.
I painted a house and fence, delivered and helped assemble fuel efficient stoves and played with the adorable preschoolers. Throughout the week a staff member was working along with us and helping us. Tom made sure that the volunteers needs were met while making sure that we had worthwhile projects to do to help the people of the villages.
Before Mission Guatemala existed these people had no one they could depend on to help them. Within a year's time there is a health and dental clinic and a preschool which is available to them. Plus a feeding center was built for children in another area. Many great things have been accomplished in such a short time.
I am so glad that I was able to be a part of this wonderful organization. I'm hoping to return and help Mission Guatemala improve the lives of their neighbors.

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  

Mission Guatemala is a well-organized, high-functioning organization that engages local participation from the Guatemalan community in determining the most urgent needs and building trust in the communities they serve. They give hard-working, appreciative people a hand up, not a handout that will have a dramatic impact on future generations! I just completed a 9 day mission trip there. I truly feel that I took away more than I gave. Elaine Palmer

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Rating: 5 stars  

This was my first experience with Mission Guatemala. The time spent was remarkable. Our team worked on a kitchen that will feed 500 Mayan children a substantial daily meal. The work was hard but rewarding. We were able to see first hand the benefits these feeding centers make during our visit to an existing center. We spent time in their medical and dental clinic. The organization provided an well rounded program for our 15 member team that included teens to us middle age folk and we all were useful in the construction project. Not only will this experience change the lives of Mayan children in this area of desperate need, it changed my life.

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 second trip to Mission Guatemala. It was very rewarding to see the cumulative effect of many groups over time having a generational impact on the loving people of Guatemala. The entire trip was organized from the time we landed in Guatemala City until we left. We experienced an incredible week of working with the local people on a kitchen for the middle school. We visited the market in Chi Chi, the medical clinic, kindergarten and feeding center. We took the tuc-tuc to into Panajachel for dinner and market. Mission Guatemala lets you be part of the community with the people. I hope to go again.

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1 person found this review helpful

With some missions I have questioned what percentage of my giving gets to the people in need. After my trip to Panajachel, I was absolutely amazed how gifts were multiplied by Tom and his staff. The things they can do, the lives they touch with one dollar was astounding. And the projects don't just effect those receiving, but impact generations: teaching the children Spanish, feeding them, dental care, medical care, and clean efficient stoves for their homes. Doesn't get any more basic than that. I plan to go back. I will give. And I will pray for Mission Guatemala.

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

Panajachel, Guatemala

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

have to spend more time there understand the culture before answering. Maybe after next visit.

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Rating: 5 stars  

We just completed a 9 day trip in Guatemala and have a great deal of positives to share. The staff was extremely helpful in assisting us thru the culture the mission and our impact to helping Mission Guatemala meet its vision. From the transportation and the drivers to and from Guatemala City to Panajachel, to the accomidations, food and preparations, to the onsite translators and staff everyone involved was deeply passionate about their role and purpose. The love of God and people is evident in the many interactions we had all along the way. We will be back and intend to bring other new volunteers with us. I am greatful for the opportunity they have provided us and the impact on those they are serving.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This mission provide much needed help to the grossly under served in the highlands of Guatemala. They daily are doing life-changing work...especially with child malnutrition and health. Amazing people, life-altering work, permanent positive change!

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