Mission Guatemala is helping to improve the health and educational opportunities for children in the surrounding communities of Panajachel. They have a great facility, transportation from and to the airport, food is amazing, and great staff. In going to Panajachel twice, I have had the opportunity to work in two Mayan communities. The first was laying tile at a school for two large classrooms. My trip in February, we completed two projects- building forms for pouring a concrete roof and then pouring the concrete, and painting a school inside and out. I would recommend Mission Guatemala to any team looking for a mission opportunity aboard!!!
Fantastic experience and organization! The impact that this team is having on the educational and nutritional system among the local Mayan population is incredible.
Mission Guatemala lives by the 3 Simple rules if John Wesley, founder of Methodism and the Wesleyan traditions: Do no harm, Do good, Stay in love with God. This keeps them focused on the very best for the Guatemalan people. They also give all they have to the mission teams who come to Guatemala to work with them.
My third trip to Guatemala with Mission Guatemala and it was as special as the first (and second). A first class organization Dave has worked hard to build trust and community with the locals served by mission Guatemala. I can’t wait to go back and hope to continue to do so for many years.
Words fall short describing the work Mission Guatemala does for the communities around them and the loving care extends beyond to everyone they meet including volunteers. It often happens that you go on a missions trip to give however I this case I think I received more then I gave. Largely in part of the amazing leg work, research and preparation done by mission Guatemala before we arrived. I can't wait to go back.
As Christians (as Andy Stanley says: Jesus Followers), we are called by the Commandment to Love Others as Ourselves, and the Commission to spread His teachings throughout all the nations of the earth. Our team of women and men some of whom had been to Mission Guatemala a number of times, and for a few this was the first.
We found that Love was spread onto us by the children we were there to serve. We had God's Grace rained down upon us as we worked to improve a school, and the school leaders, parents and community leaders came to us with their humble home-made gifts and thanks that meant more than any self-congratulations. This Mission's multiple outreaches have a common thread that weaves a beautiful fabric, not unlike the Mayan artisans'. From early childhood nutrition, scholarships for children to continue education, access to a clinic for healthcare and eye care, feeding programs that instruct mothers as they prepare school lunches, and physical projects that test the missionaries' skills and capacity - the children, families, communities are all impacted. We were also doubly blessed with another project where we shared labor with 80 plus teachers from around the district who worked side by side with us for a long day of concrete work at a new structure where they could have office/work space. The shared joy is indescribable. Our day with the scholarship children similarly was something that allowed them to show their gratitude while enjoying a full day of activities and engagement. Finally Mission Guatemala does a superb job of rounding out the missionaries' understanding by providing varied elements of cultural immersion so that we leave with a fuller, clearer mind-picture of what they are about and what and how our service is of value in respect of the commandment and the commission.
I love Mission Guatemala. Their heart and efforts are about helping the San Andreas area improve the life of children. They believe in doing their work correctly, not just checking the box. The whole staff has a love for the community which is obvious in everything they do. The volunteers' work is very hands on. This is my third trip to Mission Guatemala and I can't wait to go back!
This is my fifth year at Mission Guatemala and our team had a great week serving the people of Guatemala. Every year the program for serving the local community expands. The key component is that most of the staff is local that are paid a living wage to run the medical and construction projects that accomplish significant projects that serve their neighbors. Our team did carpentry work this year on our project. The MG team are like family to us and it is a privilege to work with them to improve their community. Accommodations, transportation, and housing are excellent and I look forward to returning again next February.
Mission Guatemala has been a blessing to the Mayan people in San Andres and the surrounding communities. Most of the MG staff are from the local community and are paid to provide services to the mission team members. This is my 4th year to work a week on community school projects (concrete play area, classrooms, and 2 school bathrooms). We work alongside local skilled personnel who are very willing to teach us their construction methods. The school children are so much fun to play with on breaks. The MG feeding programs provide healthy food for school lunches. Hosting more than 40 mission teams a year, MG can complete large projects that benefit the whole community. The medical, pharmacy, and vision programs at the MG clinic serve many families from San Andres and the surrounding Mayan communities.
I recently returned from my second trip as a volunteer for Mission Guatemala. Our team of ten had a wonderful experience. Personally, I was inspired by my team and the staff of Mission Guatemala. This organization has expanded beyond the medical clinic, continuing to add programs that are lifting up communities in this area of Guatemala. Every day we saw how the people in these communities trusted and appreciated the leadership of MG, welcomed our team of volunteers and committed there own efforts to help in achieving the goals of MG. I highly recommend Mission Guatemala if you are looking for a volunteer experience or donating to a very worthwhile organization.
I have had the opportunity to serve Mission Guatemala on 4 different trips. The staff and accommodations far exceed any expectations. The projects are well organized and the construction staff are very patient and knowledgeable. Mission Guatemala offers a variety of services to the community and the people residing there. They offer a medical clinic and eye clinic with pharmacy on site, sewing and computer classes, a feeding program, scholarship for education program and much more.I highly recommend this organization if you are interested in a mission trip or a nonprofit to support.
Mission Guatemala was a wonderful experience for my first time and I look forward to other trips. The staff took excellent care of all our needs even after our volunteer time was complete. The work being done by Mission Guatemala has made an impact in many lives and I am honored to have been a small part this past week. I could write a novel on the hospitality of the staff and community families we met while there. The children LOVE the MG staff and it showed on their faces that they loved the children too. The clinic, feeding program, stove projects, pharmacy program are just a sample of wht this wonderful organization provides for many communities and families. Thank you for all that you do.
We just returned to Indiana from Guatemala after experiencing a week of sharing stories, work, and laughter with the most devoted people I have ever met. The Mission Guatemala staff, work day and night to make all volunteers comfortable and knowledgeable of the project they are working on and who the people are that you are giving your gift of work to. I had a personal experience with the Clinic and the doctor and her staff took great care of me and had me feeling normal again in just one day. They were able to test my blood, give me medication and examine me all in just a few hours. Without the Clinic and lab facilities that Mission Guatemala provides, my experience would have taken days. Thank you so much for the opportunity to work side by side with the team and meet such caring people, who expect nothing but appreciate everything. God Bless Mission Guatemala.
We have been a financial supporters of Mission Guatemala for several years. This year we were able to see our dollars in action. Our trip was well organized and every detail was considered. The River House and grounds were relaxing and the food was wonderful. I can't say enough about the staff, especially the leadership of David Burns, and the effort to allow us to interact with community members and to work on projects that will benefit these families.
Our team of ten from Newburgh United Methodist Church just completed a week of love, labor and community with Mission Guatemala. This was my fifth trip to Mission Guatemala and each new visit enriches the experience. We have developed lasting relationships with the staff and work crews that supervise the projects we do. The people of Guatemala that we serve have a trust and respect for Mission Guatemala that is apparent. The people are engaged and involved with the staff and the volunteers who work with them. The projects are their projects, not just something that someone else thinks they need! I would highly recommend this experience for teams of any age or skill level.
Just spent 8 days with Mission Guatemala working on restrooms for the school in Caliaj Tecpan. This was my fourth trip with MG and I will keep coming as long as I am able. The staff of MG have become family to me. The joy of the children, the hard working, friendly Mayan workers, the accommodations, the healthy, delicious meals, and the fellowship are impossible to adequately describe. My experiences have changed my life and renewed my spirit.
If you are looking to participate in a mission that is 5 star, please consider Mission Guatemala. Very well organized from start to finish. Really enjoyed being immersed in their culture.
Blessings to all,
Dave and his team exceeded our expectations in every way. It was a great week spent with wonderful people.
This was our 1st time working with Mission Guatemala and I cannot say enough positive things about them! The staff is incredible. They made us feel welcome and really spent time getting to know us, and vice versa, during the meals we shared together. Communication from staff to our team was excellent. The River House is beautiful and peaceful. There is plenty of space for group devotional time or if you need to slip away to spend time alone and re-center, you can find a quiet nook somewhere. Also, there is HOT water, which (from previous experience) is hard to find. This year marked my 3rd year of mission trips to Guatemala and this year's trip was my favorite. I came back inspired, strengthened in my faith and renewed in my spirit. The only downside is having to wait a whole year before I can return.
Very intentional group! Living by the motto "Do all you can" while doing no harm.
Our week with Mission Guatemala was one of the best mission experience I've had in almost 25 years of leading teams! The staff was organized, welcoming, gracious, and patient. Mission Guatemala is intentional and thoughtful in their work, seeking to 'do no harm' while 'doing good' and loving God and the neighbor. Accommodations were comfortable and the food was delicious. I loved the spirit of the people and organization--would definitely recommend and hope to bring a team again!
Great people, great trip, and very nice place to stay and work. My only complaint is that I do not feel like we worked as much as I wanted too. We did learn a lot about the culture and such which is wonderful, but I came to work and do not feel that we did as much work as I hoped to.
We have just returned from a week long work camp organized by Mission Guatemala. We received helpful guidance all through the planning process, and were well cared for all through the course of the week. The leadership is top-notch and the foremen at the work site are skilled and patient, allowing each of our 18 participants, from youth through senior adults, to feel useful . We worked hard, yet had time to explore the land and learn more about the culture. This is my 3rd time going to Mission Guatemala and I look forward to leading a team again next year.
The Mission Guatemala staff was amazing... always there to help my team’s needs and there to encourage us in various areas throughout the week. I felt like I was there for a purpose and really enjoyed/helped make progress with the construction project even though I was inexperienced in that area.