Mission Guatemala provided a life-changing experience for our entire group. The week was well-organized and provided continual meaningful interactions with the local Guatemalans. We worked alongside the Mission Guatemala staff and some people from San Andres on an exciting building project for local teachers. I look forward to returning to interact with and serve with the people there.
Wonderful experience! Well managed and maintained. Great partnership that serves the needs of the local community!
It is an unforgettable organization that will open one's eyes to how amazing God's creation truly is! From the people that one will meet in and out of Mission Guatemala to the beautiful volcanos and land, one will not regret choosing to stay with Mission Guatemala!
We took a team of 10 people to Guatemala with Mission Guatemala on May 27 - June 4, 2017. We had a fabulous experience that exceeded our expectations. Mission Guatemala has their act together. Not only did they have things setup to take the best care of our team in terms of safe water, heathy and delicious food, wonderful accommodations, but they also have done wonderful things in the community. It is fantastic that they have been able to develop services such as medical, dental and eye clinics, but they have also established social programs in the schools. What impressed us the most was the relationships and connections that Mission Guatemala has with the local people. Many of their employees, including the doctor, our guide and translators, the worksite leader and workers, our cooks, etc. are all local people that are now tightly connected and employed by Mission Guatemala. Additionally, they offer their employees the opportunity to obtain a college education - several of them have completed their degrees and others are in the process of doing so. The country and people of Guatemala are so wonderful - we thoroughly enjoyed our time there. Though we did do about 5 days of physical work, our whole team felt we got much more out of the experience that we gave back. We hope and plan to return as soon as possible!
I just returned from spending a week working with Mission Guatemala. The heart they have not only to serve but also to empower and work alongside to improve the nutrition and medical services, along with opportunity for schooling for the children in the community is exceptional. All of the staff members we met were so accommodating to us, which was humbling! They possess a servant's heart and I am in full support of their work. They do not believe in simply providing a hand-out but a hand-up, creating the ways and means for those in the communities to also help themselves.
Mission Guatemala holds hight the values of accountability and transparency in all that they due. To experience Mission Guatemala is to have a lesson in management by accountability. The mission continues to reach people and serve people in the name of Jesus Christ for the transformation their Mayan communities in San Andres, but also around the world.
Worthwhile cause, transparent and good use of donor funds. May volunteer and serve shortly.
This great nonprofit provides a very meaningful experience with the Mayan culture in rural Guatemala. It gives volunteer work teams a great 5-weekday experience working on projects--primarily building projects--that village people choose and that get visitors working along side local Mission Guatemala staff, who do an excellent job of guiding the visitors on how to do things and learn new skills. They provide safe and very pleasant lodging for teams and all the meals, which are very good. Their "River House" is a mile outside Panajachel on beautiful Lake Atitlan. They also arrange really good cultural experiences--including opportunities to buy locally-made items and respectful exposure to a Mayan religious ceremony--on the weekends and a couple of weeknights. Its staff--both the indigenous folks who make up the majority and the young-adult Americans who guide the programs--host the teams well and are very accessible to interact with. They arrange everything needed, including transportation to and from the airport and essential transportation during the week. They also help arrange easy, inexpensive rides into Panajachel in the evening for those who want to do this.
Joseph Easley, Evansville, IN
At Mission Guatemala Mar. 25-Apr. 2
I served on a Mission Team for Mission Guatemala in 2011 and again last week (2017).
Mission Guatemala is exemplary in the way it serves the needs of the Mayan people in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. It is extremely obvious that MIssion Guatemala works hand in hand with the people it serves in order to connect with the true needs of the people on a grassroots level. In other words, in everything they do, Mission Guatemala reaches out to the various communities to seek out their needs, and then find ways to address those needs in ways that are sustainable, financially responsible, efficient and effective.
I'm impressed with Mission Guatemala in so many ways, not the least of which is that they take great care as they expand their outreach in any way, so that it's sustainable both for Mission Guatemala and the affected community. For example, as Mission Guatemala expands its daily nutritional feeding programs for children, leaders from the individual Mayan community take over responsibility for most of the logistics of the program, while Mission Guatemala provides the financial resources. This allows Mission Guatemala to continue to expand it outreach.
Likewise, Mission Guatemala employs people from the Mayan community in all types of roles including worksite engineers/guides, cooks, medical center doctor, etc etc.
Lastly and importantly, it is obvious time and again how responsible, thoughtful, strategic, and frugal Mission Guatemala is with the donations it receives. We can rest assured that Mission Guatemala is indeed 100% "on a mission" to faithfully serve the Mayan people living in Guatemala's western highlands - people who typically earn $2/day, live in very humble home structures, are very family-oriented and extremely hardworking, reside in a country with meager infrastructure, survived a 30+ year civil war (genocide) in which 200,000+ Mayan people were killed, and who continue to be discriminated against as they seek employment. Mission Guatemala provides educational opportunities and some basic needs (e.g. nutritious food for children) which are readily evident on their website.
Bottom line: This is an extremely well-run, financially responsible, heart-in-the-right-place organization. I feel so blessed to be a part of this as a week-long volunteer and ongoing financial donor.