Mission Guatemala is a wonderful organization. They not only provide resources and labor for many projects, but they also teach people how to fish. Meaning, they help people to help themselves in the process. They work closely with community leaders to determine exactly what they need. In other words, they LISTEN to the people they are helping. This allows them to provide the services/things that the community really needs. Not what they think the community might need.
I recently volunteered to work on one of their projects and it was a great experience. They were wonderful hosts to me, the project was well run and organized. And they have a wonderful reputation in the communities that they serve.
Our mission team had a great experience. Mission Guatemala's model for serving is the best I've seen in in the 3 different mission programs I've participated in.
This was our church's first experience with Mission Guatemala and I would proudly and wholeheartedly recommend them. Dave, Shannon and Max did a wonderful job working with us to create a mission trip unlike any our church has ever experienced. Daniel, our team coordinator, and all our Guatemalan interpreters, workers, and foremen were so helpful and patient on the work site. Our accommodations at the River House were superb and the food was outstanding! We also had three opportunities to enjoy Guatemalan culture in Chichicastenango, San Juan, and Panajachel, as well as tour the medical, dental, and optometry clinic that Mission Guatemala operates. I love the way that Mission Guatemala offers a helping hand up while preserving dignity, pride, and self worth. They care about the people of Guatemala and have cultivated an atmosphere of trust and love within the community. The folks at Mission Guatemala are doing things right and taking the proper steps to work with the people of Guatemala for the benefit of everyone. If you want to experience Guatemala and work with some wonderful people who are helping to make lives better for others, then this is the organization for you and your church.
Mission Guatemala is a well run organization that serves the needs of the San Andres area of Mayan Guatemala. So much is done in so many of the communities and I am proud to be a yearly volunteer with this terrific testimony of God's unending grace!
An awesome mission experience! Our entire experience was orchestrated to give us the opportunity to experience and learn about the Mayan people while helping to build the House of the Teachers. "The Casa del Maestros" project gave us an opportunity for all members/ages to have meaningful opportunities to contribute to the construction. We were so blessed by the largely Mayan staff, interpreters, construction workers as we communicated with Spanish, English, gestures and smiles. All of our transportation, accommodations, meals and personal needs were taken care of, while allowing us the opportunity to make so many meaningful contributions including our daily guacamole which accompanied every day's lunch. Seeing the Medicial Clinic and hearing about all of the ways Mission Guatemala has served along side the Mayan people as new needs were discovered was inspirational. We were privileged to unload 40,000 pounds of enriched rice from "Pack Away Hunger" from our home state Indiana.
Everything we touched, including an afternoon with local school children, left us feeling that our lives in the United States were overflowing with abundance; while at the same time we were able to share in so many ways with people who taught us what faith and joy truly look like. We raised money for this trip for two years and before we left we scheduled our next trip with Mission Guatemala. May God continue to bless the work and people of Mission Guatemala and those they serve.
This was the 8th team we have taken to serve with Mission Guatemala. I have led teams to several different countries. The staff at Mission Guatemala does such a great job handling the logistics for the team so the team can fully embrace the experience. The housing and meals are outstanding! Those who lead the construction are unbelievable as they patiently train the team members in the work they do, encouraging them all the way. Shannon does such a great job communicating with the team before you come and quickly answers questions. If I could give them more than 5 stars I would! Mission Guatemala offers great experiences for teams of all ages!
Mission Guatemala is an amazing organization that I had the privilege of working with this summer. I came to Guatemala on a service trip with a group from my college, Baldwin Wallace University, and working with Mission Guatemala was a great experience. They made the trip great by hosting us at the River House and setting up service opportunities as well as opportunities to learn about and experience many cultural aspects of the country. I would not change a single thing about my trip. They also have REALLY cute dogs!
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.