I have traveled to Mission Guatemala on two occassions and am a proud supporter of the work they do. I can attest to the quality of work, the stewardship of resources, and the respect and dignity shown to the Guatemalan people. It is my greatest joy to work with the organization and I cannot wait to go back.
Mission Guatemala is an amazing organization to work with. The team is so compassionate about not only the Mayan people but their culture as well. They have helped them develop new feeding programs and showed them how to have safer water in their communities. Mission Guatemala also has a clinic with a local doctor that sees patients from around the San Andres community. As being a part of a mission team, we were taken care of in many different ways by Mission Guatemala. They made sure our needs were met while we were staying in Guatemala- transportation/housing/food etc. Cannot wait to travel back to help again.
Mission Guatemala continues their excellent work of blending the work of volunteers from the United States with the efforts of local people to meet the identified needs of the local communities. Our team of 8 was surprised to discover that they could work within their physical abilities to accomplish the tasks of construction. The support and guidance by the local team gave us what we needed to successfully perform the task before us.
Mission Guatemala is a wonderful nonprofit that works diligently to understand and foster relationships with various communities in the San Andres Semetebaj area of Guatemala. Once communities share what their needs are, Mission Guatemala finds ways to assist in addressing those needs focused around healthcare, education, and nutrition. The organization is very mindful of employing Guatemalans and sharing the Guatemalan culture and history with teams that come from the U.S.
Mission Guatemala gives each volunteer team personal attention and experiences that help them understand how the organization operates and its various projects/areas of focus. The opportunities teams have to work and serve directly with Guatemalans and explore the culture help to develop a greater appreciation, understanding, and respect for the country and people.
The Mission Guatemala staff is extremely friendly, welcoming, well-organized, accessible, and willing to answer questions. I always felt safe and informed. I never want to leave Mission Guatemala because it feels like leaving part of my family.
My week spent working with Mission Guatemala was a wonderful experience. I was very pleased with the well planned projects, transportation and meals, hospitality and care from the employees, opportunity to learn about the mission's history and current projects, and the fun cultural experiences.
By the end of my trip I felt like family with the Mission Guatemala employees, the team I traveled with, and the team we worked alongside. It was hard to leave, and I definitely want to return to help Mission Guatemala. It is a great organization with wonderful people!
Working with Mission Guatemala has been amazing! The workers and coordinators are so friendly and welcoming. Staying at the river house (mission Guatemala living arrangements) was very comfortable and pretty. The food was delicious and mission Guatemala made sure to give you the full experience (food, culture, nature). The week went by to fast!
Listen. This organization knows how to coordinate mission/service opportunities. They were gracious and capable hosts. As the group leader I always felt I could rely on their staff in providing a safe and fulfilling experience for my group. Their leadership was steady and trustworthy. They always made sure we had support and guidance during the construction project, which was a huge relief for volunteers who are novices in construction. Moreover they go above and beyond to provide culturally enriching outings and activities that allow you to learn about Guatemala’s people, culture and history. That is critical to being able to meaningfully offer service. I would HIGHLY recommend this organization for volunteer mission/service experiences.
well run organization doing amazing things WITH the people of Guatemala. I hope I have the chance to go again.
This was my second year with Mission Guatemala and again they made the experience for myself and our team memorable. The prior planning and communication made for a seamless arrival. The group accommodations are top notch! Mission Guatemala does an excellent job of mixing in cultural activities with work which provides for an overall outstanding experience. You know that the trip has been successful when team members are already talking about "next year" halfway through the experience! I also like how Mission Guatemala involves the local community, hiring foremen and buying food and materials locally to stimulate the economy. I would highly recommend Mission Guatemala to anyone looking for an international mission trip...you will not be disappointed.
Mission Guatemala is a well run program, offering a nice balance of cultural, work and sightseeing experiences through the week. I learned about the people, their struggles and their proud culture. It focuses on meeting people where they are at and working with them in providing and improving different areas of their lives. I would recommend working with this non profit to any one wanting to do good in the world and I look forward to returning to Guatemala in the future to continue to participate in the work of Mission Guatemala.
A team of 10 folks from my church of various ages and abilities worked with Mission Guatemala last week. This is a very well run organization. We had a wonderful place to stay that was clean and lovely. Meals were provided and very delicious. On non working days, they provided opportunities to sightsee and learn more about the culture. Our worksite offered activities that were demanding but could still be done by a senior citizen. We worked with the local people, some who spoke English and some who did not and so there were 2workers who were available to translate for us. Our church sent a team 2 years ago who enjoyed the same great experience and we anticipate sending teams in the future. Thank you Mission Guatemala!
Our team's objective was to work on a teacher's administrative building in the San Andreas community near Panajachel. We had excellent, patient supervision from the construction crew and we worked hard each day. We were rewarded with delicious meals and fine coffee, comfortable lodging that looked like a vacation retreat, and a new appreciation of the Guatemalan culture that we'll never forget.
There are not enough words to express how amazing Mission Guatemala was to work with. Every leader and staff we worked with were so kind and compassionate and willing to help us every step of the way. We are so grateful to have experienced a life-changing week in Guatemala.
A group of 11 youth, young adults, and adults from Castle Rock Colorado came for a week. We stayed in the beautiful compound near Panajachel Guatemala, where our lodging was fantastic, our food exceptional, and our hosts tremendously experienced and available.
The group toured the medical clinic, classrooms, sewing school, computer lab, and pharmacy. Detailed attention of the very well organized program was offered in an interesting and helpful way.
Our group worked on a construction project throughout the week, laying block and pouring foundation for a teacher's meeting space in the area. We were instructed, supervised, and encouraged in our tasks by professionals who clearly knew what they were doing and who were fun to work with. We also met members of the local education board who were genuinely thankful for our work and presence.
Opportunities to explore the nearby town and region were offered as a part of the experience including expert presentations by Mayan cultural, spiritual, craft, and technical leaders. This proved to be a very rich introduction to a beautiful country and wonderful people.
We could easily work with Mission Guatemala again and recommend this group with our highest endorsement.
Rev. Rob White - Senior Pastor, 1st United Methodist Church, Castle Rock CO
My experience at Mission Guatemala was beyond fantastic! The staff were so very kind and personal, the days of the week were planned out & organized, the river house was beautiful, and the opportunities provided to work with the various schools were incredible! I would most definitely consider going on another mission trip at Mission Guatemala in the future!
If you are looking for a way to serve, go no further than Mission Guatemala. Their model is centered on justice,not charity. They listen first to the needs of the community & thenwork out the details with the Mayan community so they have some skin in the game. They employ and support local Mayans in numerous ways. Most of all, even though you are usually working side by side on a construction project with their Mayan crew the focus is on relationships. I cry every time I leave. This is how Godmeans for ya to be...in community with one another. The food, the accommodations atRiver House and the planned activities on the non work days plus some cultural activities they bring in at night truly give you an overview of the Mayanculture.
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.