I appreciated the chance to meet people participating with the ministries of Mission Guatemala. As well we became acquainted with the local culture. It is wonderful to participate in work that supports self-sufficiency in the local community.
Our church has been sending teams to serve with Mission Guatemala since 2011. These have been all adult teams and student/adult teams. We have served in many other countries through the years and we have found Mission Guatemala to be one of our favorites. As a team leader, I am confident our team members will have a great experience and will have opportunities to develop relationships with both staff of Mission Guatemala and the people in the communities they serve. Mission Guatemala handles all the logistics so we can focus on serving and developing these relationships. They also do a great job of helping team members better understand the culture of the Mayan people and we find this very important. I give Mission Guatemala the highest possible recommendation as an organization to partner with as you seek to serve God by serving others!
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 part of my life. The relationship I have developed is amazing. The work this organization does touches so many people in so many ways. I am so happy to be apart of this wonderful family. I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to work with so many people. Thanks Mission Guatemala.
Last year was our first experience with Mission Guatemala and we were blown away by this organization! The connections they make with the areas and people they help support is shown through the surrounding communities as they are welcomed with open arms. We are looking forward to continuing to work with Mission Guatemala and support their mission to "do all the good you can" in years to come!
Note: All images were taken pre-COVID, and thus no masks.
Waiting impatiently to return to one of the best non profits ever in my 55 years of experience. Their model of mission is text book accurate and needs to be case study for how to in public health schools of study.
This my second trip to assist in a dental clinic which is part of the growing services to the people of San Andreas area. Mission Guatemala is well organized and implements their programs in partnership with the Mayan people. I plan to continue to support this organization with my time and money.
Fantastic organization not only providing affordable medical care and nutrition programs to the community but also partners with communities to serve their other needs. I was fortunate to be able to help build a second floor classroom onto the existing school.
The entire week went smoothly from pickup at the airport to arrival at the river house, meals, worksite travel and projects. Mission Guatemala doesn’t just give handouts but focuses on partnering with the communities they serve to empower the community. I can’t wait to go back again. Great for adult, youth and multi-generational groups
Mission Guatemala is a well-organized, extremely well directed nonprofit. The founders and staff are not just passionate about their jobs, but clearly dedicated to the people and community they serve. It has been a great privilege to serve with them and witness the good work they are doing to living out their mission to "improve the quality of life of under-served and impoverished Guatemalan peoples." They have consistently expanded their services to include health services, education and nutrition initiatives, construction for under-resourced rural communities, vocational training and much more. As a volunteer with Mission Guatemala, you are given a unique opportunity to learn about these initiatives during your days of service and experience hands-on the ways lives are being impacted by their good work.
Our team has been to Mission Guatemala six times in seven years. We have been impressed with the quality and compassion of the leadership and staff. We have come to know the Mayan workers on staff as family. They have made us feel welcome and loved and in return we hope they have seen and felt the love of Christ from us. Their efforts to partner with each community they have aided is apparent. Each project is part of a contract with that community where the community has committed to contribute and participate with sweat equity and interaction with visiting teams. Mission Guatemala is a group of loving, caring people with the best interests of the people they serve as their primary focus. I cannot say enough good things about them and the experience of working with them!
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.
I have traveled to Guatemala twice to serve with Mission Guatemala. The organization does an incredible job of partnering with communities, and not just serving communities. They work with communities to determine needs and work with the local people to meet those needs. They have a special gift of forming bonds with communities and trying to assist with actual needs within the communities.
The organizational work and the mission services provided by and through Mission Guatemala are exceptional.
Their communication tools as excellent, from there website and marketing tools, to their communication through email, social media, etc., their work is always current, informative, and effective in connecting with partners. I have consistently found their team to be responsive to questions I have had, and clear, compassionate, and instructive in their feedback. The assistance given to our work team as we prepared for our trip was extremely helpful, complete, and useful from the first moment of planning through our return after the trip. Likewise, it is clear how the financial support we give to the mission is used. Mission Guatemala does so much good with what they have.
Most importantly, the work Mission Guatemala does is unlike any other we have experienced. They live into their purpose of "doing all the good they can," by connecting with the communities in which they serve, learning from the community what is needed, and responding to those needs as a partner. MG never assumes they know what is needed. Instead, they listen and learn while walking along side the residents of the community, and truly serve the people. We have come to love, appreciate, and anticipate the great things Mission Guatemala has done for over ten years, and we look forward to being a partner with them for years to come.
~ Don Long
O'Fallon First UMC
I've been a team leader for my church and have been on mission trips to Guatemala on two separate occasions, one in 2016 and one in 2018. I cannot say enough good things about the organization, the work they do, and the way in which they maximize every dollar received. Mission Guatemala works cooperatively with local indigenous communities to identify community needs and assist the community in improving facilities, whether these are school improvements, community centers, or whatever the community decides it needs to improve living conditions. Besides building projects, Mission Guatemala operates a health clinic, has a school lunch program, provides nutrition supplements, a computer lab for kids, provides scholarships, among just a few of its programs. I've seen first hand the wonderful work their staff does to empower local communities to improve the lives of their citizens. Our church had another mission team scheduled to go to Guatemala that was cancelled because of COVID. MG has lost the fees it receives to cover the costs of administration, staffing, housing, food, and transportation it provides for mission team members , so if there are grant funds available, this organization should be placed at the top of the list to help defray their operational costs until mission team trips can resume, hopefully next year.
In November 2018, a group of 13 people from our church in Wisconsin partnered with Mission Guatemala for a mission trip. We could not have had a better experience. The trip was so well organized. Staff were so kind, knowledgeable, available and helpful. They offered meaningful work and cultural experiences for everyone in our group, from middle school students up to senior citizens. But our favorite part of this experience was that local people were leading the projects (which were chosen by the community). We got to work with the local people side by side and build relationships with them. We felt we were truly partners, helping the community in meaningful ways. We scheduled another trip which was canceled because of covid, but are already making plans to continue regular trips in our partnership with Mission Guatemala.
A few weeks ago I completed my second mission trip to Guatemala through Mission Guatemala. This organization is second to none both in terms of their process before and during the trip but more importantly in terms of the impact they are making on the Guatemalan communities they serve. My husband and I were team leaders for both trips and the Mission Guatemala team did a fabulous job ensuring that things were organized ahead of time and that we had great channels of communication for questions and coordination.
The process Mission Guatemala has for teams is excellent. The accomodations and meals are wonderful and the staff and guides took such good care of us. It was great that all of the MG staff and employees are either Guatemalan or have such great rapport and connections in Guatemala. All of us were so impressed with what Mission Guatemala was able to do from the medical clinic to the scholarship programs and the work projects, as well. They have been so adaptive and so open to meeting the needs in the local communities. What impressed us the most was the way that MG had done all of this hand-in-hand with the Guatemalan people. The clinic has a Guatemalan doctor and Guatemalan employees. The translators and guides at our worksites were Guatemalan. It is so much more meaningful and impactful when an organization partners with the local people to make a difference and that is what Mission Guatemala has very successfully done.
We already have our reservation for another trip there in 2022!
-picked up and returned to airport, with helpful, friendly drivers on long ride to Panajachel
- casa del Rio was secure, clean, comfortable and beautiful grounds
- good hot meals provided breakfast and dinner, with local coffee and some Mayan flavor
- roomy transportation each day to/from work site
- construction staff friendly and patient
- Mission Guatemala clinic grounds and staff impressive
- MG staff knowledgeable, helpful, and always there when you need them
- Mayan cultural presentation with music and dance
- meals at Mister Jon's and la casa del mundo!
- friendly dogs, Jabel & Ixchel
- lake Atitlan area people and scenery beautiful !
- joyous children at school worksite
- evening bed turn-down service only provided for team leader
Mission Guatemala is superbly organized and truly cares for the people in the communities they serve. They go the extra mile for the recipients of their services as well as for the volunteers. They continually adapt their services to the current needs of the community. I highly recommend this organization.
Working with Mission Guatemala is like working alongside family. I just completed my 6th trip and already can’t wait to go back! Mission Guatemala’s vision of ‘doing all the good they can’ helps me be confident that my efforts are being spent on projects that will truly benefit the community.
Just returned from my second trip with Mission Guatemala. In addition, two of my adult children have been fortunate enough to have this experience. In each case, it has been an absolute privilege to serve alongside the Mission Guatemala team, building relationships and truly making a difference in the local communities there. We went intending to serve and ended up feeling blessed beyond measure. I can’t wait to go back again & again!
Eight trips down.....many more to go! In English or Spanish - sharing Gods love is made simple while working with Mission Guatemala.
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.
I have served with Mission Guatemala twice now, and have had a wonderful experience. The staff is very easy to work with and they care a lot about the communities they serve. Everything throughout our time was well organized, and I highly recommend serving with Mission Guatemala for your next trip!
I thought Mission Gautemala was an excellent experience and well organized. The organization provided meaningful insight about the organization's goals and purpose. Furthermore, the opportunity to hear from various clinic staff members allowed us to gain a better insight about the everyday operations and how the clinic impacts the various communities. The work leaders at the work site were friendly, caring, knowledgable, and patient. Overall, the entire staff cared about our well being, but more importantly the staff cared about helping the Gautemalan people. I enjoyed working with all the staff members and very thankful for the opportunity to see Gautemala in an unique way.
What a wonderful week we all had. We were fortunate to serve with wonderful volunteers from Kansas City. We worked side by side with Mission Guatemala outstanding staff members starting to build an outdoor recreation site for a small community who had requested our assistance in meeting a need in their community. I learned new building skills, was able to interact with children and adults from the community we were serving, got to build new friendships with others who served with us, and was able to see first hand the wonderful things Mission Guatemala does in this area of Guatemala.
One outstanding characteristic of Mission Guatemala is the way they ask a community what they feel are the needs of the community and then act on meeting those needs with assistance from the community itself.
I also enjoyed being able to learn more about the culture of the area by visiting other communities in the area on the weekends.
Great experience once again for my fourth trip with Mission Guatemala!
We had a great experience working in the community of San Andres on a new administration building for the school district. The entire experience was well organized and staff was willing to teach us the skills needed to complete the tasks assigned. This was my third trip with Mission Guatemala and I would highly recommend them.
The Mission Guatemala team were fantastic host for our Aldersgate UMC mission team. They are really focused on doing work that lifts up their community and release them from poverty and despair. They had everything planned perfectly for the 9 days that we spent with them. We love all of the staff! It was a huge blessing for each of us and a great experience to be able to serve the people of Guatemala. We will be back!
I have spent the past week at the River House working with Mission Guatemala. We continued working on a project started by another team building classrooms in Xequistel, a community located near the town of Godinez. During my week with this team I saw beauty that took my breath away, poverty that broke my heart, met people that were kind, patient, humble and generous. I saw and felt God's presence daily. Even though I tumbled into bed physically tired each night, my spirit was refreshed.
No doubt about it, you will work on this trip but you will also learn about Guatemala and the people that make up the community where you are staying. You will learn about all of the wonderful things the clinic is doing, have time to experience a few cultural activities and hopefully like we did, get to have a day to enjoy a boat ride and brunch at a beautiful restaurant. Daniel, Abby and David are wonderful as well as all of the crew that drove us around and guided us, working side by side with us at the school. Such a wonderful group of people that we had the opportunity to be God's hands and feet with last week.
I was nervous about being able to do the construction work but the team was great with instructing, had a lot of patience and always found something for me to do. I surprised myself with all of the new things I learned. We all enjoyed the after lunch mini soccer games (I was a spectator). By the end of the week it was hard to believe that we had only known the team for a week.
The lodging is great - the gardens are beautiful, and Delia and Leo are wonderful cooks. Our devotions that our Pastor and Youth Director led were a great way to close out most of our evenings and reflect on the day.
If your experience is half as good as mine, it will still be a 5 star memory. I don't have any pictures of us working - because we were busy working :) but they should be up on the Mission Guatemala website before too long.
I am pleased to be a part of this organization.
Dios te bendiga,
New Albany, IN
Mission Guatemala has some of the most genuine, hard-working, and compassionate people I have ever gotten the privilege to know! Their mission statement, "do all the good you can," is heavily reflected in their work, and it was such a pleasure to spend a week experiencing how this organization seeks to improve the lives of people and communities in the beautiful country of Guatemala.
After leading several VIM team experiences connecting, serving, and growing in Christ in Guatemala we were feeling called to serve with a new partner. The Holy Spirit lead us to Mission Guatemala. We are so thankful that we headed that call and followed that voice!!
Mission Guatemala takes seriously its UMC roots and works very diligently, efficiently, and in resource responsible ways to "Do all the good...." The routine application of the "Platinum Rule" of meeting people where they are is not lip service at Mission Guatemala. Rather, it is a powerful tool that serves to make personal engagement resonate with the culture, emotional, spiritual, and physical needs/experience of the served. Thus, amplifying the impact of that engagement on all committed to the process. Working with Mission Guatemala and the people of Guatemala is a deeply rewarding, soul satisfying experience.
The staff are great folks that are very easy to plan with, work with, and speak to frankly about the conditions in Guatemala and the operations of Mission Guatemala. I am anxiously awaiting my next opportunity to spend time with my many new friends/partners in Christ at Mission Guatemala!!!
Mission Guatemala is a well organized nonprofit agency where volunteers experience both culture and hands on activities to serve local communities. Staff members always patiently guiding volunteers with safety is the number one priority.
I am totally impressed with the works and accomplishments that Mission Guatemala has done for the people in this beautiful country. Through their dedicated staffs, I had the opportunity to learn about the people, the culture, and the accomplishments. I am looking forward to return in the near future.
Mission Guatemala was amazing to work with and all the staff is so nice. This was my fifth mission trip and one of the best I’ve experienced. I would definitely recommend this nonprofit if your interested in being a volunteer or just want to donate to a great cause.
I recently returned from a week with Mission Guatemala. I was fortunate to help chaperone a group of youth from our church and to serve with my son. It was my first international mission trip but it will not be my last. Mission Guatemala is well run organization dedicated to providing assistance, education and nutrition those in the communities they serve. I would highly recommend this organization.
I just returned from a week with Mission Guatemala and we had an amazing experience with 7 of our Sr High youth. Not only were they able to accommodate a rather late request to join them but the accommodations, food, and planning were exceptional. We worked hard during the week but on "free" weekend days they organized really fun and interesting events in the area that is absolutely beautiful as well. The translators and foremen are the best, very engaging, patient, and interact well with youth as well as adults. Our team would often play soccer with them after lunch if time allowed and that made for some good laughs and fond memories.
Purified water is available at all times, hot showers, bugs were a minimum, weather perfect, and what beautiful people we got to serve and serve along side.
They helped us organize an evening "in town" with our group by arranging 3 tuc-tucs to come pick us up. They also ordered a birthday cake from a wonderful bakery in town to help us celebrate an 18th birthday for one of our youth.
Music or devotions are up to you to plan on your own so just be aware of that but if you have any reservations that a trip like this may be too difficult for some that enjoy creature comforts of home, I would recommend MG for sure. My experience was part vacation and part mission work.
Mission Guatemala is the best! My church has been sending teams to work there for many years. This year I helped chaperone the first ever JCUMC youth team. The staff and foremen were awesome working with our youth. Every member of our team wants to return next year!
This was my ninth year to serve as a volunteer and hopefully I still have a few more years left in me even tho I am 76. They make me feel so safe and comfortable doing all that I can. I feel this is a perfect nonprofit and the good they do is outstanding in so many ways.
There was a review written recently by a 16 year old. She was the youngest in our group and I was the oldest at 69 years old. Mission Guatemala is organized so well that we can all do our part with success and great feelings of helping the people we came there to share love, grace and perform the manual work that is needed. Thanks Tom and Dave for making it possible!
Mission Guatemala's model of working with the communities they serve is excellent.
We do not have one concern about the allocation of resources and how they are managed.
Day after day they are serving the Lord.
I’ve worked with mission Guatemala every summer since 2015! They truly care for the communities and people of Guatemala. I’ve fallen in love with the organization and what goes into it!!
My daughter and I had such a good experience taking a trip to Mission Guatemala with others in our church! The group does a great job helping groups prepare to come by communicating and providing planning information. The River House is a beautiful, peaceful place to stay, and the meals provided were delicious. I really appreciate the way Mission Guatemala provided us with background information about the country's history and how they work collaboratively with local organizations and people, aiming to do something truly wanted rather than intrude. It was great to see how team members of all ages were able to take directions from the local foremen as we worked on the construction project--they patiently taught us what to do, and we learned about local methods. It was exciting to see the impact the clinic and nutrition programs are having. I believe Mission Guatemala has a good system for doing work trips that are beneficial to both the community where they minister and the teams that come. I gained an appreciation for the beauty and history of Guatemala and of God's love for and work this area.
Mission Guatemala has a very special place in my life. From the people on staff to those leading the construction projects, everyone in the organization is so pleasant, friendly, and helpful. I have formed relationships with the staff and construction crew which make me feel like I am at my 'home away from home' in Guatemala.
Volunteer teams are extremely well taken care of in terms of housing, transportation, food (even special diets if needed), and safety. For anyone who has not been on an international mission trip, it is a great place to start!
An important and effective practice of Mission Guatemala is to inform volunteers of 1.) the historical context of Guatemala and how that has led to economic struggles, and 2.) the history of the organization and various programs that are currently in place. Teams are also given the opportunity to learn about and experience components of the Mayan culture during their week of service.
While the most common form of service for teams is construction work, Mission Guatemala creates an enjoyable environment for working and makes sure there is a place and a task for everyone to contribute to the project. During my latest visit, the ages of people on our team ranged from 6 to 70 years.
I cannot say enough about how great Mission Guatemala is and the good that is done in the communities served by the organization. So don't take my word for it, experience it for yourself!
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.
I have returned from my 8th mission trip with Mission Guatemala. I continue to be inspired by their work which empowers the local communities in the municipality of San Andres, Semetabaj and focusses on improving the health, education and nutrition of the people. They navigate the changing and developing needs of the communities in very humble ways, seeking nothing in return except the vitality of the community. The presence of teams coming from the United States speaks volumes of love. It's one thing to send money. It's a much deeper action to actually show up and bear the burdens shoulder to shoulder with the people of Guatemala. This mission will change your life.
I just completed my second mission trip with Mission Guatemala. Both times, I have found Mission Guatemala to be a Christian organization dedicated to serving the people of rural Guatemala through feeding programs, education, healthcare, and construction. Furthermore, they made sure that the mission teams were well taken care of, learned about the country and culture, worked hard on their missions for the week, better understood the purpose and needs of Mission Guatemala, and had a meaningful and life-changing experience.
From the interaction and friendship of the locals, to the stops at the local children's school, this experience was nothing less than life-changing. Daily work on the school district office allowed us to work one-on-one with the Guatemalan workers, exchanging some ideas and learning about their needs and daily life. Participating in daily Bible School activities gave us a glimpse of early-childhood education. In addition to sometimes helping us appreciate what we have, the experience also showed us that sometimes the simplicity of life has it's rewards. From an extra day in Antigua and San Juan, the organization of daily activities was also an additional benefit. Thanks Dave, Leigh, and all my fellow co-workers for adding to a quality week.
Mission Guatemala is a very well run organization with a clear vision on how they want to contribute to the Guatemalan people. Dave is an amazing leader who truly knows the meaning of "roll-up your sleeves". The River House is a beautiful, peaceful place to stay where we can reflect on the day's activities and re-energize. The efforts of all of the staff to make each volunteer group feel special, secure, and appreciated. The food is AWESOME and I truly believe that a cookbook should be made of Delia's recipes. What I'm most impressed by is the partnership between Mission Guatemala and the communities they serve. Earning the trust and respect of the Guatemalan people is not an easy thing to do but the staff have done an amazing job of winning people over. I also really appreciate the sharing of Mayan traditions and history as part of the experience.
Our team of 12 had a wonderful week (Feb. 10-16) serving at Mission Guatemala in San Andres Semetabaj, Solola, Guatemala. We got to see the completion of the 2-year project on Casa del Maestro (offices for teachers) that we worked on last February. Plus, we started a new all-weather athletic field for a local girl's school closer to the medical clinic. This was my 6th year and it was a real pleasure to again work with the dedicated staff, most of whom live in the community where they serve. Mission Guatemala asks communities to define their greatest need, and then they bring together volunteers and resources to help meet those needs. The communities participate in completing the projects so that it is a win-win when a project is finished. MG is providing employment for staff workers, which helps their families and communities. We are signed up for next year and I am looking forward to another opportunity to serve my friends in Guatemala.
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.
Our church mission group thoroughly enjoyed working with Mission Guatemala. Their energy and passion for the local people was touching. They have worked within the community to earn respect and trust and it shows in how the locals respond to the mission groups that serve with Mission Guatemala. The work is meaningful and the history shared was valuable.
Their attention to detail was impressive and comforting to those who have not served internationally before - including making sure language and culture were not barriers.
My 14 year old son and I just returned from a trip to Guatemala with other members of our church. We learned so much about the Mission Guatemala programs (medical, nutrition, scholarship, etc.) as well as the Mayan history and culture. This was an amazing and humbling experience. We spent the middle of the week helping build La Casa del Maestro for the local teachers, but still had time on the weekend to see the local villages, visit a women's weaving cooperative, and an artisanal ceramic shop. We could not have had a better experience. Mission Guatemala is so well organized and does so much good for the local communities. I highly recommend Mission Guatemala, and hope we can go again in a few years!!!
My mission trip was fantastic! It was more than I expected. The trip was fulfilling spiritually and emotionally. Dave does an excellent job and has some amazing people working with him. The clinic is impressive and the number of students fed through the lunch program is more than our group imagined. Meeting the school children was a heartwarming experience. The construction work is also an impressive project. One of the most memorable events was participating in the installation of a new wood stove for a Mayan family. Their gratefulness and happiness will stay in my mind forever. I look forward to helping Mission Guatemala in the future and hope to return. God bless Mission Guatemala!
My wife and I co-led with another couple a mission work group to Mission Guatemala in San Andres Semetabaj, Solola, Guatemala, arriving July 28, 2018 and returning August 5. Our group of 21 people, mostly from Old North United Methodist Church in Evansville, IN and ranging in age from 15 to 74, had room and board at the mission's River House, just outside of nearby Panajachel. Along with 20 other people there from a church in Indianapolis and with the help and supervision of 10 locals hired by Mission Guatemala, we labored Monday through Friday to finish a building being built for use by schoolteachers from that area. Also during the week we got a chance to visit the mission's clinic in San Andres to learn about their medical services, nutritional program and scholarships for jr. high and high school, which is not funded by the Guatemalan government. On the Sunday before and Saturday afterwards we visited nearby areas around beautiful Lake Atitlan, where we saw local crafts and their making, especially textiles, pottery and paintings. One evening we had a presentation on Mayan spirituality and culture. Each evening we had opportunity for group devotions and reflection on our experience. Evenings also gave opportunities for other activities, individually or in a group, including going into town for coffee, ice cream, etc.
Our group had a wonderful time, bonded through our experience, loved our interaction with the local Mayan people (including 80% of the mission staff), enjoyed the beauty of the land and its culture, had our vision of the world expanded, and grew spiritually through our service in the name of Christ and by receiving God's grace in so many ways. The church has signed up to come back to Mission Guatemala in June 2020 and already has a volunteer leader for that team, a 42-year old social worker and mother, whose Guatemalan adopted son was on this trip too. They had a great time, and the rest of their family plans to come in 2020. Some other group members may also return, but we want others from our church to experience this life-transforming ministry. This is a truly wonderful mission that embodies God's love.
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
As a pastor I love working with Mission Guatemala. I always know the work we will do will have great meaning and lasting impact. I also know that the people that travel with me will forever be changed by their experience. Mission Guatemala is changing lives for those they serve and for the people serving. Thanks again for another great week ... See you again soon!
Our home for the past week was Mission Guatemala. Myself, my wife and 2 children went to volunteer to help with a project called the House of the Teacher. It is an administration building for the teachers of the district. We came home tired and sore from the hard work, but also came back different. We all have changed a little. We where welcomed by the local Mayan people and found out what their needs were and how Mission Guatemala is helping to meet those needs. We learned about the Mayan and Guatemalan culture through visits to 2 different local communities. We experienced this culture through shopping, eating and working with these people as well as playing soccer and baseball with the children.
We came home different and exhausted but fulfilled and blessed. We left with tears and new friends. We now have a home and family in Guatemala and will return soon.
Thanks for all you do and to do all the good you can! We are excited about our return in 2 years!
Outstanding group of leaders at Mission Guatemala. Fantastic group to work with. Daniel exceeded every expectation I could have had - strong with English language, knowledgeable about all aspects of Mission Guatemala, humorous, great personality, caring. Many others working with our team connected quickly and had the same skill-sets. Fantastic week of work and scheduled sites.
I spent a week serving the people of Guatemala through Mission Guatemala. I can’t even explain how amazing the experience was for me and my son. Dave Burns & Daniel are amazing and had everything planned out for our trip. The living arrangements are so nice and the food absolutely wonderful. Everything went so smoothly at the construction site and the time spent with the children at the school. I hope I can return one day soon.
Mission Guatemala is the most amazing, helpful, pro-active non-profit I have ever worked with! I have been to Venezuela, Costa Rica, worked with Habitat and several other non-profits.
Their team and staff are so amazingly friendly and positive. They do not come to the country with their mind set on this is what we are going to do or think we should do. They actively work with the leaders in the community and cater their food donations, construction and work within the schools to what the community actually needs.
I highly recommend others to donate and participate in working with Mission Guatemala!
Mission Guatemala is a top notch organization being Jesus' hands and feet in this beautiful country. They provide many needed services to the people of Guatemala, provide jobs to Guatemalans and give those coming to serve the wonderful experience of working alongside these beautiful people. Volunteers coming to serve receive an education about the culture, strengths, and challenges of the Mayan people and receive blessings tenfold of spending time in this sacred place.
First, the country is beautiful and Panajachel was great! The people are wonderful and friendly.
Second, the River House was spectacular. Food amazing, property and accommodations were excellent.
Third, the staff: Dave and Daniel became like family! Delia (chef) and her staff were non stop amazing. Dave lives there (on site) and knows the people personally - it was amazing to see kids run up to him and jump into his arms! (granted he's over 6' tall, so they got an amazing view from his shoulders!)
Fourth, we learned so much. Not only about the country, but the Mayan people, the community's needs, the mission itself, and about ourselves personally.
Last, the work...it was hard (but if you have limitations, they still have work for you!). Yet, even just mixing concrete, we all made a difference. The work MG does is amazing and we are proud to have supported their mission.
This was a life changing experience. It was hard coming back to US with all our abundance. I miss the simpler life.
If you are considering MG, DO IT! The staff made it easy, safe and a learning experience. If you are nervous about being out of the country, this is a great group to work with. We took 10 youth and 8 adults - not one issue!
It was my second trip to Mission Guatemala in five years. I took my granddaughter who will be entering her senior year of high school and has taken Spanish and also traveled to Haiti on
mission with her church youth. The experience was more than I had expected. Dave and the staff are experienced and connected with the local Guatemalan community in partnership to improve on health, nutrition, education and recently aid in the recovery of the Volcano del Fuego eruption near Antigua.
Our team of 20 was comprised of team members from two Indiana churches having the opportunity to work hand in hand, experience the simplistic beauty of our surroundings, enjoy wonderful meal times and devotions in partnership with the Mission Guatemala staff, interns, and the Guatemalan construction staff on site of our project. We became one both in spirit and work as we did out job to further the educational building that will benefit countless students and teachers in the San Andres region.
Great trip, experience and people.
Patty McCormick, Zionsville, Indiana
I spent a week with Mission Guatemala and it was a wonderful experience. Mission Guatemala is humbly meeting the physical and emotional needs of the people in Guatemala.
Mission Guatemala exceeds expectations in every area. They are safe, efficient, well organized and are working to meet needs in their community in a very holistic, loving and professional manner!
Our experience with Mission Guatemala was outstanding! Our work related to the ongoing construction of a school building for administration purposes in San Andreas - pouring/mixing concrete mortar and stucco, and applying such to the walls/ceilings. The staff and crew did an excellent job of explaining the purpose of our work and introducing us to those in the community who would eventually benefit from its completion. The construction crew was excellent - informed, safety-aware, and patient with us rookies. We shared lots of laughter with them, which made the experience all that more meaningful - and even concluded the week with a fun soccer match! Dave does an outstanding job of explaining all the initiatives in which MG is involved, and their purposes for each. - James Hinshaw -
Words cannot express my gratitude to Dave and all the staff. The experience was life changing. The ornanization is fully transparent on how they handle donations and recycle...all above board and not wasting anything. The work site leaders were incredible making us all feel welcome and comfortable. Definitely will go again and will financially support the worth they do.
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.
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.