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.
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!
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.
Mission Guatemala was a great experience for our Daughter in June of 2016 and for me as well in Oct. 2017.
Mission Guatemala impressed me in how they take care of the Mayan people on so many levels!
I will be going back for several more years.
Mission Guatemala is always striving to do the best they can. I pray and hope God continues to use this organization to help people in the future!
This trip was my first! Guatemala is a beautiful country and the people are amazing.
I am pleased with the staff and the care that they gave us.
Had a wonderful time, great accomidations, good food, was a wonderful place to use my god given talents to help those in a remote area of the world, most often forgotten by us.
The river house is a beautiful place, I photographed over 60 native plants and their flowers for my 88 year old mother to see, as well as my own enjoyment. The local people and those with whom I worked with were warm, friendly, and appreciative of our team. We made many friends in the week spent at Mission Guatemala. Mr. David Pugh
What a wonderful experience, with a wonderful group of caring individuals. Mission Guatemala is providing necessary medical treatments, nutritional lunch programs for kids and aiding the communities in many other ways.
I just returned form a Mission Guatemala work project (pouring concrete columns for a regional teachers' building) and our group of 12 wholeheartedly feels that the projects Mission Guatemala works on are chosen in a way that shares the most good as decided by the community leaders. All of their programs -- nutrition, scholarships and construction -- are constantly reviewed to make sure they are effective, needed and supported locally. Well done good and faithful servants!
Mission Guatemala was an extremely organized nonprofit that took the time to teach our team about the culture of Guatemala. Members of the Mission Guatemala team went out of their way to welcome our team and make us feel like one big family. This nonprofit went above and beyond and I cannot wait to return to Casa del Rio.
Everything was great!! The entire staff are truly amazing people. All are so helpful , friendly and easy going. They made getting around the area easy because they were such a huge help with any questions or concerns our group had. Someone was always around and available. The accommodations were great and I felt very safe :)
Amazing experience and a fantastic staff! Very knowledgeable and accommodating. I will definitely be coming back to do more mission work with this organization!
We were able to serve people and see immediate results. Construction and wood stove installations were very rewarding. Food was excellent, and the country and people are beautiful!
They are doing the Lord's work in Guatemala working with the Mayan people and bring in mission teams to help and share in this experience and show Christ's love in them by meeting them at their point of need. This last mission with Elberton First Methodist United Methodist of Elberton, Ga USA, was my second mission to Guatemala. While the new has worn off and there have been staff changes, there is nothing to keep me from going back again and I will hold Mission Guatemala and the Mayan people there close to my heart and endeavor to support the best I can. God's will be done!
Excelleñt , holistiç, woñderful staff, organization, mission. Praise Jesus.
My son and I just returned from our mission trip in Guatemala and the experience was amazing. Mission Guatemala is truly a wonderful non profit organization that helps the community in so many ways while treating the people in the community with respect and kindness. All of the staff members are great!!
I very much enjoyed my trip to Mission Guatemala July 29 - August 6. Everyone who works for Mission Guatemala is very focused on the safely of all of the volunteers as well as the people of Guatemala.
This was a fantastic host for our mission trip. They are very interested in building the local community instead of just providing services. They charge a minimal fee for medical and education services so there is buy-in from the locals. They try to buy local and use local help when possible. We felt well taken care of as a mission group, but were allowed a lot of freedom as well. They did a great job of introducing us to the local culture.
An amazing week that was well organized and fun! Mission Guatemala truly has an incredible impact on the community!
I had my first week working with Mission Guatemala last week and it was outstanding!! The work they do in Guatemala is so important and is life changing to the people there.
Mission Guatemala has changed my life. Employees are welcoming, knowledgeable, and hilarious. The River House is extremely comfortable and feels very safe. A big emphasis is put on safety, which was very nice to see. The way the whole mission goes about it's work makes it so clear that sharing the love of God is the number one priority. Mission Guatemala made my trip an incredible and unforgettable experience and I will be going back as soon as possible.
I was very impressed with Mission Guatemala and their efforts to help the Guatemalan people while continuing to honor the culture and people living there. This week, I had the opportunity
to see how Mission Guatemala works to improve Guatemalans health, through the medical facilities and food programs they offer, as well as education services through the construction projects they fund. I was also very impressed with how inclusive they are to the Guatemalan people as most of the people we worked with were from Guatemala and many of them didn't know English. It was very obvious how much Mission Guatemala does to encourage the Guatemalan culture through our activities throughout the week.
The week we spent with the Mission Guatemala teams was life changing. They are doing wonderful work for children and families! We will be sponsoring a child for the lunch and medical care program! The week was a true blessing for our family and we will be back to see Dave, Daniel, Delia, Max, Shannon and the rest of the wonderful staff that is focused on doing all the good they can! Thank you for an incredible, life changing week full of learning, giving, and receiving joy!
What an amazing week! Guatemala is a beautiful country with beautiful people. Mission Guatemala did a wonderful job immersing us in the Mayan culture. Our translators never tired of our endless questions and we experienced so much in a week- from building a new office for the school district to spending time with local children doing bible school to shopping in the market. It was truly a mountain-top experience.
This place is sick! They do so much good for the Guatemalan people and are super efficient at doing so. Keep up the awesome work Dave, Max, Shannon, and the rest of the fam!
Mission Guatemala was excellent in catering to the needs of the community as well as the volunteers. I have nothing but high praise for my experience.
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!
Such a great experience! Amazing team and people. I felt safe the whole time. Words can't explain how awesome it was. Never wanted to leave!!!!!
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.
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!
Just returned from my second trip working with Mission Guatemala. Great organization! Hands on staff and everything was well planned and coordinated. They make great use of every resource!
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.
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.
Mission Guatemala not only provides a much needed resource to the communities it serves, but does so in a superb manner. The organization is committed to a long term relationship in the communities and does an excellent job of taking time to share this objective and the different programs and projects being supported. The work is important, but time and opportunities were provided to interact and understand the local culture. Very rewarding and refreshing to be a part of an organization that is dedicated to the people first and understanding needs.
This was my first mission trip out of the country and I cannot say enough about how well the staff organized the trip. Communication was excellent from how to plan for the trip to how to prepare for a week of servant-hood. The facilities are top notch (basically a small resort) and all aspects of the visit are planned and communicated. All travel is arranged, all accommodations and opportunities for visiting the local communities and businesses are planned a head of time, all language translation needs are addressed and the support for the work sights is excellent.
The organization skills of the Mission Guatemala team made the trip easy, the work made the trip rewarding, and the people I met will make me come back.
I had the most amazing time working with the Mission Guatemala team. They have perfected their work. They truly are helping give the community's they work with a hand up instead of a hand out. While working with them I was able to work side by side with their construction crew and build amazing relationships. They also allow you to see the local culture and to better understand it. The perfect mix of hard work and fun times :) I would absolutely recommend this nonprofit to anybody, whether your looking to volunteer and join the team or just spend a crazy week helping others in need :D
Our trip was extremely well organized. A nice balance of hard work and play. I respect how Mission Guatemala used local businesses, people to help the community. Our translators were excellent and fun to work with. The accommodations were comfortable and food excellent. There is so much love and dedication to this organization and wonderful to see directly how this benefits others. I've told everyone about the good work and hope to be back for the next trip our church organizes.
What a fantastic week we just had at Mission Guatemala. I left a piece of my heart at the River House in Pana and also in San Andreas at the worksite. This was our (Argyle, Texas United Methodist Church) first experience with this mission organization and they did not disappoint. We were able to contribute physical labor hours to the project and they contributed fantastic insights into the local people and into the Mayan culture. I would STRONGLY recommend anyone that is looking for a mission opportunity to work with Mission Guatemala!