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!
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.
This great nonprofit provides a very meaningful experience with the Mayan culture in rural Guatemala. It gives volunteer work teams a great 5-weekday experience working on projects--primarily building projects--that village people choose and that get visitors working along side local Mission Guatemala staff, who do an excellent job of guiding the visitors on how to do things and learn new skills. They provide safe and very pleasant lodging for teams and all the meals, which are very good. Their "River House" is a mile outside Panajachel on beautiful Lake Atitlan. They also arrange really good cultural experiences--including opportunities to buy locally-made items and respectful exposure to a Mayan religious ceremony--on the weekends and a couple of weeknights. Its staff--both the indigenous folks who make up the majority and the young-adult Americans who guide the programs--host the teams well and are very accessible to interact with. They arrange everything needed, including transportation to and from the airport and essential transportation during the week. They also help arrange easy, inexpensive rides into Panajachel in the evening for those who want to do this.
Joseph Easley, Evansville, IN
At Mission Guatemala Mar. 25-Apr. 2
I served on a Mission Team for Mission Guatemala in 2011 and again last week (2017).
Mission Guatemala is exemplary in the way it serves the needs of the Mayan people in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. It is extremely obvious that MIssion Guatemala works hand in hand with the people it serves in order to connect with the true needs of the people on a grassroots level. In other words, in everything they do, Mission Guatemala reaches out to the various communities to seek out their needs, and then find ways to address those needs in ways that are sustainable, financially responsible, efficient and effective.
I'm impressed with Mission Guatemala in so many ways, not the least of which is that they take great care as they expand their outreach in any way, so that it's sustainable both for Mission Guatemala and the affected community. For example, as Mission Guatemala expands its daily nutritional feeding programs for children, leaders from the individual Mayan community take over responsibility for most of the logistics of the program, while Mission Guatemala provides the financial resources. This allows Mission Guatemala to continue to expand it outreach.
Likewise, Mission Guatemala employs people from the Mayan community in all types of roles including worksite engineers/guides, cooks, medical center doctor, etc etc.
Lastly and importantly, it is obvious time and again how responsible, thoughtful, strategic, and frugal Mission Guatemala is with the donations it receives. We can rest assured that Mission Guatemala is indeed 100% "on a mission" to faithfully serve the Mayan people living in Guatemala's western highlands - people who typically earn $2/day, live in very humble home structures, are very family-oriented and extremely hardworking, reside in a country with meager infrastructure, survived a 30+ year civil war (genocide) in which 200,000+ Mayan people were killed, and who continue to be discriminated against as they seek employment. Mission Guatemala provides educational opportunities and some basic needs (e.g. nutritious food for children) which are readily evident on their website.
Bottom line: This is an extremely well-run, financially responsible, heart-in-the-right-place organization. I feel so blessed to be a part of this as a week-long volunteer and ongoing financial donor.
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.