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Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: Mission Guatemala Inc., is a faith-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to help meet the basic needs and improve the quality of life of under-served and impoverished Guatemalan peoples through health, education and nutrition initiatives and missionary service.

Geographic areas served: Lake Atitlan Region, Guatemala

Programs: Mission guatemala operates a medical clinic and dental clinic for impoverished and underserved guatemalans. The clinic provides low cost medical care and dental care. It also provides low cost medicines. No one is denied service. At year end, the clinic was averaging 450 patients per month.

currently mission guatemala operates two feeding centers providing a healthy lunch five days a week to 160 chronically malnourished children each day. The feeding centers are located in the communities of nueva esperanza and xepec. Mission guatemala also distributes food to individuals and families to help relieve hunger issues. Chronic malnutrution is a growing issue in guatemala. According to the world food program, guatemala is fourth in the world for chronic child malnutrution.

the organization uses volunteers from churches and other organizations in the united states to aid in community development by the construction of needed facilities at schools and the community at large. These construction projects are done in partnership with communities who help define their needs in the areas of health, education and nutrition. Examples would be handwashing sinks at schools, recreation areas at schools, kitchens for school food preparation, community health centers, and classrooms.

the organization brought u. S. Volunteers to guatemala to assist with projects which benefited the guatemalan communities where the mission is located. Projects included home repair, repair of school and preschool facilities, and emergency relief programs.

Community Stories

480 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mission Guatemala is a very well organized organization. I was very impressed on their ability to find the needs in the community and help to meet and exceed those needs. I look forward to returning in the future to help continue their great work.

Drew11

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization! Not my first international mission trip but by far the best construction trip I've ever done. The team at Mission Guatemala was well organized, flexible, and passionate about bringing long lasting help to their community. Our team of eleven had a profound experience and would reccomend this trip to any group looking to serve in Guatemala.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with Mission Guatemala was top-notch. My team was a group of nutrition students and two of our professors. During our 9 days in the country we got to work closely with Mission Guatemala's social workers to tour the feeding programs they sponsor and teach cooking classes to junior high school students. Our experience was perfectly tailored to us so we could use our specific skills to best serve the community. In getting to work alongside the Mission Guatemala employees, I believe we were able to truly do some good in the community. All of our days were planned very well to best utilize our time. We were never without translators to help us communicate. The team at Mission Guatemala takes good care of the incoming missionaries.

Valerie77

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I returned to Mission Guatemala after an amazing experience last year. I come with a university, but also brought community members so they could have this experience. I so appreciate the kindness and care Mission Guatemala gives to meeting all your basic needs-beautiful lodging, delicious meals, clean comfortable vans. Having all these needs met let us focus on the service work we came to do. The employees were also attentive and caring-checking in with the groups frequently to see if all needs were being met. I highly recommend this organization to anyone considering service work in Guatemala.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Mission guatemala was such an amazing place! Beautiful, spacious rooms, incredible meals and a super helpful staff created the perfect setting for us to serve from. Every detail was handled, so we could just focus on the work we came to do. The relationships they have formed and fostered with the community added so much to the experience. I was initially nervous about traveling to Guatemala, and this ended up being a life changing experience. I can't wait to go back-thanks Dave, Tom and Diego!!!!

Elizabeth244

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The people at Mission Guatemala put their heart and soul into their work for helping others. I have never felt safer, more accommodated, or welcomed, than before staying and working with Mission Guatemala. They make it a priority to teach about and expose their guests to the local culture, to better educate us guests when we interact with people we serve. Their goal is not to come into a community and change their customs and their way of life to something they believe is superior, but to work as a partner and supporter to the community. They recruit and teach people to be leaders within their communities to fulfill the needs of their people. Overall it is an amazing organization that I intend to continue to support in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been on several mission trips over the years. I was very impressed with the work Mission Guatemala does and the efficient way it is run. It was a wonderful experience and would love to go again

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great mission project to support. Vision, organization and execution are spot on so that most church groups and older youth to be involved.
We will definitely be back to support this worthy cause.
Kevin

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been so blessed to be a part of Mission Guatemala. This group has such a heart this Country & it's people & I am returning again because of their striving to make a difference & make their lives better - especially the children. God.bless their endeavors, I will return to be part of their love.

1 Stephanie287

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mission Guatemala is a world-class organization and I would recommend them to everyone. My husband, 13 year old daughter and I got so much out of the experience and plan on doing it again in the future. It was nice to not only work the mission site but also to learn more about the culture.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mission Guatemala has been a blessing to the Mayan people in San Andres and the surrounding communities. Most of the MG staff are from the local community and are paid to provide services to the mission team members. This is my 4th year to work a week on community school projects (concrete play area, classrooms, and 2 school bathrooms). We work alongside local skilled personnel who are very willing to teach us their construction methods. The school children are so much fun to play with on breaks. The MG feeding programs provide healthy food for school lunches. Hosting more than 40 mission teams a year, MG can complete large projects that benefit the whole community. The medical, pharmacy, and vision programs at the MG clinic serve many families from San Andres and the surrounding Mayan communities.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mission Guatemala hires local staff to identify community needs and then helps provide resources and people to meet those needs. I recently returned from my third trip to work on schools in small communities. We worked on all-weather play area (2014), bathrooms to replace a pit toilets (2015), and new classrooms this year. By combining multiple volunteer teams over several months, MG has also built school kitchens and other facilities that Mayan community leaders have deemed their highest priority. MG also provides medical, dental, eye care, and inexpensive medicines to serve people in these communities. Housing, food, and transportation are provided so volunteers can totally focus on serving Mayan people in the Guatemalan communities.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

this non-profit was well-organized and focused on the vision of helping rural. indigenous Guatemalan communities. I would make this short-term International Mission destination a top priority for our church back in Ohio.

Hawkeye853

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mission Guatemala is outstanding because of how integrated they have become in the communities they serve. Involvement of Mayan staff and the requirement of involvement of the community who benefits in the selection, planning, and construction of projects is critical to their success and the level of trust that has developed for Mission Guatemala. We were warmly welcomed by the community and developed lasting relationships with those with whom we worked. In addition, the accommodations and food for the teams make serving on a team a real pleasure. This trip was my second to Mission Guatemala and I look forward to doing it again next year. It is a time each year that I can truly say I am the person God created me to be.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We had another great experience at Mission Guatemala. There were 16 on our team, all but two had been there before. The staff, accommodations, food, transportation, project, and children again exceeded our expectations. Everything very well organized. We worked on bathrooms for a remote Mayan village school. You do not have to be experienced in construction, the local construction team is good at showing you what to do. There are several nice surprise activities during the week.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My 4th year at Mission Guatemala. The staff and support people are great. The housing facility is very comfortable, the food wonderful, the location beautiful. The relationship between MG and the Mayan people is very close and the projects are definitely worthwhile. Our team worked on a two classroom school addition in a village. The existing classroom is corrugated metal with little light and not a conducive environment for learning. The people are very appreciative and friendly. It is very safe. MG has a couple of surprises during the week which really are fun.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

The people and the project where very good for our team and more importantly, great for the children on the community served.

2 Perry H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Spent an incredible week with Mission Guatemala! Great staff, Great accommodations, and an overall excellent experience. If you are looking for a well organized mission experience, then Mission Guatemala is the organization for you. May God Bless Mission Guatemala and the people of this great country!

1 ew1950

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been on six international mission trips. This mission trip to Guatemala was by far the best mission trip I have ever been on . The staff at mission Guatemala was absolutely fabulous. They make you feel like you are part of their family. They have the love of God and fellow man in their hearts. I will go back again!!! Elmer Wallace first united Methodist church new Philadelphia Ohio

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was my 4th Central American mission, but the first to Guatemala. This was by far the best organized as to work, accomodations, scheduling, etc. I left feeling like our group had made at least some difference.
Very good organization, and ALL the people we dealt with were good!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mission Guatemala's approach to partnering with surrounding communities resonated my group. Too many organizations don't do their homework and simply provide "help" that the org thinks people "need". Mission Guatemala's facilities are top notch, the crew was patient with us non-professionals and was a pleasure to work beside, and Mission Guatemala was very organized throughout the week of service. Our team would highly recommend them and would go again!