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.
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
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!