San RaYmundo, Guatemala
We offer group and individual mission trips to San Raymundo, Guatemala. In just one week, partner with a local church to construct a home from start to finish for a family in need. We offer one model home in Guatemala with three rooms and a large front porch. Finish your trip with a day of shopping and sightseeing in historic Antigua, Guatemala.
Located at the southern tip of México, Guatemala is the most populated country in Central America. Of its more than 13 million inhabitants, approximately 75% live below the poverty line. San Raymundo is a rural town located beyond the bustling streets of Guatemala City. The majority of the Guatemalans we serve reside in the rural mountainous areas around San Raymundo. These mountainous countrysides are where you find the heart of this nation.
Rooted deep in the indigenous Mayan culture, it is typical to see the traditional dress worn by women and children as they carry belongings in baskets upon their heads. Produce stands line the dirt streets and small markets carry meat for purchase daily. The roads are typically filled with potholes, which turn into muddy pathways during the rainy season.
Many of the outlying villages are scattered with homes made of wood or bamboo and covered by rusty tin roofs. The inside of homes are typically sparse with only the most basic necessities: a fire pit to cook meals, ceramic jugs for holding water, and mats woven from Palms which are rolled out onto the dirt floor at night and used for sleeping.
Due to the lack of resources, women and children often suffer most from the poverty. Children are malnourished and forced to work to help provide for their family. With an extremely high illiteracy rate, the problem continues to grow. Although many public schools are free, uniforms, books and transportation are still a required expense. Rather than learning in classrooms, many children spend their days rolling wicks for fireworks to help with the family income. This job provides an average of $.10/400 fireworks or $10 for a full week of work. And although agriculture provides for 50% of the labor force, residents continue to struggle through seasonal labor on coffee, cotton and sugar plantations.
With adequate housing provided, families are relieved of one of their greatest financial struggles and a break is made in this vicious cycle. Children are given a hope for the future while parents can use their resources for food and necessities rather than shelter. As the American church partners with the Guatemalan church a perfect picture of the Gospel is painted as cultures and nations are bridged together bringing about necessary provisions in the name of Christ.
Guatemala Group Trips 2017
- $8,300 | Groups of 15-25 people | Three room home
- Meals, travel, and lodging:
- $135/person if arriving Sunday and departing Friday (preferred)
- $150/person if arriving Sunday and departing Saturday (better for inexperienced teams doing additional outreach activities)
- Deposit: $1,000/project
- Airfare and insurance not included
Guatemala Individual Trips (Team Casas) 2017
- $750 per person ages 12 and up / $200 per child ages 0-11
- Deposit: $100/person
- Includes all meals, travel, lodging, and insurance in country
- Airfare not included
- March 12 - 17, 2017
(scheduled; still accepting volunteers)
- July 2 - 7, 2017
(at least 13 volunteers still needed by May 2)
- December 27, 2017 - January 1, 2018
(at least 14 volunteers still needed by October 27)
- March 12 - 17, 2017