from $1369.00

Guatemala Building Project

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7 days

Experience the beautiful and intriguing Mayan culture first-hand with this self-rewarding volunteer project, which is unique and perfect for those travellers who cant stay out for long periods. Choose from a 1, 2, 3 or 4-week project, working on community construction projects near Antigua, Guatemala in Central America and helping to improve the lives of the indigenous families. Within as little as a week, you can change the lives of several indigenous Maya communities in rural Guatemala, by helping to build something as simple as energy-efficient stoves for cleaner air and less wood consumption. The indigenous Mayan communities in Guatemala make up a huge percentage of the population, and yet many live off just $1 a day, meaning that they are enduring extreme poverty. This project is committed to helping these families and the main aim here is to help the families become self-sustainable and even start micro-businesses to increase their family income - and you can be a big part of that! You may be working with two indigenous communities in Guatemala - the San Andrés Itzapa and the Santa Maria de Jesus - both living within a 45 minute bus ride from Antigua, through lush mountain scenery and typical Guatemalan villages. Building these stoves will drastically reduce the chances of issues such as pneumonia, serious burns, eye infections, blindness and other health risks including death in women and children, to name a few. Apart from helping the local community, you'll also get the chance to explore the beauty of Guatemala. Experience being in the stunning city of Antigua in Guatemala, which is a hidden gem of Central America, packed with ancient ruins, active volcanoes and intriguing Mayan culture. All work and no play makes for no fun, so in your spare time, enjoy an exciting half-day guided adventure activity which you get to pick! Choose from some engaging rock climbing on some of Guatemala's best rock climbing cliffs, some active mountain biking or perhaps get your limbs in action with some hiking in the surrounding areas around Antigua! You'll be lead by a professional guide, who will make your experience more memorable with the bets local tips! Additionally, while in Central America, what better place to learn or brush up on your Spanish? You'll be given 10 hours of one-on-one Spanish classes with a tutor and you're sure to leave with at least the basics of this beautiful language!
  • Summary

    Prepare for an unforgettable experience that will be a learning experience, see you enjoying yourself and also have you helping others. Arrive at the Aurora International Airport in Guatemala on Saturday, where you'll be picked up and transferred to the project. After sorting out all the necessary procedures, you'll be taken to your host family home, where you'll can settle in and have a good night's rest, ready for your experience! The first two days will be dedicated to your one-on-one Spanish classes with a tutor, when you can pick up some words and phrases to use during your interaction with the local people. Following this, your days will start early with eating a scrumptious breakfast with your host family, before travelling by a shuttle bus to your relevant project site and arriving to start work at around 8am. Here, you will then work with the family for whom you are funding and working on your project until late afternoon. You'll be helping to build energy-efficient stoves alongside a local mason and the indigenous family, mixing cement and constructing the stove from start to finish. Lunch will be eaten in the communities with a local family during the week. During the project, volunteers will work with their chosen individual project until it is finished, which will be within one week. Each project / task is designed to be started and finished within one week, and aims to satisfy what the community leaders and families really want and need. In this way, all the projects have been approved by members of the communities and confront the problems they face. Economic stove building is important because almost all indigenous families use wood-burning stoves to cook, which lead to several health risks and in some cases death. With your funding and work, GVI is able to build one stove for one family within a week, and you will be funding all the materials and local masonry work. During your project, you'll also enjoy a half-day guided adventure activity such as rock climbing, mountain biking or hiking in the surrounding areas around Antigua, along with a professional guide. If biking isn't your thing and you prefer the heights, you will be guided on some of Guatemala's best rock climbing cliffs.

  • Highlights

    * Experience working side-by-side with indigenous families and in indigenous communities * Helping and making a difference in the lives of the local community * Feel a sense of accomplishment when you start and finish your chosen project within 1week * Learn a new language with one-on-on Spanish classes * Enjoy and exciting adventure trip which includes a volcano hike or mountain bike ride * Exploring the beauty of Antigua, Guatemala.

  • Inclusions

    - Airport pickup and Drop-off - All Accommodation and Food (apart from meals on Sundays) - Transport to and from project sites - 10 hours one-on-one Spanish lessons per week - Criminal Records Bureau check for UK participants - Half-day adventure activity - Funding for the completion of each individual project, per family, per week - GVI's pre-departure support and discounted services - 24 hour emergency phone available and 24 hour in-country support

  • Not Included

    - Flights - Travel Insurance - Visas and any other travel documents needed - Personal Expenses / Additional spending money - Meals & drinks on Sundays

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