Day 1: Bienvenido! Welcome to Guatemala.
Your trip begins when you arrive at La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your Guatemalan Trip Leader. Our guesthouse is located a short drive from the airport in a gated community on the same property as our Orphan Care home, Dorie’s Promise. We ask that you arrive after noon local time. Your evening will be spent unpacking and sorting your donations. Dinner will be served for all teams arriving before 10 pm.
Day 2: Meet the Children of Dorie’s Promise
Each day starts with a breakfast buffet. Day 2 activities begin with an orientation and facility tour. We will then head to our local church with the children of Dorie’s Promise. Afterward, we will have lunch at the guesthouse and spend the afternoon on a special outing.
Day 3: Serve Families in Crisis at the Dump
Many impoverished families living in Guatemala City survive by scavenging through the garbage dump for items to sell. These families live in makeshift homes built from scrap materials. We partner with life-changing ministries serving the children and families of the garbage dump community.
Potter’s House is an evangelical ministry that shares the love of Christ with those they serve. Through education, healthcare, micro-enterprise, and community development, Potter’s House partners with the local community to equip and support people to change their lives. Our teams deliver food baskets to families in need and serve lunch. Most importantly, you will have the opportunity to meet families and learn about life in the garbage dump community.
Safe Passage and Creamos help families rise above poverty. Through private schools, tutoring, and support programs, Safe Passage focuses on giving children in the garbage dump community a safe place to learn and break the cycle of poverty. Focusing on financial literacy, skills training, and support, Creamos gives women the tools to change their future. Your team will have the opportunity to support the women of Creamos at their artisan store as well during your visit.
After returning to Dorie’s Promise each afternoon; you will be involved in different activities with our children. Some groups prefer to organize their own special activities, while others count on us to have activities ready to go. Either way, it will be a wonderful afternoon getting to know and play with the children of Dorie’s Promise.
Day 4: Serving Rural Families in Crisis
Today, you will travel about an hour outside of the city to work with families matched with your team before you left for Guatemala. The families we work with are at risk of being separated due to the poverty they are experiencing. These projects help families stay together and provide their basic needs—food, shelter, water, and clothing.
Previous projects have included: building homes and kitchens, installing stoves, small repairs, delivering water filters, pouring new concrete floors, and updating community facilities.
Day 5: Serving Rural Families in Crisis and Sightseeing
As a team, you’ll return to the local village and complete the projects you began on Day 4. Before leaving, you’ll have the opportunity to present your projects and donations to the families you served.
You’ll also spend time enjoying the beauty of Guatemala. Team Leaders will work with our Missions Coordinator to schedule an enjoyable experience for your team. Some options may include:
Day 6: Visit a State Orphanage and Farewell Fiesta
Today you’ll experience the difference of Dorie’s Promise. Your team will visit a government-run orphanage and see firsthand the differences between public and private care. Mission teams are usually the only visitors these children get other than their caregivers. Your visit is important.
After dinner, you will spend your last evening with our staff and children celebrating all your new friendships in the backyard with a special Guatemala fiesta!
Day 7: Adios Amigos! Thank you for serving with Us
We hope you leave Guatemala FOREVER CHANGED by the work you did and the people you met. Thank you for serving with us. Our staff will transport you to the airport for your return flight. All teams will be taken to the airport by noon.