Serve with Us

Do you have a calling to serve? Want to make a difference in the lives of children in Guatemala? Join us!

About Guatemala

Guatemala Map Location

Guatemala is a country in Central American bordering Mexico and Belize to the north, and Honduras and El Salvador to the southeast. With a population of 18.2 million as of 2021, Guatemala is the most populous country in Central America. Approximately 60% of the total population lives in poverty. Although most demographics in the country face poverty, indigenous communities feel the effects the most. Forever Changed International serves those families that are marginalized living in poverty and in crisis..

You can change a life. Join us in Guatemala for a week you’ll never forget and experience the difference you can make in the life of an orphan. 

TAKE A TRIP WITH US

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Become forever friends with the children of Dorie’s Promise Orphan Care Home
  • Serve families in crisis that call the Guatemalan Garbage dump home
  • Help transform the life of a family living in poverty through our family preservation program
  • Visit a government run orphanage to see what life is like for children living in institutionalized care
  • Experience the beauty of Guatemala through exciting
    sightseeing options
HOW DO I APPLY FOR A TRIP?

Please complete our inquiry form and one of our staff members will contact you within the next 24 -48 hours to discuss open trip dates as well as the process to apply.

WHAT IS THE TRIP COST AND WHAT DOES THAT INCLUDE?

The trip fee payable to Forever Changed International is $1,175 for a 7-day/6-night trip including all meals, in-country transportation, and housing. Airfare to Guatemala City from your home airport is an additional fee beyond the FCI trip fee. You are responsible for booking your airfare.

WHAT IS THE PAYMENT SCHEDULE?

$375 non-refundable deposit due with application
$800 due 30 days prior to travel

WHAT IS THE MINIMUM AGE OF PARTICIPANTS?

Dorie’s Promise is open to individuals of all ages. Our teams are quite often filled with teens and adults, but we welcome families who desire to serve together as well. We are available to discuss our programs with you to help determine if your children are ready to visit Guatemala.

ARE BACKGROUND CHECKS REQUIRED?

Yes. When you apply for participation on a trip with Forever Changed International, you will also consent to have a background check. The safety of our children, staff, and trip participants is a high priority—we require all participants to adhere to this policy. If you do not pass a background check your deposit will be refunded.

DO I HAVE TO BE PART OF A LARGE TEAM TO GO ON A MISSION TRIP?

No, we have set up Individual/small group weeks throughout the year.  Participating with us during these weeks is a great way to meet new people from all over the United States and Canada. Inquire now to find out more about our opportunities for individuals and small groups to serve with us.

I AM A TEAM LEADER; HOW MUCH NOTICE IS NECESSARY TO BOOK MY TEAM TO TRAVEL DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS?

Summer is the busiest time for our program. If you are interested in traveling during the summer months we recommend that you begin building your team at least six to twelve months in advance of your proposed date of travel.

We offer space for teams that have a minimum of 20 participants June through August.  In order to reserve your team’s week an application/deposit is required for all twenty participants at time of booking.  We recommend that you have your teams all apply and pay their deposits on the same day in order to assure you get the week you are looking at.  To find out more about what weeks are currently available inquire now

IF I AM AN INDIVIDUAL WANTING TO TRAVEL DURING THE SUMMER IS THERE A WEEK SPECIFICALLY FOR ME?

Yes, although most of the summer is dedicated to large groups, we do have 2-3 weeks set up each summer specifically for individuals and small groups.

WHAT TYPES OF GROUPS PARTICIPANTS HAVE TRAVELED WITH YOU ON A MISSION TRIP?

Church, youth, ladies, community and men’s groups, families, and individuals have been serving with us for over 10 years.

IS GUATEMALA SAFE FOR TRAVEL?

Forever Changed International takes precautions to make sure you are safe during your stay with us. Our dedicated trip staff in Guatemala stays aware of all political and social situations in the areas where we work. We also work exclusively in communities where we have longstanding relationships and feel safe. We never send teams into situations that will put their safety at risk. Additionally, we do not allow trip participants to travel outside our community alone. From the time you exit the airport you are accompanied by our staff—they are responsible for all of your travel within Guatemala as well. Our orphan care home as well as your accommodations are in a private, gated community with private security. During our daily trips we also have security who accompany us.

DO I NEED VACCINATIONS TO TRAVEL TO GUATEMALA?

The Center for Disease Control and local governments may require vaccinations and/or testing for travel to Guatemala and return travel to your home country. Please consult local authorities for current vaccination and testing requirements. We also recommend that you consult your personal physician and be up-to-date on standard vaccinations.

TYPICAL TRIP ITINERARY

 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.