Previous Global Village Trips
Quetaltenango, Guatemala – January 2019
In January 2019, we led a team of 15 volunteers to build new homes alongside two families on the hillsides of Quetaltenango. All new Habitat Guatemala homes are made of steel-reinforced concrete block and cement, designed to be resistant to natural shocks and tremors. Corrugated metal sheet roofing keeps the family dry during Guatemala’s brutal rainy season. We spent our work days digging the foundation, mixing concrete and mortar, tying rebar, splitting concrete blocks and setting the first rows of blocks of the walls. The work days were long, but rewarding! Here are a couple of testimonies:
“I enjoyed and learned a lot from my Habitat companions and the Guatemalans we met or worked with. But the appreciation demonstrated by the two families nearly brought me to tears.”
“[The greatest impact of the trip is] getting to know the families and seeing the joy on their faces knowing that they would soon have a safe, comfortable place to live. The difference in the cultures, including expectations and sense of entitlement, also had a large impact. We in the United States are very blessed with what we have, yet it is so often taken for granted.”
This is our second trip to Guatemala and have been impressed by the wisdom and dedication of the Habitat Guatemala staff and the impact they have had. We hope to continue supporting Habitat Guatemala and their mission through our tithe and our Global Village trips in the future.