GUATEMALA

Antigua, Guatemala
Antigua, Guatemala

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Pick-up soccer game
Pick-up soccer game

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Bunk bed style lodging
Bunk bed style lodging

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Antigua, Guatemala
Antigua, Guatemala

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Trip Information

Location:

Urban - Guatemala City

Rural - one hour outside the city

Dates:

Typically Saturday to Saturday.

Spring break, summer, all year.

(Flexible, year-round availability).

Capacity:

Max group size of 40.

Price:

$699 - $899 plus airfare (cost details)

Ministry:

Medical clinics.

Local church partnership.

Servant Life partners with a Christ-centered ministry in Guatemala who is operating with a mixture of American and Guatemalan leadership. With a ministry focus in both rural villages as well as urban communities, the ultimate goal is to reach the lost of Guatemala by going into communities alongside the local church and soon-to-be-planted churches, and reach children and adults with the gospel through VBS, medical clinics, block parties, home visits, evangelism, shoe and clothing distribution, face paint, cotton candy, labor projects, and many other creative ways to show the love of Christ. This trip in particular will focus on medical clinics, although there are also opportunities for non medical people to be part of ministry as well (either supporting the clinics and ministering to those waiting, or doing outreach separate from the clinics). Our rural ministry site is connected to 17 different nearby villages where we are working to share the gospel through relational ministry, and there are also numerous ministry opportunities in the city, meaning there are many teams needed to help shine the light of Christ into each location.

What will my team be doing? 

Teams will be hosting medical clinics either in Guatemala City or in a rural location about an hour outside of the city. Typically, teams will stay at a rural base camp outside the city, but teams may also stay in hotels for an additional cost. Medical clinics are often hosted in public schools, churches, or even at facilities owned by our mission team. The church and missionaries will do the work of advertising for the clinic and inviting the community to attend; your role will be to host clinics by providing the medical expertise to see patients, help diagnose and treat their ailments, and show them the love of Christ. There are also roles for non-medical participants to be helping with the clinics, or if your team is large enough, your non-medical group could be at a separate ministry site doing things like VBS, evangelism, outreach, and light construction. Your team can also have a day of rest to enjoy the historic city of Antigua, where you can have a free day exploring the city, the market, etc., or you can pay a bit extra for some additional activities (ziplining, chocolate making experience, coffee plantation tour) if you choose to do so.

What does a general weekly schedule look like?

  • Saturday. Travel day. Arrive and get settled in.

  • Sunday. Cultural day in Antigua. Visit the market, tour the city, eat a nice meal. Optional cost: Zip-line, chocolate factory, coffee plantation. Prep for the week ahead.

  • Monday - Friday. Ministry days: medical clinics.

  • Saturday. Travel day. Depart for home.

What does my cost include?

  • In-country transportation. From the moment you land at the airport until the moment you leave, we will take you everywhere.

  • Housing. Teams wanting to host clinics in the more rural areas and stay at a simple facility with bunk bed style lodging can stay for $699 per person. Teams wanting to stay in hotels with two people per room can plan on a trip price of $899 per person.

  • Meals. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, every day! (Note: You need to pay for your own meals at the airport, while traveling, etc.)

  • Supplemental Traveler's Insurance. In the event of a medical emergency, you'll be covered with an international policy! (Note: There may be an additional charge, normally around $25, for each person over the age of 50 to cover the increased cost of an insurance policy).

  • T-Shirt. Every participant gets an awesome mission trip t-shirt.

  • Pre-Trip Training Material. We provide training sessions, trip overview documents, assistance from our team of mission trip experts, and communication with in-country missionaries to make sure your group is fully prepared for your trip.

  • Pre, During, and Post-trip Devotionals. This 4-week printed missions journal will help every team member grow and encounter Christ.
     

Note: The cost of medicine to be distributed at clinics is NOT included in the trip cost, and is an additional expense that you will be responsible for. The reason for this is that the cost of medicine can vary greatly depending on how large your medical team is and how many patients you plan to see over the course of the week. Generally the medicine is acquired in the U.S. and taken safely and legally into Guatemala by securing a letter from Customs before you travel (which we will do for you). You might even be able to have medicine donated or purchased at a significantly reduced rate.

Airfare is not included in the trip cost, but will be taken care of by Servant Life's travel agent who gets humanitarian rates and often free baggage. You may book on your own if you prefer to do so, but we ask to approve the itinerary first.

What does the payment schedule look like?

  • Deposits are due November 1 for spring break and summer trips. (If your trip is at a different time, we'll come up with a custom schedule!)

  • The next payment is due March 1 for summer trips or January 1 for spring break trips.

  • The final payment is due 35 days before your trip.

  • If booking airfare with Servant Life, we are generally able to hold an airfare option for your group from your original deposits, and then the airfare is due in full around 45 days before your trip.