Guatemala Trip 2018

Partnering with Mission Impact in Guatemala gives us the opportunity to build relationships with the coffee farmers and their families. These are the coffee farmers that our Coffee House @ Crossroads supports through our missional coffee. When you purchase a cup or a bag of coffee, it translates back to direct financial support to these families at a fair wage. Working out of the small Mayan village of Santa Maria de Jesus as our hub, we participate in providing clean water in remote areas, make and install safe fuel-efficient stoves and directly support and interact with some of the village girls that attend Proximos Pasos (a small Christian school in the village).

The team will split into serve groups that include the fuel-efficient stoves, preparing the school for the beginning of their school year and spending activity time each day with the students, as well as a group that spends it serve time in a more remote location called Coyolate. Through Healthy Communities, this remote group may build clean water filters, stoves or dry compost latrines. We will also spend time with our head coffee farmer, Julio Cuy as he teaches us about coffee farming, takes us to a field to pick the coffee cherries and observe the labor-intensive process of preparing the beans for market.

The team will also experience some of the Guatemalan culture and build long-term relationships with our farmer families. One evening is spent preparing a traditional Guatemalan celebration dinner in a host home. The team also host a dinner for the coffee farmer families at the school. On Friday afternoon, there will be some down time to experience the picturesque city of Antigua, which is just down the volcano from Santa Maria.

The cost of the January trip is $2,200. There is a $300 deposit due once accepted for the trip and is non-refundable. The cost includes airfare, travel insurance, all accommodations, meals, activities and transportation. Due to the early morning flight, we will car pool to the airport the night before departure. The parking and hotel is included in the trip fee. Your meal Friday evening is on your own. Additional costs may include an up-to-date passport, any immunizations you choose to get and personal shopping from the Guatemalan textiles offered through Mission Impact, the market in Santa Maria or while in Antigua.

turn in your application to Darlene Rudrick by email: