Guatemala Service Trip – February 18 through 26, 2017

Guatemala Service Trip – February 18 through 26, 2017

Have you ever visited (or thought of visiting) Guatemala? The opportunity will present itself in February when several club members will be headed there to work once again with Mayan Families, a non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of the indigenous Mayan people.
This will be the fourth trip by club members to Panajachel, a town situated on picturesque Lake Atitlan. Even though we’ll be headed there to work on service projects, Panajachel is also known as a tourist destination located about 90 miles from Guatemala City via a well-paved highway. Work done on previous trips has included:
–          Installation of high efficiency wood-burning cooking stoves to reduce deforestation
–          Installation of water filters to reduce water-borne illness
–          Participation in the construction of a house for a large disadvantaged family
–          Assisting in the pre-school classrooms
–          Helping with the elderly nutrition program
More details about the many essential programs provided by Mayan Families can be found on their web site at www.mayanfamilies.org  .  The trip participants will help to select the projects that will be performed during the time in Guatemala.
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Mayan Families
www.mayanfamilies.org
Mayan Families is a small non-profit organization operating in the Highlands of Guatemala.
Previous participants from the club have returned to Santa Barbara enthusiastic about their experiences. The work performed is certainly an essential part of the trip but the cultural and touristic experiences are also key elements. Many past participants have even made the decision to sponsor individual children who are part of the Mayan Families programs.
The total cost of the trip for participants is about $1650. This includes most food, hotel lodging and transportation within Guatemala (approx. $750), round-trip airfare from LAX to Guatemala City (approx.. $725 on Delta Airlines) and miscellaneous expenses (approx. $175).
If you’d like to get more information or if you’re ready to sign up you can contact Bill Dutton (billdutton5@msn.com) or Dan Herlinger (herlinger@cox.net). Participants from Unity Church of Santa Barbara will once again be joining us on the trip. There are total spaces for about 16 people on the trip based on the number of people that Mayan Families can accommodate on volunteer projects.
We hope that you can join us for this special experience.
 

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