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Volunteer Trip

Volunteer

Why Guatemala?

We’re flying volunteers out to Guatemala to address the issue of extreme poverty. 59.3% of Guatemala's population live in poverty, and 23.4% live in extreme poverty, it means they make less than $1.25 a day. Because majority of the population living in rural villages are engaged in unpaid agricultural works, they cannot support their families. Also, most of the children, rather than receiving proper education, stay home and work to support their families. They do not have opportunities to grow out of poverty. Our G.I.F.T. Chickens is based in Guatemala and you can join us to build a chicken coop that allows families to generate steady income by selling the eggs in the market and personally meet the families youre helping.

Watch our volunteer trip video Here

G.I.F.T. Chickens Transforms Lives

After extensive research on our beneficiary families and with agreement to enroll their children in school, G.I.F.T Chickens will provide them with one chicken house, 30 chickens, and 6 months worth of chicken feed and water. Good Neighbors Guatemala staff will vaccinate the chickens and also provide trainings for the families on raising the chickens and selling the eggs. Each family will be closely monitored by Good Neighbors Guatemala staff regularly

So I Can Actually Help Make This Happen in Guatemala?

Yes! Sign up to volunteer abroad with us and well take you to Guatemala so you can see firsthand how G.I.F.T. Chickens gives families an opportunity to break the vicious cycle of poverty. This unique opportunity puts you directly in the field, building from the ground up for deserving families while connecting you with the people and culture of Guatemala.

Your trip will also include visiting our other community development project sites and tourist activities. Its an incredible, life-changing experience for you and for the families you’re helping!

Note: Volunteer trips can also be customized to incorporate volunteers’ special interests (e.g. faith-based volunteer trips or skill-based trips for practicing professionals who want to contribute to communities).

Volunteer Testimonials


Jasmine

“The hard work that goes into building a coosktove really gives volunteers a different perspective on how others around the world live their lives.”

Hannah

“Generosity and kindness seemed to be prominent characteristics of nearly everyone we met in the beautiful country.”

Nitya

“I believe that the cookstoves that we built changed people’s lives not only because of the health benefits but also for the children.”

Ryan

“It was such a unique experience that offers insight and inspiration.”


I’m In! What’s The Nitty-Gritty?

Trip Costs

$2,000 per person includes:

  • $500 contribution to a G.I.F.T. Chickens project with a custom donor tile in the name of the volunteer.
  • All travel costs including airfare, ground travel, and lodging
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • Detailed, planned itinerary to visit community projects and tourist destinations, all led by an experienced Good Neighbors staff member
  • Volunteer hours from the trip can be used towards the Presidents Volunteer Service Award (PVSA).

Planned Trip Dates

  • June 18th~24th
  • July 16th~22nd
  • August 6th~12th

* We will need five or more volunteers for each trip date

Application

To begin preparing for the trip, all volunteers are required to submit an application. Please click here to access the application. After you successfully submit the application you will contacted by the Program Coordinator.


*Volunteer hours from the trip can be used towards the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA).

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