Join Us for an Exploratory Service Trip to Guatemala
In the debate over immigration policy in the U.S. what is often lost is the deeper understanding of why immigrants would make the difficult choice to leave their home. In the U.S., Guatemala is the third highest country of origin for those who are here as undocumented. Our trip to Guatemala will give participants a rich understanding of Guatemala’s history, the U.S. role in Guatemala’s domestic policies, current human rights violations and the work by indigenous communities to create sustainable possibility for Guatemalans to live and thrive in the highlands of their home. We will travel with our friends from Morrow Memorial Methodist Church in Maplewood.
Our partner in this work will be Wakami, an organization begun by Maria Pacheco, a Guatemalan, in order to create systemic change in small communities by empowering women to own local businesses, access healthcare and education for their families, and change their communities. Our trip will include some service elements such as working at a Wakami Center, but please note that because we are concerned about toxic charity (service that does not change systemic change but can rather do harm by taking jobs from Guatemalans) we will not engage in traditional service activities.
The trip is being coordinated by Rev. Robin. Jamaine Cripe, Youth Director, and Rev. Emilie Boggis, Minister of Congregational Life will be on the trip. Questions can be directed to Rev. Robin. An informational session is planned for February. Details coming soon.
Our itinerary is below. You must have a valid passport book for this trip. In country costs are estimated to be $1200 including lodging and food with airfare estimated at $380.00. Total maximum trip cost is $1580.00. We are working on reducing in country costs and will update as we know more information. For more information on Wakami please click here.
April 6: Arrive in Guatemala City (stay the night in Guatemala City)
April 7-11: Exploratory days (Visit to a Wakami Center, Explore the 30-year Civil War Memorial, meet with human rights group, and learn about the indigenous Mayan movement for justice)
April 12: Down day in Antigua (Excursions to the mountains or water possible, visit the chocolate museum)
April 13: Depart for U.S.