Posted by Will Carlton on Aug 27, 2018
We hope you will join us as we go to GUATEMALA next JUNE to CHANGE LIVES!!!
Please be sure to complete the Indication of Interest SURVEY below so we can continue planning this life-changing trip!
Summer Service Project –
June 23-27, 2019
We have an exciting district-wide service project planned for this year.  We are seeking 120+ people to help work on a number of different projects in GUATEMALA centered around strengthening schools, providing clean water and improved hygiene. We are looking for both skilled and unskilled volunteers who have experience with:
  • Plumbing, electrical, tile, and/or carpentry
  • Painting – including murals and artwork
  • IT skills for computer lab
  • Medical / nursing needs
  • Spanish language (help w/ translation)
Several projects will be focused on strengthening schools and improving the health of students and their families. Some of the projects we will be working on:
  • Replacing the roof on a school in an earthquake prone region
  • Repairing bathrooms in several schools
  • Installing new stoves with chimneys and other appliances in school kitchens
  • Assisting with hygiene health initiatives to improve hand washing and sanitary habits
  • Installing a computer lab in school for elementary kids, special needs children, and college age young adults
Expanding a successful program on the east coast for the past 14 years. At risk students (70% rural and 30% city) are given a comprehensive 3 year long education and apprenticeship. They attend school for 3 hours a day and then intern with a chosen business for 5 hours.  Students usually come in with the equivalent of a 6th grade education and leave the program with a high school degree. 80% of these leave with a job.
We will work together with the local technical school constructing desks, tables, etc. and leave the tools behind with the host Rotary club for the school’s use.
Opportunity to connect with other Rotarians:
You will have the opportunity to see first hand how effective Rotary is in meeting needs around the world by working along side Rotarians, Rotoractors, and Interactors from several Rotary clubs in Guatemala.
We will be staying in beautiful Antigua. Resort hotels have numerous amenities including spa services and great dining opportunities.
We are striving to keep the cost of the trip below $1,000 per person (double occupancy).  At this point, the airfare ranges between $475 and $800.  Hotel cost will be in the range of $45 - $100 per night.
In order to obtain the best pricing, we need to know how many people are planning on going on this service trip.  If you have any interest in helping or want to know more, please let us know by filling out this online form (10 questions, about 2-3 minutes) to indicate your interest by September 15th.  We will follow up with you as soon as we have additional information regarding costs, etc.
Take the interest survey here!  
More than just a service project!
After the projects are completed, you will have the opportunity to explore Antigua and the rest Guatemala on your own.  Here are some options available to you:
  • Take three hour guided walking or bike/cycling tour of Antigua.
  • Explore colonial buildings around the main plaza.
  • Visit Central Market.
  • Visit the many churches and monasteries.
  • Visit Centro Cultural La Azotea (in Jocotenango)
  • Go horseback riding (from Ravenscroft Riding Stables)
  • Climb a dormant volcano (various lengths and difficulty).
  • Visit a local coffee plantation.
  • Visit Ciudad Vieja (original capital, 1527-1543)
  • Visit Lake Atitlan and Panajachel.
  • Take boat tour of Lake Atitlan.
  • Visit Chichicastenango market.
  • Tour ruins of Tikal, time permitting (various tour companies in Antigua – usually a day trip)
Additional information about the trip can be found here:
Please email with any questions you may have about the trip!