San Lucas Mission
San Lucas Tóliman, Guatemala
March 1st-9th, 2014
San Lucas Mission
At San Lucas Mission, participants will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Guatemalan culture, as well as build relationships with the community of San Lucas. Father Greg, a Minnesota native is the founder of the mission. Student work may include, but is not limited to the following: assisting in cooperative community projects such as helping with the reforestation project, sorting coffee, assisting families on their land, and helping to restore buildings that are in desperate need of repair.
What to Expect:
- Cost: Each ABE trip costs $325. International trips have the added cost of flights. In the past, flights to Guatemala have cost $1,016 (2012) and $814.45 (2013).
- Travel: The group will fly from Minneapolis to Guatemala. Once there, transportation will be provided by San Lucas Mission.
- Lodging: The group will be staying in one of the hotels near the mission during the week.
- Food: Meals are provided at the mission so you have the opportunity to dine with other volunteers and guests from the mission. They will include some traditional Guatemalan dishes.
- Work: Groups may be working in housing projects, reforestation, coffee bean processing, and more! Their work will be based on whatever the community's needs are at that time.
- Dress: Groups are advised to wear light cotton clothes. In the traditionally Mayan town, it is best to wear long shorts and skirts or pants and t-shirts. A light jacket and raincoat are recommended. Typical attire for a day is athletic shorts, t-shirts, and tennis shoes. Bring items that can get dirty!
- Extra Fun: Lake Atitlan is nearby although people may not swim in it, it is a stunningly beautiful view. The site is listed in the book 1,001 Places to See Before You Die. There is also an opportunity for an excursion across the lake to other towns, such as Santiago or Panahachel.
- Focus: Cross-cultural awareness, poverty, and Intentional Living
- More Information: Pre-Arrival Packet
Please note: $100 due with acceptance of a position!
Any questions about this trip can be directed to Alternative Break Experiences at firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Points of Interest:
- Spanish immersion
- Cultural diversity
- Fair Trade
From Past Participants:
"Experiencing life in San Lucas helped me realize what things really matter and how I can focas on family, community. and my faith now that I am home."
"Being able to work, celebrate, and learn in solidarity with the people of San Lucas is an experience I will never take for granted."