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San Lucas Mission, San Lucas Tóliman, Guatemala

San Lucas Tóliman, Guatemala


 March 5th - 11th, 2017 



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 $425. International trips have the added cost of flights.  In the past, flights to Guatemala have cost $764.40 (2014) and $952.80 (2015). International ABE trips have the additional expense of $25 for an ISIC card. We require International Student ID Cards (ISIC) to all CSB/SJU students, faculty and staff traveling internationally on short-term programs. The Basic ISIC card ($25) is required to bridge the gap for emergency evacuation and repatriation insurance. All participants traveling internationally must have a valid passport. Your passport should be valid (not expire) for a minimum of six months after your return. You would have an additional expense if you need to purchase or renew your passport. International destinations may also charge for a tourist card or visa. You are responsible for the cost of any required tourist documents. Participants that are flying to their trip destination are responsible for their own transportation to and from the MSP airport, the cost of any bags they choose to check and any food they choose to purchase (meals are provided for the group once they arrive at their destination). Souvenirs and optional excursions are individual expenses.
  • Travel: The group will fly from Minneapolis to Guatemala City. Once there, transportation will be provided to  San Lucas Mission.
  • Lodging: The group will be staying in one of the hotels near the mission during the week (See blue squares on map).
  • Food: Some 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 (red square is the mission). If the mission staff have the day off (due to Holy Week) then SNAP funds will  be provided for meals.
  • 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. Due to Holy Week, participants will only complete service work on Monday and Tuesday. The rest of the week will be spent learning and participating in cultural events, such as parades, in celebration of Holy Week!
  • 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. Wear clothing that may get dirty! Additionally, bring nice church clothing for Holy Week celebrations.
  • 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. Students will also be able to participate in cultural events to celebrate Holy Week.
  • Focus: Cross-cultural awareness, poverty, and Intentional Living
  • More Information: Pre-Arrival Packet


Interested in applying to co-lead or participate on the Guatemala trip?  Apply here to co-lead,  here to participate and here to advise! 

Please note: $100 due with acceptance of a position!

Any questions about this trip can be directed to Alternative Break Experiences at


ABE Spring Trip

San Lucas Packing List

San Lucas Map

Special Points of Interest:

  • Spanish immersion
  • Reforestation
  • Cultural diversity
  • Fair Trade
  • Restoration
  • Hands-on

From Past Participants:

" It's not about how much work you accomplish, it what you take away from the work." ~ 2015 Participant

" The people of San Lucas live intentionally. They work hard not to waste anything. This can be easily applied back on campus by making sure I am only taking what Ineed from the Reef or Gorecki." ~ 2014 Participant