Park City Community Church is partnering with Group Mission Trips for our 2019 mission trip to Guatemala. Below is any information you may want to know. If you wish to know more or would like to sign up for this year’s upcoming trip in June feel free to contact Gabriel Bielma at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Travel Dates: Jun 15 to Jun 22, 2019
Price: $999 per person (not including airfare)
When you register for the trip, a $100 non-refundable deposit is due to reserve your space, which will go toward your $999.
Saturday – Arrive at La Aurora International Airport (GUA); stay overnight near Antigua.
Sunday – Tour Mayan ruins at Iximche; take a boat to San Juan La Laguna and attend a local church in the evening
Monday-Thursday – Service rotations throughout the different projects; evening devotions and God Sightings
Friday – Free day (zip-lining and visit to Antigua) - Overnight in Antigua
Saturday – Depart for GUA airport; fly home
Need to Know
A passport is required to travel to Guatemala.
Be up to date on all standard vaccines, such as Tetanus, Mumps, Measles, and Rubella. Hepatitis A vaccine is also recommended. Be sure to bring bug spray (at least 25% DEET) as there are mosquito-borne illnesses present, including Dengue Fever, Chikungunya, and the Zika virus.
Fly into the La Aurora International Airport (GUA). Average flight cost is $500-$650.
Lodging will be in a simple hotel with bunk beds in gender-specific rooms.
Currency is the Guatemalan Quetzal. $1 = about 7.25 Quetzal.
Electricity is the same as the U.S., and a converter or adapter is typically not needed to plug electronics into the wall.
Spanish is the primary language, however, 21 Mayan languages are also spoken.
Bring additional money for souvenirs and free day activities.
How You'll Serve
Here are examples of the types of projects you might be involved with:
Light construction projects for schools
Assisting at a local coffee farm
Engaging in English language programs at a local school
Supporting a local women’s cooperative
Agricultural projects like maintaining a botanic garden
Improving land for higher crop yields
Our projects are chosen with the locals’ ongoing needs in mind, with coordination from local community members and non-profits to ensure we are making a long-lasting impact. You will surely get plenty of cultural interaction with Guatemalans as you serve in many beautification projects throughout the community of San Juan La Laguna.
Each evening, some of our local partners in the community will join us for dinner, so that you can interact and get to know them better.
REQUIREMENTS FOR YOUTH PARTICIPATION
Prior to leaving for Guatemala, each Student attending the mission trip will be required to write a 1 page essay of why they wish to attend this mission trip and what their own definition of a mission trip is. And how these trips benefit not only those we serve but also the individual participating and the church body as a whole.
Each student is required to participate in upcoming fundraising events in order to supplement the cost of flights and transportation.
Each Student will be quizzed on a key Spanish vocabulary words and phrases.
If the youth is not already a participant in Sunday Worship, they will be required to attend up to mission trip.
Youth DOES NOT have to be a member of PCCC United Methodist.
Must attend all meetings prior to mission departure date.
For more information on the trip, visit Group Missions website.