Guatemala

Dates: January 4-25, 2018

Cost: $2700

Group Size: 2 leaders, 10 participants, 1 faculty advisor

Host Community:

The Friends of San Lucas carries on the legacy of Fr. Greg Schaffer, by listening, responding to and walking in solidarity with the people of San Lucas Toliman in an effort to alleviate the suffering and dependency created by the “process of poverty.” This site is VISION’s longest standing relationship in service.

San Lucas is a small rural community where Mayan and westernized cultures come together.

Justice Issues:

Fair Trade Coffee: The Mission sells some of the best coffee in Guatemala and exports it throughout the United States. Working with a cooperative of small growers, the Mission ensures these workers receive 25% more than market prices for their harvest. The VISION group will work on a variety of projects at the mission. Spending most of the day outdoors, you’ll have the opportunity to help with the coffee harvest and learn about their process of production from the plant to the roasted bean.

Land Ownership: With approximately 70 percent of Guatemala’s land owned by 2 percent of the population, the San Lucas Mission attempts to recognize human dignity by working for the fair distribution of land to families. Their efforts provide families with three acre plots, to be used for staple crops and commercial farming.

Cultural Opportunities:

Living in a small Mayan town provides opportunities to take in the culture of the area through exploration and various educational activities. The group will hear a series of talks on Guatemala’s history and Mayan culture local residents and have the opportunity to experience the Living Class. The Living Class is where you get to experience the daily tasks of local residents. The group will also see the beautiful Atitlan region by boat, hike around volcanoes, and visit colorful outdoor markets.

Food, Lodging, Travel:

We depart from MSP airport and fly in to Guatemala City where transportation from the mission will be awaiting us. It is about a 3.5 hour drive from the capitol city to San Lucas. All meals are provided once we arrive in San Lucas.

More Info:

Sample Schedule:

8:00am Breakfast in La Biblioteca

9:00am-12:00pm Work Project (Depends on current projects and funding at the mission)

12:30pm-2:00pm Lunch in La Biblioteca and free time (or an information session with long-term volunteers)

2:00pm-4:30pm Work Project

4:30pm-6:00pm Return from Work Project and have some free time

6:00pm-7:00pm Share a meal in La Biblioteca and help with clean-up

7:00pm-8:00pm Potential activity with long-term volunteers

8:00pm onward Reflection and relaxation time

Website:

https://www.sanlucasmission.org