Each year Beyond the Walls runs service trips to Guatemala City, Guatemala to serve the scavenger community that lives in and around the Guatemala City garbage dump. Scavengers sort through the city’s refuse day after day searching for items to use or sell, even food for their families. Earning an average daily income of $5.00 they live in communities that have sprung up on reclaimed land surrounding the giant landfill. We partner with Potter’s House Association, a Guatemalan nonprofit organization, to serve the 12,000 people in these communities with medical services, construction of new homes, renovation of existing homes, refurbishment of infrastructure, skills training and relational activities such as day camps and sports camps for children.
July 8-15, 2017 – Week 1
July 15-22, 2017 – Week 2
July 22-29 2017 – Week 3
Please note that these teams fill up quickly, and the earlier you send in your deposit, the less likely you are to be disappointed.
Who can go:
These trips are for adults age 18 and older, and students age 13 and older who are accompanied by a parent.
The team will have clean comfortable accommodations at a local retreat house.
The cost will be between $800 and $900 plus airfare. That price includes food, lodging, transportation in Guatemala, insurance, security, translators and a share of project costs. Volunteers flying from Newark, NJ, may save money on airfare by taking advantage of the BTW group ticket on United Airlines.
If you would like to join one of our volunteer teams in Guatemala, please download and complete the volunteer application and return it to Beyond the Walls, P.O. Box 525, Mendham, NJ 07945 along with your non-refundable deposit of $200. We look forward to working together.
Betsy Ahl, Executive Director
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