September 19, 2017
We are excited for the third year in a row that Plymouth members will travel to Guatemala to participate in a Habitat for Humanity project. Would you like to join us? Trip dates are scheduled for February 10-20, 2018. We will travel again to beautiful Lake Atitlan and bring much-needed sanitation to rural Mayan families as we work with them to build sturdy latrines and smokeless cook stoves.
Statistically, 46% of all Guatemalans use inadequate or no latrines, and 90% of rural Guatemalans use wood in open fires as their primary cooking fuel, a long-term health hazard. Habitat projects significantly aid in the health of poor, rural families.
Working alongside our host families gives volunteers a rare opportunity to get to know another culture in an authentic way. We can promise you the work is rewarding, and working in the company of fellow Plymouth members is a profound experience. As with past trips, we will also share some wonderful Guatemalan culture; we will visit a Mayan ruin and weaving cooperative, eat delicious food, visit a school and participate in other activities.
Cost for the trip is $2000 and includes all lodging, food and transportation in Guatemala. It also supports the cost of building materials, the Guatemalan Habitat staff and Global Habitat. It does not include airfare and it is tax-deductible. Habitat’s website offers ways that participants can reach out to friends and family who may want to assist in paying for your airfare. You don’t need construction experience to participate, though we can guarantee you will gain some skills by the end of the trip!
For more information, please reach out to trip co-leaders: Greg Anacker at 206.542.0224 or Susan Dittig at 206.285.7541. Respond soon as space is limited.