Serving Central and South America
    

HIM…

  • Works alongside local people to strengthen communities in Central and South America
  • Utilizes the expertise of our local staff to always respect the culture
  • Believes every individual we meet should feel valued and respected.
  • Has over 32 years of experience
  • 6,000+ adventure seeking volunteers in the last decade

HIM hosts trips to various countries in Central and South America with our Central America headquarters in the state of Zacapa, Guatemala. Guatemala is one of the poorest countries in Latin America, home to 17 million people where 65% are under the age of 15.

“When they say we are a representative of HIM they mean it figuratively and literally! I stand in awe at what God is doing through HIM for this beautiful third world country full of lovely people that believe that God will provide for all of their needs! There were so many great moments, I’ll definitely remember them all & return!”

We hope you join us and see the impact one person can make!

 

Our Mission: Empowering our volunteers to change lives of those in poverty.

Hundreds travel miles to receive care.

Hundreds travel miles to receive care.

Providing medical care.

Providing medical care.

Who can volunteer?
There is a place for everyone! HIM needs all types of volunteers: Medical professionals, skilled tradesmen, firefighters, those fluent in Spanish, individuals to care for children and assist in clinics, and more. If you don’t feel you fit into one of these categories, don’t worry, a willing heart is your most valuable tool! Let us know the passions and skills of your group and together we will put together an agenda that will be meaningful and impactful.

 

What is a typical week?
Day 1 - Upon arrival in Guatemala City you will be met by HIM staff who will assist the team with luggage and drive approx 3 hours northeast to Zacapa, our home for the next week. After checking in to the hotel, we gather for introductions and dinner. Lots of energy is in the air as we get acquainted and discuss the agenda for the week!

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Day 2 – Unpack, sort and organize supplies. Often we will have an afternoon outing to take lunch to the children living in the garbage dump or spend time with some of the village children.

Day 3-6– Depending on the mission, Monday through Thursday are work days where we spend time visiting villages providing medical care, constructing or painting a school, connecting with the children through crafts, songs and games, distributing shoes, or whatever the team is called to do. We typically eat breakfast at 7 and depart at 8. Lunch is provided at the worksite. After a fulfilling day building relationships with the Guatemalan people and working, we return to the hotel around 4, take a swim in the hotel pool and prepare for dinner. One afternoon, we will spend in Gualan where your heart will be on fire for those you will meet at the Nutrition Center, Orphanage, and Senior Center and you will get an inside look at the impactful programs that serve the surrounding areas in addition to helping with the Weekly Feed. You will fall in love with the beauty of the children and the people and the impact HIM has made on hundreds of people every day.

Day 7 – Many teams choose to leave Zacapa in the morning and go to Antigua, Guatemala, a tourist city with shopping and cobblestone streets. Many activities are available during the day ranging from coffee tours, zip lining or shopping, followed by a lovely dinner and a hotel stay.

Day 8 – Departure

Washing hands in preparation for the weekly feed.

Washing hands in preparation for the weekly feed.

Applying varnish to children’s teeth to prevent decay.

Applying varnish to children’s teeth to prevent decay.

Frequently Asked Questions
    

What are the expenses for volunteers?
  • Air fare to Guatemala City
  • Fee to cover transportation within the country, room and board and related costs. This is considered a tax-deductible donation. Because the fees vary based on the trip duration, please contact our office for more information.
  • If you wish to solicit friends and family for financial assistance, a Sponsorship Letter can be found below.

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Are the trips safe?
HIM staff makes arrangements for security when traveling at night. Our hotels are all gated and enclosed.

Will I be able to see my sponsored child?
We will make every effort for you to meet your sponsored child.

When are trip payments due?
$500 due at time of commitment. Balance due 30 days prior to trip

Trip Sponsor Request Letter
 Download the Trip Sponsor Request Letter 

Will there be an opportunity to shop for souvenirs?
Yes, both in Zacapa and Antigua.

Do I need to have a passport?

Yes. Passport MUST be valid for 6 months after departure date.

 

HEADQUARTERS

Phone: 219-924-2446
Fax: 219-922-1694
1834 45th Street
Munster, Indiana 46321
Click here to email

Guatemala Office

Barrio La Barca
Gualan, Zacapa
Guatemala, Central America


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