An essential partnership, and the adventure of a lifetime!
Work Week Teams
Each year, Hands For Peacemaking Foundation invites a number of Work Week Teams to come to Guatemala to work on a project to assist one of the villages we serve. The Work Week experience gives teams an opportunity to work hand-in-hand with people who live in extreme poverty every day, while assisting them in a project that will have a positive impact on their lives for years to come.
Other examples of past projects that Work Week teams have accomplished:
- Village school construction
- Installation of high efficiency clean air stoves
- Building of water collection systems to provide safe water supplies
- Installing water filters
- Clearing areas and assisting villagers with planting of gardens
- Planting village fruit trees
- Building a pig pen and providing pigs for a village
- Building a chicken coop and supplying chickens for a village
Frequently asked questions
Q: Who can attend?
Teams often come from churches, civic organizations, students, businesses, and interested community volunteers.
Q: How big of a team can HFPF handle?
The minimum size is 10, and the maximum is 16 team members.
Q: How much does a project cost?
There are a number of variables involved in a Work Week project. Some of the items that can impact the project and its costs are as follows:
- Size of group
- Priority of needs of the villagers
- Whether a group wants to stay in Barillas, or is open to staying in a village
- Physical ability of the team members
- Ability of the group to raise the necessary funds for the project
Once the team director has contacted the HFPF staff, the options for a project can be worked out, as well as possible dates.
Q: How many days will we need to allow for our trip?
Because of the travel time required, 10 days is usually the ideal timespan for a Work Week experience. Most groups fly to Guatemala on a Friday, and return home the following Sunday.
Q: What is the cost to attend a Work Week, and what does it cover?
The Participant Fee is $1,350 per team member, and covers the following:
- Ground transportation for participant and luggage from the Guatemala Aurora Airport to a Guatemala City or Antigua hotel
- Hotel stay in Guatemala City or Antigua
- Ground transportation to Santa Cruz Barillas
- All meals while in Barillas or the selected village
- All transportation to and from the village project
Please note that ground transportation from Guatemala City to Barillas usually takes about 12-14 hours, spread across 2 days of travel.
The Participant Fee does not cover:
- Airfare (to and from the United States)
- Meals while in Guatemala City, Antigua, or alternate site