Fall 2019 Service Experience

 Dates:   October 26 – November 3, 2019

Application deadline is August 1, 2019


Leaders: Mike Davis and Sharon Lovejoy

Trip Sponsor: Works of Grace

Teams are filled on first come first registered.

Cost: $2000

Travel to and from Guatemala and in country, lodging, meals, interpreters, fees and team guides are included in the price of $2000.  A minimum of 10 persons are needed to complete a team.  Provisions for a smaller team can be arranged but at a higher per person cost.

Projected trip cost, excluding medical preparations such as immunizations and prophylactic medications for which the individual must take personal responsibility.

Payment Schedule:

Deposit of $100.00 with registration.  Registration deadline is August 1, 2019.

You can choose to make monthly payments toward the total cost of $2000. A total of $1000 is due by August 1, 2019 with the balance due on September 1, 2019. The $2000 includes airfare, room, board and transportation in Guatemala.

Checks can be made payable to: Works of Grace

More Details:

Works of Grace, a Maine based nonprofit, in partnership with Salud y Paz, a health and education organization located in Camanchaj, Guatemala, is offering a 9-day educational service experience October 26-November 3, 2019.  The trip includes basic hands on work at the Suzanna Wesley School and Salud y Paz clinic along side Guatemalans, experiencing a Guatemalan market, visiting a historic site, staying in a local town or city during the week, a weekend in Panajachel or Antigua, and other experiences as available.  Preparation for the experience includes team meetings, shared readings on the history and culture of Guatemala and on ways to enhance our own cross-cultural experience.  For many this is a personal spiritual pilgrimage leading to life long memories and change.

Accommodations are local hotels.  Most meals are in local restaurants or at the hotel.  Lunches are on the job site.  We travel by van or bus while in Guatemala.

Contact Mike Davis at guatemalagrace1@gmail.com

About Salud y Paz:

During the Guatemalan Civil War in the 1980’s and 1990’s, dentist Phil Plunk spent several weeks serving in Guatemala. On each trip to pull teeth, Phil became more and more aware that the need for dental care in Guatemala couldn’t be solved through week-long service trips. What the people of Guatemala needed was easier access to regular care. So Phil packed up his dental practice and moved to Guatemala.

In 2001, Phil founded Project Salud y Paz and opened a small clinic in Camanchaj, Quiché, Guatemala. For the first time,  comprehensive dental care, including cleanings, extractions and fillings, was available to people in the rural highlands. Phil worked with the local bomberos (firemen) to spread the word about the American dentist providing free dental care. Slowly, news of Salud y Paz reached more and more and people and the number of patients began to grow.

Since 2001, the clinic in Camanchaj has grown from one American dentist seeing less than 10 patients a day to one full-time Guatemalan doctor, two part-time doctors, a dentist, and a dental assistant seeing more than 50 patients a day. In addition, Project Salud y Paz operates a second clinic in Quetzaltenango (Xela-Urbina) and began partial operation at a third clinic in Cunén in early 2014.

Salud y Paz doesn’t just provide medical care. In 2009, Salud y Paz opened an early education center called Susanna Wesley School. Susanna Wesley School provides education, nutrition, and medical care for more than 50 children preschool through first grade.

Salud y Paz is now a joint project of International Hands in Service (a U.S. based 501c3 non-profit organization), the Iglesia Metodista Nacional Primitiva de Guatemala, and the United Methodist Church in the United States.

For more information see the Salud y Paz website, https://www.saludypaz.org/