Are you interested in bringing a mission team to Guatemala? Project Salud y Paz hosts between 25 and 35 mission teams each year, and we would love to partner with you. Our staff will work with your team leaders to schedule your team’s trip and set an itinerary. We will arrange all in-country lodging, transportation, most meals, translation, and the logistics of your service in Guatemala. Does your team have a variety of skills? Great! We will work with you to find the best fit for your team’s skills, abilities, and interests. Do you have a service idea other than what’s listed below? Let us know! For more information, contact our Team Coordinator.
Rural Medical Teams provide an opportunity for Guatemalan people living in rural villages to receive medical care they wouldn’t be able to afford otherwise. Families can see a doctor, receive medication and if necessary, be referred to one of our clinics. Teams consist of providers (doctors, nurse practitioners, or physician assistants), nurses, and other medical or non-medical personnel. Teams stay in Panajachel, Chichicastenango, Cunén or Quetzaltenango and serve the villages surrounding those larger communities. All supplies and medications are packed in suitcases and are brought with the team each day. Teams set up a triage station, doctors’ offices, and pharmacy in schools, community buildings or churches in local communities. For more information about bringing a Rural Medical Team to Guatemala, contact our Team Coordinator.
Rural Dental Teams address the chronic dental issues in Guatemala. Providing dental care in the rural villages gives people an affordable opportunity to have teeth pulled or receive fillings. Without dental teams, rotting teeth and cavities often go untreated. Teams consist of dentists, assistants, and other dental or non-dental personnel. Similar to our Rural Medical Teams, dental teams stay in Chichicastenango, Panajachel, Cunén or Quetzaltenango and serve the villages surrounding those larger communities. Corrugated plastic dental chairs are provided by Salud y Paz and assembled by the team at each site. All supplies and medications are packed in suitcases and are brought with the team each day. For more information about bringing a Rural Dental Team to Guatemala, contact our Team Coordinator.
Construction Teams are a key part of our ministry of presence in the rural communities of the Maya highlands. In 2016 and 2017 teams built two homes for families in Camanchaj. They completed numerous projects at our clinics in Camanchaj, Nahuala, and Cunen as well as at the Colegio Susanna Wesley. Projects include building cinder block walls, mixing concrete, stuccoing, painting, carpentry and more. Construction Teams are vital also in our mutual relationship of shared ministries with the IENMPG or National Methodist Church of Guatemala. In 2018 teams will have the option to work with neighboring churches to repair aging and earthquake damaged buildings as well as new construction. Teams pay a $2300 construction fee; the fee covers all supplies and materials, and pays the Guatemalan foreman and other local people who will work alongside your team. For more information about bringing a Construction Team to Guatemala, contact our Team Coordinator.
Vacation Bible School
Some teams choose to host Vacation Bible School as part of their mission week. Generally, Vacation Bible School Teams are paired with a Rural Medical, Rural Dental or Construction Team. Teams organize games, songs, and other activities for children. Numbers of kids who attend will vary but can be more than 200. In August 2017 Dunwoody UMC, Atlanta, GA hosted more than 300 children–a record! VBS is a great way to reach out to children in Camanchaj and the rural communities, to create relationships and to share faith and fun. For more information about bringing a Vacation Bible School Team to Guatemala, contact our Team Coordinator.
In 2018 Salud y Paz would like to schedule up to four weeks of surgery. Hernia patients and women patients especially face long waiting periods in the Mayan highlands. Please help us strive to provide life-changing operations in 2018. For information on putting together surgery teams, click here.