What is it like to serve with Highland Missions?

Volunteers can expect to be an integral part of the advancement and growth of a community. Volunteers will be assigned to certain projects according to the needs of the locals. If one is traveling with a group, they will remain with the group for the entirety of their stay. The group will be aware of the plans of their stay well before arriving. If you come as an individual, you will likewise be alerted to the plan of your time with us. Automobile transportation, housing, and much of your food will be provided by HSP.

How much does it cost?

Cost depends on the cultural activities, lodging and tourism options choosen by your group. HSP promoted trips, you can join are posted online as Upcoming Trips and the price will be listed. For more information contact: info@highlandpartners.org

If I have to cancel, what are the policies?

We ask for a $250 deposit. HSP is a 501(c)(3) As an organization recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt organization, all trip cost and project donations are tax deductible.

How can I raise money for the trip or our project?

You can use AlterNatives plataform, selling the products that we offer and raising a percentage towards your trip. We can also help you to set up a fundrasing page were you can promote your desire and give you all the materials for you to promote the page.

 
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How long are the trips?

Group trips are typically one week long: with the groups arriving on Saturday and leaving the following Saturday. Special trips or individual service may very in length.

 

Do I have what it takes to be a volunteer?

Are you prepared to give of your time and energy? Are you prepared to interact with the community? Are you a good listener and willing to collaborate with others? If all of these answers are met with a "yes", the you have what it takes!

 

What are some things I can do to prepare for my trip?

Aside from booking plane tickets and packing clothes, there are several things you can do to make your trip run smoothly. Because you will be traveling to another country, we recommend you take care of any immunizations or other medical needs for travel before you arrive. Be sure to pack long pants and sweatshirts, the mountains can get chilly.


 

What does money cover?

The price covers, ground transportation in country, all meals, lodging in all the places that begin in Panajachel, Chichicastenango, Quetzaltenango/Cummunity lodging and Antigua Guatemala. It also covers the cost of stove materials, masons, cooks, drivers, staff and programming costs to cover our work when teams are not in country.

Housing & Food

We prefer teams to stay in Community Center. The rooming is double- to- triple occupancy with a private bath in each room. There is hot water and laundered bedding. There is also ample space for team meetings and recreation rooms. Teams staying in a community will enjoy two meals a day in a dining hall. The food is prepared in their kitchen by their full time staff. Many organizations and church groups use these facilities and their health record is excellent. The menu is more varied than what one might expect and they even offer fresh salads that are safe to consume.

We prefer teams to stay in Community Center. The rooming is double- to- triple occupancy with a private bath in each room. There is hot water and laundered bedding. There is also ample space for team meetings and recreation rooms. Teams staying in a community will enjoy two meals a day in a dining hall. The food is prepared in their kitchen by their full time staff. Many organizations and church groups use these facilities and their health record is excellent. The menu is more varied than what one might expect and they even offer fresh salads that are safe to consume.

Teams may elect to stay in the rural communities where the work projects are realized. The conditions are not as comfortable and sanitation is a consideration. Teams are housed communally and should expect to sleep on the floor. We require an additional team orientation and there are additional supplies that the team as well as individuals will need. Teams that have elected to stay in the communities report that it was the most significant decision they made and highly recommend it.

Teams that visit Antigua are treated to a real jewel. The Hotel San Sebastian is not a five star but it is the coolest hotel we have ever seen. The owners are very talented tradesmen who have rebuilt many of the luxury homes and hotels in Antigua. They also have a very brisk trade in art restoration and have decorated the rooms with a wide assortment of “cool stuff”. Teams will eat two meals in the famed restaurant Dona Luisa.

 
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