Learn About Volunteering

The primary objective of both the short- and long-term volunteer programs at the San Lucas Mission is to make available to the volunteer a cross-cultural learning experience. We do not come to "help" but to "learn" and "walk with" the people of San Lucas. Through working alongside Guatemalans, volunteers and locals unite cultures to work in a culture of service. The ultimate goal is learning through sharing, and active accompaniment of the Guatemalan people in their daily lives.

Many high school, university, church, community, and youth groups come to the San Lucas Mission to volunteer at mission projects. In addition, individuals often come on their own to volunteer for a week or two and learn more about the work at the San Lucas Mission. Likewise, individuals wishing to come for longer periods may apply to become part of the long-term volunteer program.

Travel Information: Up-to-date information about traveling to and from Guatemala can be found at the Department of State’s Guatemalan Travel Information Page.

Volunteer Groups & Individuals

High School, university, church, and community groups often come to visit the San Lucas Mission to volunteer, learn about the efforts in San Lucas, and participate in the cross-cultural experience the mission offers. Groups may spend most of their time working at sites, but the focus of a short-term trip to the mission should be to learn, understand and appreciate the local culture.

Through working alongside Guatemalans, receiving talks from community members, and observing the goings-on of the area, group members can learn about the richness of Maya culture, the work of the mission, and life in Guatemala. Although a week or two may only offer a glimpse into a different world, there is much to be learned about the turbulent and complex history of Guatemala, the Maya people, and the community development efforts of the mission.

Work: Short-term volunteers, after receiving an orientation and a tour of the projects, usually participate in projects associated with construction, reforestation, coffee processing & picking, stove-building, and similar tasks. Groups with several hands offer invaluable manual labor for ongoing projects; much of the work is physically tiring but, depending on the time of year and specific need, less demanding work is also available.

Potential individuals are encouraged to apply here and groups may apply here.

For printable forms, click here for individuals and here for groups.

For more info or to answer your questions Intro Packet 2017.pdf

Overview of packet Visitor's Overview.pdf

Waiver/Liability Form Liability Waiver Form FOSL.pdf

Internship Opportunities

The experience at the San Lucas Mission is focused on learning. In working alongside Guatemalans and accompanying them in their daily activities, volunteers can learn about the richness of the Mayan culture, the work of the mission, and life in Guatemala.

Interns come to be a part of the mission projects including construction, housing, coffee, education, and healthcare. Beyond projects, interns form relationships in the community. In taking part in this cross-cultural exchange, we hope interns become more open, aware, and educated global citizens.

Requirements:

For more information:   San Lucas - Internships.pdf

Potential volunteers are encouraged to apply here.

For a printable form, click here.

Medical Groups

There are many medical groups that come to visit the San Lucas Mission to volunteer, learn about the efforts in San Lucas, and participate in the cross-cultural experience the mission offers. Medical groups spend most of their time working in outlying communities. Through working alongside Guatemalans, receiving talks from community members, and observing the local culture, group members can learn about the efforts of the mission clinic and the rural healthcare program, as well as the situation of healthcare in Guatemala.

Medical volunteers, after receiving an orientation and a tour of the projects, typically accompany local health promotor into outlying communities. Volunteering in the Mission clinic is typically unavailable.  Surgical groups come at specified times during the year and work closely with Dr. Tun and the Clinic Administrator to schedule. 

Interested groups are encouraged to apply here.