Our trips to Guatemala to help Hope of Life are an incredible way to show the love of Jesus. Hope of Life serves the people of Guatemala by rescuing children from malnutrition and building schools and hospitals. We are involved with the Total Village Transformation of Santa Rosalia de Marmol in Zacapa, Guatemala.
Here is more information about our 2019 trips:
Saturday, March 16–Saturday, March 23
Saturday, July 6–Saturday, July 13
For March trip, balance and applications were due by February 10, 2019.
For July trip: due by March 3, 2019:
- Non-refundable $800 deposit (used to purchase airfare)
- Completed application (notarized for travelers under age 18 traveling without parents)
- Copy of your passport
- Medical, Liability, and Media Release Form
The completed applications, copy of your passport, deposits, and release form can be given to the Hope of Life volunteer in the Café before services on February 24 or March 3.
For July trip, due date TBD:
- Remaining balance (Amount due may vary depending on final cost of airfare and incidentals. The Hope of Life team will keep you posted on the final amount due.
Pre-Trip Meeting Dates
Application collection, February 24 and March 3 in the Café before services
March trip: Review needs with the women of the village for a future women’s center, plant trees, connect laptops in the computer center built last year, and help with the construction of Evan and Hanna Thomas‘ house
July trip: Building a Medical Clinic for Santa Rosalia
$1,650 per person for March, $1,800 per person for July
This includes airfare (about $800), lodging, food, incidentals, medical insurance, and support ($800–$1,000). This is an estimated cost which could vary depending on final airfare and incidental costs.
Please note: The $800 non-refundable deposit (used to purchase airfare) is due by January 6 for the March trip. Should you opt out of the trip, the airfare would follow the airlines cancelation policies, but is not refundable.
We recommend each traveler check with their employer to understand if any of the cost of the trip or hours worked while in Guatemala are eligible for their matching gifts program.
Checks should be made payable to Renaissance Church with Guatemala March 2019 or Guatemala July 2019 in the memo line.
US Citizens traveling to Guatemala should have at least 6 months of validity remaining on their passports after the date of entry or they may be turned back by the airline or immigration. If you are not a U.S. citizen and traveling with another passport, please make sure to check the passport validity details for your particular passport.
- Application (needed for all travelers; for March trip, due by January 6; for July trip, due by March 3)
- Renaissance Church Medical, Liability, and Media Release Form (for March trip, due February 10; for July trip, due by March 3)
- Ren Students Mission Trip Release Form (for March trip, due February 10; for July trip, due by March 3)
- Preparedness FAQ
- Mission Trip Welcome
- Lodging Details
- Mission Trip Payments FAQ
Notes for Application
- 6th–8th graders may participate in the trips with a parent or guardian
- 9th–12th graders may participate without a parent or guardian, but with permission
- Applications for those under age 18 must be notarized
- Team name and church name: Renaissance Church
- Team leader: Daryl Bryant
Immunization Recommendations (given at least 6 weeks before departure)
- Hepatitis A and B
- Typhoid Vaccine
- Malaria Prophylaxis
- Antibiotic prescription filled for travelers’ diarrhea
Getting to Hope of Life compound: It’s a long day of travel with 5–7 hours of flying (not including delays and connections) and 3-hour bus ride from airport to Hope of Life.
Getting to Santa Rosalia: From the Hope of Life compound, it is a 30-minute bus ride to pickup trucks, followed by 1-hour+ ride up side of side of mountain to village.
- Are you afraid of heights?
- The ride up to the village is rough on the body.
- Some people sit in the cab of truck, everyone else sits in the back of the truck bed.
Schedule of a Typical Week
- Saturday: Arrive
- Sunday: Church, visit Hope of Life compound, sort clothes/gifts for Santa Rosalia
- Monday to Thursday (7 am–5 pm): Project in Santa Rosalia
- Friday (7 am–2 pm): Finish in Santa Rosalia
- Saturday: Leave for airport at 4 am
Other Activities and Connection Opportunities (when not in Santa Rosalia)
- Serving at the hospital
- Serving at the disabled center
- Serving at the Village of Transformation (a place where children who have been abandoned or forgotten now call home)
- Serving at Kelly’s House (children with physical and developmental disabilities)
- Serving at Thomas’ and spending time with Evan, Hanna, and their children
- Serving meals at dump
- Visiting other villages
- Trail maintenance at waterfalls (near Santa Rosalia)
- Nightly devotionals
Weather and Climate
- 80–90 degrees
- Possibilities of: beetles, mosquitos, spiders, snakes, and scorpions
Work/Service to Expect
For the projects in Santa Rosalia:
- Construction: digging (dirt/sand), lifting/moving buckets of sand, moving cinderblock, painting, mixing mortar
- Interacting with the people of the village to understand their needs
- Organizing clothing bazaar at Santa Rosalia
We are traveling to another country so there are many unknowns. However, throughout our travels, we are accompanied by a guide (who speaks fluent English), as well as armed guards. When the Renaissance Church group traveled to Guatemala in 2018, no one from our group felt unsafe. At the Hope of Life compound, it feels as if you’re staying at a 3-star resort and you will feel safe at all times. We will be surrounded by many other people from other groups also traveling to perform their own missions, so there is a great sense of community and safety. When traveling to the village of Santa Rosalia, we travel in pickup trucks up a curvy and bumpy dirt road to the top of the mountain (so if you have a fear of heights, this may bother you). For the 2018 trips, our group adjusted to this and felt safe on the mountain excursions. The drivers are highly skilled and do this on a daily basis.
Types of Food
- Lots of Fresh Fruit
- Peanut butter/jelly and ham/cheese sandwiches
- Lots of water
Accommodations (on Hope of Life Compound)
March trip: Maple Leaf
July Trip: Business Center