We believe that if done well, a short-term mission can mutually benefit both the host culture and the visiting team or individual.
We create opportunities to get to know and love Guatemala and its people, to involve teams in meaningful work utilizing participants’ strengths, to partner and encourage the local church and to develop missional lifestyles in our team participants.
As our primary ministry in Guatemala, teams enjoy involvement with the school. Starting the day with the students in the morning devotional is a highlight for groups, and further involvement may include assisting in TEFL classrooms or resource development.
Teams develop a children’s ministry activity that spans several afternoons. Including Bible stories, games, crafts and songs, this trip element acts to resource and staff significant outreach in partnership with a national church plant.
Based on your team make-up, there may be particular skill sets that can be used when on the ground, be it carpentry, teaching, landscaping, theatre, or something else! In reviewing participant applications, we consider special skills when planning a trip.
Coming to Latin America would not be complete without taking in the wealth of beauty. El Tizate is 15 minutes away from the city of Antigua and in addition to touring the city, teams will shop in the local markets, taste Guatemalan cuisine, visit local ruin sites and may hike a volcano.
Depending on the current needs, teams will spend time working with a construction crew, painting, cleaning, landscaping, or whatever else is in need. Our teams have helped build homes, construct schools, develop church buildings and improve our current facilities.
Participating in home visits to listen, encourage and pray for families is impacting for all involved. Teams are welcome to connect with students at our school and communicate God’s love to them.
GSO has strong ties to the local church network, La Gloria Que Impacta, which has church plants all over Guatemala. We partner with these churches in offering a children’s ministry activity, taking on a service project, or attending a service, all with the goal of encouraging these pastors and their congregations, and expanding their reach in their communities.
By intentionally setting aside time to meet as a group to worship, reflect and debrief experiences, we desire to optimize opportunity for the Lord to minister to hearts and cultivate life change.
Teams are housed in our compound located in the town of El Tizate where the school and ministry are based. The facility is securely locked at all times. There are five showers, washroom facilities, an eating area, kitchen, nine rooms for sleeping quarters, beautifully terraced gardens and a large meeting room available for group nights. Rooms are outfitted with bunk beds, some of which can accommodate couples.
Most meals are catered by a local townswoman. Having worked with many foreign groups, she strikes just the right balance between introducing cultural dishes and retaining familiar fare. Lunches are often billeted out in the community with local families.
El Tizate is located in a mountainous region, and our school sits at the top of the hill in our town. Teams are active and walk between the school and the facility. Situated in the highlands, the climate is comparable to a Canadian summer. From May to October is the rainy season. Sights, smells, sounds and tastes will be different: roosters crowing, dogs barking, trucks downshifting, a Spanish pastor preaching late into the night on a loud speaker. Cinderblock homes, cornstalk fences, wood stove fires burning. The townspeople are friendly in the street, and will call out a Spanish greeting. There is much that is new to experience.
The default timeline for a short-term mission is 10-12 days at a cost of CAD $1900/person. Trip length can be adapted to meet your team needs and the price adjusted accordingly. $1900 covers the following:
a non-refundable $100 application fee
one international flight to and from Guatemala
all in-country transportation
tourist activities (ruins sites, a volcano or coffee tour)
donations to the churches your team will partner with
funds for the service projects
This price does not cover the following expenses:
passport application fee and passport photo
travel/out of country medical insurance
flight cancellation insurance
lodging, travel and meals to and from the airport from which the flight is booked
personal spending money
We have hosted adult teams, youth groups, high schools, elderly couples, bible study groups, campus groups, families and church groups.
Our preferred team size is 10-12 people; however, we can accommodate team sizes up to 25 people.
This video captures many of the standard components that all of our teams experience, as well as some unique elements.
Global Shore provided an opportunity that stretched each one of us. It was physical, cultural, adventurous, wondrous, emotional, educational and for me most of all, it was spiritual. I can think of no better way to be exposed to and immersed in a culture for such a short period of time.
Our first missions trip to Guatemala with Global Shore has been a continuing journey of discovering the power and depth of the love our God has not only for us individually but around the world. God’s Spirit is alive in Tizate, the school, students, staff and local church.
This spring break we have two visiting teams: a family team from St. Mary’s Parish in Tillsonburg, ON and a youth team from Village Church in Surrye, BC. Our ministry has always been carried out in partnership with local teams from churches, schools and communities across Canada (and the United States of America, too!) and you’re welcome to join us as well! Connect with us to learn more about open dates for 2018 and 2019.
Each year we host a trip for those only available during the summer, including teachers and families with kids still in school. This trip is open to any applicant, not just those who already have a connection with GSO. Service and ministry components include: assisting in the school, construction work, being involved in outreach to families through food hamper deliveries, and partnering with a local church to offer children’s ministry activities. You also get to be immersed in Guatemalan culture and see some local sites, and have the opportunity to hike a volcano!
Is your sponsor student graduating this year? Do you want to visit Guatemala to serve alongside our ministry, but also see more of this beautiful country? This trip is perfect for all ages, so bring your family! Along with regular service components and opportunities to experience Guatemalan culture, trip participants throw our biggest party of the year: graduation! From first concept to the last decoration, this team has always done a great job celebrating and honouring our graduating students. This year we’re celebrating our first Grade 12 graduates. This group also goes on a weekend retreat to Lake Atitlán to relax and take in the beauty of Guatemala!