Guatemala Mission Trips

Known for its cobblestone streets and colonial architecture, Antigua is the cultural hub of Guatemala drawing tourists from all around the world.

But on its outskirts are families who struggle to earn enough money for basic food and shelter. Children as young as seven often give up the chance for education to help sustain their families. Your mission: join forces with local ministries to disrupt the cycle of poverty by providing hands-on help through construction projects and Children’s Bible school. Your work will serve to brighten the future of Guatemala.

The last day of your mission trip is set aside for souvenir shopping, relaxing, and exploring the ancient historical town of Antigua!

  • Lodging:  Teams are housed at a local hotel that provides a place to relax and unwind at the end of each work day.  The hotel has a swimming pool as well.
  • Food:  One of the experiences of every Mission Discovery camp is the attention to providing good food!  Breakfast and dinner meals are prepared buffet style by the wonderful hotel staff.  Lunches are sandwiches on the worksite.
  • Transportation:  Once your team lands in Guatemala, all your ground transportation is taken care of by Mission Discovery.
  • Daily Work:  Past teams have built homes, chicken coops, cooking stoves, distributed water filters, distrubuted food to families being served by Mission Discovery, led children's Bible school, and even challenged a local school in basketball.  Every week of service is unique.

*Trip cost is price plus registration fee.

** This trip provides a fantastic environment for teams. However, it is not suited for individual participants.

Trip Dates

6/10/18 to 6/16/18
High School
$700* /$675 Early Bird
6/17/18 to 6/23/18
High School
$700* /$675 Early Bird
6/24/18 to 6/30/18
High School
$700* /$675 Early Bird
7/1/18 to 7/7/18
High School, College Age, Adult
$700* /$675 Early Bird

Trip Videos

A World to Discover: Guatemala - Episode I

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Trip News

February 6, 2017 by Maury Buchanan
We are right in the middle of our pre-trip training at Mission Discovery! Mission trip team preparation is essential for anyone heading out on a summer mission trip. We are almost sure that a team will do lots of research about the destination, the people and their culture. But we discover an often overlooked area of mission team preparation. Every group who participates in a mission trip with Mission Discovery prepares a Team Covenant. The Team Covenant is a bit like a contract.
October 27, 2014 by Chris Klinefelter
It was the last day of Jonathan’s short term missions trip in Guatemala. He’d been there for a week to volunteer abroad with his youth group. They’d worked on a construction project in a small village outside Antigua, replacing the roof on a local school. Most of their time had been spent working on the roof, and they hadn’t gotten to interact much with the community. Thus, everyone was excited when Greg, their youth pastor, suggested they play an evening game of basketball with some of the locals.
October 6, 2014 by Michael Kneff
Hector wants us to film him jumping on the back of the bus. It’s the kind of thing any 13 year old would want to show off. As he climbs on the bus, he goes straight to the window seat in the fourth row from the back on the right side. That’s his seat. Hector’s hour-long commute to school has begun. Each day Hector travels to Antigua in order to continue his education. His parents aren’t making him go. Most of his family has chosen to work at the local green bean farm instead of getting an education. Hector wants something different for his life.
March 30, 2012 by Michael Kneff
We must have looked very strange. Three Guatemalan girls and two 6 foot plus American guys walking down a mountain path on our way to the town grinder with one small bowl of corn. It was the middle of the afternoon and Lillian, Heidy, and Jenifer’s mom had sent them to grind their corn so they could have tortillas for dinner. Walking down the path, I began to notice that there were many other children doing the same walk, with a similar bowl of corn. I realized this must be a normal task that occurs every day before dinnertime all across Guatemala.
January 30, 2012 by Maury Buchanan
Over 2 million individuals will go on a short term mission trip in 2012. Many of those who go will simply be able to write the check for the trip, but others will be a part of individual and organized fundraising events to shore up the money to serve. Since 1975 I have been raising my personal support. Here at Mission Discovery each staff member is asked to raise a portion of the funds needed to supply their annual salary.
December 9, 2011 by Maury Buchanan
Today Mission Discovery Michael Kneff and Maury Buchanan sit down for a chat about mission trips in Guatemala. Listen, watch and go with Mission Discovery on this adventure of a lifetime!
February 26, 2011 by Maury Buchanan
Yesterday was another education here in Guatemala. Preparing for a the arrival of a group that will be here in a few weeks took us to Casa Jackson and an meeting with a young lady in her 20's named Andrea. She's one of the staff who oversees a program of bringing life back to babies here. Literally life!