|Language||Spanish (official) 60%, Amerindian languages 40%|
|Religion||Roman Catholic, Protestant, indigenous Mayan beliefs|
|Ethnic Groups||Mestizo (mixed Amerindian-Spanish) and European (59.4%), K'iche (9.1%), Kaqchikel (8.4%), Mam (7.9%), Q'eqchi (6.3%), other Mayan (8.6%), indigenous non-Mayan (0.2%)|
|Motto||"Libre Crezca Fecundo" (Spanish: "Grow Free and Fertile")|
|Group Registration Fee - Not included in participant cost:||
|35+ Hours of Ministry:|
|Safe Drinking Water:|
|Transportation to/from Airport and Ministry Sites:|
|Participation in Local Church Services:|
|Sleeping Accommodations:||Floor-sleeping lodging in a secure church or school in the area||Hotel accommodations|
|Meals:||Homemade Guatemalan and American meals||Homemade Guatemalan and American meals|
|Recreation or Local Cultural Experience:|
Prior to the trip you will receive a group leader manual, which includes fundraising ideas; online trip handbooks and resources for participants, promotional materials, and unlimited pre-trip consultations with your trip leader. Once in Guatemala, you will receive transportation to and from the airport, transportation to and from ministry sites, three meals a day, safe drinking water, sleeping accommodations, group T-shirts, customizable ministry options, an opportunity to attend local church services, evening worship, prayer, debriefing meetings, and a local sightseeing or recreation activity.
Airfare, passport, vaccinations, spending money, offering at church services, construction and/or ministry materials, personal insurance, and optional recreation (ex. zip lining, snorkeling, surf board rental).
Spanish is the official language in Guatemala, but there are also quite a few tribal languages spoken. Your team will have local PPM staff who will serve as translators as well as aiding in leading your trip.
Praying Pelican Missions holds safety as a top priority. PPM staff are trained and equipped to provide a safe and incident-free mission experience. PPM staff will be with your team for the entire trip and will have access to transportation, cell phones, hospitals, and first aid kits at all times.
Guatemala has its share of these, as does every tropical country, however, the chance of seeing anything dangerous is slim. In the event that one of these creatures is encountered, our staff is well-prepared and equipped to handle such a situation.
PPM staff will be waiting for you at the airport when you arrive in the host country. We will then provide transportation from the airport to the ministry location and back again at the end of the trip.
All transportation within the host country is included in the cost of the trip and will be arranged by PPM. Most often, teams will be riding in school buses, church vans or something similar.
Please fly into La Aurora International Airport (GUA) in Guatemala City, Guatemala.
All food and drink provided by PPM during trips is safe for consumption. Purified drinking water will be provided for the team and for the cooks to use while preparing meals. Tap water in Guatemala is generally not safe to drink.
During the final day, we will have the opportunity to shop for souvenirs.
While serving in Guatemala, a variety of meals will be offered, from local cuisine to American food. A typical meal in Guatemala consists of chicken and rice. Our cooks are amazing! Usually the food is one of the team's highlights.
No. Praying Pelican Missions will provide all meals from the time you arrive to the time you depart. You may wish to bring snacks, but all main meals will be provided by us.
Please see our general FAQ page for answers to questions not specific to Guatemala
Located just to the south of Mexico, the beautiful nation of Guatemala has a rich culture and vibrant church community that is excited to partner with your mission team. We have built relationships with pastors there who are trusted friends of our long-term partners in Belize and are looking forward to partnering your church with their communities!
Guatemala's tropical climate stays relatively warm throughout the year. The geography is marked by several mountain ranges and patches of desert-like terrain. In the highlands, the temperatures tend to be a bit cooler.
Most people in Guatemala speak Spanish, so be sure to prepare your team for ministering in another language. It will be helpful to learn some basic Spanish phrases. Keep in mind, though, that some of the older generation may actively speak Mayan tribal languages.
Guatemala is a relatively safe location, with any crime usually confined to urban areas among locals. Safety is a top priority for Praying Pelican Missions. We are well-prepared to lead an incident-free trip for your team and will be with your team the whole time while they're in the country.
The official currency of Guatemala is the Guatemalan Quetzal, which exchanges at a rate of approximately 8 quetzales to 1 US dollar. Your team will have an opportunity to exchange money in-country if so desired, but most souvenir vendors accept US currency.
Guatemala has a rich history of the arts, dating back to the area's Mayan roots. Its capital, Guatemala City, is home to several noteworthy ethnographic and art museums. Many traditional foods in Guatemala are based on Maya cuisine, featuring corn, chiles, and beans.
The ancient Mayan civilization covered much of Central America, including Guatemala. This influence is still present today, from tribal languages to Mayan ruins. Much of the native population was wiped out when Spanish colonists arrived, and Spain ruled the area for approximately 300 years. Guatemala gained independence on September 15, 1821.
Christianity is the major religion in Guatemala, with roughly half the population affiliated with the Catholic Church. Protestant denominations are growing and others adhere to traditional Mayan beliefs.