Travel and Clinic Itinerary:
Guatemala involves one day of travel to/from the country and may involve a red-eye flight going in (the itinerary will be finalized at a later date). There will be five clinic days with additional sightseeing and cultural experiences.
Wednesday: Travel to Guatemala
Thursday & Friday: Medical/Dental Clinic
Saturday: Tourist Day in Antigua
Sunday: Galilea Church & Clinic Day
Monday & Tuesday: Medical/Dental Clinic
Wednesday: Travel Home
Healing Nations Staff Assisting Your Group:
A Medical Missions Coordinator (MMC) and a Dental Missions Coordinator (DMC) will oversee the medical/dental logistics and project funds for the trip. The MMC will lead the clinic orientation and work directly with your team to prepare for this trip. The MMC will travel with you to Guatemala and oversee medical logistics while in country. If you have any questions regarding the project or the trip, you can email the coordinators at [email protected] or [email protected].
A Missions Mobilization staff member will oversee and administrate all of your trip preparations in order to get you to and from Guatemala safely. They will be working with your group to guide your involvement in international compassion ministry.
There will be a Healing Nations Team Leader that will also travel with the team and work on your behalf to coordinate the daily schedule while in Guatemala and manage the logistics and adminisrative details associated with the project.
Application Process and Deadline:
- Application (please fill it out online; follow the link in the menu on this page)
- Color copy of your passport (email to [email protected])
- Deposit (use the trip payment link)
- Your complete application and deposit are due 5 months before your trip departure date
Please note that we accept applications on a first come first serve basis. An incomplete application is not considered a submitted applicaion; an application is not considered fully submitted until we have two references. If you do not have a spiritual mentor or a Pastor who knows you, you may get an employer or 2nd peer reference.
If you need to renew your passport or you do not have one currently, we need your name exactly as it will appear on your passport. All passports must be valid beyond 6 months of your expected travel dates. The online process for passports can be found here: https://pptform.state.gov/.
If you prefer to send your application and payment in the mail, please use the following address:
138 E. 12300 S. Suite C-222
Draper, UT 84020
Food and Lodging:
The team will be staying at a facility owned by the Galilean Church of San Lucas. Meals will be provided and are a mix of Guatemalan and north American food.
Expect temperatures in the 70’s with mixed sun and rain. Very cool temperatures at night. Our tourist day in Antigua is hot and humid.
The trip cost is approximately $2,000 USD. This is subject to final flight bookings and the number of individuals traveling. Incremental payments will be due over a period of months preceding the trip.
PLEASE NOTE: Deposits and trip payments are non-refundable.
Included in those costs are:
- Airport fees
- Food, lodging and transportation within Guatemala
- Trip Insurance
- Project money for medication/supplies for the clinic
The cost does not include:
- Meals while traveling to and from Guatemala
- Immunizations (see below)
All travelers should visit either their personal physician or a travel health clinic 4-8 weeks before departure. Healing Nations strongly suggests that all travelers be immunized against Hepatitis A and B, and are up-to-date on their tetanus.
Immunization costs will vary depending on your insurance, where you have them done and how many you need.
The University of Utah Travel Clinic and the Salt Lake County Travel Clinic can administer all vaccinations and see people by appointment only.
Many international travelers have experiences with traveler’s diarrhea. The source is usually contaminated food and water, therefore make sure you only eat properly cooked food and drink bottled water/beverages (also use hand sanitizer liberally). Taking a five day course of the antibiotic Cipro will usually clear up traveler’s diarrhea, with noticeable improvement within 24 hours. Talk to your doctor about getting this medication to bring on your trip.
Guatemala has been affected by the Zika virus. Zika is a disease caused by a virus that is primarily spread to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. The incubation of the virus is 3-14 days. Many people who get infected never have symptoms. In people who get sick, symptoms (fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes) are usually mild and last up to one week.
The mosquitoes that spread Zika usually do not live at elevations above 6,500 feet (2,000 meters). People who live in or visit areas above this elevation are at a very low risk of getting Zika from a mosquito unless they visit or travel through areas of lower elevation. Because there is no vaccine or treatment for Zika, people visiting areas with Zika should take steps to prevent infection such as wearing mosquito repellent or lemon eucalyptus oil, sleeping in mosquito nets, and avoid standing water.
Zika can spread through sexual transmission. People with Zika can pass Zika to their partners even if they do not have symptoms at the time, or if their symptoms have gone away. Zika virus can live in semen for up to 188 days.
Zika can cause miscarriages, still births, and serious birth defects in babies born to women who were infected with Zika during pregnancy. Current CDC research suggests that Zika also is linked to Guillain-Barré syndrome. For more information about Zika please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/.
Currently serving in Guatemala Every January and July. For more information email [email protected]