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Community center in Guatemala Sierra Service Project is continuing the Study-and-Serve Program in Guatemala after a successful project in 2011. We will be taking a team of youth and young adults to “study and serve” in Guatemala. This nine day session will involve visiting different parts of country and will have a particular focus on understanding issues of social and economic justice in Guatemala. Your time will be evenly split between working and serving alongside community members, and visiting and talking with people engaged in community development.

Who Can Participate Guatemalan weaver.These projects are designed for mature high school students and college-aged young adults seeking a broad introduction to the country, culture and social conditions of Guatemala. This project is shorter and less expensive than our home building projects, so if your time is limited, this is a good option for you. The team will travel in-country by minibus. Meals will be served in restaurants and in local homes. Rather than spending time in a single, longer service activity, participants will spend several days working on three different projects.

Spanish is not required, but Spanish learners will benefit. The team will have about 12 members. Participants register for this program as individuals, not groups.  Because of the small team size and the presence of a SSP staffers, there are no adult counselors.

Our schedule includes work projects, cultural and educational visits, and social activities. A detailed schedule can be found in the Central America Information and Registration Packet.

Program Dates

Saturday, June 2, 2012 - Tuesday, June 12, 2012

This team is full for the 2012 summer.

Leadership and Orientation The co-leader of this project with former participants.This project will be led by Ruth Garrido, who led last year’s very successful SSP project in Guatemala. Ruth (pictured on the left with a former participant and leader), a fully bilingual Guatemalan, is a professional education tour leader and organizer. With over 10 years of experience, she specializes in leading church and educational teams. Ruth will be joined by a bilingual co-leader.

Team members will gather in Los Angeles immediately prior to departure for a evening orientation led by Rick Eaton, SSP's Executive Director.

The Benefits of International Mission Experiences
An international service and study experience offers an unparalleled opportunity for spiritual growth, maturation and education for young people.  With our Central American Program, SSP provides an intense, third-world immersion experience.  Our goal is to provide youth from the United States the opportunity to act out their Christian faith by working in solidarity with poor and marginalized communities in Honduras and Guatemala.  Educational, cultural and worship activities provide an eye-opening window for participants to understand the third-world reality of Central America and see the impact that Christian community and service can have.  These trips bring inspiration and consciousness for personal and social change upon return to the United States.

Fees and Payments The Study-and-Serve program costs $1,600 which includes airfare from and to Los Angeles, California and includes all meals, lodging, program and building supplies, transportation and emergency medical insurance.  A deposit of $700 is required to hold your spot and airline seat.

Payment Type Due Date Amount
Deposit At Registration $700
Final Payment April 15, 2012 $900

Financial Assistance
SSP has some financial assistance available for individuals. The amount is applicable to the final payment. Download an application form.

Through donations from the Lowell Berry Fund, SSP is able to offer significant financial assistance for this program for residents in the Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. These scholarships are offered on a first come first served basis. Contact Rick Eaton for more information at (916)488-6441.

How to Register
This team is full for the 2012 summer. Please contact Rick Eaton if you are interested in participating in this program in the future.