Guatemala Family Mission Trip | March 9-16, 2019
This family trip during Spring Break includes compassion outreaches, dental clinics, construction, vbs and more.
Mission Trip Details
Date: March 9-16, 2019
Includes: Cost of Airfare, accommodation, meals, transportation
Ages: 5 years old to adult
Visa: Not required
Guatemala’s sole official language is Spanish, spoken by 93 percent of the population as either the first or second language. Twenty-one Mayan languages are spoken, especially in rural areas, as well as two non-Mayan Amerindian languages: Xinca, which is indigenous to the country, and Garifuna, an Arawakan language spoken on the Caribbean coast. According to the Language Law of 2003, these languages are unrecognized as National Languages.
Christianity continues to remain strong and vital for the life of Guatemalan society, but its composition has changed over generations of social and political unrest. Roman Catholicism, introduced by the Spanish during the colonial era, remains the dominant church, accounting for 48.4% of the population as of 2007. Protestants, most of them Evangelical (most Protestants are called Evangelicos in Latin America) made up 33.7% of the population at that time, followed by 1.6% in other religions (such as Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism), and 16.1% claiming no religious affiliation. A more recent 2012 survey reveals Catholics at 47.6%, Protestants at 38.2%, other religions at 2.6%, and the non-religious at 11.6%.
Since the 1970s, and particularly since the 1990s, Guatemala has experienced the rapid growth of Evangelical Protestantism, whose adherents currently form more than 38% of the population, and still growing.
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.