A Guatemalan family stands inside their new home in front of their new stove, both built by a team of Homes from the Heart volunteers.

A Guatemalan family stands inside their new home in front of their new stove, both built by a team of Homes from the Heart volunteers.

San Andrés Itzapa

We work in the community of San Andres Itzapa, Chimaltenango, Guatemala. A group of indigenous nuns in the community host our volunteer teams at the Carmelo de Nazareth convent, providing meals and lodging. They also help us identify service projects that will have a positive impact within the community.

Our primary work so far in Guatemala has been building ventilated stoves for families in the community. Many people cook with open fires inside their home, breathing in toxic fumes and becoming ill. By building simple, cement block stoves that carry smoke outside of the home, we can improve community health in a substantial way. We're also serving the San Bartolomé school in the community, and will be completing repair projects that are desperately needed there.


Volunteer in Guatemala

We welcome volunteers of all ages, faiths, and skill levels to join us for affordable volunteer trips to Guatemala. Volunteer teams are usually made up of 10-15 people that spend 1-2 weeks with us, but we are flexible to accommodate most groups regardless of size or trip length. We have even provided several internship opportunities for interested students. If you want to volunteer and aren't sure about the size of your group or desired trip length, the best thing to do is email us, and we'll most likely be able to work with you.

For more information on volunteering in Guatemala, please visit our Volunteer Info page, or send us an email at info@homesfromtheheart.org. We'd love to hear from you.