Trips – Simon Fraser University

Healthy Bodies, Active Minds: Kitchen Construction in Aquil Grande


Partnering Organization:

  • SEED Alliance Proudly working together since 2012 on 18 community development projects in Guatemala.
Cost: $1,430.00 + Flight Cost & Travel Insurance
Departure City: Vancouver & Calgary
Departure Date:
May 1, 2019
Return Date:
May 14, 2019


The majority of the children that attend La Escuela Oficial Rural Mixta in La Aldea Aquil Grande, Guatemala live in extreme poverty. The food program, where students receive meals and snacks during school hours, helps them meet their basic nutrition needs. These meals are prepared by the mothers of the students, and the funds are provided by the Guatemalan government. However, the current kitchen (right) where the mothers prepare their children's meals is in terrible condition.  Many children have suffered health problems because of the unsanitary conditions of the kitchen. To drastically improve the situation, the community has proposed the construction of a new kitchen and dining area for the school.  


  • Volunteers will stay in a classroom connected to the existing school infrastructure. They will have electricity and latrines.
  • Meals will consist of rice, beans, tortillas, fruit/vegetables, and some meat.
  • SOS groups generally work for about 6 hours a day, for 8 days of the 14 day trip.
  • Tasks will include but are not limited to: digging trenches, cutting and tying rebar, laying bricks, moving supplies, and mixing cement.
  • Every group is overseen by a foreman during construction days and any work requiring technical training will be financed by SOS
  • You’ll have the late afternoon/evenings throughout the trip to relax, explore the local area and participate in the local community.
  • During Rest Days, the group will visit the Hun Nal Ye National Park in Alta Verapaz. SOS volunteers will have the opportunity to learn about the protected areas and reserves of Guatemala, and witness the natural beauty it offers. This activity includes an overnight stay in the park before turning to Guatemala City for the journey home.  For more information, visit:

What's Included?

SOS volunteers sleep in available community structures (classrooms, community centers, churches), and live as close to the conditions of the community as possible.

SOS works directly with Flight Centre to process all volunteers' Outreach Trip logistics from your travel insurance to your in country needs like clean drinking water and accommodations!

Three meals a day plus clean drinking water and snacks! Meals will consist of rice, beans, tortillas, and fruit/vegetables. Soups, stews, and pasta dishes are common as well. Most dietary restrictions and allergies can accommodated.

SOS works exclusively with registered non governmental organizations in every community to ensure our volunteers have the best experience possible.

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