“Wrapping Our Arms Around the World”
Since 2008 Saint Mark’s has partnered with the Sisters of the Precious Blood in LaLabor, Guatemala, for an annual trip of service, education, and spiritual awareness.
While in rural Guatemala participants offer time to health clinics, schools, and ongoing environmental projects. Working with local residents they have built composting latrines, eco-friendly stoves, a retaining wall, and participated in health fairs, English tutorials, and general work projects. These empower local employment and leadership, while building relationships with one another in Christ.
More information and links to video media are found on the Outreach Page here.
Trips typically last 9 to 10 days – departing from and returning to Columbus. The usually begin or end with two days of cultural enrichment. Travelers need a valid passport and to have conferred with their doctor or a travel clinic about any suggested inoculations. There are no visa requirements.
2017 Guatemala Trip Information - "GT 10"
August 2 to August 12
This year we will make 10th trip, arriving in LaLabor on Wednesday August 2 and working from Monday to Friday at the Health Project and Maria De Mattias Institute. It will be personally escorted by The Rev. Paul St. Germain leading his 15th trip to Guatemala. Our lodging is always in the guest house of the Convent of the Precious Blood. During the first few days we will travel to Panajachel and tour villages around Lake Atitlan which saw great oppression during the Guatemalan Civil War of 1960 to 1996. On August 4 & 5 we will spend visit the former colonial capitol city of Antigua. We return to the United States on August 12th.
The cost of the trip is usually @ $2,300 (and there are partial scholarships available).
A deposit of $500 is due June 1st.
View a celebration of the 2016 trip HERE.
View a PDF of Travel Tips here.
The number of travelers is limited to 7, so please speak to the clergy as soon as possible if you are interested.
How Can I Help?
This year we will be collecting new children’s shoes, toothbrushes (any size) and toothpaste (traveler’s size only), and art supplies (such as colored pencils, watercolor paint sets, and tissue paper). Restricted school supplies include any lined paper and crayons. Please bring them to the parish hall and place in the suitcases which the travelers will carry with them no later than August 1st.
If you would like to make a cash donation toward building supplies, or sponsor one or more children the local school (Maria De Mattias Institute) where $250 can provide tuition for a full year, more information is found at the bottom of the online donation page. Online donations may be made here.