Welcome to A Place to Stay’s Premier Volunteer Program!
Our goal is to provide a unique opportunity to young adults who want to be of service while experiencing a different culture and exploring some of the top sites of Guatemala. Once a year we will be offering a chaperone trip meant for 15-18 year old students. The trip will be in the summer led by Kerry & Raul Cruz who will accompany these students on their journey abroad. The group will be leaving from Boston, MA.
We have chosen to partner with Constru Casa, a non profit organization that aims to improve the quality of life among Guatemalans living in extreme poverty through the provision of basic housing, support programs and community development projects related to health and education. For more information please visit their website click here
One of the main things we liked about Constru Casa is they way they work with the families they are helping. Each family is required to part of the process of constructing the house whether it be just helping move the supplies, or mix cement or just being at the site for support. In addition, the beneficiary family is expected to contribute one-third of the construction costs through a series of monthly payments over a four year period. These acts of engagement create a sense of ownership and by contributing both through physical work and financial responsibility they feel empowered to continue improving their lives after the construction is completed.