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San Lucas Tóliman, Guatemala

March 3rd - 11th, 2018


 At San Lucas Mission, participants will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Guatemalan culture, as well as build relationships with the community of San Lucas. Father Greg, a Minnesota native is the founder of the mission. Student work may include, but is not limited to the following: assisting in cooperative community projects such as helping with the reforestation project, sorting coffee, assisting families on their land, and helping to restore buildings that are in desperate need of repair. 

What to Expect:

  • Cost: Each ABE trip costs $425. This covers a variety of expenses, including food, lodging, travel, service fees, donations, and work supplies. International trips have the added cost of flights, which will be purchased in a group by CSB Campus Ministry. In the past, flights to Guatemala have cost $1,172.96 in 2017. All participants traveling internationally must have a valid passport. Your passport should be valid (not expire) for a minimum of six months after your return. You would have an additional expense if you need to purchase or renew your passport. International destinations may also charge for a tourist card or visa. You are responsible for the cost of any required tourist documents. Participants that are flying to their trip destination are responsible for their own transportation to and from the MSP airport, the cost of any bags they choose to check and any food they choose to purchase (meals are provided for the group once they arrive at their destination). Souvenirs and optional excursions are individual expenses.
  • Travel: The group will fly from Minneapolis to Guatemala City. Once there, transportation will be provided to  San Lucas Mission.
  • Lodging: The group will be staying in one of the hotels near the mission during the week.
  • Food: Meals are provided at the mission.
  • Work: Groups may be working on housing projects, reforestation, coffee bean processing, and more!  Work will be based on whatever the community's needs are at that time.
  • Dress: Groups are advised to wear light cotton clothes.  In the traditionally Mayan town, it is best to wear long shorts and skirts or pants and t-shirts.  A light jacket and raincoat are recommended. Wear clothing that may get dirty!
  • Extra Fun: Lake Atitlan is nearby although people may not swim in it, it is a stunningly beautiful view. The site is listed in the book 1,001 Places to See Before You Die.  There is also an opportunity for an excursion across the lake to other towns, such as Santiago or Panahachel.
  • Focus: Cross-cultural awareness, poverty, and intentional living.
  • More Information: Pre-Arrival Packet


Interested in applying? Apply here to apply to co-lead, here to apply to participate, and here to apply to advise!

Please note: $100 due with acceptance of a position!

Any questions about this trip can be directed to Alternative Break Experiences at [email protected]


ABE Spring Trip

San Lucas Packing List

San Lucas Map

Special Points of Interest:

  • Spanish immersion
  • Reforestation
  • Cultural diversity
  • Fair Trade
  • Restoration
  • Hands-on

From Past Participants:

" This trip humbled me and proved to me that individuals who have strenuous work days and own close to nothing, can be the happiest, most appreciative, most joyous people I have ever been surrounded by." -2017 Participant

" This experience in San Lucas reminded me of the happiness that comes from living simply and spiritually." -2017 Participant