Guatemala 2019 tentative trip dates:
June 12th – June 26th, 2019
estimate historical cost: $2,900
*dates and cost are subject to change depending on flights
SANTA ROSA II, GUATEMALA
Youthlinc has been working in Guatemala since 2012. The first two years we partnered with Ak’ Tenamit and stayed at the Finca Tatin hotel, situated along the Rio Dulce. In 2014, we partnered with People for Guatemala and have worked closely with the Founder, Lois Werner, since that time.
People for Guatemala is a nonprofit dedicated to improving the health, education, and community development of rural communities in the San Martin, Jilotepeque area. Together we have installed over 20 Chapina stoves and over 60 cement floors in homes to improve the living conditions and health of many families. We have also taught sewing classes, business classes, community health lessons, and English lessons as part of our committee work. In addition to our focus on education, we look for opportunities to form meaningful connections with the villagers, whether that is going on a home visit, playing soccer, or learning how to make tortillas.
The Youthlinc team always ends their trip by visiting Antigua, Guatemala, which is well known for its Spanish colonial architecture. You will have the opportunity to explore the city, go ziplining, and catch some shopping before heading home.
2019 Guatemala Team Leader: Brenda Hall
Brenda is super excited to be co-leading the Guatemala team this year. It will be her 6th Youthlinc trip! Brenda has been involved with Youthlinc for the past 8 years when her son Jackson had an incredible experience on the 2010 Kenya team. She and her 3 kids joined the Peru Friends and Family team in 2011 and she was hooked from there. Since then she has served on the Youthlinc Board of Directors, as a Mentor for the 2015 Kenya team, and as the Team Leader for Peru, Cambodia and Peru again in 2016, 2017 and 2018 Service Years, respectively.
Brenda is a big believer in the Youthlinc model. She has seen it change the lives of not only the Youthlinc participants but also the people they serve locally and internationally. She cherishes relationships that she has made throughout her Youthlinc experiences and is excited to make more this year. She is eager to meet and serve with all of the new participants of the Guatemala team this Service Year and promises that it will be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life!
Since graduating from Brigham Young University, Brenda has spent the last 30 years serving in many local organizations including Girl Scouts of Utah, Boy Scouts, Big Brothers Big Sister, and as a coach for several youth sports teams and a leader in various church youth programs. She is currently a member of the Utah County volunteer group, “A New Leash on Life,” who raise and train puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Brenda keeps busy running her accounting business that she has owned for the past 23 years, being a mom to 3 incredibly talented children, quilting, watching sports, flower gardening, and raising puppies.
2019 Guatemala Team Leader: Carter Woolf
Carter is very excited to be leading the Guatemala team this year! This will be his second time as a Team Leader and his 8th time on a Youthlinc team. He has participated in the Service Year as a student, Alum Leader, Assistant Team Leader, Real Life Intern, and Mentor. Carter has grown to love this organization and has seen firsthand how much of an impact it can make on people’s lives, both locally and internationally. He can’t wait to embark on this life changing journey with all the Guatemala team members.
Carter graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in Biology and a minor in Spanish. During his time in college, Carter was able to study abroad in Chile and travel around South America, helping him to become fluent in Spanish. He spent three years coordinating an afterschool program for at-risk teens and is now a Middle School Science Teacher at Granite Park Junior High in South Salt Lake. He teaches 7th and 8th grade integrated science as well as a science class specific to English Language Learners. Carter absolutely loves going to work every day and thinks that it is the most rewarding job anyone could have.
When he is not teaching or traveling with Youthlinc, Carter enjoys being outdoors as much as possible. His favorite thing is to spend hours in the mountains running long distances and completing trail marathons. He also enjoys backcountry skiing, biking, climbing, photography, camping, and spending time with his family, friends, and his favorite running buddy, his dog, Stella.
2019 Guatemala Assistant Team Leader: Hannah Mohr
Hannah is a senior at Corner Canyon High School and the Vice President for her High School Dance Company (CCDC). She’s been dancing since she could walk! She has three siblings and lives with her family in Draper, Utah. She’s come to know that she loves to teach and share with young children. She will most likely seek an education and career in education or service.
This past June, she was given the amazing opportunity to go to on her first Youthlinc trip to Cambodia and served on the education committee. Throughout the two weeks, she created new friendships, amazing memories, and learned so much about hard work and leadership. She writes, “I can honestly say I had the best experience. With that being said, I’m so excited to be an ATL for the Guatemala team. I’m excited to create new friendships with my team and get to know more of you on a personal level. I’m excited for this upcoming year and to hopefully achieve my main goal, which is to give my team a similar, if not better, experience. It’s in my hopes to be someone you feel safe talking to, someone you turn to motivate and uplift in difficult situations, set and achieve clear goals and most importantly, help my team serve the people of Guatemala. I can’t wait to see what this year holds; it’s going to be amazing!”