Classroom Construction in Santa Apolonia, Guatemala

Cost: $1,200.00 + flight cost
Departure City: Vancouver
Departure Date: May 1, 2018
Return Date: May 15, 2018


Partnering Organization:



This project involves the construction of a classroom on the second floor at the school, Jesus el Buen Pastor, in Santa Apolonia. This project will be the third project funded by SOS in Santa Apolonia since 2016. Previous projects include a kitchen and a classroom on the first floor.

In 2015 the conditions of the school were extremely poor as the halls were very small and the roof was in poor condition. There were large open spaces between the wall and the roof and the cold got in easily.


In 2017 , a classroom was built at Jesus el Buen Pastor by SOS. Then another organization, upon hearing of SOS’s involvement in Santa Apolonia, came forward to donate funds to build a cement roof at the school.  

Currently an organization provides scholarships to student at the school, so enrollment is rapidly increasing, particularly in first grade. Our partnering organization, SEED, has urgently asked for more classrooms that will provide  students with an appropriate learning environment. The classroom that is to be constructed will be  used as a first grade classroom.


Watch this video made by Fiona, a SOS Outreach Trip Participant in Santa Apolonia in 2016!



  • Volunteers will stay in a host family’s home or in the Jesus el Buen Pastor church (dependent on final group size).  They will latrines and flush toilets. Their accommodations are 200 metres from the worksite and will walk to work every day.
  • 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 and two rest days throughout the trip to relax, explore the local area and participate in the local community.


For more information on Outreach Trip Logistics, like what to expect, supervision, and safety please visit: