Join a Support Team

About Support Teams

Support Teams are groups of friends, community members, students, or families that spend a week serving at Safe Passage in Guatemala.

The Support Team service-learning experience is designed with first-time visitors in mind but many of our teams join us again and again! While you have fun and learn about Safe Passage you will also make a difference with the time, skills, and energy you share with our students, affiliates, staff, and volunteers.

Many of our Support Teams have limited Spanish-language abilities and still have great experiences. Don’t let language be a barrier to your service! We are here to translate and support you during your time in Guatemala.

Contact us today to begin planning your Support Team!

We have welcomed over 200 Support Teams since 2010.  Join us!


Support Teams are typically planned Sunday-Sunday with most teams arriving by dinner on the first Sunday of the Support Team week. Monday through Thursday is spent at the project engaging with our students and affiliates. Friday and Saturdays are free days for teams to explore Guatemala and the culture.  The second Sunday is typically a departure day for teams. 

Support Teams can be any group of people looking to spend a week serving at Safe Passage in Guatemala. Past teams have come from schools, community and religious organizations, and groups of friends who want to have a life-changing experience together.

Teams consist of anywhere from 8-13 people. Please note that all team members must be at least 15 years old upon arrival to Safe Passage and teams with minor participants must include one adult for every three team members under the age of 18.

To reserve your Support Team week, contact our office to confirm your desired dates are available. After confirmation, pay a $500 deposit to finalize your reservation. Our Support Team Coordinator will work with you closely through the rest of the planning process to make your preparations as easy as possible.

Begin planning your Support Team week today!

We occasionally have Open Teams available for individuals or smaller groups who wish to experience a Support Team week but cannot arrange a full team of their own. Contact our Support Team coordinator to inquire about upcoming Open Teams.

The Support Team fee is $750 per person at double or triple hotel room occupancy (single rooms are available for an additional cost). Teams are also encouraged to make an additional donation of $1500 – $2500 that goes directly to Safe Passage programs and services to our community.

The Support Team fee includes:

  • Seven nights’ accommodations in Antigua, Guatemala
  • Meals (excluding lunch on your free days and during transit)
  • Private airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Daily, private transportation between your hotel and Safe Passage

Many teams are able to fundraise 100% of their total trip costs, including the suggested donation. Our Support Team coordinator can help you plan a successful fundraising strategy!

From lodging and logistics to translation and travel, our Support Team Coordinator is here to assist you with every aspect of your visit. Our goal is to help your trip be memorable, meaningful, and empowering. We encourage you to read through our Support Team Handbook in advance of your planning.

Contact our Support Team Coordinator today to begin your journey of learning and service!

What are our teams saying about their Safe Passage experience?

“It has been deeply meaningful — and a true joy — to spend a week with Safe Passage” – Georgetown Preparatory School

“I have travelled with multiple NGOs and service programs within Guatemala. This was, by far, the most meaningful.” —Gail

“…Thank you to everyone who put this trip into effect! My life has changed because of it and I hope to come back again.”  —Luca

“In this one week alone I have fallen in love with Guatemala. The best part was seeing smiles on the childrens’ faces. It made me understand why we’re here.”          —Jonathan

“Safe Passage is a great organization and makes a meaningful and wonderful experience for all involved.” —Jenn

“I loved being able to meet groups of all ages –from preschoolers to the mothers. In a short time, I felt like I had an understanding of their lives.” — Rose

“The Support Team experience gave me valuable insight into the issues faced by the Guatemala City dump community. It ignited a passion in me to continue this work. .” —Ben

Support Team Resources

Support Team Handbook (Includes a sample Team Schedule and other planning resources)

Safe Passage

Video Testimonials

Join our Community

When you make a donation, join a Support Team, sponsor a child, organize an event or volunteer in Guatemala, you help a top rated school empower people and change lives in one of the poorest places on earth.


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Contact Us

We invite you to reach out to our U.S. office in New Gloucester, Maine and our program site in Guatemala City


49 Farm View Dr
Raymond Hall, Suite 302
New Gloucester, ME 04260

9am - 5pm (EST)

TEL (207) 846-1188
FAX (207) 926-8244


6a. Avenida 11-95 Zona 7
Colonia Landivar, Ciudad de Guatemala

8am - 5pm (GMT)

TEL (502) 2440-4388