What We Do

Work Teams

Work Teams

Work teams are an important part of what we do in Guatemala; they provide resources to help with new construction of additions, expansions and other misc. projects within the orphanage facilities. Many of these projects cannot be afforded by the home and would not get completed if we did not assist in providing the resources and labor to perform the work, even simple tasks of painting and maintenance cost more than their budgets can cover.

Throughout a year’s time, we send over 300 volunteers on 7-day work trips to help perform the work that needs to be done as well as spend some time loving the children. Typical work consists of block laying, pouring concrete, framing, roofing, painting, cleaning, plumbing, electrical, and other misc. projects.

Each project is selected based on the needs of the home, their ability to maintain the ongoing costs, and if they own their property or rent. Each project cost is covered by donors and the fees of each member on the work team.

Work teams consist of generally no more than 25 people; you can arrange a work team of your own with a minimum of 10 people or join a work team on one of the open dates listed below. We are family friendly and encourage male and female participants, the work week is 7 days from the day of travel to date of return and is a mixture of work and interaction with children including a day off-site in Antigua. Lodging and meals are provided for the teams by 4 different team housing partners depending upon the area of the project and are included as part of the team costs. Young children below the age of 7 are not encouraged to be part of the teams.

To find out more about joining a work team you can contact our office at 717-949-4949 or email us at workteams@orphanresources.org. You can also view our list of work team dates listed below and click on the link to download the application for volunteering on a work team.


Apply to be apart of a work team


2019 Dates Status
Jan 7-14 Nolt Team
Jan 21-28 Ohio Team
Feb 4-11 Iowa Team
Feb 18-25 OPEN
March 4-11 Petra Team
March 18-25 OPEN
May 6-13 OPEN
May 20-27 OPEN
June 3-10 OPEN
June 17-24 OPEN
July 1-8 Ori open Team Please Inquire
July 15-22 Marsh Creek Team
Aug 5-12 OPEN

2020 Dates Status
Jan 6-13 ORI Open Team Please Inquire
Jan 18-25 Loving Beyond our Borders
Feb 3-10 Iowa
Feb 17-24 Shippensburg
March 2-9 Petra Team
March 9-16 Ranita Weaver
 March 23-30 Fisher Team
April 20-27 Salem Hellers Church
May 18-25 OPEN
June 1-8 OPEN
June 13-20 Ohio / PA Tean
July 29-July 6 Gehman’s Church
July 13-20 OPEN
July 27-Aug 3 Trinity ECC
Aug 10-17 OPEN


For 2021 Work Team dates please inquire at workteams@orphanresources.org or 717-949-4949

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after the orphans in their distress.

– James 1:27