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 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 projects 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 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 provide 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 717-733-7444 or email us at 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.

Download PDF application

Visit our ORI programs page to learn more.

Work team dates 2017 2018:

2017 Dates Status
Jan. 9-16 CLOSED
Feb 4-11 OHIO
Feb. 20-27 OPEN
March 6-13 PETRA
March 20-27 IOWA TEAM
March 28 – April 4 CLOSED
April 11-18 CLOSED
April 25 – May 2 CLOSED
May  8-15 OPEN
May 22-29 OPEN
June 5-12 OPEN
June 19-26 OHIO
July 10-17 ROSA + HARVEY
July 24-31 MARSH CREEK
Aug. 7-14 TRINITY E.C
Aug. 21-28 OPEN
 2018 Dates Status
Jan 8-15 OPEN
Jan 22-29 OPEN
Feb 5-12 OPEN
Feb 19-26 OPEN
March 5-12 OPEN
March 19-26 OPEN
Apr 3-10 CLOSED
Arp 17-24 CLOSED
May 7-14 OPEN
May 21-28 OPEN
June 4-11 OPEN
June 18-25 OPEN
July 2-9 OPEN
Jul 16-23 OPEN
July 30-Aug 6 OPEN
Aug 13-20 OPEN
Aug 20-27 OPEN