High School, university, church, community groups, and individuals often come to visit the San Lucas Mission to volunteer and learn about the efforts in San Lucas, and participate in the cross-cultural experience the Mission offers. Visitors may spend most of their time working at construction sites, but the focus of a short-term trip to the Mission is to learn, understand and appreciate the local culture.
Through working alongside Guatemalans, hearing talks from community members, and observing the goings-on of the area, visitors can learn about the richness of Maya culture, the work of the Mission, and life in Guatemala. Although a week or two may only offer a glimpse into a different world, there is much to be learned about the turbulent and complex history of Guatemala, the Maya people, and the community development efforts of the Mission.
Individual visitors may occasionally want to spend more than 1-2 weeks at the Mission, but not make a commitment to be a Long-term Volunteer. These individuals should fill out an individual application form, but the details of their visit would have to be worked out directly with the Director of the Visitor Program.