Antigua, the capital of the Captaincy-General of Guatemala, was founded in the early 16th century. Built 1,500 m above sea-level, in an earthquake-prone region, it was largely destroyed by an earthquake in 1773 but its principal monuments are still preserved as ruins. In the space of under three centuries the city, which was built on a grid pattern inspired by the Italian Renaissance, acquired a number of superb monuments.
Collaborating Organizations in Guatemala
LOVE GUATEMALA-CANADA-Judy Bergen
Judy and her husband Phillip (RIP-2015) has been taking on teams since 1998. She splits her time in Jocotenango and Abbotsford, BC, Canada. Her projects include student sponsors, construction of houses for poor families, soup kitchens and VBS programs for the children. ER Abroad has been partnering with Love Guatemala since the inception of ER Abroad in 2011. She has been instrumental in helping ER Abroad set up medical clinics in rural villages. https://cten.org/judybergen/
Oscar and his team have been hosting mission teams from church groups to medical teams for many years. ER Abroad partnered with BuildinGuate in 2008. BuildinGuate is committed to providing through construction, nutrition education, health and guidance to an extremely impoverished community living around a municipal landfill in Escuintla known as the “Land of Hope”. Through this partnership, ER Abroad has been providing medical care to the people who live at the garbage dump during our clinics twice a year. Through a generous donation given to ER Abroad, the “Land of Hope” now has a medical clinic that was built to provide a place for medical/dental teams and even the Public Health of Escuintla to care for the people at the dump. https://www.buildinguate.org/
Lodging in Antigua
HOTEL IN GUATEMALA: CASA DE LAS FUENTES
Primarily ER Abroad uses hotel Casa De Las Fuentes. It is in downtown Antigua. The rooms are set up as singles, doubles, triples, and quadruples. Whenever possible, we share rooms with other ER Abroad members to save on cost. If you have special needs requiring, you to have either a single room or a ground floor room please let the team leader(s) know so they can arrange accommodations for you. If you know someone you want to room with let us know that as well. It has Wi-Fi (although sketchy at times), television in the rooms, as well as private baths. There are NO safes in the rooms but available at the front desk. There is a laundry service. A breakfast buffet and some dinners are included in what you have already paid to the trip. The hotel’s website is: www.hotelcasadelasfuentes.com. There might be a clinic that requires us to stay at a different hotel closer to our clinic site. We will let you know ahead of time if this should occur.
Note: All hotel reservations are made by ER Abroad Admin only.