My Trip to Guatemala with Soles4Souls Travel


My recent Soles4Souls trip to Guatemala was more than just a travel opportunity. It was a journey where I was able to provide a service that brought help to those in need. Every day, Soles4Souls offer incredible opportunities for people just like you and me to go to other countries to assist in providing a healthy life to those less fortunate.

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With Soles4Souls Travel you experience new cultures, meet amazing people, and feel the fulfillment of serving people hands-on. There’s nothing quite like it and I am so immensely grateful for the chance to benefit someone’s life simply by giving them a pair of shoes.

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If you followed my adventure to Guatemala, you saw that we did more than just take in the awesome scenic views of the country. Even though the weather wasn’t in our favor for some of the trip (like when we just wanted to see the dang view from a hike up a volcano!), it was an amazing experience where we were given the opportunity to help people in need.

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Through Soles4Souls, they turn shoes and clothing into opportunities for those less fortunate. The coolest part in all of this is that not only does Soles4Souls provide items that people need, but they also give the opportunity to people to get jobs with them that aid in empowering them to break this vicious cycle.

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Helping the Environment

The Soles4Souls impact doesn’t just help out those less fortunate – they also are benefiting our environment! By keeping shoes and clothing that would otherwise been thrown into landfills, they are experts in sustainability to make the world a better place – for more than one reason! Since 2006, their supporters and partners have aided in keeping 35 million pairs of shoes from going to waste, but instead were sent to 127 countries and all states in the US to give to those less fortunate.

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I was such a great trip to be involved with, meeting all the kids and families just melted my heart. There are so many families that just need to be loved. I think the best thing I took away from this trip was that these kids have nothing but they are still full of joy and happiness!

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A huge thank you to Danielle at Abbey Raine Photography for taking photos for me on this trip.

Exploring the Country – Antigua

After a few days of volunteering during a Soles4Souls Travel experience, you get to see some of the local area. We spent an afternoon exploring the city of Antigua.

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Hiking Pacaya Volcano

Volcano hiking is a huge part of the culture in Guatemala…there are 37 volcanoes! We went for a hike on Guatemala’s Pacaya Volcano (aka: Volcan de Pacaya). It was an easy hike, but unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate and we didn’t get much of a view. We did make s’mores with the volcano heat though which was a great way to end the hike.

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You might also like My Trip to Colombia – Sustainable Coffee Sourcing, Guide to Machu Picchu, or My Trip to Peru.

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Ways you can Give Back with Soles4Souls

So, you’re probably wondering how you can help Soles4Souls (S4S), right? And I have some cool opportunities to let you in on! There are actually 2 incredible ways you can give back through S4S:

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  1. Donate!
    • Whether it be your shoes or a small financial donation – Soles4Souls would love any kind of help that you are willing to offer! Be it your time or money, you are providing an incredible opportunity to give to those in need. You can also give your own shoes or even start a shoe drive where you can gather lightly-used donations and send them to S4S.
  2. Travel!
    • When I went down to Guatemala with Soles4Souls Travel, it was something that I can’t even begin to describe. Meeting the faces and holding the children that we were helping brought so much fulfillment to my little heart! I almost exploded from happiness! Taking this hands-on approach really made a huge difference in seeing what happens when real, actual people are benefiting from something we all take for granted – shoes!

If you want to learn more information on how to help with Soles4Souls Travel, visit their website HERE and enter discount code bella50 when you register for a trip + save $50!

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My experience volunteering with S4S was unbelievable. I am so humbled by the opportunity and think of simple things, like shoes, so differently now. Plus, it was a great way to visit another country to others that also want to serve.

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When you volunteer with Soles4Souls, you’re not just getting a trip to another part of the world. It’s not even a trip where you get there you do a job and come back home. It really changes your mindset as to how much we can take for granted in our day-to-day lives. You are forced out of your comfort zone and see firsthand the results of your aid towards children and their families.

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You are doing things like giving shoes out at a garbage dump to the families that live there and work there.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her trip to guatemala with Soles4Souls travel

With Soles4Souls Travel you experience new cultures, meet amazing people, and feel the fulfillment of serving people hands-on. There’s nothing quite like it! Check it out if you are interested.

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If you want to learn more information on how to help with Soles4Souls Travel, visit their website HERE and enter discount code bella50 when you register for a trip and save $50!

This post has been sponsored by Soles4Souls. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the destinations that support me


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20 Comments

  1. ugh this just breaks my heart but its so amazing that you’re helping them with these incredible shoes- cant wait to share w/ my readers too!

    Posted 11.4.19 Reply
  2. AiringMyLaundry wrote:

    This would be such an incredible trip. I will have to check out the website for sure.

    Posted 11.4.19 Reply
  3. Melissa Chapman wrote:

    This seems like such a great cause and traveling and seing the families you are helping is so amazing. I would love to donate my old less used clothes and shoes.

    Posted 11.4.19 Reply
  4. Rena wrote:

    I would love to get into something like this. We recently became Red Cross volunteers so this would be the next logical step.

    Posted 11.4.19 Reply
  5. Melanie wrote:

    My husband went to Guatemala last year. He enjoyed helping the people there. He enjoyed his trip.

    Posted 11.4.19 Reply
  6. Tasheena N. Womack wrote:

    This looks like a really amazing experience. Thanks for sharing a recap and ways that we all can give back.

    Posted 11.4.19 Reply
  7. Theresa wrote:

    What a fulfilling experience! And an amazing way to see first hand the families that are benefiting from this wonderful organization. The smiles on those kid’s faces are so precious. I am sure they loved meeting you as much as you did them ♥

    Posted 11.4.19 Reply
  8. It sounds like it was a great trip! How wonderful to see Guatemala and help people at the same time.

    Posted 11.4.19 Reply
  9. Ruth I wrote:

    Looks like a holiday with a cause. I am sure those kids were so happy seeing you guys. What an inspirational trip.

    Posted 11.5.19 Reply
  10. Karen Morse wrote:

    It’s so nice to be able to go to places and help those in need. I think it’s even better if you’re part of something like Sole4Souls. They do so much for a lot of communities and that’s just amazing!

    Posted 11.5.19 Reply
  11. It is so important to give back and help less fortunate. Whenever we go to Mexico we will do research ahead of time to find schools or animal shelters that are in need of supplies and bring one suitcase full.

    Posted 11.5.19 Reply
  12. Lynn Dee wrote:

    Learning about their culture, seeing the beauty of their country while helping at the same time definitely sounds like the best and wonderful trip ever. Good for you!

    Posted 11.5.19 Reply
  13. paula schuck wrote:

    Checking this non profit out. I have never heard of them until now. I had done volunteering all of my life. It is a great way to give back and to just feel good about yourself and the impact that you are making on someone else or some other country. Soles for Souls is a great example of this. What a wonderful initiative. I was fortunate enough to be able to do two of these amazing volunteerism trips with global non profits and they were both life changing. I am looking for another worthy cause once again to share here as a journalist.

    Posted 11.5.19 Reply
  14. rika agustini wrote:

    My friend’s dad always go to Guatemala for worthy cause. I love learning about culture and would love to visit this country.

    Posted 11.5.19 Reply
  15. Kathy wrote:

    I bet this was one amazing experience. I would have loved to do something like this too. I think it is so wonderful. I’m glad you were able to go.

    Posted 11.5.19 Reply
  16. Carrie Colbert wrote:

    What a wonderful experience!

    Carrie
    http://www.carriecolbert.com

    Posted 11.5.19 Reply
  17. rika agustini wrote:

    My friend’s dad always go to Guatemala for worthy cause. I love learning about culture and would love to visit this country.

    Posted 11.5.19 Reply
  18. OhNikka wrote:

    What a great way to give back! My friend goes every year to Guatemala.

    Posted 11.6.19 Reply
  19. I know a few people who go to Guatemala and Peru for different mission trips. It’s such a great way to give back, and visit & learn about another culture.

    Posted 11.7.19 Reply
  20. I know a few people who go to Guatemala and Peru for different mission trips. It’s such a great way to give back, and visit & learn about another culture.

    Posted 11.7.19 Reply

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