Posted by Steven Sager on Sep 27, 2018


MARCH 23-30, 2019

Please join Rotarians from Rotary District 7910 with our hands-on District Sponsored Global Grant Project installing stoves in the rural villages around Panajachel, Guatemala.  This International Service project is done in collaboration with several Guatemala Rotary Clubs.

Are you a Rotarian interested in installing stoves in homes where currently an open fire in the center of the house is used for cooking. Cooking on an open fire in an unventilated area increases respiratory diseases and burn injuries, particularly with mothers and children.  It also results in rapid deforestation as open fires are inefficient.  These stoves will improve the ventilation in homes thereby decreasing  the carbon monoxide, it will reduce injuries, and will decrease wood consumption by at least 50%.


  • You must be able to lift 25-pound cinder blocks.
  • You should be willing to embrace the project as a unique cultural opportunity to team up with Guatemalan Rotarians and improve the quality of life of rural Guatemalan people.

The estimated cost is approximately $1850 – 2000 pp/do to cover airfare, local transportation, meals and hotel accommodationsn.To complete our travel plans and ensure that we have adequate staff we need your commitment by November 2nd, 2018.  DEADLINE EXTENDED - THERE ARE STILL SPACES AVAILABLE FOR INTERESTED VOLUNTEERS.  SIGN UP TODAY.

We have a 25 person limit on the trip.  Initial space will be filled with the trip organizing committee and one Rotarian from each club.  Additional Rotarians will be able to go on a space available basis. 

For Questions: please contact Jim O’Connor at

To reserve a space, please send a $500 deposit to Jim O’Connor, Westborough Rotary Club, PO Box 903, Westborough, MA 01581, postmarked by November 2, 2018.

For more information on the stoves that will be installed, please watch the following video: