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Small Change 4 Big Change

Camino a Chococ #106 | Colonia Chirijuyu, Santa Catarina Barahona 03016, Guatemala
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Beautiful mission

The entire project is amazingly orchestrated and well worth a visit, even if just for one day. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
lydiaweyrich1
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Columbus, Ohio
A genuine and enthusiastic insight

It was well worth the fee to be guests of Lisa and her husband Irvin, whose unbridled enthusiasm... read more

Reviewed 3 February 2018
peterburnet
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Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
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Small Change 4 Big Change is helping local indigenous families offer authentic experiences for tourists looking to get off the beaten path. Spend a morning with us touring the local springs and Mirador (look-out point), visiting our organic gardens, learning to weave and cook traditionally, or in a cultural class, then enjoy a delicious lunch with a local family. You will have the opportunity to buy typical artisan products directly from local indigenous women at the prices they sell to vendors in Antigua, which provides them the opportunity to support their families proudly.
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Camino a Chococ #106 | Colonia Chirijuyu, Santa Catarina Barahona 03016, Guatemala
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The entire project is amazingly orchestrated and well worth a visit, even if just for one day. The project managers are very welcoming and do their jobs well. And they both speak English and Spanish! Visited 5 times so far and still excited to come.

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Reviewed 3 February 2018

It was well worth the fee to be guests of Lisa and her husband Irvin, whose unbridled enthusiasm for their charitable work, encourages their team to do their best for the local people in their village. We visited the pre school classroom, sewing and craft...More

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9Batz, Manager at Small Change 4 Big Change, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2018

Thank you for your review, it was a joy to have you!

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Reviewed 29 July 2017

I have been blessed to volunteer with SmallChange three different summers. The organization is well managed and the other volunteers/employees are friendly and welcoming. The indigenous people of Santa Catarina and Chiri Juyu have welcomed me into their homes and shared precious memories with me....More

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Reviewed 17 May 2017

Lisa, Irvin and the women they work with are such warm and welcoming hosts with a real passion for what they do and a desire to share it with visitors. The culture class we had presented to us by 2 of the local ladies gave...More

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Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

Small Change for Big Change is a great way to learn something about the culture in Guatemala. Lisa and Irvin are very welcoming and have a strong passion for improving the lives of the local people. I would highly recommend making this a part of...More

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Reviewed 2 February 2017

Lisa and Irvin were warm hosts who are obviously passionate about their work in this small village. We played with the preschoolers and older children there for English enrichment. My family enjoyed our time with them as they shared their work and their rich culture.

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Reviewed 1 February 2017

My family and I volunteered to help out with the pre-K classes and English classes. It was so much fun and so rewarding. We learned about the local culture including food, gardening, weaving, history of the area and customs. Lisa and Irvin, who run the...More

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Reviewed 1 February 2017

My husband and I, as well as my mom and cousin spent 3 wonderful days with Lisa De Mena, the founder of Small Change 4 Big Change, and her husband Irvin, learning about the local culture and participating in preschool classes in the morning and...More

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Reviewed 23 September 2016

We had an incredible experience with Small Change 4 Big Change! We were blown away by the kindness and hospitality of the local Guatemalan community in Santa Catarina and we learned so much about the culture and way of life here. Lisa, founder of Small...More

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Reviewed 1 May 2016

I am so glad that I was able to go through the community of Santa Catarina with Lisa and Irvin. They are wonderful people who care so much about the families in their community. While there, we were invited into people's homes to have a...More

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phasesofthemoon78
23 May 2018|
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Response from 9Batz | Property representative |
Hello, yes you are welcome to volunteer for the day! We have preschool from 9-11 and tutoring from 2-5.
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Cherisse H
8 January 2018|
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Response from 9Batz | Property representative |
Hi there, yes, you can come on your own, we welcome you!
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