Inspiring Positive Change

Humanitarian work has the power to inspire individuals, communities, and societies to work towards positive change. Through our service vacations in Guatemala, volunteers have the opportunity to contribute while also discovering the true essence of what matters. Alongside engaging in thought-provoking humanitarian projects, volunteers explore various sites in Guatemala. Participants have shared their experiences, emphasizing how witnessing poverty cultivated gratitude, and experiencing hospitality nurtured selflessness.

Indeed, by witnessing the impact of humanitarian efforts, people are motivated to take action. The ripple effect of humanitarian work can lead to a more compassionate society where individuals actively engage in creating a better world for all.

Humanitarian work is not just an act of charity; it is a fundamental expression of our shared humanity. As individuals, we can all contribute to this important work by volunteering our time and skills, and be an advocate that prioritizes the welfare of those in need.

What is traveling with Be Humanitarian like? William, one of our dedicated board members writes about his own experience.

“Hi, my name is William Bessette, and I am a board member here at Be Humanitarian. I have served on the board for four years now. I assist with marketing and branding. And I am here to talk to you about when I visited Guatemala on a humanitarian aid trip. I am writing about my second trip to Guatemala. Having been on the board for several years, this was not my first time. This being the second trip, I was intrigued. How had things changed in four years? Well, first off, things changed quite a bit. Four years ago, Be Humanitarian was going around the country, helping various organizations and charities in different locations. We were quite mobile. We visited orphanages and other NGOs that were helping their communities with education, nutrition, and finding work. As Tobie Spears, our fearless leader and founder states, “I was sprinkling seeds.” But this time, four years later, Tobie and Be Humanitarian were planting a tree. We were going to put in roots and help an entire community.”

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Fair Trade Adventure
Guatemalan Service Vacation
Jan 14 – 21, 2024

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July Adventure
Guatemalan Service Vacation
July 18 – 29th, 2024

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October Turtle Release
Guatemalan Service Vacation
Oct 17 – 25, 2024

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Our mission is to inspire our volunteers to become global citizens and take a hands-on role in the world around them. We believe our duty is to improve the lives of those in need. We aim to improve the future of some of Guatemala’s most vulnerable people, and help them to break the poverty cycle through early nutrition, education and self sustainability.
You can learn more about how to Be Humanitarian and the work that we are doing from this link Tobie is the founder and director of the nonprofit Be Humanitarian. Tobie leads service vacations to Guatemala to help companies, families, and individuals give back while rediscovering what really matters.
If you ever have an issue with anything we write about please let us know. We want to make sure we are always serving you at the highest level. We understand that there are many great organizations doing great work around the world. We aim to be a beacon of love and hope and we sincerely appreciate your support and friendship. It is our greatest goal to spread the belief that we can all be humanitarians in our simple, everyday interactions. We try our best to do good in the world and we welcome you to join us. Tobie was recently asked “Why she is passionate about our work in Guatemala and this is her reply …
Why am I passionate about Be Humanitarian? Because the obstacles facing our world may feel big however the obstacles of living in Guatemala have historically been even more difficult. Guatemala consistently ranks around the fourth most malnourished country in the world where about half of all children under the age of five are chronically malnourished. Keeping children in school is a constant struggle as indigenous girls typically attend school for 3 years until they are needed to work in the home or in the fields. For many years I led groups of volunteers to visit orphanages in Guatemala where we offered love and hope to the children there. I was dumbfounded to learn that many children have two living parents that simply couldn’t afford to feed their child and so they placed them in an orphanage to make sure they received food and an education. It was then that I decided to support the fragile family and stop children from being placed in the system when they have parents who love them. As a mother, I simply couldn’t imagine the heartbreak of choosing to give my daughters to strangers to raise to ensure that they ate. Be Humanitarian works closely within the community to ascertain the needs of the families and we have created trust within the community which allows us to intimately know the families we serve. Over the years we have donated thousands of books to fill empty shelves, created libraries, paid children’s tuition, provided hundreds of thousands of meals and thousands of backpacks full of school supplies. We have delivered water filters, installed wood burning stoves and taught our families how to make their own bookshelves so they could organize their homes.
Be Humanitarian has been working diligently to ease the burdens of everyday life in Guatemala for the last 11 years. We firmly believe that we can positively impact our communities by keeping families intact while providing educational opportunities, creating income opportunities and supporting self sufficiency programs such as our volunteer run nutrition program and garden tower projects. We firmly believe that a small group of dedicated individuals can make the world a better place.
Stories about our personal experiences are yours to share. Feel free to forward any of our emails to your community. The more humanitarians we have in the world, the better the world will be. Know that we are grateful for your support, your readership, and look forward to you joining us on the adventure.

Thank you all so much for being a part of our world,
Tobie, Darrin, Chelsea, Danka, Dana, Jen and William

Tobie Spears
Founder / Director
Be Humanitarian

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Pleasant Grove UT 84062