Although we boast an extensive gear room for our clients to borrow equipment from for treks, we are always in need of more: medical supplies get used, hiking poles snap, and ponchos tear in frantic attempts to put them on. In addition to the troubles of keeping all of gear in usable condition for both guides and trekkers, we also have difficulties purchasing any replacements in Guatemala due to a lack of proper outdoor recreation stores. The easiest and most cost-efficient means of obtaining new gear is by having people from outside nations travelling to the region bring it with them as either donation or a reimbursable item. Many people who have donated items in the past have easily simply gone to their local outdoor outfitter retail store or pharmacies and ask for donations per our cause.

If you are ever interested in bringing us new gear, office supplies, or equipment, please keep in mind that you will be both benefiting our clients that borrow it the duration of their adventures all whilst aiding in the education & upbringing of over 180 children whom our treks directly fund by supplying trekkers with proper gear- not gear fixed with duct tape or twine.  

Happy trekkers leads to more clients, which entails even more income for both EDELAC & Hogar Abierto.

Below is a list of always needed items. Anything you could possibly bring is always much appreciated and we look forward to trekking with you all in the future:

  • Very Desperately and Currently Need:
    • Sunscreen SPF35+
    • Athletic tape
    • Sleeping Bag Stuff Sacks
    • Heavy Duty, reusable Ponchos (not rain jackets)
  • Always Needed, Gear:
    • Warm Gloves
    • Headlamps
    • AAA Batteries
    • Hiking Poles
    • Pegs for tents
    • Tents (durable, rain-proof, lightweight preferred)
    • Bug Spray
    • Small Gardening Shovels
    • Sleeping Mats (NOT inflatable!)
    • Backpacks (60L+)
  • Always Needed, Medical:
    • Band-aids (all sizes, but mostly large)
    • Ace Wrap
    • Ibuprofen (Advil)
    • Acetaminophen (Tylenol, Paracetamol)
    • Benadryl (Anti-Histamine Allergy Medications)
    • Dramamine (Motion Sickness Medications)
    • Pepto Bismol tablets (Stomach)
    • Imodium (Anti-diarrheal)
    • Re-hydration Packets
  • Always Needed, Office Supplies:
    • Ballpoint Pens
    • Duct Tape
    • Sharpies
    • Paper Clips
    • Dry Erase Markers

If there is anything not on the aforementioned list that you could possibly bring us, please do not hesitate to email us at xela@quetzaltrekkers.com with any and all inquiries.

We’re also happy to accept donations on behalf of our primary school, Ecuela de la Calle, and our children’s home with 20 boys and girls. 

Here are some always graciously accepted items:

EDELAC (Grades K – 6)

  • No. 2 Pencils & Sharpeners
  • Crayons & Colored Pencils
  • Easy English children’s reading books
  • Erasers
  • Lined Notebooks
  • School Bookbags
  • Markers
  • Glue
  • Other general school supply items

Hogar Abierto (Children’s safe home, currently 20 boys and girls between ages 8-18)

  • General School Supplies
  • School Bookbags
  • Easy English children’s reading books
  • World Maps
  • Soccer/Footballs
  • Small hairclips/ties for girls
  • Shoes, socks in any children’s size
  • Various small toy items that can add to these children’s enjoyment