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Gifts to take to Guatemala

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1. Posted by Brandy50 (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

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I am going to Cuba for a month and then onto Guatemala for at least a month. I will be taking Spanish at both locations, staying with a local family. There is a lot of information about what to take to Cuba ( medicine, pens, pencils, playing cards, baseballs etc ) but I can't seem to find what is needed in Guatemala, even though I suspect it is poorer than Cuba. Any advice ?

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 29, 2008, at 8:16 PM by Brandy50 ]

2. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 8y

as for Cuba I will tell you that the people will ask you for soap,shampoo,shirts made of cotton,sneakers, nobody was asking me for playing cards or pencils.
They will take everything you offer beside money.
I had about 25 kg of clothings to give away and the favorit was for childrens,so if you have maybe friends who had a baby ask for the clothing not needed anymore.

Guatemala I dont know,maybe there is more need for medizin,but what typ?
you could wait till you are there and ask around and buy it there,it is mostly cheeper in this countrys and you can buy medizin whithout description from a doctor.

3. Posted by Brandy50 (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

Thanks. That is an interesting point about medicine - I am diabetic and will need to find insulin ( it's only good for a month out of the fridge )

4. Posted by mikesalles (Inactive 4 posts) 8y

Hi! Let me know when you are arriving, I'll be glad to help you out. Guatemala is not poorer than Cuba. You can pretty much get anything in Guatemala, maybe some poor comunities cannot afford somethings, but almost nothing is scarce. I think a nice gift for the people you will be staying with are baseball hats or t-shirts form your hometown, it's something very appreciated and also usefull. Check out this video, it's not in english, but the images are very representative of my country (copy & paste it to your webbrowser's address bar):

5. Posted by Brandy50 (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

It looks lovely - I am so looking forward to this adventure. Thank you for taking the time to write. I just may need some help with the insulin - so I appreciate the offer of assistance. I'll stock up on Canadian T-Shirts and ball caps as well as Calgary Stampede stuff.

6. Posted by mikesalles (Inactive 4 posts) 8y

Sure, no problem. Check out my profile, and let me know what I can help you with. I am pretty sure you are going to be able to find insulin in any major drug store in Guatemala City and several main towns. Check out this newspaper article, that announces the release of insulin autopen applicators in drugstores as of September of 2007, at a cost around Q. 300 ("Q" is for "quetzales", our national currency), that's around 35 USD:

7. Posted by sam1522 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

the first time i went to guatemala, we bought a bunch of polaroid film and walked around talking pictures of the mayan kids and giving them their pictures. they loved that and we were immediately surrounded by street adults who wanted their pictures too. i stayed with a host family and when we returned for a second time, we brought the kids handheld video games and barbies. the girls love barbies. since we attended spanish school, we brought pencils, pens, and all kinds of school supplies. my one teacher was in her early 20's and wanted american perfume so we sent her some. we also left a bunch of our clothes behind because they like the american labels.

8. Posted by mikesalles (Inactive 4 posts) 8y

Great ideas! I also recommend the same.

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 16, 2008, at 11:42 AM by mikesalles ]

9. Posted by taki (Full Member 132 posts) 8y

Be careful with medicines getting into Cuba you may be charged with lots of taxes

As for goods make them seem to be yours (not gifts) and appear as if they were used, otherwise you will be paying lots for taxes!!

for cuba take anything they can use.

toothpaste, creams, shampoos, etc.,

if they have babies take diapers, a good gift.