Guatemala is the gateway to Central America and is a land filled with heart, wisdom, and opportunity for human development at all socioeconomic levels.
The intent of this volunteer program is to support regional efforts to meet Millennium Development Goals that strengthen the quality of primary and pre-primary education in extremely poor rural areas. Through distribution of donated and locally produced and procured food at school, these rural programs are working to increase enrollment and improve the daily attendance of students to increase graduation rates.
During this journey, you will deeply engage with communities that are developing their own strategies to balance rural agricultural labor practices with the need for continued access to education. Work alongside community members to improve local school infrastructure. Your group will visit Guatemala City, Iximche archaeological site, and stay in Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your group may also visit the village of San Antonio Aguas Calientes and learn from a successful micro-credit cooperative of traditional back-strap loom weavers. Traveling on to Tecpan, you will see first hand what sustainable agriculture and education look like in rural Mayan villages.