Guatemala is as varied in local culture and ecosystems as it is in neighboring countries. As a volunteer in Guatemala, you'll begin to explore this heart of Mayan civilization and quickly understand why so many people have a special place in their heart for Guatemala. With an opportunity to visit idyllic beach towns, wander Mayan ruins, and climb active volcanoes, you can spend plenty of time as a volunteer in Guatemala and never run out of new adventures.
During its 36 year-long civil war, many Guatemalans migrated to Guatemala City seeking employment. Through the years, this unexpected migration has resulted in the unsustainable expansion of Guatemala City. Since the end of its civil war in 1995, Guatemala has made incredible strides as a nation, however, the continuous influx of new residents combined with a high birth-rate has depleted resources, and city planning cannot keep pace. As a volunteer in Guatemala, you will work alongside an incredibly diverse population struggling to cope with the effects of urban migration.
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Once enrolled, you will have the chance to select the volunteer opportunity that's most interesting to you. Volunteers will always receive their first preference. The only exception to this will be when there are national or school holidays, or there are exceptional circumstances.
When you work with The CCS Education & Literacy Project in Guatemala City, you'll teach children and support educators in an underfunded primary school. The average number of years spent in school among all Guatemalan children is 10; boys typically drop out between grades 4 - 6, when they then go on to work. Your support, attention, love, and eagerness for meaningful connection will help motivate children to continue with their education.
When you support The CCS Child Development Project in Guatemala City, you’ll have an opportunity to work with a particularly vulnerable group - children. With the help of our volunteers, our partner organizations provide local children with the basics: a safe place, warm meals, education services, and very importantly love and attention.
When you work with The CCS Aging with Dignity Project in Guatemala City, you’ll help to fill a critical gap in services by lending your support to organizations that provide care for the abandoned elderly. In Guatemala there is little, if any support offered to the elderly community and in many cases, due to the financial and emotional burden that elderly families members bring to a family, members of the aging generation are abandoned and left to fend for themselves.
When you work with The CCS Support for People with Disabilities Project in Guatemala City, you’ll lend your help to a center for children with disabilities. The center is run out of a home that was initially donated to provide a safe shelter to orphaned and abandoned children with mental and physical disabilities. Residents of the center, children ages 8 - 18, are provided with meals, basic medical care, and the love and attention of our volunteers and partners.
When you work with The CCS Global Health Project in Guatemala City, you'll support a team of dedicated medical professionals as they offer valuable services to members of the community. As a healthcare volunteer, you’ll assist with the social aspects of healthcare, primarily by supporting nurses, doctors, and caregivers. Your presence offers members of the community and healthcare professionals an opportunity for cultural exchange and a fresh new attitude that will increase morale.
In Guatemala, women and girls, and particularly those of a Mayan background, may face discrimination and a lack of resources and support to reach their academic and economic goals. Your care and support for women who have been impacted by sexual violence, abuse, or trafficking will provide valuable opportunities to rebuild self-esteem and will empower women to create more positive futures. When you work with The CCS Girls' & Women’s Empowerment Project, you will provide education on reproductive health and human rights to these women, as well as at-risk girls. Join these strong women and girls as they work to build strong families and communities in Guatemala.
"In the streets, our beneficiaries are marginalized. To have somebody from another country greet them and not turn away is important for their self esteem."
"CCS volunteers bring a sense of cooperation and much needed support to our classroom and our community. The impact of their work can be seen inside the classroom, and out in the community as well."
"Local parents are very grateful because volunteers give children the care that they need while the parents go to work to earn an income."
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