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Guatemala has been one of the strongest economic performers in Latin America in recent years, yet it has the highest economic inequality in the region with some of the worst poverty, malnutrition, and maternal-child mortality rates, particularly in rural and indigenous areas. In nearly half of the country’s rural municipalities, 8 out of 10 people are living below the poverty line.
On average children attend school for fewer than 6 years in Guatemala, and 26% of children between the ages of 5 and 14 work instead of attending school. Maternal mortality is high in part due to hesitation to give birth in clinics or hospitals with the cost of private health services. Adolescent pregnancies in both rural and urban areas are common and increasing, often impacting women already vulnerable due to poverty and lack of education.
Join CCS to volunteer in Guatemala as we work to end the perpetual cycle of poverty in Guatemala by supporting the education of vulnerable children and girls and delivering public health campaigns to those who lack adequate health care.
CCS in Guatemala has been working for the past 15 years as a leader in childhood education with the support of our international volunteer base.
Tecpán, the 'first capital' of Guatemala after the Spanish defeat of the Kaqchikel Maya, is nestled in the beautiful Maya Highlands of Southern Guatemala. With a population of over 90% indigenous people, it is a culturally rich town where you can see Maya traditions in daily life, from the bright colors of the clothing and textiles to its unique indigenous languages.
This Mayan population, as well as others in Guatemala, suffered greatly during the Civil War when ethnic groups were targeted and entire communities destroyed. Decades later, Mayan populations remain marginalized in Guatemalan society, with limited access to health care and education. Volunteers help fill these gaps by teaching English in elementary schools, assisting with public health projects, and more.
Read more about the Guatemala volunteer experience on our blog!
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.
CCS volunteers in Guatemala greatly contribute to improving the quality of education that every child deserves. Primary schools and organizations that support vulnerable children are under resourced and understaffed. CCS volunteers assist teachers, conduct educational and recreational programming, teach English language skills and provide children with much needed one-on-one attention.
Guatemala’s health care system is struggling and the country still ranks low on critical health indicators such as malnutrition and maternal-infant mortality. Through outreach, education, and care, you will provide much-needed support to vulnerable children and adults in low-income communities. In addition CCS will be spearheading multiple public health projects in Guatemala including vision screening for children, oral health campaigns and the promotion of hygiene in schools.