The Land of the Eternal Spring

Volunteer in Guatemala

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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.


Population Below Poverty Line
14% under $1.25
Human Development Index Ranking
128 / 188 countries
Primary School Dropout Rate
Maternal Mortality Rate
190 deaths / 100,000 live births


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.

Child Development
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.

Global Health
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.

Girls' & Women's Empowerment
After 36 years of civil conflict the Guatemalan health care system is a struggling. Supporting girls, new mothers and women’s health is an essential part of creating a strong and resilient future for women and their families in the community.

Voices from the Community
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"You don’t have to have money to be happy. This is one of the greatest lessons that Sydney took away from her time in Tecpán, Guatemala." -CCS Parent

"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." -School Director

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Your Guatemala City Staff

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My international exposure began as an exchange student during the time of the Civil Rights Movement in the US. Through the lens of another culture, I was able to see more clearly than ever, that my own home country faced the same social issues involving dignity and inequality for every person. Guatemala, Central America´s largest economy, has the highest level of economic inequality in Central America. It also has some of the highest rates of chronic malnutrition, maternal and infant mortality. I returned to Guatemala with its natural beauty and deep cultural richness, with a greater determination to do all I can for greater dignity and equality for everyone in the world.
Country Staff

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