Welcome to Maya Highlands, Guatemala

High School Volunteer Opportunities in Guatemala

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As a summer high school volunteer in Guatemala, you’ll be warmly welcomed into the safe and quiet Maya Highlands town of Tecpan to join a passionate team of change-makers.

Whether you choose a one, two, or four-week session on any start dates below, you’ll be sharing your experience with a group of your peers, all ages 14-18 -- and like you, they’ve decided that dedicating their summer to serving others abroad while exploring another culture is a pretty cool challenge to take on.

We know you’re unique and that you have your own interests, which is why we offer specialized volunteer paths that you can choose from. Select a focus in Education, Technology, Health, or Sports Leadership.

And that healthy dose of adventure you’re craving? Don’t worry, you’ll get that too! We know it’s your summer and you want to have amazing stories and photos of colorful markets, swims in volcanic lakes, and Maya ceremonies to share with your friends and family back home.

Guatemala Summer 2017 Start Dates:
June 17, July 1, July 15

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FACT SHEET

Population Below Poverty Line
14% under $1.25
Human Development Index Ranking
128 / 188 countries
Primary School Dropout Rate
33%
Maternal Mortality Rate
140 / 100,000

YOUR IMPACT: VOLUNTEER PROJECTS

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.

Education
Create a positive learning environment to enable students to find their passion for language and literacy, for a classroom culture where learning is fun. CCS high school volunteers provide hands-on tutoring and instruction, while completing meaningful projects that carve out inspiring learning spaces in libraries and classrooms.

Sports Leadership
Sports and recreation not only benefits health, it also provides valuable incentive and leadership skills that keep students engaged in school. Many underserved schools lack basic facilities, equipment, and staffing to make sport an integral part of the education experience. CCS high school volunteers coordinate sports activities for youth, while building and refurbishing recreational equipment and infrastructure.

Health
Students in many underserved schools lack the basic health education and services essential to their educational development. CCS high school volunteers will work on healthcare initiatives in a school related to Vision, Dental Hygiene, and Nutrition. Volunteers will conduct screenings, workshops, and support teachers, nurses, and medical professionals in efforts to address public health challenges in the school.

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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