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, three, 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.

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 2018 Start Dates:
June 16 (Global Education), June 30 (Global Education and Sports Leadership), July 14 (Global Education and Health)

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


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 Global Education, Health, or Sports Leadership. Follow your passion and explore how you can make the world a better place.

Global Education
As a global education volunteer, you will be working in a small, under-resourced school in a farming community. As you teach English, you'll create a positive learning environment and have an impact on school attendance rates, which can be particularly low for young girls. In addition, as a group, you'll engage with fellow teens and with your students to create fun learning spaces through colorful murals and updating classroom infrastructure. Available on all start dates in the Maya Highlands.

In the under-resourced schools of the Maya Highlands, teen health volunteers make an impact through public health campaigns, including teaching lessons on hand washing and dental hygiene. As a group, you will visit this farming town's local health center to work together on a patient information project, or you'll brighten up the health center through infrastructure improvement, including murals. Available in Guatemala on the July 14, 2018 start date.

Sports Leadership
Sports and recreation not only benefits health, they also provide valuable incentive and leadership skills that keep students engaged in school. Work with boys and girls in the underserved schools of the Maya Highlands to get kids moving, while teaching the basics of team sports and body awareness. As a group, work to create a space for the kids at the school to keep practicing their new sports skills. Available in Guatemala on the June 30, 2018 start date.

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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