Welcome to Maya Highlands, Guatemala

High School Volunteer Abroad Guatemala

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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
In an under resourced school in the Maya Highlands, English is part of the curriculum, but most teachers don't speak English themselves. Through an interactive and dynamic process, volunteers will create an educational curriculum to deliver to students in the classroom, improving future work opportunities and family business. As part of this project, volunteers will create libraries in schools as well as murals and refurbishing desks, creating a functional and inspiring learning environment. Donations of Spanish books are welcome!
Project runs June 6- June 20 & July 18- August 15

Global Health
With an inadequately funded health system and impoverished conditions, children in the Maya Highlands are in need of a number of public health services to improve their overall well being. During the first week of this project, volunteers will build a WASH station in schools through a 'pila' (water tank system), and educate students on hygiene and hand washing through this unique bucket wash system. In the second week, volunteers will travel to a smaller school to complete a vision project with students, screening children for eyeglasses and fitting those who need it with a new pair of lenses.
Project runs July 4- July 18

Sports Leadership
Structured sports and recreation programs are essential to create solid and healthy environments that allow children to develop mental and physical skills - staying fit and healthy, but also promoting team skills and sportsmanship. Volunteers will create sports opportunities during recess and gym time, along with workshops to teach about teamwork and nutrition. At the school, volunteers will create recreational activities through recycled materials, such as re-signing a basketball court, creating hula hoops, and using tires and plastic bottles to create fun games.
Project runs June 20- July 4

High school volunteers choosing Guatemala will join a passionate cohort of change-makers ready to make a difference in the safe, comfortable, but under resourced town of Tecpán. Whether you choose a one, two, three, or four-week session, you’ll be sharing your experience with a group of your peers across the world, all aged between 14-18. Like you, they’ve decided to dedicate their summer to serve others abroad while being immersed in a truly authentic cultural experience. The friendships that are formed often last a lifetime.

And if you are craving a little adventure, 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.

High School Volunteer Abroad Guatemala Summer 2019 Start Dates:
June 15, June 29, Jul 13, July 27, August 17

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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
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 Maya Highlands Staff

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Juan Carlos Buonafina is known for his kind personality and for his dedication to the people of his home country of Guatemala. Juan Carlos is an educator, an intercultural exchange professional, and an expert at guiding international volunteer experiences. After receiving his degree, Juan Carlos started his career with CCS, specifically leading the CCS teen program in the Maya Highlands of Tecpan. Join Juan Carlos on your Guatemala journey to gain a unique and unparalleled insight into life in the mountainside towns of Guatemala.

Juan Carlos Buonafina, Country President

Country Staff

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