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
In an underresourced school in the Maya Highlands, global education volunteers will teach elementary school children important basic English vocabulary and conversation skills. Each day, improve classroom infrastructure by creating colorful and educational murals and signs throughout the school, creating and training on a school evacuation plan, and creating fun and engaging sidewalk art projects for students. Available on all start dates in the Maya Highlands.

In underresourced schools across the Maya Highlands, including our primary service assignment school, you'll educate children across the region by creating and holding personal hygiene workshops to teach children about the importance of hand washing and brushing their teeth, and to implement recycling programs in schools. Improve the school's infrastructure and further educate children through creating a garden space, complete with local plants known for their medicinal value. Available in Guatemala on the July 14, 2018 start date.

Sports Leadership
Sports and recreation is an essential part of providing a strong and healthy educational environment for young children. After joining recess sports programming each day to play and lead in sports, including volleyball, you'll improve school facilities including creating a basketball court, creating hula hoops and a tire swing wall, and creating fun games for the youngest children to engage in during free time. 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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