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Guatemala is as varied in local culture and ecosystems as it is in neighboring countries. Over your Gap Year in Guatemala with CCS, explore this heart of Mayan civilization and quickly understand why so many people have a special place in their heart for Guatemala. CCS Gap Year Guatemala also provides you with an opportunity to visit idyllic beach towns, wander Mayan ruins, and climb active volcanoes. Get ready for the gap adventure of a lifetime in Guatemala with Cross-Cultural Solutions.
Tecpán, the 'first capital' of Guatemala after the Spanish defeat of the Kaqchikel Maya, is nestled in the beautiful Maya Highlands of Southern Guatemala. With a population of over 90% indigenous people, it is a culturally rich town where you can see Maya traditions in daily life, from the bright colors of the clothing and textiles to its unique indigenous languages.
This Maya population, as well as others in Guatemala, suffered greatly during the Civil War when ethnic groups were targeted and entire communities destroyed. Decades later, Mayan populations remain marginalized in Guatemalan society, with limited access to health care and education. Volunteers help fill these gaps by teaching English in elementary schools, assisting with public health projects, and more.
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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.
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.
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.