As mysterious and majestic as the mountains that ripple across its expanse, Guatemala is a magical place. Steeped in Mayan tradition, Guatemala is still influenced by this ancient culture, which thrives throughout the country. Exploration is a required activity when visiting this fascinating country full of bustling markets, white-washed colonial towns, and ancient ruins in which to lose oneself. Beyond these adventures lie the rewarding experiences of forming bonds with people of strong traditions, a difficult political history and a promising future.
Guatemala’s indigenous heritage is alive and thriving. Visitors have the opportunity to be immersed in the language, food, music, art and literature of Guatemala, all of which are deeply influenced by indigenous traditions. Culture lovers can explore the country’s many fascinating Mayan ruins and its busy village markets, while naturalists enjoy visiting the country’s lush jungles or scaling one of its many volcanos.
World Endeavors offers immersive volunteer programs in Guatemala designed to bring participants in touch with local people and communities through service projects in wide variety of fields.
World Endeavors Volunteer in Guatemala projects are located in and around Quetzaltenango (also known as “Xela”), the second most populous city in the country, nestled high among the mountains of the Sierra Madres.
As short as our trip was, it definitely had an impact on me. It was fascinating for me to see this more laid-back lifestyle that I was unaccustomed to.
-Madeline, Volunteer in Guatemala