Volunteer in Guatemala: Children of the Maya™
95% Rating
(19 Reviews)

Volunteer in Guatemala: Children of the Maya™

Program Highlight!

Explore the intersection of modern medicine and indigenous wisdom as you lend a hand to community health projects on our Bali: Global Health Initiative™ program.

Guatemala promises colorful adventure - and the opportunity to make an important mark on education. Spend your days in Xela becoming fully plugged into the local primary school and surrounding community, volunteering as an English teacher to the Maya children or helping construct a library, classrooms and other school facilities.

Program Highlights:
- Teach English at a Maya school
- Explore ancient archaeological ruins
- Zipline through the mountains of Guatemala

Program Categories
1-2 Weeks
Starting Price
Price Details
Includes: All meals and purified water, Lodging in GLA Home-Base, All excursions and activities, 24-hour emergency hotline, Airport Transportation, Local Transportation, Pre-departure Orientation, Travel, medical and evacuation insurance, Phone call home upon arrival.

Questions & Answers

Program Reviews

based on 19 reviews
  • Growth 9.3
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 9
  • Housing 8.9
  • Safety 9.7
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An unforgettable experience

Guatemala was truly the best trip I have ever been on. From meeting new friends to seeing the beauty of Guatemala's culture, I will never forget it! The difficulties of this trip were leaving behind my new found friends and the amazing memories Guatemala gave me.
GLA provided an amazing insight while doing our community service at a local school and our mentor were always making it feel like home. The highlight of my trip was defiantly forming bonds with the children and learning about the struggles and beauties of Guatemala.

I highly recommend this trip especially for students who have a passion to help change the world! This trip will forever inspire you!

How can this program be improved?

There is nothing I did not enjoy from this program. I really have no negative thoughts!

Yes, I recommend
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Every moment was valuable

Every day we had very specific, set out activities. We were briefed every morning and evening about what we would do, what to expect and try and stimulate conversation of what we though about the upcoming, or past activities. Although are days were packed full of exciting things to do it was great to always have some down time at the end of the day to reflect on what we had done and how to improve our skills. It was during this down time that I came to learn a lot about myself and perhaps were my future is heading. I was able to talk to the program staff a lot as well as other students and not only learn about how to improve the world in the ways that I can but also how to be a better and happier person in general. This was an unforgetable experience which really did make me grow a lot as a person.

How can this program be improved?

Although this program had so many highlight one of the elements that I felt was lacking was the time doing service. I felt like we spent a very limited time in the service portion of the program and would have liked it to be more.

Yes, I recommend
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I went to guatemala with GLA this past summer and I LOVE IT!! It was my first service trip outside of the USA and I really, really felt safe. The adult advisors on the trip were not only very qualified but truly made me feel comfortable and at home. GLA is open to boys and girls but my group just happened to be all girls. This was a great experience because we all automatically bonded and our closeness made the trip unforgettable. I would recommend GLA to anyone in a heart beat. It was the perfect mix of hard labor- community service and culture immersion. The experiences I had at the school for deaf and blind children in Xela, Guatemala warmed my heart and helped me realize how lucky I truly am. After this trip I decided I wanted to go to the peace corps and dedicate my life to helping others by becoming a Psychologist, by studying anthropology, sociology and how they differ for diverse communities around the world. I love GLA and as an ambassador I am so pumped for my trip to Thailand this summer!! This is a program you won't regret getting involved it. It is truly life changing.

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I went to Guatemala last summer on the 10-day program and it was one of the best experiences of my life. My group participated in so many interesting activities! I loved learning about the Mayan culture, visiting the markets, experiencing a traditional mayan wedding, interacting with a shaman, and so much more! The community service aspect of it all was so amazing as well. My group repainted an elementary school and everyone there, from the children to the teachers, were so welcoming. It was a very satisfying experience all in all. I would definitely recommend it!

Yes, I recommend

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