Global Health in Guatemala

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In Guatemala markets you might catch a glimpse of their exquisite textiles, which boast beautiful patterns in bold colors. But did you know? Weaving is not just a signature Guatemalan handicraft, it’s a tradition that spans generations and goes back thousands of years!
In Guatemala markets you might catch a glimpse of their exquisite textiles, which boast beautiful patterns in bold colors. But did you know? Weaving is not just a signature Guatemalan handicraft, it’s a tradition that spans generations and goes back thousands of years!
 One of Central America’s bestkept secrets, Guatemala captivates travellers with its extraordinary history, culture and landscapes. Boasting awe-inspiring landmarks, beguiling cities and artisanal traditions that date back to the ancient Mayans, this country may be small, but it delivers big on amazing experiences.
One of Central America’s bestkept secrets, Guatemala captivates travellers with its extraordinary history, culture and landscapes. Boasting awe-inspiring landmarks, beguiling cities and artisanal traditions that date back to the ancient Mayans, this country may be small, but it delivers big on amazing experiences.
The majority of indigenous peoples in Guatemala are of Mayan descent. The Mayans of Guatemala are the only indigenous culture that constitutes a majority of the population in a Central American republic. There are 21 different Mayan communities in Guatemala making up an estimated 51 per cent of the national population.
The majority of indigenous peoples in Guatemala are of Mayan descent. The Mayans of Guatemala are the only indigenous culture that constitutes a majority of the population in a Central American republic. There are 21 different Mayan communities in Guatemala making up an estimated 51 per cent of the national population.

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Guatemala lives in technicolor. Everywhere you go, the vibrant indigos, reds, greens and yellows are a reminder of a history that transcends time, is still home to traditions that date back thousands of years and remains very much alive today. Active volcanoes and black sand beaches to colorful cities and crowded markets, it’s evident just how much this small country has to offer. It’s amazing how so much is packed in to such a condensed area.

Volunteer in Guatemala for 9 days while learning about global health issues, providing care to populations with little or no access, experiencing Guatemalan culture, and gaining perspective on the global landscape. Our teams work in various settings from urban centers to small towns and villages in remote areas to provide field clinics in which we assess and treat patients.

Minimum of two volunteers required.

Highlights
  • Experience volcanoes, mountains, and beaches
  • Rich Mayan history and culture

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Location

Location:
Antigua
Currency:
Guatemalan Quetzal
Weather:
Jan-Mar
81 F / 54 F
Apr-Jun
82 F / 59 F
Jul-Sep
77 F / 61 F
Oct-Dec
75 F / 55 F
Airports:
La Aurora International Airport
( GUA )

Antigua was the capital of Guatemala prior to a major earthquake that left most of the city in ruins. Guatemala city then became the capital, and Antigua city returned into a small town until the whole city was deemed a UNESCO world heritage site. Attractions include monuments and buildings, as they preserve Guatemala's historical beauty and showcase the Spanish influence in the area.

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International Service Learning (ISL) is a volunteer organization offering global health, education, and community enrichment opportunities in twelve different countries. Our mission is to support cultural awareness, service-based learning, and...