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Roughly the size of Ohio, Guatemala is home to tropical rainforests, mountains, valleys, lowland forests, beaches, and more than 30 volcanoes. It is rich with natural resources and its warmer climates are perfect for growing coffee, sugar, fruits, vegetables, and flowers. But Guatemala’s Western Highlands exhibit one of the most extreme combinations of systemic poverty, malnutrition (rates of which rank among the worst in the world), poor health outcomes, high rates of illiteracy, and low levels of educational attainment.
Compounding the problem, most in Guatemala do not have access to affordable, quality education. Teachers in rural schools often lack the formal training and resources—like books and computers—they need to facilitate learning. As a result, educational attainment is low, and illiteracy and dropout rates are high. Young people lack the education to secure higher-paying jobs, and the cycle of poverty continues.
We work alongside middle and high-school students and local CoEd staff on community-based service projects such as language exchanges and youth development activities, and office-based projects like preparing hundreds of teacher-training materials or helping with maintenance and cleaning in computer labs and developing relationships while experiencing God’s love in powerful new ways.
You were made for more than comfort and ease. A trip to Guatemala forces you to get out of your comfort zone. It’s intense. It’s powerful. It’ll shake you up. In fact, it may just spark a whole new direction for your life. Each year, hundreds of people change their lives by taking trips around the world. Each trip builds cross-cultural bridges, sustainably improves the lives of locals, and creates lasting friendships for those sharing the experience.
Size of Trip: 25
Crossroads Community: Churchwide
Focus: Vulnerable Children
Minimum Age: 13
Restrictions: Background Check Required
Total Cost: $2,900