Guatemala MapGuatemala, officially the Republic of Guatemala pronounced (Ywate' mala), is a country in Central America bordered by Mexico to the north and west, the Pacific Ocean to the southwest, Belize to the northeast, the Caribbean to the east, Honduras to the east and El Salvador to the southeast. It spans an area of approximately the size of the state of Ohio and has an estimated population of 15,806,675. making it the most populous state in Central America.
   

Although Spanish is the official language, it is not universally spoken among the indigenous population, nor is it often spoken as a second language by the elderly indigenous. Twenty-one Mayan languages are spoken, especially in rural areas, as well as two non-Mayan Amerindian languages, Xinca, an indigenous language, and Garifuna, an Arakawan language spoken on the Caribbean coast. According to the Language Law of 2003, the languages of Mayas, Xincas, and Garifunas are unrecognized as National Languages
Our organization works mostly in the Western Highlands. We work with a convent located in San Andres Itzapa and its surrounding villages as well as in Patzicia working with the locals in this  village. The normal work week is 5 work days with 1 day of rest or leisure.
 The day trips include a trip to Antigua where you can explore the colonial city and shop the many artesan markets. Another trip available is a trip to Lake Atitlan where you can take a trip accross the lake and visit the many villages surrounding the lake. You also can climb Volcano San Pedro which takes about 3 1/2 hours.

Matthew 20:28

"Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

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