is a land and people of great diversity. Twenty-three Mayan
languages along with the integrating Spanish language are indicative
cultural shading found in every part of Guatemalan life.
environment, which includes 14,000 foot mountain peaks, volcanic
lakes, rain forest,
quetzal bird preserves, protected biospheres, pre-Columbian Mayan
cities and two oceans, remains dynamic and changes from moment to
moment. No matter where you turn, Guatemala offers new and
unexpected faces and opportunities.
still not sure where we'll be serving. We could be in the
western highlands near Huehuetenango and Quetzaltenango, or we could be in
the tropical lowlands of the north in El Peten. Whatever the
case, volunteers in the program live and work in a variety of
different cultural and environmental realities that are joined by
the common thread of Christian vision and hope for humanity. The
National Presbyterian Church of Guatemala has strong ministries of
outreach and evangelism, community development, and education among
the diverse people of this country. Volunteers will gain an
understanding of both the diversity of culture in Guatemala, and the
complexity of issues and concerns facing the church and society. A
particular focus of the program will include an exploration of the
volunteer's developing spirituality in the context of the rich
heritage of spirituality native to Guatemala.
will work closely with their placement site, primarily within the
National Presbyterian Church of Guatemala, and with each other as
they learn from and with the people of Guatemala. Placements will be
throughout the country and may be located in urban areas or in more
rural villages. Volunteers will join together on a regular basis for
reflection, Bible study, prayer and community building led by the
site coordinator(s) and church leadership.
on the site and the placement, volunteers will stay in a family
home, an apartment, a dorm or other shared housing. More than
likely, we're going to be staying with a host family.
placements in Guatemala vary from year to year, depending on the
needs and priorities of the community and the church.
We should be notified in early July of our specific
YAV placements include:
agencies and programs
development agencies and programs development
churches, community programs and outreach agencies in the areas
of communications, administration and program development and
and music program development, including choir direction &
teaching choir direction
camps, retreat centers and Presbyterian seminaries
in church-supported high schools or educational
institutions,Library organization and resource development
development projects in:
agriculture and reforestation
of the environment