July 22 – 29, 2017
Guatemala was once at the heart of the remarkable Mayan civilization which flourished until the 10th century AD. The Maya built awe-inspiring temples, pyramids and cities and formed a complex social and political order. They excelled in many different fields such as math and astronomy—testaments of these achievements can found throughout the ancient sites in Guatemala.
Despite its rich and beautiful ancient history, robust tourism industry and being the largest economy in Central America, Guatemala’s human development index is the lowest of any other country in the region. Due to a combination of historical events such as Spanish colonization, and the more recent US-backed civil war where approximately 200,000 Mayans were killed, the indigenous people of Guatemala continue to remain undereducated, underprivileged and unrepresented in a vastly corrupt government. Approximately 70% of indigenous children in Guatemala are chronically malnourished—ranking it the fourth highest rate in the world. And like many areas of the world, girls and women are thought to be of less value than men. Many describe the face of Guatemalan poor as young, female, indigenous and rural.
Join GoPhilanthropic’s Journey to Guatemala, to experience the immense natural, historic and cultural magnificence of this region while also delving into the country’s alarming lack of educational, health and economic opportunities in Mayan communities. Meet with courageous change-makers and programs applying creative and innovative methods to fighting poverty, discrimination and gender-inequality. Learn about and join GoPhilanthropic’s partnership model that focuses on strengthening and scaling the work of various NGOs making important progress.
Optional extension to Tikal Mayan Ruins available.