Meet our students

Click on a student to learn more about them. While reading biographies, you might come across some unfamiliar terms having to do with the Guatemalan educational system.  To go to a quick Glossary click on the highlighted word in the student bio, or to go to a more complete description of the Guatemalan educational system, click here.

Search

Alba

My name is Alba Rojas Xona. I was born in Coban Alta Verapaz. When I was three months old, my birth mother passed away due to a stroke. My birth father took my three older sisters with him to live in Guatemala City.   He left me with my aunt,

Learn More

Alejandra

My name is Alejandra Guadalupe Santos López. I was born on August 27, 2021 in a town called San Antonio Aguas Calientes, in a small house with my parents and maternal grandparents. Since I can remember, my life has not been easy at all, since my father has suffered from

Learn More
Featured Student

Ana

I grew up in a large family, the 7th daughter of 10 siblings. My father was the only one who worked. Many of my brothers had to work from a very young age to help with the sustenance of the home.  I had the opportunity to have help from one

Learn More
Armando 2020

Armando

My name is Armando Macz Col. I was born in 2003. When I was 2 years old, my mother had to fight between life and death due to a sickness, but thanks to the efforts of my family in raising funds for her care, we were able to save my

Learn More
Featured Student

Carlos Coc

My name is Carlos Coc Xol, I was born in El Estor, a town that is located about 8 hours northeast of Guatemala City, on the shore of the largest lake in Guatemala, Lake Izabal. I am the fifth child out of ten. I grew up speaking Q’eqchi’, a Mayan

Learn More

Claudia

I am Claudia Maribel Choc Choc. I was born on December 2, 2000 in the village of Semuy, lot # 14, in El Estor, Izabal. When I was little I liked to play with my friends, participate in school, read books, and do my homework. What I liked most is

Learn More

Meet Our High School Students

Click on a student to learn more about them. While reading biographies, you might come across some unfamiliar terms having to do with the Guatemalan educational system.  To go to a quick Glossary click on the highlighted word in the student bio, or to go to a more complete description of the Guatemalan educational system, click here.

Search

Alexander

My name is Genaro Alexander Poou Chen, I am 16 years old and my family is very humble. Neither my mom nor my dad are able to get a job where they could earn a monthly income, however they do there best to provide us with food and an education.

Learn More

Gabriel

I am 16 years old and my mom is a used to be a house cleaner but this year my aunt offered her to take care of a small shop that my aunt owns. She decided then to take on that job since that would keep her closer to me

Learn More

Nehemias

My family is very kind, when people visit us, my mom makes coffee for our visitors. My mom does not have a job so she takes care of the house and the family by cleaning and making us food.My dad is 51 years old and my mom is 40 years

Learn More

Ruth

My name is Ruth Nohemi Moran de la Cruz. My family is very humble and good people with financial problems. I am 15 years old. My mom cleans houses and sometimes she has to make food to sell in the market to get enough money to have our meals for

Learn More

Wiliam

WE are a united family, we are also a family that strives to keep going in life. We are from a village. I am 16 years old, my mom works as a house cleaner and I have two brothers, a 12 year old and a 3 year old. We live

Learn More

Yulisa

My name is Deysi Yulisa Mo, I live in Barrio Santa Ana, in San Cristobal Verapaz. I have 2 sisters and 3 brothers. My father is a farmer and my mom works at washing, by hand, the clothes of other people.I am 15 years old and my house is made

Learn More

Learn About The Guatemalan Education System

The educational system in Guatemala has some similarities and some differences from the one here in the US.  Like the American system, education is divided into primary (grades 1-6), middle (grades 7-9), and secondary (grades 10-12).  Unlike the US, only primary school is mandatory, and is the only level of education supported by the government.