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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.


Dinia is in her second year at Rafael Landivar University. She is majoring in Education and focusing on teaching Math & Physics at the middle school level.

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Erwin has just finished his first semester at Galileo University. He is studying Nursing, but is also interested in environmental issues. He volunteer teaches first & second graders in his local village.

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Evan recently completed her requirements for a degree in secondary education, and is now continuing on to obtain her Licenciatura (Bachelor’s) degree in Environmental Science.

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Gamaliel is studying Educational Administration at Mesoamerican University. He hopes to finish his tecnico (Associate’s) degree this year, and then continue on to obtain his Licenciatura (Bachelor’s) degree.

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Juan Carlos 2021

Juan Carlos

Juan Carlos is a young man who is in his last year of high school. He is majoring in Computer Science, and hopes to begin college next year.

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Julia is a new GSSG student studying Legal and Social Science at the University of San Carlos.

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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.