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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.

Julio

Hello. My name is Julio Herrera and I am 28 years old. I have one parent (my mother) and three sisters. I was born and grew up in a small town called Tactic in the north of Guatemala; I have lived there my entire life. My family and I have

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Kimberly

Hello!  My name is Kimberly Julissa López and I am 22 years old. I live in a town named San Antonio Aguas Calientes from the department of Sacatepéquez where I have lived all my life. This community inspires not only cultural but peaceful values, in which I was able to

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Luis

My name is Luis Fernandez. I was born to a Christian home, and surrounded by animals. My parents dedicated their lives to a small farm outside of Tactic and I´ve loved animals ever since I remember, especially dogs. Growing up was very tough, challenging and different from what my friends

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Marlen

Marlen

My name is Marlen Jazmin Co Lep from the village of Gancho Caoba II. I am currently in the 4th year of high school majoring in Science and Letters with with specialization  in Computing. I am attending the school named Instituto Mixto Diversificado por Cooperativa de enseñanza (Institute Diversified by

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Milton

My name is Milton Javier Cap Ramírez.  I am 24 years old and I live in the village of Chiallí, Tactic, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala.  I have two brothers and two sisters, and I currently live with my two brothers and one of my sisters. I study at the Mesoamerican University,

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Mirian

We are a humble and happy family made up of nine siblings, but this year (2021) in July my brother Elfido passed away. My father dedicated himself to planting cornfields and beans, my mother dedicated herself to washing clothes in other people’s houses to help buy food. My brothers and

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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.