OUR COMMUNITIES: QUETZALTENANGO (XELA), GUATEMALA
Quetzaltenango, commonly referred to as Xela, is Guatemala’s second largest city with a population of approximately 225,000 people. Situated in a valley in the western Guatemalan highlands, Xela is surrounded by numerous rural communities, whose inhabitants are almost entirely indigenous. These communities have extremely limited access to quality health services due to the high cost of care, language, and cultural barriers, and the great distance they have to travel to reach a clinic or a hospital.
OUR PARTNER: ASOCIACION POP WUJ
Asociacion Pop Wuj is a collectively owned, non-profit, Spanish language school that promotes community development through a variety of programs. Pop Wuj takes an innovative approach to language education by pairing instruction with immersion opportunities that engage volunteers in service projects such as a daycare center, construction of safe stoves, reforestation and ecological education, a student scholarship program, and a comprehensive health program.