Nice description from our friends http://www.mujeresmayasenarte.org/links.html This small school, at www.ixquic.edu.gt, features highly experienced teachers and a lovely courtyard setting not far from the Parque Central. Most of the teachers are women who worked for years at bigger schools, but then found that they needed to set up their own, independent project in order to receive fair treatment. They arrange very enjoyable outings and homestays for women, men, and families. They can also help you find local volunteer opportunities–a wonderful way to help impoverished children, improve your Spanish, and learn more about the culture of Guatemala. Women helping women through education is a key part of their mission.
By Sara Federman The role of women in Guatemala has been changing due to the harsh reality of families being destroyed and disintegrated. Refugees, rural women, and especially indigenous women have been devastatingly affected and are forced to work regardless of horrible conditions, miserable wages and exploitation. Additional challenges women face in Guatemala are the instability of the economy and the invisibility of their economic contributions. Yet despite these obstacles, women-organized movements are struggling to make changes. Many of the workers in maquilas, or modern day sweatshops, are young, teenage, single mothers or widows. These women work six days a week, ten hours a day in conditions lacking ventilation or […]