Destin-Nation Guatemala: Treating the Tropical Troubles

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Forget Costa Rica. Guatemala's rough beauty and powerful history make it the desirable Central American destination for explorers with a philanthropic agenda.

With a diversity of indigenous tribes, like the Maya and the Garifuna, the country has cultural appeal in addition to the obvious virtues of its landscape: volcanoes, mountains, wildlife, ruins and lakes.

Unfortunately, Guatemala also suffers from a wide variety of socio-economic ills. Poverty is rampant. Illiteracy and infant mortality rates remain high and malnutrition is a chronic problem. Organized crime and drug smuggling have also taken seed here, growing up between the cracks in an ineffective government.

Volunteer opportunities in Guatemala are endless, and following these tips should help travelers ensure that their hard work will genuinely help impoverished families, underprivileged children, endangered cultures or jungle wildlife.



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Rex Wilson

If you would like to assist with mission work in rural Guatemala, visit www.missionfirefly.org and get involved! Next trip is end of July 2011!

July 12 2011 at 7:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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c gram

Are there any missions in late August or Late October?

July 31 2011 at 1:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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