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I was incredibly impressed by the thoughtful way the Highland Support Project connects volunteers to indigenous communities. I have traveled to other countries in Central America with organizations that claim to be partnering with the community, but only the Highland Support Project truly made me feel I was part of a partnership.
— Alison Roberts, 2017 Deloitte Summer Scholars

We work in the Highlands of Guatemala with Maya women to build resilience and create opportunities.   Through our Alternative Spring Break Program, you can partner with the Highland Women's Association (AMA) in transformational relationships that will impact your life as well as increase the freedom, well-being, and quality of life for rural Indigenous communities.

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Our programs offer an eye-opening experience through shared meals, community events and days spent working together on meaningful projects. 

We work in rural highland communities that are rarely visited by outside groups. With more than two decades of experience working in isolated regions, we are uniquely positioned to facilitate an experience in real Guatemala.  

In addition to service projects, we provide excellent speakers concerning food sovereignty, women's rights, Maya culture, and social justice.  



  • Sanitation
  • Reforestation
  • Back Packing 
  • Public Health
  • Organic Gardening
  • School Contruction
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Women's Health
  • Stove Building
  • Women's Empowerment
  • Economic Justice
  • Arts Programs



  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • VCU Medical Center
  • University of Richmond
  • University of Florida
  • James Madison University
  • Shenandoah University
  • Virginia Wesleyan College
  • Randolph Macon University
  • Rutgers University
  • Saginaw Valley State University
  • University of Virginia
  • St. Catherine’s School
  • Westminster College
  • Henrico High School
  • Hermitage High School
  • Highland Springs High School
  • L'École Victor Bordeur
  • Mary Washington University
  • Ferrum College
  • Virginia Episcopal School
  • SUNY New Paltz
  • South Lakes High School
  • Flint Hill School
  • Virginia Military Institute
  • Community College of Baltimore County
  • University of Utah


Rachel Carr from Rutgers University shared her experience with HSP virtually on her Health & Healing in Guatemala blog.

"I truly enjoyed my time in Guatemala. I couldn't have asked for a better experience, more wonderful and kind professors, a more fantastic group of students who became like a big family, or more amazing Guatemalan people that we met everywhere we went - from our bus driver to the sweet cleaning lady I had the chance to talk to. To the adorable children from whom I purchased hand made goods from as well as children from the village, to our incredible tour guide and friend, Lupe!". 

Check it out here.



LET'S PLAN 2018!

Need more information? Fill the form below or contact our Outreach Coordinator Karen Mayorga at, she will be your main point of contact to start planning your trip.

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