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ICAmigos is a non-profit, non-partisan, non-religious and non-governmental organization founded in 1991 in order to be part of the solution of the problems that have affected and continue to affect our Mayan communities. ICAmigos is motivated by principles of respect for human dignity and social participation in the search for common good.

ICAmigos has to date worked extensively in five projects that include, a Reforestation project, Bilingual Education with Spanish and the Mayan language of Mam, Development of Artisan groups, a primary school for girls, Literacy and Education program for inmates of the Women's Prevention Centre of Quetzaltenango, and a Medical Clinic.

ICAmigos was founded by Guatemalans and is maintained by Guatemalan workers and foreign volunteers. Volunteers have the opportunity to work and live with Guatemalans in a number of interesting opportunities. It is a self-sufficient organization, supported financially by donations, a portion of student tuition of the ICA Spanish School and a portion of teacher salaries. We welcome volunteers and visitors from around the world who are willing to give a minimum of three weeks time to work with a project.


Artisan Development:

The volunteer for this position will live and work with groups of indigenous women in the region of Nahuala to develop and diversify the production and selling of their handicrafts. This is an opportunity to learn about traditional weaving techniques, volunteer in a local primary school and partner together with women artisans in the growth of their livelihood. Spanish comprehension is necessary for this position.

Medical Clinic:

The volunteer will work closely with the Guatemalan staff of the Kunabalaj Medical Clinic located just outside of the city of Quetzaltenango. There are opportunities to work with the medical and dental staff and/or in health education in the community. Spanish comprehension is necessary for this position. Activities Coordination:

Female volunteers may work with the women in the Quetzaltenango Women's Rehabilitation Centre organizing recreational activities and educational programs. This position available two to three times a week in the mornings. Spanish comprehension is necessary.

Primary School workers:

We welcome volunteers to work with a local, public school for girls from 1st to 6th grade. It is a short walk from the ICA Spanish School and volunteers can organize recreational programs, work as tutors, or give classes in English or other activities. Spanish comprehension is necessary.


Our reforestation project runs throughout the year. We have seedlings, plant trees and organize campaigns in various regions in and around Quetzaltenango to populate areas without trees. We often combine reforest areas with students from the primary schools where we have projects.

Bilingual Primary School, Mam-Spanish:

This primary school in Cabrican boasts a unique bilingual system. The volunteer has an opportunity to live and work in this indigenous community in recreation, classes, tutoring and community development. Spanish comprehension is necessary.

Please contact us at the
ICA Spanish School, 19 Av. 1-47 zona 1, 763-1871 or by email at:

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