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Education Program

Education Program

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The Maya Center for Education and Development

This educational community stands in a pristine remote rainforest in northwestern Guatemala. Its residential campus comprises the Maya Jaguar Middle and High Schools, staff and student housing, a nutrition center, organic gardens, a small poultry farm, and 200 acres of protected habitat for hundreds of animals, birds, insects, and reptiles.

Rigorous Education

The organization’s remarkable Maya Center for Education and Development provides innovative and rigorous education for Indigenous Maya students through modern teacher-training programs.

  • Its middle and high school’s curriculum is exacting.

      Graduates become nurses, teachers, school directors, computer   

      technicians, and business managers.

  • Modern teacher development programs focus on critical thinking, problem-solving, decision-making, and expanding technological skills.


  • Early Literacy training programs held at the Center’s campus provide advanced teaching methods both for our certified teachers, interns, and parent teacher aides. Unique interactive and nontraditional teaching methods are increasing the success rates of our young students.

Sustainable Management

The Center is managed with a rainwater collection system while solar equipment powers the buildings. Students manage the campus’ rain-fed organic gardens. Community outreach programs provide opportunities to share the knowledge of these gardening practices.

Modern equipment for best learning opportunities

Fully equipped computer and science labs, otherwise non-existent in the region, give students valuable opportunities to gain a superior education. A satellite system ensures access to the Internet for educational research. The adjoining rain forest habitat offers a rare opportunity for interactive biology studies. 

​Leadership training, multiple degrees, life preparation

Students prepare for leadership in their communities as they learn to apply sustainable practices that can help to transform the conditions of poverty in their communities. They earn diplomas in three disciplines: academics, sustainable agriculture, and computer science. The two-year computer course offers training in maintaining and repairing computers as well as mastering regular computer skills. Through the quality education provided, graduates are prepared to pursue professional training, a university degree, or meaningful employment.


How you can help

  • Fund a full or partial scholarship

  • Volunteer as a computer or science teacher or instruct in organic gardening

  • Provide a dictionary or a book for a student


To make a donation in support of our sustainable education program, click here.