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Our Mission


To create opportunities for education in partnership with the Indigenous people in northwest Guatemala.

Core Values

Respect and dignity for the Maya people, their culture, and languages. 

Integrity. Our strong organizational culture is based on ethical integrity, which has been instrumental in attracting talented volunteers and building strong donor relations.


Innovation. As leaders for change, we advance initiatives that create immediate, as well as long-term improvements to our educational programs.

Board of Directors


The Adopt-a-Village in Guatemala Board of Directors are stewards for fiscal management and are responsible for fund raising. Directors are volunteers who receive no financial compensation. Click on the photos to learn more about each director. 

Board of Directors

Advisory Council


Members of the Adopt-a-Village of Guatemala Advisory Council are volunteers who bring a diverse range of talents and expertise that aid our organization in bringing positive long-term changes to Indigenous communities in Guatemala. Click on the photos to learn more about each member.

Mayan Center for Development and Education

Maya Jaguar Private Technical Institute Faculty and Staff                 


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Osman Adriel Castañeda López

Executive Administrator - Principal - Teacher

Osman has been with Maya Jaguar since 2010. He received his education in computer science, communications, and administration at the Universidad Panamericana.

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Our Guatemalan Associate Organization

The Fundación Para el Desarrollo Comunal de Huehuetenango, (FPDCH) a legally recognized Guatemalan nonprofit organization, executes and administers the educational and nutritional food growing programs funded by Adopt-a-Village in Guatemala.  In cooperation with Adopt-a-Village in Guatemala and Maya village leadership councils, the FPDCH’s staff of teachers, agricultural technicians, and administrative staff manage the organization’s private schools, its educational farm, and village projects.  Adopt-a-Village volunteers from the United States and other countries visiting the projects are invited to provide support, expertise, and guidance during their visits.  

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