Kamalbe Project and Volunteer Center
Supporting communities in the west Highlands of Guatemala through programs that provide equal access to both education and health.
We are a small independent Spanish school, certified by the Guatemalan Ministry of Education. Because of our size, we are able to offer personalized lessons and activities to fit our student’s needs and interests. We also organize volunteer projects for our students, with our partner community Xecanchavox, near Xela.
Kamalbe offers an alternative to the for-profit language schools in Quetzaltenango. Our social programs are at the heart of our organization and we work very closely with the communities and the local government to make sure that our programs have a positive impact on the lives of the children.
Founded in 2005, Kamalbe Spanish School was created for students who wish to study Spanish at a non-profit school dedicated to education and social justice. The word “kamalbe” comes from the K'iche language that is traditionally spoken by the indigenous Mayan people living in and near Xela. In K'iche “kamalbe” roughly translates to “guide of the road”. Our staff, instructors, and home-stay families strive to be guides for our students and volunteers as they learn and experience the culture in Guatemala.
Our goal is to offer a high standard of classes in Spanish and/or K'iche, while providing opportunities for volunteering in the Kamalbe Project. Also we are proud to offer jobs to local teachers, families and drivers.
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