Guatemala has one of the highest illiteracy rates and one of the lowest school enrollment rates in Latin America and the cost of education is prohibitively expensive for many families.
Receiving an education is one of the most significant and sustainable ways in which children can improve the standard of living for themselves and their families. Mayan Families is dedicated to promoting education within the communities we serve. Over 2,500 students are being currently sponsored to attend school. These children would not have had the opportunity to go to school without a sponsor.
To become a sponsor please go to Sponsor a Student. If you are already a sponsor and would like to read updates on your sponsored student, please go to Sponsor Login.
Student Sponsorship through Mayan Families provides a student with:
- enrollment fee
- school uniform
- school supplies
- t-shirt and shorts for gym
Sponsorship Fees for 2013
|Elementary ||Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th grades || |
$360 per yr
|Basico ||7th, 8th, 9th grades || |
$360 per yr
10th, 11th, 12th grades (also called Carrera)
$360 per yr
College - University
$1,250 per yr
If you are already sponsoring a student, and wish to pay your sponsorship fees for this year, please go to our Donate page and select Student Sponsorship payment.
In Guatemala the school year runs from January through October. We accept support for school sponsorship throughout the year.
The Mayan Families Student Sponsorship Program was established in loving memory of Dr. Bettyjane Poage, Dr. Ruby Cremaschi-Schwimmer and Dr. Ernie McCray, all great teachers and educators in whose spirit the program continues.
Grade Conversion: Please use the table below as a reference for understanding the grading system in Guatemala. The teachers use numbers to reflect the grade of the student instead of letters or "GPA". 60 is recognized as a passing grade, and in fact a student can move to the next grade if he or she gets 60's (or D-) in all subjects.
| Percentile |
| Letter Grade |
| G.P.A. |
| 97-100 || A+ || 4 |
| 93-96 || A || 4 |
| 90-92 || A- ||3.5 |
| 87-89 || B+ ||3.5 |
| 83-86 || B || 3 |
| 80-82 || B- ||2.5 |
| 77-79 || C+ || 2.5 |
| 73-76 || C || 2 |
| 70-72 || C- || 1.5 |
| 67-69 || D+ || 1.5 |
| 63-66 || D || 1 |
| 60-62 || D- || 1 |
| Below 60 |
| Failing || 0 |
"Recuperaciones" or Make-up school (at the end of the year): Once the school year ends, most schools and teachers offer students an opportunity to make up missed work in order to gain the points that they need to pass. Students are also able to retake tests that they have previously failed.
Repeating Grades: It is not that uncommon for a child to repeat a grade. In 2011, approximately 6.6% of our students will be repeating the same grade in 2012. If a sponsored child repeats a grade then we will inform the sponsor of the reasons why the student did not succeed. Repeating a grade can be due to a number of things, but the most common causes are: natural disasters (students cannot travel to school if the road is blocked), death in the family, illness, seasonal work, or learning disabilities.
If you would like to send brief letters, cards or photos to your sponsored students you can send them to the address below. The students love getting photos of their sponsors! This is regular mail. Please do not send cash or checks.
Apartado Postal # 91
Or you can E-mail a short note to your Sponsored Student at:email@example.com
You can send these e-mails in English and we will do our best to translate them and get them to your students whenever they come to our office. Please include your Student's name and Student number in your e-mail. For security reasons and to safeguard both the students and the sponsors please do not include your personal contact information such as address or telephone number.
Sponsors are welcome to visit your sponsored child and family in Guatemala!
Please contact us for details at firstname.lastname@example.org