Sponsor a Student. Change a Life.

Guatemala has one of the highest illiteracy and lowest school enrollment rates in Latin America, primarily due to the high cost of attending school which prevents many indigenous families from receiving an education.

We strongly believe that a good education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty and can create a better future for children and their families. That is why we promote education in each of the communities by facilitating sponsorships for thousands of students who otherwise would not have a chance to attend. When we invite you to sponsor a student, we are inviting you to invest in the future of Guatemala, one child at a time.

To sponsor a student, click here

How sponsorship works

For each student in the program we provide

    • Cost of enrollment fees and school materials
    • School and PE uniforms in selected grades
    • Regular monitoring of school grades
    • Free medical care for the student and their immediate family at the Charlie Gomez Medical Clinic
    • General educational support, including provision of tutoring classes to students in need, subject to staff assessment
    • Support from a Mayan Families Social Worker, if needed

We encourage engagement between students and sponsors

One of the most rewarding aspects of sponsoring a student is getting to know students personally, and see firsthand how your generosity can positively affect the student's and their family’s lives. We will

    • Send you updates on your student’s school progress
    • Facilitate correspondence with your sponsored students through letter writing
    • Invite you to travel to Guatemala and meet your student and their family

Complete information on our current Sponsorship Program Information

Meet some of our students

Sponsored Student Success: Josefina's Story Why Sponsor? Learn More About Our Program! 


How to get involved 


While the Guatemalan school year runs from January through October, we accept support for school sponsorship throughout the year.

  • To sponsor a student in Preschool through High School, the cost of one full year is $420 and you may choose to pay this on a monthly basis at $35/month.
  • To sponsor a University student, the cost of one full year is $1,350 and you may choose to pay this on a monthly basis at $112.50/month. 

For more key information on our Student Sponsorship Program, please visit our FAQs page. To sponsor a student, click here.


For further questions, please email education@mayanfamilies.org or studentsponsorship@mayanfamilies.org.


Mayan Families is an accredited 501(c)(3) non-governmental organization. 



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