Stories from Guatemala

Every Peace Corps Volunteer has a story to tell. Read stories from Volunteers about what it's like to live and work in Guatemala.

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Madeline and Clint Kellner discovered during their in-person volunteer service in Guatemala a benefit of going as a couple – your partner serves as an additional support system. After returning to the United States, the two decided to serve again but, due to COVID-19, Madeline and Clint were forced to leave Peru after only 10 weeks.

The couple credits the supportive Peace Corps post staff as one of the reasons they remained committed to serving South American counterparts through virtual service. Madeline and Clint have since returned to …

Bruce Bogan hands out blankets

Once a Peace Corps Volunteer, always a Peace Corps Volunteer. Let’s face it, this is why we‘re referred to as “returned,” not “former” Volunteers.

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In 2016, my husband Clint and I left our jobs and our home of almost 25 years behind in California to serve for the first time as Peace Corps Volunteers in Guatemala.

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For #PeaceCorpsWeek, we are featuring stories of Volunteers who have interesting ties to the agency. Costa Rica PCV, Kirby, comes from a long line of Peace Corps Volunteers.

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My journey to where I am today—a Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellow—began when I was about 12 and first learned about the Peace Corps. 


The work of a Peace Corps Volunteer varies based on their assigned project, the volunteer’s prior experiences, and of course, the community one is placed in. It is perhaps the latter that affects our work the most.


Guatemala is a country full of lush scenery, fertile volcanic soil and intense cultural preservation.

Camp participants of Campamento Lucero in Aguacatan respond to questions on HIV transmission and prevention.

After six months of fervent planning, collaborating and excitement, the first day of the inaugural Campamento Lucero: Girls’ Empowerment Camp had finally come, involving participants representing eight different communities across the municipality of Aguacatán. 

VIDEO: Highlighting home in Guatemala
VIDEO: Highlighting home in Guatemala
Kay Davis is a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala.

Kay Davis, a native of Maine, is a 72-year-old maternal and child health Volunteer in Guatemala. 

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I beat the sun most days, either waking up early to catch a bus to the main office or to get an early start on my morning routine. 

Allyson ready for a new day of work



“YOU are the experts here in this community. These women are your neighbors, your friends, your family. They’re going to pay a lot more attention to you than to some gringa!”  

Peace Corps Volunteers help Feed the Future

Imagine a world without hunger...

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Guatemala is a land of contrasts. 

Making tortillas is a great opportunity to discuss the community happenings.

One of the most difficult aspects of life Peace Corps Volunteers must come to terms with during their service is the lack of access to current events.