English isn’t merely a language; it’s the gateway to a world of endless opportunities.

The first thing you will find, as you walk into our campus at Colegio Mesoamericano, is a place filled with life. Amongst the trees and our busy classrooms, students of all ages engage in a diverse array of subjects – from exploring Indigo, our emotional intelligence program, to diving into the realms of math and science. Yet, amidst this academic tapestry, one thing stands out: the integration of English into our curriculum. Why? Why is it important for individuals in developing nations like Guatemala to master English?

Teacher with studentsYou see, in a Spanish-speaking country like Guatemala, English is much more than just another language to learn for future travels. Due to the lack of opportunities offered in our country, English is seen as a tool, a bridge for opportunities.

Consider this: in Guatemala, proficiency in English opens doors to a large amount of possibilities. It paves the way to positions that significantly enhance job prospects, leading to better pay and financial stability. Moreover, fluency in English dramatically increases the likelihood of securing both local and international scholarships, providing access to esteemed institutions worldwide. It of course, as we know it, opens doors for international travel and a broader perspective in life. 

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How do we know this? Our own experiences have taught us a lot in our 25 years of commitment to providing high-quality education to students from all socioeconomic backgrounds. Our English program has propelled our students to remarkable achievements:

  • Securing scholarships at institutions like Snow College, where our students not only excel academically but also assume leadership roles as Resident Assistants, Student Body Officers, and STEM Senators.
  • Participating in transformative experiences such as the UNESCO Center for Peace Summer Camp, where students engage in STEAM classes and immerse themselves in the International Model of the UN.
  • Defying local norms by securing employment opportunities post-graduation, particularly in call centers where English fluency is essential.
  • Cultivating confidence in applying for coveted scholarships like SHE CAN, leveraging their English proficiency as a valuable asset.

Student Graduation

So, how do we foster this transformation? At Colegio Mesoamericano, English is not just a subject; it’s an integral part of our daily lives.

Through our dual immersion program, we seamlessly blend English and Spanish instruction, ensuring that students grasp concepts fluently in both languages. Additionally, recognizing the diversity in English proficiency levels, we established the Meso English Academy – an after-school program dedicated to honing language skills through interactive sessions and group activities.

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But our efforts extend beyond the classroom. We embrace the invaluable contribution of online and in-person volunteers, who enrich our students’ learning experiences. Our students currently have the opportunity to engage with volunteers from the US, Bangladesh, and even Dubai. As we expand our virtual volunteer program our students gain firsthand insights into the global significance of English. It’s not just about communication; it’s about forging connections, acquiring new skills, and unlocking boundless opportunities.

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English isn’t just a language; it’s a catalyst for empowerment and transformation. 

Join us in our mission to make a difference through our online volunteer program! 

Together, let’s make a happier, healthier, more prosperous Guatemala.

Learn more about our online volunteer program [here].



Meso Foundation

About Meso Foundation

Meso Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to empowering the native people of Guatemala.

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