Program Highlights

Experience the Wonder of Tikal!

Tikal is one of the largest archaeological sites of pre-Columbian Maya civilization

In Northern Guatemala, deep in the jungle, the remains of the most powerful kingdom in the ancient Maya Empire lay waiting for discovery!  These Maya ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage site, and draw visitors from all over the world to witness the incredible culture of the ancient Maya.

Discover Ancient Ruins

Not many teenagers can say that they’ve visited the ruins of the most powerful Maya empire—but students who travel on GLA’s Guatemala: Spanish, Service & Maya Culture program have the chance to do just that! Tikal is one of the largest archaeological sites and urban centers of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization, and the Tikal ruins are part of the larger Tikal National Park, which helps to showcase and preserve the amazing rainforest of Northern Guatemala. The chance to visit this untouched region is the adventure of a lifetime!

Connect With Maya Culture

The opportunity to visit Tikal is not the only chance you’ll have to dive into a culture that is over 4,000 years old during your time in Guatemala. In fact, on the Guatemala: Spanish, Service & Maya Culture program, you’ll be immersed in Maya culture on a daily basis! You’ll make the most out of your time in this beautiful country, filling your days with volunteer work at an indigenous Maya school, opportunities to connect with indigenous Maya in their communities, and exciting cultural activities. You’ll also have the chance to learn or improve upon your Spanish, while practicing your new skills with the friendliest people you’ll ever meet! Between meaningful service work, cultural experiences and adventures in the Guatemalan rainforest, your time in the Land of the Maya will live in your heart for a lifetime!