start with a smile project guatemala

Breaking the barrier of poverty through education

Start With A Smile Project – Guatemala

Start With A Smile Project – Guatemala

Hello! I am Amalia, an independent and certified Spanish teacher in Guatemala.

I started the non profit organization “Start With a Smile Project” back in 2014. It was right before Christmas.

Start with a smile project is nonprofit, apolitical, non-religious, and non-governmental.

We seek: dignity, love and solidarity for boys and girls. We invite you to paint smiles and improve the education of children in Guatemala.

our projects

Help the Community of Las Delicias

The school in the village of Las Delicias is located in the municipality of Taxisco in the department of Santa Rosa, 90 kilometers from the capital. 

Help the community of El Dormido

The community of El Dormido is located in Santa Rosa, southern Guatemala, 180 kilometers from the capital. El Dormido is a small fishing village where opportunities for work and improvement are rare.

Paint Smiles for Christmas

The most special time of the year is Christmas, and with it the opportunity to share and bring joy to hundreds of children.

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Start with a Smile Project is a wonderful initiative. The project provides kids in remote areas, with school supplies, in order to further their education. These supplies are made possible through national, as well as international donations. Your assistance is needed to further the program’s growth. Donations can be given in various forms: money, school supplies, food, even clothing. I was fortunate to be a part of this project while living in Guatemala. Let’s give for the kids, their education, and their well being. Read a little more on the project, look at the pictures, ask questions, but most important; let’s all work together to make a difference.

Do it for the children and their future…

Rodrigo Barrera Sagastume, Antigua, Guatemala

how to help us 

Whether through a donation, or because you decide to volunteer, or because you want to stop by while traveling in Guatemala and drop some gift, any help is welcome! #travelwithapurpose


Travel With a Purpose

Pluricultural, multilingual & multiethnic Guatemala

Guatemala is a country that has a great cultural and natural wealth, each region is unique. In the high mountains the climate is cold, in the central part a temperate climate is enjoyed all year round, on the coasts the climate is warm.

Our country is also rich in Mayan culture, here you will find spectacular ruins, for example: Tikal, El Mirador, Quirigua, Yaxhá, Uaxactún among so many Mayan remains.

The colors of the indigenous costumes and Mayan languages ​​are mixed with the beauty of its landscapes of volcanoes and lakes; like Atitlán and the lake of Petén Itzá, without forgetting its colonial towns and its friendly and hospitable people.