Meet Our Team

Learn about the current Quetzaltrekkers volunteers

Guides

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Hey! I’m Bella from the United States and ever since finishing university I’ve been backpacking through Central America. As a passionate advocate for social change, I have a deep curiosity about societal structures, inequalities, and dynamics. Thus, landing in Guatemala and working with QT and EDELAC has been a dream come true. Whenever I’m not hiking, I’m dancing in the office, listening to 90’s rap, or making bad jokes. 

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Hi! I’m Ben from the United States. Nearly a year ago I graduated from university back home in Colorado with a degree in Latin American studies and international relations. After spending some months on the road, I felt the need for a community again and to participate in something worthwhile. Quetzaltrekkers fulfills everything I am in search of right now, including a love for hiking, fascinating interactions with people from all origins, an incredible community all oriented towards the same goals, and participating in an inspiring organization. I look forward to seeing you on the trails!
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Hello! My name is Taylor and I am a guide from Portland, OR in the United States. My intense love for backpacking and the outdoors drew me to exploring the Guatemala highlands with Quetzaltrekkers. Aside from trekking I am a car aficionado and camera lover. Spending time in the wilderness while supporting an amazing non-profit is a dream – hope to see you on the trail!
 

Hi! I’m Georgia from Australia. I love the outdoors, hiking, meeting awesome people and volunteering for social justice causes while travelling the world.
At Quetzaltrekkers, I love that I can do all the things I enjoy while working with other super passionate volunteers, guiding people through the stunning Guatemalan highlands AND help provide kids with better opportunities for their future. I’m looking forward to hiking with you!

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Introducing Joe, your expert hiking guide with a passion for leading adventures off the beaten path. Hailing from the lush countryside, Joe is dedicated to showcasing the natural wonders of each destination he explores.

With a backpack filled with knowledge and a spirit hungry for adventure, Joe ventures into the great outdoors with a sense of excitement and reverence. Whether it’s traversing rugged mountain trails, wandering through ancient forests, or discovering hidden waterfalls, Joe’s enthusiasm for exploration is contagious.

As your guide, Joe not only navigates the wilderness with skill and precision but also shares fascinating tidbits about the local flora, fauna, and history along the way. With Joe leading the expedition, every hike becomes an opportunity for discovery and connection with the natural world.

Join Joe on an exhilarating journey through the untamed landscapes, where each step is a testament to the beauty and resilience of nature. With Joe as your guide, you’ll embark on unforgettable adventures and forge memories that will last a lifetime.

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Hola, I’m Karla from Germany and I’m currently on a gap year before starting university. Finding Quetzaltrekkers has been the best thing that has happened to me during my travels so far. The Guatemalan highlands are breathtaking and guiding for QT is so much more than just a hike! (Check out our mission!) Looking forward to hike the volcanic highlands with you 🙂

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Hola! I’m Kim, a Dutchie who currently finds herself “stuck” in the Guatemalan highlands. In my quest of finding some mountains to compensate for the few hills my country has to offer I stumbled upon Quetzaltrekkers.
 
Being able to support the children of EDELAC while doing what I love has been the most amazing experience and adventure. From hiking through local villages and communities to finding a volcano around every corner, there is always a story to be told. Hope to see you on the trail!
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Michiel is a Dutch dynamo, finding his true joy amidst the wonders of nature. Hailing from the Netherlands, Michiel’s heart beats for adventure, particularly when it involves hiking and having a blast.

Raised against the backdrop of tulip fields and windmills, Michiel’s passion for exploration blossomed early. He’d swap city streets for forest trails, reveling in the serenity of the Dutch countryside. But soon, he craved more than flat landscapes and gentle breezes.

With a backpack slung over his shoulders and a grin on his face, Michiel set out to conquer Europe’s trails. From the majestic peaks of the Pyrenees to the misty forests of the Black Forest, he sought thrills and challenges at every turn.

Yet, Michiel’s adventures weren’t just about the destination. He found joy in the camaraderie of fellow hikers, fostering friendships and laughter along the way. His infectious spirit and zest for life made him the heart and soul of every trek.

When he’s not scaling cliffs or traversing rugged terrain, Michiel indulges in another Dutch pastime: good food. Whether it’s savoring stroopwafels at sunrise or sharing a hearty meal with newfound friends around a campfire, Michiel embraces every moment with gusto.

Today, Michiel continues to blaze trails and inspire others to embrace the outdoors. With a twinkle in his eye and a spring in his step, he invites fellow adventurers to join him on unforgettable journeys, where every step is an opportunity for fun and discovery.


Looking forward to hiking with you..
 

Michiel is a Dutch dynamo, finding his true joy amidst the wonders of nature. Hailing from the Netherlands, Michiel’s heart beats for adventure, particularly when it involves hiking and having a blast.

Raised against the backdrop of tulip fields and windmills, Michiel’s passion for exploration blossomed early. He’d swap city streets for forest trails, reveling in the serenity of the Dutch countryside. But soon, he craved more than flat landscapes and gentle breezes.

With a backpack slung over his shoulders and a grin on his face, Michiel set out to conquer Europe’s trails. From the majestic peaks of the Pyrenees to the misty forests of the Black Forest, he sought thrills and challenges at every turn.

Yet, Michiel’s adventures weren’t just about the destination. He found joy in the camaraderie of fellow hikers, fostering friendships and laughter along the way. His infectious spirit and zest for life made him the heart and soul of every trek.

When he’s not scaling cliffs or traversing rugged terrain, Michiel indulges in another Dutch pastime: good food. Whether it’s savoring stroopwafels at sunrise or sharing a hearty meal with newfound friends around a campfire, Michiel embraces every moment with gusto.

Today, Michiel continues to blaze trails and inspire others to embrace the outdoors. With a twinkle in his eye and a spring in his step, he invites fellow adventurers to join him on unforgettable journeys, where every step is an opportunity for fun and discovery.


Looking forward to hiking with you..
 
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Hey, I’m Sam from the UK! As soon as I read about the amazing project and community that is Quetzaltrekkers, I knew that if I were to spend time anywhere this year, it would be here. When you trek with QT, it is more than just a hike. EDELAC is such an amazing organization so to be able to help out by doing something I love is so rewarding. I hope that I can share my passion for EDELAC, hiking and the complex and deeply important history of Guatemala and Central America with you on one of our amazing treks. I also love talking poetry, food and films… Looking forward to seeing you out there!

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Hey there! I’m Will and I’m from the United States.

I’m here at Quetzaltrekkers to open my heart and listen – to grow and surround myself with like minded individuals who share a passion for service, culture, the rich and beautiful history of Guatemala, language, adventure and the environment.

I feel the most myself on the trail and love jazz, wine, literature and philosophy. ¡Buen Camino!

Coordinators

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Hi, my name is Yara and I’m from the Netherlands. After being a guide in 2022 I joined the team as a coordinator. Besides running the day-to-day at our office I like the longterm, playful balance between continuity and change that comes with the job. For me, the best part of Quetzaltrekkers is the amazing people I get to work with on a daily basis who are all supporting the kids and the social projects of EDELAC. 
 
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Hola, I’m Bryan. I love my work as a coordinator for Quetzaltrekkers here in Xela, and have spent well over a year now in this amazing place. I grew up in Oregon in the USA, but I am so grateful to live and work here in the stunning volcanic highlands, and I really value this organization’s incredible mission. All the relationships I’ve gotten to build here are so important to me, and I can’t imagine a better place to put my background in outdoor education into practice for such a unique nonprofit.