Meet Our Team

Learn about the current Quetzaltrekkers volunteers

Guides

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My interest in Guatemala originated way back in the Spring of 2016 during a semester-long, cross-comparative sociology course in Mexico, Guatemala, and Cuba. I developed my theoretical, academic knowledge of Latin America, but theory divorced from praxis felt hollow and vain. Ever since I’ve been on the lookout for being engaged in practical ways in Latin America. Given my background as an instructor for Outward Bound, when I found Queztaltrekkers it was clear that guiding here would allow me to leverage my skills for a valuable project, and to realize my vision of getting involved again in Latin America.
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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 🙂
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 there! My name is Rylie and I’m from “the glove” – Michigan USA. I study marine biology at university, I hope to go into ichthyology but more specifically, sharks! Aside from my studies, I also enjoy reading, yoga, and my current fixation of sudoku. Experiencing the ecological diversity of Guatemala through exploring with QT has been sublime for my appreciation of nature and I can’t wait to share it 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 I’m Ananda from the UK, pleased to meet you! I first hiked with QT as a client and loved it so much I had to return! Some of my passions include music, poetry and alternative medicine. It feels great to be exploring and learning about our natural environment with amazing people every day, and all for an amazing cause!
Looking forward to hiking with you..
 
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Hi, I’m Becky from the UK! I feel very lucky to be spending my days hiking the Guatemalan highlands, supporting the Quetzaltrekkers mission and getting to know amazing people from around the world. From camping at the summit of a volcano to watching the sun rise over Lake Atitlan, Quetzaltrekkers has brought me so many special experiences and I can’t wait to share them with you too!

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.