The Seed program works in both urban and rural locations, accompanying the processes of youth development, in community organizations, church and social ministries, educational activities, all within a framework of active peace building. Planned assignment locations are in the western Guatemalan highlands in the territories of the Mam and Sipacapense peoples, in the central Guatemalan highlands in the territory of the Q’eqchi’ people, in and around Guatemala City with mostly ladino youth, and in northwestern El Salvador.
Accompanying indigenous youth requires learning an indigenous language, although most speak Spanish, and navigating the challenges youth face in honoring their culture and adapting to the majority Ladino culture. It requires developing a realistic understanding of culture, resistance, racism, and social change, often within the context of conservative institutions.
Compensation: MCC cover all basic needs (Travel expenses to and from assignment, food & household, housing, and transportation related to assignment). Personal Allowance, vacation allowance, Education for children, Retirement Plan, Life Insurance and Death Benefits, Student Loan reimbursement, Resettlement Allowance, End-of-term benefits