Quetzaltrekkers

Non profit organization
(+502) 7765-5895

We are a non-profit hiking outfitter whose profits go entirely to support EDELAC - a school and home for street children in Xela.

Girls, Boys, Indigenous peoples, Youth
Education, Youth, Children at risk, Family, Immigration
Quetzaltenango (Quetzaltenango), San Marcos (Tajumulco), Sololá (Sololá), Quiché (Nebaj), Huehuetenango (Todos Santos)

Organizational contacts & locations

Contacts
Maeve Talbot-Kelly
Coordinator
(+502) 3330-5700
Locations
Casa Argentina, Diagonal 12, 8-43, 
Zona 1
Quetzaltenango, 
Quetzaltenango, 
9001

Mission, vision & values

Mission

Our ongoing mission as a responsible tourism operator is to provide sustainable fundraising for Asociación Escuela de la Calle (EDELAC), whose overall aim is to provide education and a safe home to children in need in Quetzaltenango. 

Vision

Our vision is to ensure that tourism dollars directly benefit those Guatemalans that need them most: street children and children at risk of becoming such. 

Values
We value hiking volcanoes, helping kids, Responsible tourism, access to education, and access to safe homes.3

Products, services, and programs

Products

Quetzaltrekkers sells merchandise (t-shirts, water bottles, patches etc) as an additional means of raising funds for EDELAC.

Services

Our organization (Quetzaltrekkers) offers the service of tour guides for treks in Guatemala's western highlands. The profits from these treks fund EDELAC (Escuela de la Calle), which provides education and a safe home to kids who might not otherwise have access to these services.

Programs

EDELAC offers a program in the form of a safe home that houses 23 kids, and a primary school that has 160 students.

Organizational detail

Founded: 
1995
Number of employees: 
0-10
Funding: 
Private donations, Sale of products and/or services
Primary issue(s) / need(s) addressed

100% of our profits directly fund the projects of Asociación Escuela de la Calle (EDELAC): providing education, housing, and social support to the disadvantaged indigenous children in the Xela area. Our founders, two young Guatemalan teachers, were the ones who decided that these areas needed to be targeted.

Impact, adaptations & objectives

Impact to date

EDELAC's school provides accessible and comprehensive education to over 160 street children and children-at-risk between the ages of 5 and 15. In addition to the school, EDELAC operates the Hovde House (formally Hogar Abierto) – a children’s dormitory that acts as a long-term home for 20 adolescents between the ages of 7 and 18. 

Impact measuring

Our partner, EDELAC, is in charge of this. Our purpose as their fundraising arm is just to provide funds.

Organizational adaptations: 
Size and/or structure
Organizational adaptation details

Size and/or structure 

The size of our organization is basically the only thing that has changed since we were founded in 1995! We began by offering 1-2 hikes a week, and in March 2020 were offering 4-8 hikes a week!

Short term objectives

Our SHORT TERM goals are all about raising funds without being able to practice our normal model of "hiking and helping". 

Growth

We hope to GROW our online database so as to be able to have a bigger reach for our online fundraiser

Quality

We hope to provide a high quality of FEEDBACK and online content to our donors, in exchange for their financial support

Impact

We hope to raise the same amount of funds we normally accomplish through "hiking and helping", via an online fundraiser, so as to be able to continue to support EDELAC as we always do.

Long term objectives

Growth

Post-covid we hope to be able to reattain the growth we had accomplished in the 25 years of our existence.

Quality

Post-covid we hope to be able to ensure the same high quality of service we always provide, in addition to keeping all of our trekkers and partners safe in light of the pandemic.

Impact

Post-covid we hope to be able to raise the same amount of money pre-covid, so as to be able to have the same impact as pre-covid.