The first Waldorf School in Guatemala

Escuela Caracol is a non-profit institution, member of an international community in which we learn and grow together.

Escuela Caracol is celebrating its twelfth anniversary of

service to the community.


It has been twelve years nurturing heads, hearts an hands of boys and girls from the western region of Lake Atitlán, within a healthy and safe environment, where human interactions are based in love and respect, basing our work on the Waldorf Pedagogy

At Escuela Caracol we seek to facilitate our students with the tools needed to fully develop as human beings.

The new building s construction is on! Its been five weeks already since the construction began. The workers are working incredibly fast, we expect to be inaugurating the two classrooms soon.

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Latest news.

The love for our Caracolitos will keep us together.

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Escuela Caracol does not sleep.

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Every challenge has a solution

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Indigenous Maya families make up 80% of Escuela Caracol’s students, whose tuition the school funds. Although our shared language is Spanish, Mayan language Kaqchikel and Mayan Worldview elements are also a part of the curriculum here. Our students come from Lake Atitlán area and receive a free snack each day.

The education we provide has been made possible thanks to a diverse network of donors, you can become part of this kind group by sponsoring a child here.

If you give to Escuela Caracol, your partnership supports the livelihood of our committed teachers, a culturally relevant curriculum, opportunities for our students and our nutrition programme.

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The realization of this documentary comes at a defining moment in the history of Escuela Caracol. Our educational community joined together in a systematization of experiences to reflect on the past seven years and identify the extent of impact that has been made.

A Closer Look

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Entrevista con la maestra Andrea Arrivillaga

At Escuela Caracol, we know that teachers foster the warm and supportive environment for our students. Andrea Arrivillaga Hurtado – a founding member of the school and lead teacher – shares her experiences at Escuela Caracol, and how it’s shaped her perspective of what it means to be a teacher.

Video produced by: Tough & Rumble

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Lanza una sonrisa al aire.

Las y los caracolitos de quinto y sexto primaria comparten con nosotros la canción: Lanza una sonrisa al aire.


Que lo disfrutes.

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Escuela Caracol es tu regalo!

La Escuela Caracol es un jardín de infantes y una escuela primaria Waldorf en el hermoso lago de Atitlán, en las tierras altas de Guatemala. El 70% de nuestra comunidad educativa son familias mayas cuya matrícula, nutrición, instalaciones y materiales están totalmente financiados.

Annual Report

Our Annual Report 2018 is available to read and download here.

Escuela Caracol’s Brochure

Click ENGLISH or SPANISH to learn about the impact we’re making at Lake Atitlán.

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Dear friends:

We appreciate the support and light received from our community and friends during these difficult times.
Since mid-March, Escuela Caracol has been following the regulations dictated by the Guatemalan Government due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, pausing all classroom and group activities.
We hope these measures and regulations work efficiently, Escuela Caracol will continue following the official guidelines for as long as needed.
Even when the doors of Escuela Caracol are closed to the public, we remain very active, serving our students, community, and friends through the traditional digital channels (e_mail, phone, and social networks).
Escuela Caracol will continue nurturing the heads, hearts, and hands of Mayan children from Lake Atitlán, bringing Waldorf pedagogy to boys and girls within an environment of love and respect.
Love from everyone in Escuela Caracol.