Swisscontact is an independent foundation for international cooperation which promotes economic, social and environmental development and has been operating in Guatemala since 1972. We facilitate the implementation of projects that support a sustainable business environment. 

facts and figures

  • Area: 108,889 km²
  • Population: 17,250,000
  • Capital: Guatemala City

Swisscontact in Guatemala

  • since 1972


Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras
Perspectives for Returnees through Social and Professional Integration
This programme aims to improve the social and occupational integration of migrants who have returned to their home countries and individuals vulnerable to irregular migration.
Sustainable agriculture, Green cities, Sustainable tourism, Labour market insertion, Initial vocational education and training
Sustainable Mayan Landscapes of the Petén
Improving the conservation and connectivity of biodiverse landscapes through sustainable and inclusive production systems in the Mayan Biosphere Reserve.
Sustainable tourism, Labour market insertion
Economic Empowerment of Indigenous Youth and Women 

The Project will improve the living conditions of indigenous men and women between the ages of 15 and 35 years, so that they can increase their income and improve their capabilities as well as improving the current conditions for autonomous decision-making; gaining access to professional technical education and market insertion opportunities; it...
El Salvador, Guatemala
Labour market insertion, Migration
Nuevas Oportunidades: productive reintegration of returned migrants
The project seeks the economic reintegration of returned migrants. It enables returned migrants to certify the skills they have acquired in the United States or Mexico. After certification, they are supported in finding a job or starting their own business.
Labour market insertion
Disadvantaged young adults will be able to successfully enter professional life through solid, high-quality training. In this way they will generate income for themselves and their families, freeing themselves from poverty on their own initiative.Young men and women are learning important technical skills in vocational training. Since the project...


Sustainable tourism
Protectors of biodiversity: preserving the natural wealth
For more than 30 years, Swisscontact has been dedicated to mitigating global warming and strengthening the resilience of vulnerable communities to the effects of climate change. We have made a strong and enduring commitment to biodiversity conservation, globally and especially in Latin America. In Guatemala, for example, with the Sustainable Mayan Landscapes project, we support the restoration of degraded habitats in the Mayan Biosphere Reserve and promote cultural and nature tourism as a driver of economic development for local communities.
Swisscontact at the forefront of preventing Irregular Migration and Supporting Returned Migrants.
Swisscontact leads social and labor integration of returned migrants in Guatemala, we offer sustainable solutions to irregular migration. Skills development, psychosocial support, coaching, certification and much more for a promising future.
Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala
Sustainable agriculture, Green cities, Initial vocational education and training, Labour market insertion
Investing in women drives progress
This Women's Day, Swisscontact joins the UN's theme “Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress” because we believe that on the road to progress and equality, investment in women plays a fundamental role: it can generate economic growth, innovation and creativity, develops communities, and it promotes sustainability and equality.
Country Director Guatemala
Carlos Morales


In Guatemala, Swisscontact has implemented projects in different areas such as vocational education and training, retraining and reskilling, labour market insertion, development of "Guatemalan Entrepreneurial Ecosystems" and recently on issues related to Green Cities, such as solid waste management. We partner with the public and private sector, universities and academia, cooperatives, rural and farmers associations. We facilitate access to financial services such as seed capital. We strengthen relationships with institutions (business incubators, startup accelerators) for entrepreneurship and new ventures, targeting the most vulnerable minority groups such as indigenous communities, women, youth and returned migrants.

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Swisscontact Guatemala
18 avenida B 8-94 zona 15, 
Vista Hermosa I
Guatemala City