Chico Mendes is a community-run reforestation organization based in the Guatemalan highland village of Pachaj. We began in 1998 with a call to action; just three crazy friends planting trees on the weekends, sowing the seeds of environmental justice in their indigenous community. Today, Chico Mendes continues reshaping the world, one tree at a time. Our team of local youth and international volunteers harness the power of hands, voices, and hearts, planting trees in the mountains of Cantel and spreading the dream upon which we were founded.

We strive to: protect forested lands from unjust exploitation, reverse climate change, empower the next generation of Guatemalans, stand up for local community decision-making, cultivate biodiversity, and inspire supporters from around the globe.

Join us! Learn more at www.chicomendesguatemala.org 

Key Stats.

Year founded


Size of project site

0.5 hectares

Languages spoken

  • Español
  • Quiché
  • (some) English

People on site

20 - 200

Dry season

April to August

Wet season

September to March

Living Conditions.


  • shared rooms
  • private room

Omnivore Food

  • communal kitchen access
  • over 80% locally sourced


  • slow: emails only


Proyecto de Reforestación Chico Mendes. is currently offering the following opportunities:

  • Volunteers with any level of experience
  • Adventurous hikers
  • Anyone with an open mind and heart
  • Quiché and spanish Language learners

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