Where In The World Is Guatemala?

Just as a little geography refresher, I am including a few maps of Guatemala. It is actually relatively close to the Unites States (just below Mexico) and sits in the Central Standard Time zone (CST), just two hours ahead of California time. It is about the size of Ireland, and, in relation to the United States, it has about the same square footage as the state of Tennessee. This may give people a better idea of the location and climate that I will be experiencing. Also, as seen in the topographical map of Guatemala, the majority of the country is at a higher altitude and more mountainous than is typically expected when people think of Central America. I will be living and working in the western highlands, which are much cooler and drier than the low altitude tropical rain forests that take up most other parts of Central and South America. Guatemala is still considered to be tropical, lying at 15 degrees north latitude. It is called the “land of the eternal spring.” Peace Corps headquarters is located in Antigua, about a 45 minute drive from Guatemala City, where the major airport is. (If you click on the map images, you should get a clearer picture than the slightly blurry ones that I uploaded here).

Central America

Guatemala in relation to the US, Mexico, and South America.

Topographical Guatemala

Layout of the land and some of the major cities and regions of Guatemala.

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jim & kathy blaschke
    Apr 12, 2011 @ 22:14:13

    Similar to the Santa Cruz mountains!?!
    Kathy and I are very excited for you as your service approaches. Thanks for
    being one of those adventurous souls with a heart and sense of service.

    Reply

  2. Karina Gillette
    Apr 15, 2011 @ 17:37:00

    You’re by a volcano! That’s really cool. I’m excited about your blog!

    Reply

  3. Tanya
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 11:45:19

    I’m excited for you!…also sad that you’ll be gone for 2, too long, years but so happy for you. Can’t wait to hear about your experience and this blog is a great idea. Think Elease and I will have to plan a trip 🙂
    Love you lots!

    Reply

    • Alexandra
      Apr 22, 2011 @ 10:34:04

      Yes, Tanya! Definitely keep me in mind when you are thinking about your next vacation! I am going to miss you and all our fabulous and fun memories!!!

      Reply

  4. bethany
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 00:52:07

    Well I don’t need to take a geography class anymore!! Looks so cool and so close too! Well, that’s awesome that it is land of eternal spring, because now that I moved to Hayward (like union city area) We call it “land of eternal FAAAAAAAR!!” haha Thanks for the updates! Love reading your blog! Miss your face!!
    love you!

    Reply

  5. bethany
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 00:56:53

    I don’t know if My comment posted.. But I was saying that I don’t need to take a geography class anymore! Thanks! I love reading your blogs because it makes it feel like you are just around the corner and I’m hearing your adventures on the phone… You are so amazing because you do take everything life brings you and just makes such a joy out of it!! Glad you’re still singing and sharing that gift with others too. Love you lots!! Enjoy your eternal spring… 😦 soo jealous.. haha

    Reply

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Common Peace Corps Acronyms

PC = Peace Corps (sounds like "peese kor")
PCT = Peace Corps Trainee
PCV = Peace Corps Volunteer
PST = Pre-Service Training
ET = Early Termination
COS = Close of Service
NGO = Non-Governmental Organization
HH = Healthy Homes, the PC program I am in.
YD = Youth Development, the other program in my training group.

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