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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Husbandry, Environment, Food, Garden Clubs, Home Improvement & Repairs, Homeless & Housing, Nutrition

Mission: Buenas Cosas is for travelers, volunteers and the local Maya villages we serve, supporting nature through sustainable community development. Buenas Cosas is a registered Guatemalan non-profit, and a pending 501(c)3, association of family, friends and neighbors who serve their community and nature. Every cent that enters Buenas Cosas goes directly to communities, programs and projects that cultivate Good Things – Buenas Cosas. Travelers, volunteers and their payments support sustainable, eco-happy development in our Partner Communities.

Results: Thousands of travelers and volunteer from 37 different countries have participated with Buenas Cosas Maya beach communities around lake Peten Itza in Guatemala. Thank You All!

Target demographics: Maya communities and nature in Peten Guatemala

Direct beneficiaries per year: Communities and families all around lake Peten Itza

Geographic areas served: Peten Guatemala

Programs: Maya Workshops, Ecotours, Maya Homestays, 3 levels of volunteering and lots more

Community Stories

59 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Sandra26

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Memo and his family are amazing people who believe in their community and in the power of honesty and hardwork. They empower both curious travellers and locals alike to help each other and learn more about the work through being active and doing what has to be done. Thank you for the tortilla lessons, giving me the opportunity of planting trees and an amazing brief bike exploration of Peten and its people

NicholasdeCanada

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Did the Maya Medicinal Plants workshop and learned a lot. It was a lot of fun with hanging around with Angelica - I recommend Buenas Cosas.

BrigithandAlex

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We stayed for two weeks and it was amazing! We made coconut oil and learned about medicinal Maya jungle plants. Our Spanish got a lot lot better.

maryhamaca

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Mary and spent a month at Buenas Cosas. Super fun learning to make my own hammock, eating the food and learning about the Maya culture. Thank you for everything Buenas Cosas.

RobertintheTreehouse

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Robert and I'm from Seattle. Been traveling for two years now - saw this place and I had to try it out and I'm glad I did. My experience here was really wonderful. Out away from the tourist crowds. Great tours. Enjoyed all my time here. Can't recommend this place enough.

MirellaandFiona

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We stayed in San Jose for a couple of days and it was amazing! The family with stayed with was so kind to me and my friend and we got to spend some time with them. It was truly an amazing experience to get to visit a local pueblo. Everyone was so nice and so helpful. We spent most of our time swimming in the lake, which was so beautiful and peaceful. Buenas Cosas is a wonderful project, we had a dinner with Memo where we got to learn more about the beautiful things that him, Angelica and many other volunteers do to help the local communities. We also met Angelica who was truly an inspiration. I would definitely like to come back as a volunteer and get involved in one of Buenas Cosas many projects. Highly recommended. Stay there and to enjoy the magic with lovely people. We miss you guys!

sallydally

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Stayed at Buenas Cosas a couple weeks and I really recommend it. Really an interesting experience. A real pleasure, it meant alot to me and am very grateful for the experience.

Maayan4Israel

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was really nice - it was good - really nice family - enjoy your time - have fun!

DaviddeCanada

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Had a great time I'd recommend it to anybody. It's a great place to stay - lots to do in the community.

jesseyhale

Volunteer

Rating: 5

“Everyone at Buenas Cosas did a little something every day to make our stay a little more enjoyable. We’ll both be coming back again – for sure.”

silkeywannes

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We spent 8 month at Buenas Cosas and it was great.