Are there problems with ethnic or religious prejudices? Gender equality?
Racism is a huge concern. Overt racism against the large indigenous community is a fact of life, and there were lots of incidents in the past of landlords refusing to rent to African Americans (though now that we're moving to a housing pool that should no longer be an issue). Typically, you can pick out the person in charge in any situation by figuring out who is whitest, and there's a lot of history to back up these trends. Again, Guatemalans tend to be very polite, especially to foreigners, so I'm not clear how much this racism would affect an expat on a day-to-day level. Gender prejudices are pernicious for those from here but haven't affected me as an expat on a two-year assignment, and religion has never come up. - Jun 7, 2015
There are serious racial and gender issues within Guatemalan society as a whole but prejudices against foreigners are not common at all. - Jan 3, 2014
Indigenous folks are generally poor and not treated as well. - May 2, 2010
It is Latin America so there is some macho attitude among the guys. - Mar 11, 2008