Guatemala

Voluntariado en Guatemala

VOLUNTEERING IN GUATEMALA

You have always wanted to travel and spend some of your time helping others through a volunteer program in Guatemala.

Without a doubt, it is an experience where you put your knowledge into practice and improve your skills. At the same time it supports communities, children and youth to obtain a greater personal and professional growth.

We collaborate in 4 volunteer programs in Guatemala, each one focused on covering a need, in the area of teaching, school revision, sports and the environment.


TEACHING AND SCHOOL REINFORCEMENT

We know that education is one of the most important means for our children to improve their skills and knowledge. The volunteer program in teaching and school reinforcement in Guatemala, works with the objective of providing educational assistance in basic but important issues for the growth of every child.


SPORT

Many young people often use sport to disconnect from the negative things around them. The sports volunteer program in Guatemala provides an opportunity for these children to find a motivation to achieve their goals.


SCHOOL GARDEN

The volunteer has the opportunity to get involved and promote the sustainability of our natural context. The environment has turned out to be a priority in our time, due to the great deterioration that our actions have created.


EXTRACURRICULAR SUPPORT

With the project, the life of many marginalized children and youths in Antigua Guatemala is improved.


REQUIREMENTS FOR VOLUNTEERING IN GUATEMALA

Adventure Volunteer encourages people over 18 who want to contribute their grain of sand helping others to be part of a volunteer program.

As a minimum volunteer you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be of age
  • legalYou must be a committed person, since you actively participate in educational and social activities that require your commitment
  • Will and ability to work in a team. It is important, since you will work with other volunteers and with people from different cultures.
  • In your volunteering you meet people with limited resources, different ways of life and different work rhythms, so you must be empathetic
  • As a volunteer you must be flexible

WHERE WILL I BE DURING MY VOLUNTEER WORK?

The projects are developed near Antigua Guatemala.


WHEN CAN YOU COLLABORATE ON VOLUNTEER PROJECTS IN GUATEMALA?

All volunteer projects in Guatemala are available from:

  • January to December, within the Guatemalan school period.

They remain closed during holidays and holidays.

ARRIVAL AT YOUR DESTINATION

When you arrive at the Aurora International Airport, which is located in the capital city of Guatemala, the local coordinator will be waiting for you with a sign with your name on your way out. You will immediately be taken to the family home, where you will stay until the end of your project.

Depending on what time you arrive, you will have the orientation day the same day or the next day. Basically we will tell you in general the basic rules of the house and the place where it is located.

VACCINE

Only the yellow fever vaccine is obligatory (in theory only for people who have spent some time in countries at risk).

VISA TO ENTER GUATEMALA

For people coming from Spain, no visa is required, (other countries consult).

Necessary documentation:

Depending on the country of origin, no visa is required for stays of between 30 and 90 days.
Passport in order and valid for at least six months.
Exit ticket of the country.

SECURITY IN GUATEMALA

At the Central American level, Guatemala is considered a safe country. But nothing is perfect, and as in many countries of the world you have to take certain precautions and know how to handle yourself in certain areas and areas of a country.

In general, tourist areas are safe, but we also recommend that you keep these details in mind:

  • Notify your coordinator, in case of any excursion, so that he can warn you about the places.
  • Have your coordinator’s phone number and the address where you are staying in case you need it.
  • Avoid giving information about where you are staying, about the project and your colleagues (volunteers) for safety.
  • Do not take anyone who is not from the organization to the volunteer’s home.
  • Avoid risk areas in every place you visit.
  • Travel in austerity in your daily transfers and in your excursions.
  • Avoid attracting attention with jewelry and accessories.
  • If you can avoid taking out your mobile phone in public places.
  • Try using the country’s safe transport services or services such as Uber or taxis.
  • Avoid walking alone or alone on streets not known at night.
  • Never get in an unknown vehicle or yours to someone you don’t know.
  • Do not ingest any beverage from which you do not know the origin.

HOST FAMILY ACCOMMODATION

All volunteers who collaborate in the volunteer projects in Guatemala are housed in houses of host families selected by the organization.

WHAT DOES ACCOMMODATION WITH FAMILIES INCLUDE?

  • Bed in a shared room with other volunteers.
  • The 3 meals from Monday to Friday. On Saturdays only breakfast is provided and Sunday meals are not included.
  • WIFI connection

Meals are not included during the following celebrations:

  • December 24 – Good Night
  • January 1 – New Year
  • Easter – Thursday and Good Friday (March or April)
  • May (day 1) – Labor
  • Day June 30 – Army Day
  • 25 of June – Patronal Feast of Antigua Guatemala
  • September 15 – Independence Day of Guatemala
  • August 15 – Patronal Feast of Jocotenango
  • All Saints Day (November 1)

The contribution in the volunteer projects in Guatemala for a period of 14 days is 445€ and with the tax deduction you will only pay 221.75€

WEEKSOTHER PROJECTSEXTRACURRICULAR SUPPORT
2585€445€
3765€565€
Additional180€120€

You will be able to deduct approximately 45% of the total economic contribution to the program by means of the tax certificate that we will give you.

WHAT ARE YOU PAYING?

  • Welcome at the airport.
  • Accommodation in family homes.
  • Meals, those indicated in the project
  • Orientation Day and Program Induction.
  • 24/7 support of the Adventure Volunteer team.
  • Orientation and induction to the program.
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the program.
  • Certificate of weeks spent in your volunteering.
  • Guide, advice and management in the choice of the program.
  • Volunteer T-shirt

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?

  • Flight to Guatemala.
  • Visa, if necessary.
  • Medical Insurance (mandatory).
  • Vaccines, if necessary.
  • Internal transport or excursions.
  • Return to the airport on the last day.
  • Drinks, diets and special meals.
  • Travel inside or outside the country.

We remind you that the value of the donation can be deducted from your full income tax liability, up to a limit of 10% of the taxable base.

  • Donations up to 150 :(donation equal to or less than 150), the deduction will be 80%
  • Donations over 150 euros: (donation over 150 ?), will be 35% and 40% if made for more than 3 years in a row of the same value or more to the same association.

NOTE: There is a deduction from the IRPF for donations made to non-profit organisations under Law 49/2002, of 23 December. established in Articles 68.3, 69.1 IRPF Law and 69.2 Regulations. Royal Decree-Law 17/2020 of 5 May. (refunds are made in the year following payment). As a donation, the 150 euros initially contributed are not refundable.

HOW TO BOOK?

CLIMATE

Guatemala is usually warm and temperate. Normally you find temperatures of 17.2 ° C.

  • March the driest month.
  • June the wettest.
  • January has the lowest average temperature of the year, 15.6 ° C.

Throughout the year, temperatures usually vary by 2.8 ° C.

CURRENCY

Its official currency is the Quetzal. You can use both local currency and dollars on your trip.

However, it is recommended that you change the currency in the country of destination. You can also go to your bank before traveling or get money using credit cards in Guatemala.

FLIGHT

Your flight must have as final destination the international airport La Aurora, where you will be transferred to the family house according to organization and information given by the coordinator.

  • Flights range between € 550 and € 700 approximately.
  • You can find good deals on flights on google flights or skyscanner.

Other companies that offer Iberia, Delta, American Airlines, United and Copa flights.

TOURIST SITES

In Guatemala, you will find many ideal places, surrounded by nature, culture and traditions to enjoy. While in Sacatepéquez enjoy a different and unique day, without going so far.

ANTIGUA GUATEMALA 

Considered one of the best maintained cities in Central America and one of the most attractive places in Sacatepéquez and the most important for Guatemala. You can appreciate the architecture of the cathedrals, the temples and its streets that make you feel that time has not passed.

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Among the most attractive and visited places in Antigua Guatemala we can mention:

  • Church of the San Pedro Hospital and Capuchin Convent
  • Hermitage of the Holy Cross
  • Ruins and Church of the Company of Jesus
  • Church of St. Augustine and the Merced
  • Arch of St. Catherine
  • Ruins of St. Francisco

CERRO DE LA CRUZ

You are a photography lover and would like to get to know Antigua Guatemala in a unique way, do not forget to take a hike to Cerro de la Cruz, named for the cross that is located on the hill, which gives you a view Unique in the city.

THE TIKAL NATIONAL PARK

To take a tour of the Tikal National Park, is to take a trip for time. It is considered one of the largest cities of the Mayan civilization. Many visitors make the journey in one day, to immerse themselves in this immense and attractive care that hides unique mysteries.

WATER VOLCANO

One of the most visited tourist destinations in Guatemala. The walks are made by places surrounded by forests. The view from its summit is impressive, due to its nature and unique landscapes.

HOW MANY HOURS SHOULD I BE IN THE PROJECT?

Generally we ask volunteers to work at least 3 or 4 hours a day.

SHOULD I TAKE SCHOOL MATERIAL?

Although it is not mandatory for the volunteer to bring school or didactic material for the project, everything that is carried is very well received, since resources are limited.

HOW MUCH MONEY SHOULD I CARRY FOR MY TRIP?

The cost of the project covers accommodation, meals and airport pick-up on the day of your arrival, regularly the daily volunteer is spending between 10 to 20 dollars. In the case that you make some excursions or buy some souvenir you must bring a little more money according to the trips you want to make. In Antigua, Guatemala you find many ATMs, but you should check with your bank before traveling and verify that you can use your card abroad.

WHAT SHOULD I CARRY ON MY SUITCASE?

It is recommended to carry a backpack, it is more comfortable to travel, comfortable shoes or sandals, light but not tight pants, shirts, light jacket, the nights are usually cool, sipping or cap, sunglasses and mosquito net.

I didn’t lack anything

I was staying with a Guatemalan family that for me has been my second family, they treated me wonderfully, I did not lack anything.

At school, the attention of the coordinator, from the first moment she saw me, I could count on her for whatever was good or bad, she cares a lot about the volunteers.

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