VOLUNTEERING IN GUATEMALA
Have you always wanted to travel the world and spend some of your time helping others through a volunteer program? The first thing you should do is to list the things you would like to do during that experience, and don’t miss the chance to see exotic and unique places in the country where you travel, cities with great stories and the opportunity to help others. Having at least these ideas to start your trip, consider being part of our volunteer programs in Guatemala.
Without hesitation, it is an experience where you put your knowledge into practice and improve your skills. At the same time you support communities, children and young people to obtain a greater personal and professional growth. Therefore, as a volunteer you will learn about new cultures through a unique journey, such as International Volunteerism.
First and foremost, volunteer programs in Guatemala have been created to benefit the most vulnerable children and youth of the population with whom we collaborate.
PROGRAMS IN GUATEMALA
All volunteer projects in Guatemala are available:
- Between January and December. It is worth mentioning that this within the school period of Guatemala.
Volunteer programs in Guatemala begin on Mondays of each month.
They work from Monday to Friday in shifts from 7:30 to 1:00 p.m. and from 15:00 to 18:00 hours.
Volunteers usually start the day with breakfast around 6:30 a.m. and then head to the selected project. Where they start at 7:30 a.m.
Classes are regularly with children between 5 and 15 years old.
Volunteers who participate in projects in Guatemala stay with families selected by the organization. In the families, apart from offering a safe, comfortable place with rooms shared with other volunteers of the same gender, shared bathrooms, common areas, they welcome you with open arms and as one more member of the family.
Accommodation with the selected host family includes the following:
The 3 meals from Monday to Friday. On Saturdays only breakfast is provided and Sunday meals are not included. If you require a special diet for health reasons, the family will be notified.
Meals are not included during the following celebrations:
- December 24th – Christmas Eve
- January 1 – New Year’s Day
- Easter – Good Thursday and Good
- Friday (March or April)
- May (day 1) – Labor Day
- June 30 – Army Day
- June 25 – Patronal Feast of Antigua Guatemala
- September 15 – Guatemalan
- Independence Day
- August 15 – Patronal Feast of Jocotenango
- All Saints’ Day (1 November)
Adventure Volunteer encourages people over the age of 18 who wish to do their bit by helping others. The projects we work on are adapted to volunteers who want to travel alone, in groups of friends, families, university students and in couples. If you are 17 years old, you can participate with the permission of your parents or legal guardian.
As a minimum volunteer you must meet the following requirements:
- You must be of legal age.
- You must be a committed person, as you actively participate in educational and social activities that require your commitment.
- Willingness and ability to work in a team. It is important, as you will work with other volunteers and people from different cultures.
- In your volunteering you meet people with limited resources, different lifestyles and different work rhythms, so be empathetic.
- As a volunteer you must be flexible.
To participate in some of the volunteer programs in Guatemala, the volunteer must assume the cost of the program ranging from 585€ the first 2 weeks. In case you need to participate more than 2 weeks, each additional week has a cost of 180€.
WHAT IS INCLUDED ?
- Airport pick-up
- Accommodation in selected host families
- Orientation day and induction to the program
- 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
- Program monitoring and evaluation meeting
- Certificate of volunteering
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
- Flight to Guatemala
- Visa, if necessary
- Medical Insurance
- Internal transport
- Return to the airport on the last day
- Beverages or special meals
- Trips inside or outside the country
ARRIVAL AT YOUR DESTINATION
As soon as you arrive in Guatemala, the local coordinator will pick you up from La Aurora International Airport. Which is located in the capital city of Guatemala. Immediately you will be taken by public transportation 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 a general way the basic rules of the house and the place where it is located. We will also explain the program to be developed. You will have a room with bathroom that you will share with other volunteers. Also in the house you will have access to the common areas.
Accommodation in the homes of selected families includes three meals a day. Each volunteer will also have keys for access to the house.
Guatemala tends to be warm and temperate. Normally you find temperatures of 17.2 ° C. March is the driest month and June is the wettest. January has the lowest average temperature of the year, 15.6 ° C. Throughout the year, temperatures usually vary by 2.8 ° C.
Its official currency is Cordoba. 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 or withdraw money through credit cards in Guatemala.
Your flight must have as its final destination La Aurora International Airport, where you will be transferred to the family home according to organization and information given by the coordinator.
Flights cost between 600 and 800 euros depending on the season. You can find flights on the following airlines: Iberia, Delta, American Airlines, United and Copa.
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 too far.
Considered one of the best-kept 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, temples and streets that make you feel that time has not passed.
Among the most attractive and visited places of Antigua Guatemala we can mention:
San Pedro Hospital Church and Capuchinas Convent
Hermitage of Santa Cruz
Ruins and Church of the Society of Jesus
Church of San Agustín y la Merced
Arch of Santa Catalina
Ruins of San Francisco
CERRO DE LA CRUZ
You are a lover of photography and would like to know Antigua Guatemala in a unique way, do not miss a walk to Cerro de la Cruz, so called because of the cross that is located on the hill, which gives a unique view of the city.
TIKAL NATIONAL PARK
To take a tour of the Tikal National Park is to travel for time. It is considered one of the biggest cities of the Mayan civilization. Many visitors make the tour in one day, to immerse themselves in this immense and attractive city that hides unique mysteries.
One of the most visited tourist destinations in Guatemala. The walks take place in places surrounded by forests. The view from its summit is impressive, for its nature and unique landscapes.
How many hours should I be in the project?
Generally we ask volunteers to work a minimum of 3 or 4 hours a day.
Do I have to bring school supplies?
Although it is not obligatory for the volunteer to bring school or didactic material for the project, everything that is brought is very well received, as resources are limited.
How much money should I bring 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 case you make some excursions or buy some souvenirs you should take a little more money according to the trips you want to make. In Antigua, Guatemala you will 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 in my suitcase?
It is recommended to carry a backpack, it is more comfortable to travel, comfortable shoes or sandals, light but not tight pants, T-shirts, light jacket, nights are usually cool, sip or cap, sunglasses and mosquito net.
The first thing to do: From the moment you fill out the registration form for a program in Guatemala your place is reserved for 7 days.
Second step 2: To confirm your place definitively, you must pay a deposit of 150€ before 7 days, once the deposit is paid, your place will be guaranteed and you will be formally part of the Adventure Volunteer family.
Step 3: As soon as you pay the program deposit, we will send you an email to confirm that your place is safe. After that, you will receive another email with more additional information on the website, to explain absolutely everything you need to know to prepare your trip correctly. The rest of the payment is made one month before your incorporation to the project.