Volunteering in Guatemala

VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS IN GUATEMALA

Have you always wanted to travel and spend 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 you will support 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 teaching and school reinforcement program in Guatemala works with the objective of providing educational assistance in basic but important subjects for the growth of every child.


SPORTS

In general, many young people use sports to disconnect from the negative things around them. The sports volunteer program in Guatemala provides an opportunity for these children to find motivation to achieve their goals.


SCHOOL GARDEN

The volunteer in Guatemala 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

This project improves the lives of many marginalized children and young people in Antigua Guatemala.


REQUIREMENTS FOR VOLUNTEERING IN GUATEMALA

Adventure Volunteer encourages people over the age of 18 who wish to do their part in helping others to be a part of a volunteer program in Guatemala.

As a volunteer, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be of legal age
  • Be a committed person, as you actively participate in educational and social activities
  • Willingness and ability to work in a team. This is important, as you will be working with other volunteers and people from different cultures.
  • Be empathetic as you will meet people with limited resources, different lifestyles, and different work rhythms.
  • Be flexible

WHERE WILL I BE DURING MY VOLUNTEER WORK IN GUATEMALA?

The projects of the volunteering in Guatemala 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 La 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 host 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).

COVID–19 REQUIREMENTS
  • Quarantine not required
  • Negative Rapid Antigen or PCR test within 72 hours of arrival
  • Complete vaccination record
  • Fill in the form to generate a QR code which you must present upon arrival in Guatemala

VISA TO ENTER GUATEMALA

For people coming from Spain, no visa is required, (other countries please 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.
  • Return ticket to leave the country.

SECURITY IN GUATEMALA

Guatemala is considered a safe country in Central America. But nothing is perfect, and as in many countries of the world, it is necessary to take certain precautions and know how to handle yourself in certain zones 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 you are going on an excursion, so that he/she can warn you about the places.
  • Keep your coordinator’s phone number and the address where you are staying handy in case you need it.
  • Avoid giving out information about where you are staying, the project and your fellow volunteers for safety reasons.
  • Do not bring anyone who is not from the organization to the volunteer’s house.
  • Avoid risky areas in every place you visit.
  • Travel frugally in your daily transfers and excursions.
  • Avoid drawing attention to yourself with jewelry and accessories.
  • If possible, avoid taking out your cell phone in public places.
  • Try to use safe transportation services in the country or services such as Uber or cabs.
  • Avoid walking alone on unfamiliar streets at night.
  • Never take someone you do not know in an unfamiliar vehicle or in your own vehicle.
  • Do not drink any beverage whose origin you do not know.

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.
  • 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 – Christmas Eve
  • January 1 – New Year’s Day
  • Easter – Maundy Thursday and Good Friday (March or April)
  • May 1 – Labor Day
  • June 25 – Patronal Feast of Antigua Guatemala
  • June 30 – Army Day
  • September 15 – Independence Day of Guatemala
  • August 15 – Patronal Feast of Jocotenango
  • November 1 – All Saints Day

The contribution in the volunteer projects in Guatemala for a period of 14 days is 585€.

WEEKSOTHER PROJECTS
2585€
3765€
Additional180€

You will be able to deduct approximately 40% 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.

HOW TO BOOK MY VOLUTEERING IN GUATEMALA?

CLIMATE

Guatemala is usually warm and temperate. Normally you find temperatures of 17.2 ° C (62.9º F).

  • March is the driest month.
  • June is the most humid.
  • January has the lowest average temperature of the year, 15.6 ° C (60º F).

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 withdraw money using credit cards in Guatemala.

FLIGHT

Your flight must have the final destination as the La Aurora International Airport, where you will be transferred to your accomodation according to organization and information given by the coordinator.

  • Flights range between € 550 and € 700 approximately ($600 to $750 USD).
  • You can find good deals on flights on google flights or skyscanner.

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

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 having to go too far.

ANTIGUA GUATEMALA 

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, 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

If you are a photography lover and would like to get to know Antigua Guatemala in a unique way, be sure 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.
Lucia
Teaching project

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