Antigua, the capital of Guatemala, is a beautiful city nestled between three volcanoes Agua, Fuego and Acatenango. Its streetscapes provide an interesting experience for a visitor and there are many things to see. Guatemala suffers from a very high poverty rate and thus volunteers are required throughout the nation in a variety of fields.

Teach English

Guatemala has a mediocre education system and English education is not really emphasized. There is a definite need for native English speakers to teach English and share their first-hand knowledge of the language. As a volunteer, you will teach English to both children and adults.

Orphanage Work

Guatemala has a number of orphanages and many of them are in need of additional help and resources. As a volunteer, you will work with the children, helping them with their daily routine and also teaching them.


Over half of Guatemala’s population is in poverty, and many of these individuals don’t have proper access to healthcare. There are some organizations that are trying to change this, and they need volunteers to help. As a volunteer you will help doctors treat and take care of patients and also help spread awareness about various diseases.

Volunteering Tips

Know Before You Go: English teaching is not widespread in Guatemala, so it is a wise idea to learn some Spanish before you visit the nation. You should especially practice speaking some phrases you will expect to use often at your volunteer placement.

NGOs/Nonprofits: Antigua is home to a number of nonprofit organizations that work on improving situations in the nation. They include nonprofits working in education, healthcare, and human rights.

Health and Safety of Volunteers in Antigua

As a volunteer in Guatemala, you are recommended to be vaccinated for Hepatitis A & B and Typhoid. If you plan on staying in rural areas for a considerable amount of time, also get vaccinated for Rabies.

Antigua is a relatively safe city for tourists. You should watch out for people who try to approach you offering drugs; remember that drugs are illegal in Guatemala. Small thieves tend to target tourists, so be on the lookout for pickpockets.

Volunteer Programs in Antigua

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Maximo Nivel
Volunteer in Guatemala with Maximo Nivel - Best Rated Projects
9.59 •153 reviews

Maximo Nivel offers volunteer abroad programs in and around the quaint...

International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ
Most Affordable & Trusted Volunteer Programs in Guatemala from $320
9.48 •42 reviews

Trusted by 110,000+ volunteers, IVHQ offers the most popular volunteer...

Operation Groundswell
Experiential Education & Community Service in Guatemala
9.59 •27 reviews

Nestled in Central America, Guatemala has one of the most interesting...

Maximo Nivel
Best Rated Volunteer Abroad Programs in Latin America
Multiple Countries
9.31 •39 reviews

Maximo Nivel is a locally based organization in Costa Rica, Guatemala...

Integrated Learning Experiences- INLEX
Volunteer in Guatemala | Education, Wildlife Conservation, & more
9.45 •31 reviews

Guatemala is a developing country that needs as much help as possible...

A Broader View Volunteers Corp
Volunteer Guatemala - 10 Social and Conservation Programs
10 •10 reviews

By choosing to volunteer in Guatemala you have an extraordinary...

Volunteer Abroad GT
Affordable Volunteer Abroad in Healthcare & Medical Programs from $159 per week
Multiple Countries
9.86 •7 reviews

VAGT provides the most affordable medical & healthcare volunteer...

Global Dental Relief
Global Dental Relief: Public Health Dentistry with Kids in Guatemala
10 •5 reviews

You don't have to be a dentist to volunteer! Our Guatemala clinic...

Education for the Children
Volunteer Positions in Guatemala with Education for the Children Foundation
9.86 •7 reviews

Education for the Children (EFTC), founded in 2003, is a registered...

Constru Casa Guatemala
Constru Casa Guatemala: Build Homes for Underprivileged
9.67 •3 reviews

For 10 years, Constru Casa located in Antigua, Guatemala, a beautiful...

Monterrico Adventure
Learn Spanish, Sea Turtle & Marine Conservation in Guatemala
9.25 •4 reviews

Come to Guatemala for a unique blend of learning Spanish, sea turtle &...

Volunteer Abroad GT
Affordable Volunteer Abroad Working with Children Volunteer Program in Guatemala $149
10 •1 review

When you volunteer with one of our children's services you help the...

Volunteer Abroad GT
Affordable Volunteer Abroad in Building & Renovation Volunteer Programs starting at $95 per week
Multiple Countries
10 •1 review

Many of the volunteer abroad programs VAGT offers are in countries...

Volunteer Trip
Volunteer Trip: Volunteer in Guatemala!
10 •1 review

Volunteer in the stunning, colonial city of Antigua, Guatemala. You...

Global Crossroad
Volunteer in Antiqua, Guatemala - Lowest Fees & Trusted Since 2003
10 •1 review

Are you searching for an affordable and safe way to explore the...

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Traveling with Operation Groundswell to Guatemala was truly one of the most valuable experiences I have had. I learned more in those 15 days than could ever be possible in my 4 years of University in...

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Thanks to monterricoadventure I got to teach english to schoolchildren learn spanish and volunteer one week at a tortugaria (where we fed parrots, took care of turtle eggs and ate AMAZING food) . I...

English lesson

As a fairly experienced traveller before my program with OG, I was worried that I wouldn't get a lot out of the program. I was worried I'd resent the group dynamic, that I wouldn't learn much, and...

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