Location
  • Guatemala
    • Antigua
Length
2 to 24 weeks

Program Details

Age Min.
18
Age Max
100
Timeframe
Short Term Spring Break Summer Winter Year Round
Housing
Host Family Hostel
Groups
Small Group (1-15) Medium Group (16-30)
Travel Type
Budget Family Older Travelers Solo Women

Pricing

Starting Price
469
Price Details
2 weeks $469
3 weeks $624
4 weeks $857
5 weeks $1004
6 weeks $1152
7 weeks $1300
8 weeks $1589

Accommodation:
Host family , in private room with two meals per day
OR
Dorms: In shared accommodation with breakfast. Add $4 per night.
Participation in cultural activities.
On call support throughout the service.
Coordination with the host country organization of volunteer service.
Orientation to volunteer work or intern placement
Welcome at airport with transport.
Certificate of program completion.
What's Included
Accommodation Airport Transfers Some Meals
What's Not Included
Activities Airfare Domestic Airfare Some Meals SIM cards Transportation Travel Insurance Visa
Jul 28, 2022
Nov 07, 2022
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About Program

Volunteer in Guatemala or intern and see why the country’s motto is the “country of eternal spring”. Its rich Mayan heritage, beautiful landscapes, varied climates, and charming people make it the perfect destination for your program.

Join a dedicated team of volunteers and interns working towards the development of Guatemala and its people. By joining our volunteering programs in Guatemala, you can be sure that you are joining an authentic experience, where we will match your skills and interests where you can make the most impact.

You can volunteer in:
-Childcare.
-Education.
-Sustainable Agriculture.
-Turtle conservation.
-Environmental preservation.
-Special education for people with disabilities.
-Animal Care.

You can also intern in:
-Micro-finance
-Medicine and Health.
-Veterinary sciences
-Physiotherapy
-Nursing
-Dental care

Consider your impact: Volunteering abroad can be a rewarding experience for both volunteers and local communities, and at Go Overseas, we believe all volunteers should have the resources to make informed decisions about the type of volunteer project they want to partake in. However, despite best intentions, some organizations offering placements in orphanages may unknowingly place children in danger. You can read about the potential dangers of orphanage volunteering here.

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Program Highlights

  • Meet other volunteers from around the world!
  • Get to know Mayan culture
  • Challenge yourself with volcano hikes, camping trips and more outdoor activities
  • Give back to communities in need in quality programs
  • Choose how long and when you want to volunteer. Programs available from 2-24 weeks

Program Impact

What makes us different?

We are Local

We are not a tourism company or corporation. We are committed to supporting the communities we work in by helping local projects and the local economy.

Responsibility

We work in each of our destinations. Our in-country knowledge is key to delivering participants to projects that need it the most. We use local staff and create local employment.

Safety

INLEX evaluates participants, projects, host families, and uses only trusted providers for their programs. By using our local staff’s knowledge and criteria we can establish a safe network of programs within each country.

Experience

INLEX has been working with volunteers and interns along with designing educational programs since 2005. Our experience and impact are constantly improving our programs.

Positive impact

Projects are carefully matched the participant’s skills. The projects and companies work with a volunteer or intern who will be useful to their goals and participants get useful and rewarding experience. The best match ensures a win-win situation for each party.

Popular Programs

Volunteer teaching-INLEX volunteer abroad

By joining the teaching program in Guatemala you will be assisting a teacher or teaching your class depending on the subject you are most comfortable with. You will be assigned to a rural school or an after school program to teach children from 6-15 years of age.

Most volunteers teach English in Guatemala, but you can also volunteer to teach other subjects like math, science, music or arts.

Volunteer in childcare in Guatemala with INLEX

In the childcare program in Guatemala you will be working around 6 hours per day Monday to Friday with children ranging from 2-7 years of age, whose parents work and don’t have anywhere to send them to during the day. Working with children requires energy and creativity as most of the work is around keeping the children entertained through songs, games, and basic educational activities like teaching numbers, colors, etc.

physiotherapy internship Guatemala with INLEX

The physiotherapy internship program is great for students or professionals in physio, occupational therapy, sports therapy or related fields. The physiotherapy program partners with various clinics that treat underprivileged populations a fraction of the cost what a normal therapy would cost.

Medical Internships in Guatemala

In Guatemala access to public healthcare is not great, so clinics and hospitals greatly benefit from the extra help interns give to the health system. Join our medical internship program in Guatemala and get hands-on experience by shadowing doctors in rural clinics and hospitals.

Veterinary

Join a veterinary clinic that works with a project that picks up street dogs and cats to be healed and neutered. In this internship, you will work alongside a vet and other interns to heal dogs that have been neglected or have been in an accident. This clinic supports the same shelter where volunteers are placed in Guatemala.

Program Reviews

4.84 Rating
based on 37 reviews
  • 5 rating 83.78%
  • 4 rating 16.22%
  • 3 rating 0%
  • 2 rating 0%
  • 1 rating 0%
  • Impact 4.55
  • Support 5
  • Fun 4.5
  • Value 4.75
  • Safety 4.8
  • Growth 5
  • Support 5
  • Fun 3
  • Housing 4
  • Safety 5
Showing 1 - 8 of 37 reviews
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Pete
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Guatemala Sustainable Farming

My program went very well in Guatemala. I learned a whole lot about the technical aspects of cultivation in greenhouses, and helped (I think) by adding a pair of work hands, and all in all got a very deep and well-rounded experience. The cultural and language immersion of living in the Western Highlands of Guatemala was thorough and invigorating. I'm glad I chose to do this for the length of time I did (12 weeks), because I found myself integrating more an more into the work-site and people and life as time went by. Thanks very much for facilitating this and making it possible!

Pros
  • Deep cultural experience
  • Language immersion
  • Tecnical training
3 people found this review helpful.
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Jennifer
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Delightful Experience

The support from INLEX was personal and reliable. It was so nice to stay with a local family the first night and have an informative ride to my program placement. I had many new and interesting experiences at Hawaii. The local staff were wonderful and the food was delicious. I met some friendly and helpful volunteers who made my stay even better.
Some unexpected changes occurred when I left the program to head back toward the airport and my Coordinator, Alex, changed arrangements and supported me the whole way through. As a solo traveler with minimal ability to speak Spanish, I felt secure with his assistance. I would recommend their services.

Pros
  • Lovely being by the beach
  • Great food
  • Seeing turtles hatch
Cons
  • One small hut for voluteers
  • Need to be a self starter
  • Program facility somewhat run down
3 people found this review helpful.
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fabio
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Great expierience to Guatemala

I spent one month in Guatemala. As Physical thererapist i worked in a physio clinic in Tecpàn, chimaltenango district.
I can say that my expierience was incredibly great. The Family i live with was so human, kind and available.
The people in the clinic put me in comfort zone as we knew each other from many years.
The organization, inlexca, always supported me and always was present when i needed.
I have a guatemaltecan heart piece right now.
Thanks to all people i knew there, all in my mind, forever.
Por siempre agradecido.
Fabio.

4 people found this review helpful.
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Adrian
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Beautiful experience with amazing people

My trip to Guatemala was very daunting at first because I was traveling on my own and I had never been before so I didn't know what to expect. As soon as I started to interact with people and get to know them I felt like I could put my worries to rest, people where warm, charmful and funny and I honesntly feel I will always remember this trip very fondly. For those who love nature, hiking and going on aventures I highly recommend Guatemala. I'm very grateful to the organizers who always took care of me and saw that I was safe and having a good time.

Pros
  • Great people
  • Eye catching views
  • Tasty food
Cons
  • Not very safe to travel alone
  • Be mindful of food outside restaurants
  • Public transport stops working early
9 people found this review helpful.
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Daniela
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Medical and childrens volunteer

I loved my host family so much, they were so welcoming and caring and they cooked amazing food for me. The coworkers I had at both volunteers were really nice too, specially at the Children’s care one. I wish I could have been more hands on in my medial volunteer, but I still felt as though I helped.
I also enjoyed the places to visit in Guatemala during the weekend. I visited the El Paredón beach, which was beautiful, I did the Acatenango volcano hike, which I most definitely recommend because even though it’s very hard it’s so so worth it in the end, and I also visited the Lake and toured some towns nearby.
It’s a great experience to both volunteer and explore a new country and it’s culture.

9 people found this review helpful.
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Paul
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Internship at a Coffee Plantation close to Antigua

I spend a little more than 3 months in Guatemala with Inlex from end of April to the beginning of august 2021. I went there for an agricultural internship for my university and for the overall experience of solo travel, working and living abroud. Traveling inmits the covid pandemic i was very nervous about some obstacles that might pose but luckely the Inlex team was very prepared and i felt safe and taken care of the whole time.I stayed with a hoast familiy with whom i had a lot of fun and where i felt very welcomed. My program includet a 2 week language course in spanish and 8 weeks of working. Both of which i look back with good memories of experiences and the friends i made along the way. I am esperially thankful for the trips i took with people of the staff who took me along on hikes and to some places where i wouldn't normaly be able to go to aswell as help with planning my own roadtrips and travels. This made my stay in guatemala truely unique and has left me with some of the best memories of my life!

Pros
  • Amazing Nature (Vulcanos, Jungles, Wildlife,...)
  • Rich History (both colinial and Maya)
  • Unique Culture and People
Cons
  • Safety risks in some areas
  • Tropical illness, food digestibility
20 people found this review helpful.
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Olivia
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Great friends and memories made at Corazon del Bosque!

Volunteering at Corazon del Bosque was an amazing experience. The work itself was very interesting - they have a great mindset for what they want to work towards. As long as you bring initiative, there are some really interesting opportunities to help out. The homestay with the local family was a great way to learn about local life, about Mayan culture, and to practice Spanish. My family was hugely accommodating, they made me feel at home the whole time there. The programme itself was also very supportive, checking in with me regularly, and always providing helpful advise when needed (either about the programme or about travel in Guatemala more generally). Overall a fantastic experience!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Lots of yummy food eaten and was great to learn about this, also trying to make tortillas (harder than it looks...) Caldo de pata was the most interesting and authentic thing to try!
35 people found this review helpful.
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Wes
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Volunteering in Education and Learning Spanish in Guatemala

I highly recommend Inlex/CA, especially if you are considering a combination learn Spanish / volunteer experience.

From arrival at the airport in Guatemala City to my departure three weeks later, I was extremely well looked after. I never was concerned about how to get anywhere, how to do anything, or any other aspect of my stay, because the staff at Inlex/CA assisted me with every possible logistical detail and eventuality. The support is second-to-none.

One of the main reasons I chose Inlex/CA for my experience was because I wanted to learn Spanish, and I certainly was not disappointed. During my three weeks, I truly had an authentic immersion experience. With the support of the Inlex/CA staff, my incredible host family, an amazing one-on-one Spanish teacher (a total of 60 hours), and the staff at El Centro Sabor y Gracia, my Spanish went from beginner to advanced in only three weeks.

The volunteering aspect of the programme was also rewarding. I was able to teach English to a small group of primary (age 5 - 8) students, and another group of junior (age 9 to 12) students at the Centro Sabor y Gracia in Santo Tomas. The director and staff of this special project were also very supportive, and the children, although energetic and with a wide variety of learning needs, were responsive and appreciative of the time I spent with them.

The locale (Santa Lucia, Santo Tomas, and Antigua - the #1 tourist destination / jump-off point in Guatemala) was small enough to present an authentic picture of daily life in Guatemala, but it also provided close access to many popular trips around the entire country.

Inlex/CA really did give me the experience I was looking for; it effectively catered to both aspects (volunteering and learning Spanish) of my three-week "holiday."

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Climbing Pacaya Volcano was absolutely incredible. It is an absolute must if you visit this part of Guatemala.
36 people found this review helpful.

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