• Guatemala
    • Antigua
2 to 24 weeks

Program Details

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


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

Host family , in private room with two meals per day
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
Jun 11, 2021
Mar 26, 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:
-Sustainable Agriculture.
-Turtle conservation.
-Environmental preservation.
-Special education for people with disabilities.
-Animal Care.

You can also intern in:
-Medicine and Health.
-Veterinary sciences
-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.


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.


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.


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.


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

9.47 Rating
based on 32 reviews
  • 9-10 rating 87.5%
  • 7-8 rating 12.5%
  • 5-6 rating 0%
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  • Impact 8.6
  • Support 9.9
  • Fun 8.8
  • Value 9.1
  • Safety 9.4
  • Growth 9
  • Support 10
  • Fun 6
  • Housing 8
  • Safety 10
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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!

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

My Experience in Guatemala

My experience in Guatemala was exceptional; I learned about the culture, the language, and the amazing people who live here. Throughout my trip, I was challenged with several obstacles that advanced my ability to adapt, problem-solve, and be patient. With the support of Alex, my host family, and the school system I was able to face these challenges and still progress as a student. I feel that leaving here I will have gained so much. The trip was so much fun and I will miss all my new friends dearly, especially the young children I got to meet. I believe that they taught me just as much as I taught them and that is something I will hold onto forever. Ultimately, this trip was an extraordinary learning experience and an opportunity that I am grateful that I got to attend.

What would you improve about this program?
I would make sure that there is wifi in the houses, just because some of the people traveling here are students and they need to do their homework.
21 people found this review helpful.
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Education in Guatemala

I had an amazing experience with this program. To begin, the staff was consistently available and offered advice and assistance each week. They also placed me in a homestay with a family who not only helped me to experience Guatemalan culture but fully immersed me in the Spanish language so that I was able to improve vastly during my time abroad. Second, my internship placement, which was teaching English at a school to children aged 5- 18 years old, allowed me to both teach the students and to learn from them. I was able to teach the students and to learn new methods that I could utilize in my own classes in the United States, and I learned about the students and their culture through teaching. I would highly recommend this program to anyone who is looking to broaden their horizons by experiencing teaching in another culture because it was an unforgettable and worthwhile experience.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Use as much Spanish as you can and practice every day
20 people found this review helpful.
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Medical internship

During my time at the internship, I gained lots of valuable information that I otherwise would not have had to opportunity to acquire. Definitely worth it and would recommend to others that may be thinking about doing this program! Cesar, Reyna, and their entire family welcomed me with open arms. They cooked amazing meals, played games with the entire family after lunch, and ensured I had no concerns or worries. I was only about a 20 minute walk away from the Centro de Salud, which is where the internship was held, and I felt very safe both on my walk to work and back home from the Centro. I got involved at the local gym and really enjoyed the atmosphere of Patzun. After my four weeks there’s it truly began to feel like home. I hope I am able to return in the near future!

19 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Beautiful, Friendly Guatemala

I interned in a small Guatemalan town for five weeks teaching English at a private school. During my intenship, I developed my abilities to communicate information and build relationships with others in a different language, actively listen to others, reflect on my perspective and privilege, and adapt to new environments and circumstances.
I also took five weeks of Spanish lessons. Doing so improved my teaching a lot because I needed to teach the students English in their language. Additonally, it improved my ability to connect with others, ask them questions, and comprehend their answers. I highly reccommend that interns take several weeks of lessons in-country. Being able to communicate with my host family and students at the school improved my experience exponentially.
Sometimes my days were very long between my internship, Spanish lessons, and prepping for the next day's classes, but I feel like it was totally worth it. I also highly encourage volunteers to make the most out of their time in-country. Being immersed in a new culture can be disorienting, and it can be easy to fall into negative thinking and staying in your bedroom all day. But, in my experience, you will have an unforgettable experience if you try your hardest to stay positive, flexible, and learn as much as you can.
Additionally, the in-country support team was very friendly, helpful and caring. I always felt comfortable with asking them questions or advice. They really care about their interns!
There are also many tourism opportunities in Guatemala. I recommend visiting the city of Antigua, Lake Atitlan, and the Mayan pyramids of Tikal!
Overall, my trip developed me in countless ways. I now feel more confident, experienced, and have a drive positively affect the lives of others.

What was your funniest moment?
I highly recommend that travelers with sensitive stomachs bring medication for so-called "traveler's diarrhea" because I had a funny experience with needing to use the bathroom.
My stomach was upset during a weekend excursion I took to a city called Panajachel next to Lake Atitlan. I was on a bus trying to return to my house, when the bus got a flat tire and needed to pull over. We were in the middle of nowhere, and my stomach was not feeling well. I needed to use the bathroom asap. I considered going behind a bush, but there were none to effectively cover me. I panicked and ran to the closest house. I pleaded to use their bathroom, and the people were more than happy to help me. After I used their bathroom, I offered to pay them for their help. However, they just smiled at me and told me not to worry about it. I thanked them, and they said that they were happy to help.
20 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

A fantastic learning experience

This experience exceeded my expectations! I came with the goal to help others with their English and to improve my Spanish and I feel I have done both of those.

At weekends, I had loads of free time to travel, going to different parts of Guatemela and even visiting other countries! The programme is well organised in that it gives you a lot of rewarding work to do but also a lot of time to relax and do your own thing.

Being placed near the city of Antigua (only 20-30 minutes away) was fantastic. You can't get bored of that place! There is so much to do there, and you can easily book trips from the travel agencies there.

The staff at the organisation are incredibly helpful. The doors of their office are always open and they are willing to help in any way! I would 100% recommend this learning experience to others.

What was your funniest moment?
Learning some Guatemalan words with the students at my school, and teaching them some Irish slang, was really funny!
20 people found this review helpful.

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