Location
  • Guatemala
    • Antigua
Length
1 to 24 weeks

Program Details

Language
Spanish
Timeframe
Spring Break Summer Winter Year Round
Housing
Guesthouse Host Family
Groups
Small Group (1-15) Medium Group (16-30) Large Group (31+)

Pricing

Starting Price
$330 USD
Price Details
Fully hosted experience from only $330 for 1 week - this includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support.
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Airport Transfers Some Meals
What's Not Included
Airfare Travel Insurance Visa
May 20, 2021
Jun 21, 2021

About Program

Trusted by 114,000+ volunteers, IVHQ offers the most popular volunteer programs in Guatemala and 50+ other destinations around the world.

Volunteers can join from 1 to 24 weeks and are based in Antigua or rural & coastal locations around Guatemala. Choose from 12 volunteer programs including Childcare, Medical, Teaching, Beach & Sea Turtle Conservation and more. Your fully-hosted experience includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support. You’ll be accommodated in either a homestay or a volunteer house with other like-minded, impact-focused travelers from around the world.

IVHQ offers a multi-layered support network, so even before you depart, you’ll receive outstanding service from your IVHQ Program Manager and gain exclusive access to volunteer training and preparation tools.

Ready to make a difference? Join our community of 114,000+ travelers who’ve spent over 7 million hours giving back.

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Program Highlights

  • IVHQ’s Guatemala programs are available year-round, starting every Monday
  • Fully-hosted volunteer experience from only $330 for 1 week - IVHQ provides the most affordable and top-rated programs
  • You’ll be joining a global network of 114,000+ volunteers backed by the world’s leading team of volunteer travel experts with an outstanding safety system and track record
  • Support impact-driven volunteer projects run by locals within your host community
  • Flexible booking and free changes so you can register with confidence

Popular Programs

Childcare volunteering in Guatemala with IVHQ

As a Childcare Volunteer in Guatemala, you'll provide assistance and care to children from disadvantaged communities. These children often lack support and guidance from their family and schooling, so your support will be fundamental to their development. Work varies according to your specific placement, but generally consists of playing with children, organizing games and activities, helping with lessons and assisting with homework.

Volunteer in Guatemala with IVHQ

Looking for a hands-on volunteer experience? As a Construction & Renovation Volunteer in Guatemala, you'll work alongside locals to improve the infrastructure around Antigua and uplift local economies and communities. Projects focus on home building and school renovation, as well as building playground and bathroom facilities. Your tasks can include laying bricks, carpentry, painting, laying tiles and landscaping.

Volunteer in Guatemala with IVHQ

If you're an aspiring Medical professional, this is the program for you. Volunteers are placed in elderly homes, clinics in under-resourced communities and special needs facilities where you'll be able to make a tangible difference to those in need. Tasks vary based on medical skills & experience (more experienced volunteers are able to act independently with hands-on tasks). For less experienced volunteers, your duties will be mostly observational, assisting local staff with routine jobs.

Volunteer in Guatemala with IVHQ

Guatemala is home to four sea turtle species - two of which are considered critically endangered. As a volunteer on this unique program, you'll be able to support the preservation of Guatemala's marine environment and help turtles to flourish so their numbers can grow. You'll be placed on a stunning, remote part of the Pacific Coast directly supporting a government organization.

Volunteer in Guatemala with IVHQ

As an English Teacher Volunteer, you'll help Guatemalans improve their English skills which gives them a better opportunity to find work across a range of careers. Volunteer work varies but generally consists of teaching small groups of children, tutoring local students, setting up workshops, assisting local teachers and organizing educational games and activities.

Volunteer in Guatemala with IVHQ

As an Animal Care Volunteer, you'll work across dog and cat shelters, veterinary clinics and an exotic animal refuge, catering to crocodiles, snakes, lizards and turtles. This one-of-a-kind volunteering experience will allow you to interact with animals of all kinds, helping to improve their quality of life. This project is open to all volunteers and a veterinary background is not required, although is highly advantageous.

Program Reviews

9.5 Rating
based on 46 reviews
  • 9-10 rating 89.13%
  • 7-8 rating 10.87%
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  • Impact 9.2
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 9.6
  • Value 9.1
  • Safety 9.2
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Jovan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

CHANGED MY LIFE

As a current medical student, I always listened to doctors talk about going overseas to volunteer in understaffed clinics. It sounded interesting but I was not sure if it was something I would be into or not. I figured I would volunteer in a clinic in Guatemala for a week and see what it was like. I wished I had booked longer. Much longer. In the beginning, the instructions are few but concise, so make sure to follow them closely. Once you get there, you have more support than you know what to do with. They answer all your questions, make sure you are set up with everything you need, and even offer activities to draw you closer with the culture. My experience in the clinic was amazing. We opened up a clinic that had closed due to covid. Many patients who we saw had chronic conditions that had gone untreated during covid. It was incredible to be able to help them, small or large in scale. None of the patients spoke english, so brush up on that espanol!!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would stay longer. The people on my medical team were there for 2-3 weeks and I wish I had a cleared schedule so I could extend my trip. Some of the patients we asked to come back and follow up and I was just starting to build connections with the locals. One week was much too short.
10 people found this review helpful.
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Christina
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Antigua, Guatemala

I love to travel and lately I've been interested in giving back to the countries I visit. In 2020 I was an English tutor in Honduras through another agency, and I got hooked! Since that agency isn't taking volunteers due to Covid, I found that IVHQ was, so in February I started the application process and paid my fees. By March I had a position in Antigua, Guatemala, caring for horses. I fell in love with them, even though it was hot outside and could be hard manual labor grooming them. The exercise was good for me and I also did a ton of walking. My house mom was gracious and welcomed me in. My house mates were equally gracious. The local people were welcoming. I had to speak Spanish most places, and that was fine. It was good for me. The food, volcanos and other activities were worth the time and money. I cried my last day because I knew I'd miss the horses and the stable hands I worked with. I am very tempted to go back doing the same thing sometime soon, but I also want to see other countries. I can't do everything. IVHQ and their partner company Maximo Nivel worked very well together. The logistics were smooth. I had no trouble assimilating. I will use IVHQ again. I'm just not sure if my next application will be working with horses or another country.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Getting lost the first three days or so going to and from my assignment working with horses. Initially, I hailed taxis and tuk tuks until I figured my way around. I suggest, if you're poor with directions, have a strong phone with Google Maps or an equivalent program loaded. In order to save on international charges, I downloaded maps prior to my journey while I had free wifi at either Maximo Nivel or at the house I lived.
10 people found this review helpful.
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Dana
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

IVHQ is a travel and volunteer game changer

Absolutely life changing!!! My friend and I volunteered for a week in Guatemala teaching English to children ages 5-12. Not only is Guatemala beautiful but everything about the IVHQ experience was amazing. Airport pickup was prompt safe and secure, our host family were so welcoming and the house was gorgeous. Teaching was out of this world! The kids were so precious and smart and so happy to have us there as well! 10/10 by far and already booked again with IVHQ to volunteer on a sea turtle conservation bc my IVHQ 1 st experience was outstanding! Recommend to anyone looking to give back, travel, and experience life outside of our own 🤍

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
If I could do it all over I would’ve stayed more than a week teaching with those beautiful children! By the middle of the week we were growing closer so leaving after a week was hard! Wish I could’ve stayed longer
11 people found this review helpful.
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Mallory
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Childcare in Guatemala

Absolutely life changing. The people, the culture the environment are incredible, Antigua was very safe when I was there, The children instantly love you as soon as you walk into the school and you’ll never want to leave! As a 16 year old, i wad horrified on exploring Guatemala by myself, but within the first day i met two of my best friends there and we did everything together. With IVHQ, it was super easy to make friends, which for me was the thing i worried about most. If you’re looking for a budget friendly or childcare program, I recommend Guatemala🇬🇹

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
be open to each and every opportunity thats thrown at you. When you’re open to new things, the more memories you create.
12 people found this review helpful.
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Steve
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Antigua, Guatemala

I had a wonderfully meaningful experience volunteering at a day care center in Dueñas, Guatemala. I stayed with a local family in Antigua, one of the most beautiful and safest towns in Guate.
IVHQ was very thorough in preparing us for the trip and Maximo Nivel, the onsite contact, was excellent at making sure we were taken care of during the duration of our stay. They were organized, professional and very hospitable.

I enjoyed taking the famous chicken bus to Dueñas then working and playing with the children at the day care center for four hours each day. I assisted them in their daily assignments and meals and even played songs for them with a ukulele I brought. I also learned a lot from my Spanish instructor who was patient, funny and very organized.

I’m glad I decided to stay and extra few days to unwind after the volunteering portion of the trip, as Lake Atitlan was the perfect destination to end the trip on.

I left Guatemala feeling changed for the better and felt I made a difference to the children I met, as they certainly made an impression on me. I look forward to working through IVHQ again in the future and highly recommend them for anyone interested in volunteering.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Learn as much Spanish as possible prior to the trip.
14 people found this review helpful.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Thanks for your review, Steve! Our program in Guatemala is very popular due to the meaningful volunteer projects and amazing local team and it's great to read that you had a similar experience! Awesome to hear that you also joined one of our Spanish language classes - it really does help when your Spanish knowledge is limited! Thanks again for volunteering with us and we hope to have to you travel with IVHQ again sometime soon. ^Charlotte - IVHQ Guatemala Program Manager

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Alexis
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My Wonderful Volunteering Experience!

I would highly recommend IVHQ Guatemala for anyone who is interested in volunteering abroad! As a premedical student on the medical project, I had the opportunity to volunteer at Mis Anos Dorados in Jocotenango, which was a free local day center for seniors 60 and older. In the facility's clinic, I helped to perform physical exams, take vitals, and consulted with the health care professionals at Maximo Nivel regarding patient concerns or other more serious medical conditions. I formed memorable relationships with many of the abuelitos at the clinic. They always brightened my day and even consoled me on my last day when I was sad about having to leave them! After volunteering, I also took Spanish classes in the evenings, which helped a lot with my Spanish at my volunteer site. In addition, my host family was so kind and professional. The meals were always delicious and the placement was comfortable and safe in Antigua. I found the Guatemalan culture so fascinating, and there was plenty of things to do during my free time such as trekking up Cerro de la Cruz! Thanks to IVHQ, I have learned so much and met so many wonderful people on the medical project. The support from both IVHQ and Maximo Nivel was wonderful as well. They were always there with advice when I needed it, both prior to my trip and while in-country. I had an unforgettable week, and I know you will too if you volunteer in Guatemala with IVHQ!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
I would encourage you to take every opportunity you get to interact with the locals and community, as your time there will end before you know it!
14 people found this review helpful.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Great to hear from you, Alexis. It's fantastic to read that you have a positive experience in Guatemala. Taking advantage of the Spanish lessons and great trekking opportunities is certainly a must-do during your visit, so it's great to hear that you made the most of these experiences. ^Kate - IVHQ Guatemala Program Manager

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Eline
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Volunteering at dog shelter Abaj Tacalik in Guatemala

I have volunteered before with IVHQ in Sri Lanka. This year I decided to go to Guatemala and work out in a dog shelter. I have had an amazing experience as the people and dogs at my placement were so nice and lovely. Patty takes care of 70 dogs in and around her house and does an amazing job in vaccinate/castrate them, take care of the wounded and feeding all of them. I am grateful for being able to help her out and fundraising money to rebuild part of the shelter and providing food and vaccines.

Antigua is a lovely city, my host family was super nice and during the weekends we had enough time to travel and stroll around the city.

IVHQ has helped me with preparing for the trip and in country it was the staff at Maximo Nivel that supported me and provided me with information. I can highly recommend anyone wanting to do something good with their spare time to volunteer. I have had the time of my life!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be open-minded and believe in your own abilities to make a (small) change! Look at the resources you have available and try to make the most out of it!
12 people found this review helpful.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Eline - I'm glad to hear that you have had such a great experience in Guatemala, and awesome that you have stayed connected with your placement and and continuing to help out from overseas! Your passion for helping these dogs is evident and your dedication is impressive. Good luck with your next adventure, and we hope to hear from you again soon! Kate - IVHQ Program Manager

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Brian
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Construction and renovation project in Antigua, Guatemala

I wanted to take my 15 year old niece on a volunteer trip to another country while she is still young. IVHQ was the perfect choice! The experience was everything we hoped for and more. The staff was very professional and any concerns I had were quickly put to rest after our first day in Antigua. We were also provided with many opportunities to experience other parts of the country (which we took advantage of) while we were there. We were able to hike up a volcano the weekend before we started volunteering and visit a beautiful lake the weekend after we volunteered. There was also time in the afternoon each day for us to explore Antigua, which was where we were based. The price was very reasonable too for such and memorable experience and we are already talking about doing another IVHQ trip next year!

What would you improve about this program?
Honestly, nothing. The IVHQ staff and facilities far exceeded what I was expecting.
14 people found this review helpful.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Thanks so much Brian for sharing your thoughts with us around your time on the IVHQ Guatemala program! It sounds like you were able to make the most of your time in Antigua and had some very memorable experiences alongside your volunteer hours! Please note that you are welcome to volunteer with IVHQ again at anytime so don't be a stranger! Kate - IVHQ Program Manager.

Questions & Answers

Hi Henry, The program fee for two weeks is $515, add to that either $50 - $55 a week (depending on if you want a 2 hour small group language class or a 1 hour private one) which bring the total to around $625. Hope this helps!