Local Volunteer Projects in Guatemala

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Maximo Nivel provides great volunteer programs in Antigua, Guatemala. Maximo is a locally-based organization and you work directly with local projects, get involved, and make an impact!

University credit is available for our service learning programs from our official School of Record: California State University-Monterey Bay

Volunteer placements include:

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Reviews

96%
based on 150 reviews
  • Impact 9.2
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 9.4
  • Value 9.3
  • Safety 9.4
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Bethany
10/10

Spanish Immersion in Antigua and Self-Confidence Boost

Studying with Maximo Nivel in Antigua, Guatemala has done more than allow me to work on my Spanish. Not only have I been able to improve my competency in the language, I have also been able to improve my confidence and self-esteem. As a person with a severe disability who has spent most of their life in treatment and being told that they could never do much with their life, it is one of the most amazing experiences ever being able to prove those doubts and limitations wrong. By being in Guatemala studying and exploring, I have been able to advance my own personal health recovery, while simultaneoulsy showing myself and many other people that disabilities dont define us, and that, as long as we want something bad enough, we can make it happen. I would never have imagined a year ago or beleived it would be possible to be horseback riding up a volcano. I also never would have thought it would be possible to sit on a terrace and study Spanish while looking at said volcanoes. Thank you Maximo Nivel for giving me the chance to use your program to better both my language skills and my life as it is in whole. I will never forget these past 2 weeks, and I just wish I could go back in time and tell my past self that this was eventually going to happen.

How can this program be improved?
N/A
Yes, I recommend this program
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hannah
10/10

Great Experience in Antigua

So far, I have been here for one day and everyone has been very helpful. I will be here for a month and cannot wait for all of the valuable things I will learn. I am very excited to help in the Special Needs and Elderly Care program. They will teach me more than I can teach them and I am excited to be a part of this program. Everyone has been helpful and my spanish has already improved. I hope that you can too, one day experience Antigua, Guatemala.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Cezanne
10/10

Beautiful place and people

Maximo Nivel and IVHQ have both been so helpful throughout my experience thus far In Guatemala -I am so glad I chose Guatemala and I have had tremendous support since I have arrived. I was given specific instructions on who I was meeting and the volunteer house is not too far from Maximo Nivel. I am excited to begin my project tomorrow (medical project) and I will keep you updated on how it goes. Antigua is breathtaking I am so glad I am here!

How can this program be improved?
Nothing
Yes, I recommend this program
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Camille
9/10

Amazing Time Working with Disadvantaged Elderly Care Facility

Maximo Nivel was incredibly flexible and kind during my volunteer service. They provided very safe homestay housing available for both myself and my travel partner. We had the opportunity to work with an elderly care facility that was understaffed. The nurses there did an incredible job with day to day feeding and activities of daily living, but they had no entertainment and seemed to be very sad and depressed. So, we had the opportunities to take them out on walks and have dance days and games to help them enjoy their days more. I don't know if it was a lasting change but our goal was to continue having the incoming volunteers help in the same way to keep them having a good time. It was a wonderful experience!

Yes, I recommend this program
Madeline
9/10

Medical Volunteering, Maximo Nivel, Guatemala

I volunteered for 3 weeks in a public clinic alongside nurses, a doctor and other staff. They were all very welcoming and willing to teach! I will be starting medical school this coming fall, and this was a great opportunity to familiarize myself with healthcare in another country. I started with a fairly high level of Spanish, and was able to learn enough medical Spanish to be able to communicate with both the staff and patients. Overall, I very much enjoyed my experience and I feel my time here will make me a more culturally competent physician.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Meloo
9/10

Dont be afraid

Antigua is super safe dont be afraid to step out and explore this beautiful country. At all times i felt safe in Antigua, the staff at maximo nivel offerred countless suggestions and services to make me feel even more at home! There are plenty of tourists roaming the streets and the weather is amazing, shuttles and services are well priced and the food is even better! Theres plenty ot explore around Antigua and getting there isnt a problem :)

Yes, I recommend this program
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remma
6/10

maximonivel guatemala

I really enjoyed my time at Maximo Nivel Guatemala. The team was awesome and I learned a lot of Spanish. I took spanish classes with Antonio and he really helped me out a lot. I wen to cerro de la cruz, Monte Rico, and the lake. I am happy I took the step to come to Guatemala and put myself in a new environment. The Field Manager named Stephan was super nice and helped me out with a few questions. The MAximo Nivel building is really nice and truly MAximo Nivel has a lot to offer. Maybe even one day I will go visit the office in Peru and Costa Rica.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Kristi
10/10

Think Globally

Maximo did a fantastic job at placing me in a clinic where I could be useful. Also, my home stay experience was spot-on. I stayed with others of my similar age and demographics. I felt very prepared and safe to roam about a new country with the confidence that I always had someone to reach out to if I got into a pickle.
This experience has opened my eyes and my heart. I now have a barometer on which to base my daily life. The people I served were grateful, welcoming and lovely. I am already planning my trip for next year and I will be bringing my husband and my daughter.
My deepest appreciation goes to Maximo for this gift in my life.
Kristi McLain

How can this program be improved?
Perhaps send info about the host family sooner so an appropriate thank-you gift could be brought.
Yes, I recommend this program
Joanie
10/10

Teaching English in Guatemala

With no English teaching experience, Maximo helped me feel comfortable sharing my native language skills with locals wanting to learn English. They provided me with a crash TEFL course. They showed me how to get to my school the first time, and introduced me to the other staff. Once a week they came by to check how things were going. Also, whenever I was at the office, which was daily since I took Spanish classes in the afternoon, I could easily ask for any assistance I might need. The program support staff, Estephan, Wally, and Nancy were always friendly and helpful. I highly recommend this organization. They have lots of other volunteer opportunities too, if teaching English isn’t your interest. And Antigua is a very easy city to spend time in.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Anita
10/10

Holiday Experience

Holiday Experience 2017 was eye opening, to say the least. Every time I volunteer I am in a different journey in my own life ,but learning from other volunteers and the children you work with keep you grounded. Working with the different programs, you were able to see a bit of everything from nursery homes, coffee bean farms, orphanages, to being able to paint a mural at a local school. I stepped out of my comfort zone during many projects but I was
so I happy I did because thats how you grow as a person. Maximo has an amazing, and supportive staff. I worked closely to Wally and Andrea and their passion for the organization truly shines onto the the volunteers.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Hélène
10/10

Holiday and Childcare Program In Antigua Guatemala

I was in Guatemala for 3 weeks. Did 1 week of the Holiday experience where we had the opportunity to join an elderly care project, a construction project and a childcare one. Then I volunteered at this amazing afterschool program called Nuevo Amanecer for the two next weeks. This whole trip was an extraordinary experience, I definitely recommend it ! Maximo Nivel is super well organized and we feel supported and safe. The city of Antigua itself is wonderful, you’ll love it here!

Yes, I recommend this program
Christina
10/10

IVHQ antigua

I had great experience doing holiday program and medical project. I meet a lot of new friends and we are like a family now. I enjoyed volunteering in the clinic. I got to see and learn many things. The first week of holiday project, I had chance to paint one of the school, also we visit old age home, and did child care. Next two weeks, I did the medical project and made lots of new friends at the clinic. Eventhough I don’t speak spanish,I kinda survived with google translator. I would recommend taking Spanish class with Maximo novel. Thank you for everything Maximo!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Dinoji
9/10

Life-changing Trip

I spent my 2017 holiday season in Antigua, Guatemala, to volunteer with the Holiday Experience project, and it absolutely was one of the best trips of my life. In the 1 week that I spent with Maximo Guatemala, I had the opportunity to volunteer at a coffee plantation, an orphanage, and a disability facility. All three of these placements opened my eyes in different ways; I was pushed out of my comfort zone, and found myself appreciating all the little things as a result.

The Maximo Guatemala team was great in so many ways. They were warm and welcoming from the start, and very accomodating when I wanted to extend my stay. I was a little nervous going into it all, since this was my first time volunteering abroad, but from the moment I saw the bright yellow smiley face flag at my airport pickup, I felt instantly at ease :). By the time I left my homestay, it truly felt like a home away from home.

I came to Antigua wanting to give back over the holidays, but left with the realization that you don't have to wait for that time of year to do so. I'm grateful that my first experience volunteering abroad was such a great one. It has left such an impression on me that I'm definitely doing it again soon!

Yes, I recommend this program
Torre
10/10

Amazing Experience!

These two weeks with Maximo Nivel Guatemala have been amazing! I really enjoyed the holiday experience and visiting multiple projects. We worked with the elderly, painted a school and worked with kids. My second week I was placed at an orphanage who had an amazing staff and wonderful kids. Maximo has a great team who is always willing to help and they truly made this a memorable experience. Hope to volunteer again with Maximo Nivel!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Carrie
10/10

Máximo Nivel

I had such an incredible time with this program. All of the staff are so welcoming and helpful from the minute you meet them, and keep your safety and overall experience a priority. I look forward to future adventures with this program, and will cherish the memories I have already made with Máximo Nivel. As for the specific programs, transportation was simple and everyone was so helpful and kind. It also was an incredible way to practice my spanish

How can this program be improved?
More programs in more countries!
Yes, I recommend this program

About Maximo Nivel

Máximo Nivel (Maximum Level)—The Intercultural Center of Latin America

Máximo Nivel is a family-owned, social enterprise founded in 2003. Our three intercultural centers are locally-based organizations focused on international education and cross...