Location
  • Guatemala
    • Antigua
Length
1 to 52 weeks

Program Details

Language
English
Age Min.
17
Age Max
90
Timeframe
Short Term Spring Break Summer Winter Year Round
Housing
Apartment Guesthouse Host Family Hostel
Groups
Small Group (1-15) Medium Group (16-30) Large Group (31+)
Travel Type
Budget Family Older Travelers Solo Women

Pricing

Starting Price
665
Price Details
Maximo Nivel offers top-rated volunteer abroad programs. We strive to offer all-inclusive program fees that are affordable, transparent, and accessible to everyone. Along with Maximo’s professional program management, multi-lingual team, and 24/7 in-country support, your volunteer program includes:
Airport pick-up
Host family accommodations (shared room)
Breakfast and dinner, 7 days/week
3-4 hours/day practical work, Monday-Friday
Program and safety orientation
Walking tour
Official certificate of volunteer service
Letter of recommendation
Spanish language tutoring table
Tandem Conversation Program
Office-wide WiFi and computer lab
Salsa dance classes
Cooking classes
Institute is open 7 days/week
Emergency contact number 24/7
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Some Meals Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Travel Insurance
Apr 27, 2022
May 10, 2024
90 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

From stunning volcanoes to its captivating Maya heritage, Guatemala is a popular travel destination. However, over half of its population is living in poverty. International volunteers can help in a wide variety of ways, from working with kids to helping out at an eco-agriculture project. Make your travels meaningful!

With Maximo Nivel, you can travel sustainably without sacrificing excellent customer service. Professional field managers bring structure to your experience abroad while helping you meet the community’s real needs. Volunteer projects are run out of our institute in the quaint cobblestone streets of Antigua.

What to Expect:
- Transportation, Accommodation & Meals Included
- No Registration or Processing Fees
- Field Managers Present at Project Sites
- Access to Maximo’s Campus 7 Days a Week
- New Programs Start Every Monday

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Diversity & Inclusion

LGBTQIA+ Support

At Maximo Nivel, we deeply value diversity in all its forms. We maintain an open-minded approach, recognizing the significance of varied perspectives, intelligent discourse, and the transformative power of a positive mindset. We warmly welcome and respect individuals from all backgrounds, irrespective of politics, gender, gender identity, age, race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. Whether it’s volunteering, Spanish immersion, TEFL certification, international internships, university courses, or GAP year experiences, members of the LGBTQIA+ community are wholeheartedly invited to participate in our programs.

Impact

Ethical Impact

At Maximo Nivel, we work in close partnership with our local communities in Latin America to ensure that volunteer projects align with genuine local needs, fostering meaningful and relevant impact. We emphasize sustainable initiatives designed for enduring change, rather than short-term interventions. By promoting cultural sensitivity, we facilitate enriching exchanges rooted in mutual respect, and our commitment to local employment further integrates and supports the communities we serve.

Program Highlights

  • New volunteer programs start every Monday year-round
  • All-inclusive—shared accommodations, meals, and many extras
  • Earn University Credits
  • No Registration or processing fees
  • 24/7 in-country support

Popular Programs

Working with Kids  in Guatemala

Every child deserves the opportunity to succeed! By volunteering with kids in Guatemala, you help keep at-risk youth off the street and in the classroom. From homework help to extracurricular activities, your time is what matters most. Volunteer placements include projects at daycare facilities, community centers, orphanages, schools and enrichment programs in and around Antigua. Make an impact that will last longer than your trip.

Teach English in Guatemala

Learning English opens doors, but the majority of Guatemalans can’t afford classes. In public schools across the country, ESL programs lack adequate funding and native instructors. Private language institutes are not an option for the average family, but volunteers like you can help close the gap. Volunteer placements include projects at underserved schools, after-school programs and community centers in and around Antigua. Become a part of building brighter futures.

Volunteer in Medicine & Healthcare in Guatemala

Many Guatemalan medical facilities lack sufficient funding, resources and staff. Local healthcare professionals need volunteers like you to meet the community’s needs. Volunteer placements include projects at hospitals, clinics and assisted living facilities in and around Antigua, as well as mobile medical campaigns and vaccination programs. Help care for vulnerable and rural communities that aren’t receiving adequate medical attention.

Construction projects in Guatemala

The Guatemalan economy cannot continue to develop as long as poor infrastructure stands in its way. The impact of construction and renovation projects is undeniable. You’ll make a difference you can actually see. Volunteers help build community centers, medical clinics, schools, assisted living facilities, housing and churches in and around Antigua. No building experience is required, only a willingness to work. Spark change: give Guatemalan communities the means to grow.

Program Reviews

4.90 Rating
based on 179 reviews
  • 5 rating 91.06%
  • 4 rating 7.82%
  • 3 rating 1.12%
  • 2 rating 0%
  • 1 rating 0%
  • Impact 4.75
  • Support 4.9
  • Fun 4.8
  • Value 4.75
  • Safety 4.85
Showing 1 - 8 of 179 reviews
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Lacy
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing experience

It was a great trip! I especially loved staying with my host family— I got to play fútbol with my little host brother on my free afternoons. It was incredible to get to stay there in the city with locals and walk around wherever I needed to go. I never felt unsafe walking around Antigua, which I was glad about! There were so many things to see and so may cool places to try. I did the medical program, and it was well-organized in such a way that I could enjoy breakfast before hopping on a bus (sooo fun!!! The buses are inexpensive and a fantastic way to meet people and see the area) to go to my assignment and then ride back midday with the rest of the afternoon free!

What was your funniest moment?
There was a free salsa dancing class one night, which was fun as we all tried to follow along with our very-energetic instructor 😂
Pros
  • I felt more confident in my Spanish by the end of the trip!
  • I met great people!
  • I gained confidence in traveling and serving in an unfamiliar place.
Cons
  • Just a few friendly cockroaches
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Andrew
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing time!

From start to finish the staff at Maximo was very helpful and attentive to our needs throughout the trip. Initially the change was different from what I used to, but with the help of the Maximo staff and clinical staff, it went smoothly. Maximo also proved multiple free activities to engage in throughout the week. This allowed for different students and volunteers to connect! If you have the opportunity to volunteer or take classes in any of the multiple sites that Maximo has available, I definitely say go for it!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Pepian was a local food that was recommended and it tasted absolutely amazing. At first I was hesitant because it was a stew and Guatemala is hot, but the two some how magically worked together really well!
Pros
  • Education of culture differences
  • Travel/tourism
  • Connecting with others
4 people found this review helpful.
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Brittney
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Solo traveler, 1st time volunteering

This trip has been so rewarding and was more than I ever expected! Since day one I have felt welcomed, supported and safe in my volunteer program. Which has made the whole experience of traveling solo that much more memorable. The impact left on me after one month of caring for patients and exploring, will be lifelong. During my time caring for patients I got to assist in managing blood pressures, blood sugars, health education, wound care and so much more! Soon I hope to return! Thank you everyone at Maximo!

What was your funniest moment?
I would have to say my fail at my first zip lining landing at Yalu farm coffee tour! Thank you to my guide for saving me… haha
Pros
  • Improved Spanish fluency
  • Being surrounded by such diversity within my home stay and project
  • Ability to travel/explore
Cons
  • Not having much program information prior to arrival. Making donations harder
  • Challenging to prep food ahead for lunches
10 people found this review helpful.
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Sandrine
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

My first adventure alone. But not really alone…

Incredible. That was my first travel alone and as a 17 years old girl I felt secure all along the trip. The Maximo staff are super nice and make a great accompagnement. They are listening and give you solutions for any problems you can have. I have meet some incredible people. I dont regret at all my decision to go with Maximo Nivel. I was travelling alone but with my amazing guest family, friends I have make and Maximo staff, I was not really alone. I’ve always had a back up somewhere. Well, best adventure of my Life.

Pros
  • Excellent staff
  • Understanding people for the language struggle
  • It’s so fun!
Cons
  • Dont always feel safe in the street as a woman
9 people found this review helpful.
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Leah
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

My Medical Experience with Maximo Nivel

I just finished my experience volunteering with Maximo Nivel at a clinic in Antigua, Guatemala. As a medical student, this was an incredibly enlightening experience that taught me a lot about the importance of global public health. The staff at Maximo Nivel were lovely and super helpful, and Antigua was a beautiful city to get to spend time. Overall, I would definitely recommend this programme to medical students and health professionals who are looking to gain experience in a global health setting.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
I would definitely recommend to work on your Spanish before coming to the program.
Pros
  • Great exposure to global public health
  • Friendly and helpful staff
  • Beautiful location
Cons
  • Not enough info about clinical placement before starting
  • No medical-focused induction
9 people found this review helpful.
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Patrick
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Family Mayan Cultural Immersion

My two daughters and I traveled to San Antonio Aguas Calientes to stay with a family for a week for the Mayan cultural immersion program. It was an enjoyable and touching experience. Although my daughters do not have Spanish language skills, they were able to connect and have fun with the kids. We had multiple opportunities to engage with the community during religious events. We visited during La Semana Santa, which was a great time to visit. We felt safe the entire visit. Our program was only one week and we wish we could have stayed longer.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Tiras de panza (tripe)
Pros
  • Meaningful engagement with community
21 people found this review helpful.
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Steve
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Teaching English in San Juan, Guatemala

I've had an amazing experience in Guatemala! I've felt supported by the volunteer agency, Maximo Nivel, at every stage of my volunteer journey.

I've spent a fortnight teaching English at San Juan, helping to improve the English of children here. I worked to augment their existing education to improve their life chances and career opportunities in the future.

The challenge is that the student numbers are small and attendance is variable! Also, their ages and abilities vary, so be prepared to teach 3 things at once to different kids! But they are a delight to teach and they have a willing attitude to learn.

They learning points for me were to realise that I can't change the world in a fortnight: to teach in baby steps and look to achieve 100% percent of a few things rather that 10% of everything!

Overall, a great experience 😊

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
One of my most memorable experiences was spending a morning making a traditional breakfast with 2 Mayan ladies, then making some tapestry with them. The cultural experience was an add-on I chose and I thoroughly recommend it to everyone for an authentic cultural immersion.
Pros
  • Cultural immersion
  • Meeting new people
  • Sharing experiences with other volunteers and students
Cons
  • Poor cleanliness in homestay
  • Limited catering for a vegan diet
26 people found this review helpful.
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Rachel
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Medical Mission

This was an extremely impactful experience with an efficient and compassionate team. We travelled near and far to serve a myriad of patients. The car rides were fun, the work was rewarding, and the local team made all the difference in creating a meaningful clinic for those who visited. Every day felt like a little surprise, and was an excellent way to practice being okay with the “unknown.” A quality very important to all medical professionals! Overall, I leave this trip feeling enlightened, humbled, and excited for the next opportunity to serve communities around the world.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice for future travelers on the medical mission is to enjoy the experience to the fullest. Get to know your host family. Be okay with the unknowns, get ready to practice your Spanish, and care for some extremely hardworking people and lovely kids!
Pros
  • Got to visit many different places
  • Many opportunities to practice assessments and spanish
  • Such an amazing team!!!!
23 people found this review helpful.

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