Volunteer in Guatemala with Maximo Nivel - Best Rated Projects

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My turn
My turn
Laundry
Laundry
New friends
New friends
Jf3
Jf3
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Jf2
 We re-painted the wall at Nuevo
We re-painted the wall at Nuevo
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Nuevo
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Nuevo

About

Maximo Nivel offers volunteer abroad programs in and around the quaint, colonial city of Antigua, Guatemala, as well as on the Pacific coast. Maximo Nivel is a locally-based organization that partners with local projects to ensure maximum impact for residents of the community. You can choose to volunteer for as little as one week and as long as one year, with a new start every Monday. Commit to just one passionate project or try several during your time in Antigua. All program fees include airport pick-up, a welcome orientation at the institute, 24/7 in-country support, and much more. Be confident in knowing you’re supported from the minute you email or call in for information until you complete your program. We’re happy to answer any of your questions or concerns and can even connect you with past volunteers to get an insider’s perspective.

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

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Questions & Answers

Reviews

96%
based on 153 reviews
  • Impact 9.2
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 9.4
  • Value 9.3
  • Safety 9.4
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Eline
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great and memorable time at a dog shelter in Antigua, Guatemala!

The month I spent in dog shelter Abaj Tacalik in Antigua, Guatemala was amazing! In May/June I have stayed in Antigua, Guatemala for a month to do volunteer work and take Spanish classes. My volunteer placement was at dog shelter Abaj Tacalik in San Lucas, 25 min by chickenbus from Antigua. I have had such a good experience and loved every part of it. The people at my placement were so kind and welcoming and the dogs all 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.

The staff at Maximo, especially Katia, have given me good support. Katia is super kind and stayed in touch and provided the resources needed at the placement. Whenever I needed something, the staff at Maximo were always willing to help. Also, when I needed to see a doctor in the evening they immediately let him come and gave support.

Furthermore, Antigua is such a cute little city where you easily feel at home. My host family was super kind and the food and accommodation was nice. In the mornings I had private Spanish class which I really enjoyed and which really helped me in learning the language even faster and being able to talk to my host family and the people at my placement.
My teacher Alma was great and made the classes fun and interactive.

Overall, I had an amazing experience and I would highly recommend anyone to sign up for a volunteer placement like this.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
I would advise all future volunteers to 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!
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Madison
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Medical Project, Great adventures, Spanish Lessons (5 out of 5 review!)

I had the amazing opportunity to volunteer with Maximo Nivel with a medical project for 4 weeks. As an RN, I was excited to use my skills abroad, immerse myself in a new culture, learn basic Spanish, and explore my surroundings. I would say with Maximo Nivel it is quite easy to check off all of these ambitions. Maximo did a great job communicating with me about my arrival in Antigua. I felt supported as soon I got into the country. They have a great facility in the middle of Antigua where you can rest in the outdoor garden, chat with other volunteers and students, and even schedule expeditions.

I stayed with a host family for the duration of my stay, and honestly that was a highlight. It seemed like most home stays had multiple volunteers/students, so this was a great way to meet new friends as well as great place to practice our toddler level Spanish at the dinner table.

I was placed in a health center in a town that is located about 20 minutes outside of Antigua. Not only did Maximo make sure I felt comfortable getting there, they also would check in at my placement a few times a week. It was great to assist the nurses with their written documentation system, help with consultations and vaccinations, as well as teach the kids good hand hygiene.

There is also so much to do in and around Antigua. I would recommend using your free weekends to visit Lake Atitlan, the beaches, or climb the nearby volcanoes.

All in all, a great experience!!!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
In the evening when the sky was clear you could watch the Fuego Volcano erupt about every 10 minutes. Nothing like enjoying dessert while being entertained by lava.
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Danielange
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Spanish Immersion in Antigua and Self-Confidence Boost

I loved to do this first nursing program with my students with Maximo Nivel. They took care of us for all we have need and take care of our question and try to help us as much as the can do it. The try to make change for us for our pleasure and for the learning of the students. Danielange Charles
Ce fut une experience exceptionnelle avec nos etudiantes en soins infirmiers du cegep de Limoilou dans la ville de Quebec au Canada. Non seulement ce fut grandement apprenant pour elles, mais nous avons vraiment eu le sentiment d aider des gens dans le besoin. Cette aventure nous a permis de mettre les valeurs a la bonne place et nous changera notre vie a tout jamais. En esperant pouvoir revivre cette experience une prochaine annee. Merci pour votre grande collaboration et votre gentillesse sans limites. Au plaisir!
Sonia Villeneuve

What would you improve about this program?
make sure to get the schedule of activities before we come . Tell us which activities need to pay or not cause it could be frustrate for some if we know it when we ready to make this activity
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Bethany
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
N/A
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hannah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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Cezanne
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

What would you improve about this program?
Nothing
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Camille
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

Madeline
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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Meloo
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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 :)

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remma
6/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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Kristi
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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

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

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.

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Anita
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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Hélène
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

Christina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

Location

Location:
Antigua
Currency:
Guatemalan Quetzal
Weather:
Jan-Mar
81 F / 54 F
Apr-Jun
82 F / 59 F
Jul-Sep
77 F / 61 F
Oct-Dec
75 F / 55 F
Airports:
La Aurora International Airport
( GUA )

Antigua was the capital of Guatemala prior to a major earthquake that left most of the city in ruins. Guatemala city then became the capital, and Antigua city returned into a small town until the whole city was deemed a UNESCO world heritage site. Attractions include monuments and buildings, as they preserve Guatemala's historical beauty and showcase the Spanish influence in the area.

About Maximo Nivel

Founded in 2003, Maximo Nivel is a leading organization in study abroad and educational travel. We are an internationally accredited organization with 4 locally based institutes in 3 of the most beautiful countries in the world—Costa Rica, Guatemala....