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 146 reviews
  • Impact 9.2
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 9.3
  • Value 9.3
  • Safety 9.4
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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
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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
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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
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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
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
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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
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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
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
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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
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
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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
Kelli
10/10

Better Than a Dream Vacation

Having only a week in Antigua, Guatemala, I was very concerned about having enough time to see enough. My Spanish was nonexistent and that was another fear factor. Juan Pablo, JP, made all those fears go away. He talked of where to eat, what to see, and brought us to the market to try the local fruit safely. It's like vacationing with a best friend, local guide, and helper all in one.

JP, owner of vet pro, is the nicest person I've ever met and he is the best part of my whole week's experience. He talked about the customs, the language, encouraged trying to use Spanish, brought up safety concerns, encouraged trying new things, spoke English, and genuinely cares about every person (and animal) he meets.

When Maximo Nivel brought in the Ocelot from Antigua Exotica, he didn't ask hesitate to help. He covered all costs and the Ocelot had a full recovery. When countless people come in with animals, he takes care of them, even when those additional costs are the difference of him having nice equipment or an actual table! He always puts others first. He always cares.

How can this program be improved?
The clinic could use updated equipment, but that is something that will happen in time. Even the microscope must be over 50 years old and has humidity built up in the lens. This is rather expected for the city, but I hope to see Vet-Pro receive more funding to help reach their goals.
Yes, I recommend
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Brandi
10/10

Holiday Experiance

I went back and forth on buying my plane tickets for this one week experience because it's not real until you buy the nonrefundable flight! The second I was off of the plane and saw the view from the walk; I realized how silly I was. I never did a study abroad during my undergraduate years in school and was doing this trip to satisfy my wanderlust while helping wherever I could.

I've read a ton of reviews that state one week simply isn't long enough. Not long enough to make a difference or to truly immerse yourself into the culture . I'm here to tell you this is not the case. My short time in Antigua and surrounding areas was simply amazing. I didn't save the world but I know my presence brought smiles and laughter to the kids I worked with and relief to those who did this everyday. Culturally, Maximo Nivel made it so easy to jump right into things. My second day of the volunteer week I went to an amazing FREE salsa dancing and guacamole tasting. I still move like a robot but it was fun and a great way to enjoy the music while enjoying the nightlife. The staff made this cultural transition easy by offering assistance and support when needed. I never felt afraid or lost because I knew I had this amazing team behind me all the way.

Also, Antigua is such a walk-able city that I walked everywhere and explored everything. I checked out some museums, went on an amazing Coffee Farm tour via the tour company at Maximo Nivel, ate a ton of good food, and met some really amazing people.

To make an already long story short. Do what you can and don't be afraid to just jump in with both feet. My thoughts were, if i hate it...it's only one week. I've been home less than two weeks and am already planning my next experience because I miss it!

Yes, I recommend
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Melissa
10/10

Holiday experience

Through volunteer work I had the opportunity to know and contribute to different places where a lot of help was needed. During two weeks I had the opportunity to visit and help at a coffee plantation, help and play with children at two different orphanages, organizing parties, providing food, gifts and sharing time with the beautiful children. I also visited a special needs place with an amazing facility. It was really impacting realizing that there were very few staff for the amount of residents at the facility. Also, I had the chance to visit an elderly place where we helped the staff to distri ute food, drinks and played and spent a quality time with the abuelitos. Being able to help and share my time with others made me happy. I really want to thank Maximo Nivel for making this experience special, enjoyable and unique.

Yes, I recommend
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Tony
10/10

Incredible Experience with Maximo Nivel in La Antigua Guatemala

Its difficult to express how amazing my time volunteering here has been! Learning the culture, an opportunity to practice my Spanish, daily fun, beautiful sites and most importantly helping people. I found the program through International Volunteer Headquarters and was able to spend 1 week working in an orphanage, a school and a retirement home in beautiful Antigua Guatemala.
It is strange to think how much volunteering benefits the volunteer the most, and in unexpected ways. So many eye opening experiences full of incredible joy my only regret is that I can´t stay longer.

How can this program be improved?
The program is incredible as is I would only like to see it grow and continue to allow more people to experience it!
Yes, I recommend

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...