Volunteer in Guatemala with Maximo Nivel - Best Rated Projects

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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.

  • 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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Ready to work as an English teacher abroad? Register today for our award winning TEFL Certification in Costa Rica, Guatemala and Peru and apply for a special travel grant.

Popular Programs

Working with Kids  in Guatemala

Homelessness and poverty have left many children in Latin America without access to proper education and a loving environment. Maximo Nivel’s childcare projects aspire to change children’s lives by providing caring and nurturing volunteers to work, study, and play with them.

Teach English in Guatemala

Maximo Nivel’s teaching English projects serve underprivileged schools and communities—people who want to learn English, but who do not have the financial means to do so.

Sea Turtle Conservation in Guatemala

Sea turtle conservation programs begin with 2 days in San Jose, Costa Rica or Antigua, Guatemala. This is an important step to be sure you go through orientation and prepare for your project.

Construction projects in Guatemala

Maximo Nivel’s construction programs focus on community development. Construction projects may include building or repairing homes, adding classrooms to schools, or making structural improvements to clinics.

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9.59 Rating
based on 153 reviews
  • Impact 9.2
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 9.4
  • Value 9.3
  • Safety 9.4
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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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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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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.
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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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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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!

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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!

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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!