Volunteer in Guatemala with Maximo Nivel - Best Rated Projects

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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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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.

Questions & Answers

Reviews

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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christina
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Guatemala Experience

The service project at Itzapa, Antigua is catered to children{s after-school hours wellness and education. The project family and host is extraordinary people. The children are amazingly caring and gifted. I wish all of them can succeed and go out and see the rest of the world. I was very much inspired by the host and the children. I received so much love and kindness from everyone I{ve had the chance to interact and communicate with. They{ve opened up my heart and have shown me the pathway to meaning and impact. I feel such love for the children and I sincerely hope they can have the best in this world.

What would you improve about this program?
More activities related to the academics
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Julia
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Construction

Maximo Nivel provides many wonderful services throughout the greater La Antigua community, including child care, medical, language, construction etc. I have participated in a number of service programs with other organizations, and I am happy to recommend Maximo Nivel as well. Maximo is more affordable than some volunteer organizations, and while the lodging is more modest, the overall experience is very rewarding. Participating in the construction project was amazing. I learned new skills, gained an even greater appreciation for manual laborers, and could really see the tangible results of our work.
This organization has an obvious passion for service, and it provides individuals and groups the opportunity to give back while also learning a different language in a beautiful and unique setting. As a mother of three and one of the older volunteers, I appreciated the way I was included even though most of the volunteers are college-aged. Maximo also offers one-week projects as well as more intensive programs, so there is something for everyone who genuinely wants to serve and learn.

What would you improve about this program?
Better communication with schedule changes and perhaps more regular visits to home placements for quality assessments.
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Morgan
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Construction program

During my two weeks in La Antigua I did the contruction and renovation program and it was so much fun. We took the bus everyday to and from placement and it was so inexpensive! Locals are so nice and always made room for us to sit on the crammed buses. The program itself was a lot of fun too. I learned so many cool skills from my program manager like mixing concrete and laying cinder blocks. My favorite part was that we were able to see the wonderful progress each day that we made. Maximo Nivel does a great job at welcoming volunteers and finding good mentors for their programs in the contruction project. I also loved that no matter what time of day it was, I could take a short walk to the main office and run into at least one of my friends, or talk to someone new. This city is so beautiful so it makes you love going by foot for almost everything. The staff is funny and accommodating and I loved doing this work through Maximo. They do a great job at connecting volunteers and making such amazing realtionships.

What would you improve about this program?
Better communication around holidays especially because the schedule changes so much, but other than that there is really nothing I would change. One thing I would suggest is when the walking tour is being given, maybe pointing out some landmarks to be able to know when to make turns, but this is mainly because I am directionally challenged, haha!
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Nichanan
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience at Maximo Nivel in Antigua, Guatemala

I would really recommend this program. I would say it was a once in a lifetime experience. I did not have an expectation before coming to Antigua. I had the opportunity to volunteer at two different projects: medical program, I worked with a dentist in a free clinic and then for two more weeks I had a chance to work in the orphange. They were such different yet amazing experiences, words cant describe.

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Brianne
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Doing my part to make the world a better place, paso a paso!

Earlier this year I FINALLY finished my master's degree and was awarded a fellowship to work with under-served populations. I took this opportunity to take an epic multi-purpose 8-week trip abroad to celebrate, relax, study Spanish, and volunteer in Guatemala. Through Maximo Nivel, I took Spanish classes and volunteered with mentally and physically handicapped children, adolescents, and adults. Picking my volunteer project was no easy task because Maximo Nivel is involved in so many amazing projects throughout Guatemala. I definitely plan on volunteering again in the future so I can check out some of the other volunteer projects. For this trip, Maximo Nivel made sure that my volunteer team were prepared in every way. At no time did I feel uncertain or unsupported in my work. Additionally, the staff at the EVS were supportive and helped to ensure that we acclimated to the daily work flow. Being in such an environment really shows how much I take for granted in my life. Things that might seem simple, like having friends to talk to and family to hug. Many of the people I volunteered with were excited just to have somebody to talk to and spend time with. I went in thinking I would be able to practice my Spanish and use some of my clinical skills (I am a counselor) with the kids and adults. Instead, I found myself a student of life. I helped in many ways and made connections with many of the residents at my project site, but I think I learned more from them in the end. I returned home with an expanded perspective and new awareness. My experience was so life-changing that I am currently getting things in order to be able to go back and stay for much longer. As an added bonus, the staff were awesome and many of them have checked-in with me since my return home and have offered to help as I prepare to head back!

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Laura
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My Experience

I had an amazing time at El Amor de Patricia, the staff were amazing and supportive, and clearly doing their best with the children there. Ive never been so touched by a group of people in such a short amount of time. It is truly an amazing organization! The kids were amazing and had great manners, and the nannies were extremely loving and compassionate to the children and to me, they remained patient even though there was a language barrier between us!

Emma
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Hogar Amor de Patricia

I chose to volunteer with the Childcare Program and it was my first time volunteering abroad. Although I only stayed one week, I made friends and gained an amazing experience. Maximo Nivel made me feel comfortable to approach them with any questions and made me feel informed and safe. I was placed in an orphanage named Hogar Amor de Patricia and it was one of the best experiences of my life. The children were sweet and the nannies were very sweet as well. I would tell anyone to definitely step out of their comfort zone and give volunteering abroad a try because I am sure they will fall in love with it as well.

Ale
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Voluntariado en Guatemala.

TRANSLATION:
In Antigua I had the opportunity to do two projects, with rescued dogs and with children with special needs. Very different projects but I am very satisfied with both. With the dogs, I had the opportunity to take them for a walk, pet them, clean their cages and play with them. A super fun experience! With the children I felt that I grew as a person since I could understand and play with them. I'm going to miss them, too! The whole experience of volunteering was very rewarding. I got to know the Guatemalan culture through the host family and being able to live with other volunteers.

ORIGINAL REVIEW:
En Antigua tuve la oportunidad de hacer dos proyectos, con perros rescatados y con niños con necesidades diferentes. Muy diferentes proyectos pero estoy muy satisfecha con los dos. Con los perros uve la oportunidad de sacarlos a pasear, acariciarlos, limpiar sus jaulas y jugar con ellos. Una experiencia super divertida! Con los niños sentí que crecí como persona ya que pude entender y así jugar con ellos. Los voy a extrañar demasiado! Toda la experiencia del voluntariado fue muy gratificante. Conocer la cultura de Guatemala por medio de la familia de acogida y poder convivir con otros voluntarios.