Volunteer in Guatemala with Maximo Nivel - Best Rated Projects

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New friends
New friends
My turn
My turn
Laundry
Laundry
Jf2
Jf2
Jf3
Jf3
 Exploring the city with friends
Exploring the city with friends
 Elderly care
Elderly care
Holiday project
Holiday project

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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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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casey
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Medical Mission Trip to Guatemala

Our trip to Guatemala was absolutely AMAZING. I am so grateful to have had such a wonderful experience full of knowledge, culture and memories that will last a lifetime. Huge shoutout to Jorge, Vinicio, Dr. Guan, Dr. Alvarez, Wally and all the staff at maximo for making this trip so wonderful. I highly recommend maximo and I could not be happier with this trip. I am very sad to see it end but i know i will take everything i have learned here and bring it with me throughtout my entire life. It was such an eye-opening experience and i am very lucky to have been able to serve this community and make a difference. Guatemala and everyone at maximo will always have a special place in my heart. I cannot thank Maximo enough for this mission trip, it was an absolute pleasure.

Laura
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Medicine, Culture & Fun

I had a great 2 weeks here in Guatemala through Maximo Nivel. They made it a really easy process for us, everything was easily scheduled ahead of time and if there was any issues (which there was not) the Maximo office was right here in Antigua. They set us up with a great host family where we made friends with many other fellow travelers and students going through Maximo. For the past 2 weeks we have visited various towns surrounding Antigua that lack the medical resources that many of us take for granted back in the States. We worked with 2 Guatemalan doctors who were very patient with us and took the time to teach us. Our Spanish was rough but the doctors, staff and patients were very forgiving and patient with us. I really enjoyed the hands on medical experience I was able to receive including interviewing and examining patients. We saw many interesting cases and I honestly believe my Spanish vastly improved by the end. I wish that I had brushed up on my Spanish before coming or if I was here longer I would definitely had taken the Spanish courses that Maximo offers.

This has been a great experience and I will never forget it. I am grateful to the Maximo staff and everyone I have met here in Guatemala for such an amazing time. I hope to one day return to Guatemala!

What would you improve about this program?
I think that it would be a beneficial addition to the program if we were able to give vaccinations to patients or take a few days out to shadow and see what a hospital in Guatemala looks like inside.
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Joshua
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Medical Mission Trip Guatemala

I had a privilage working with the doctors and the Maximo staff the two weeks that I spent here in Guatemala. I was able to help others, learn about the culture and history or Guatemala, and most importantly make many new friends along the way. It truly was an amazing experience, and I look forward to visiting again in the future to continue to help others. I am extremely thankful to have been blessed with this opportunity. A special thanks to all of the amazing people that I met along the way.

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Dana
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Maximo Nivel Guatemala

I went to Guatemala with Maximo Nivel in January and really loved it! I was originally signed up to stay for 4 weeks and extended my stay to 11 weeks. It is a really great program and the staff are super friendy & flexible. They allowed me to change projects multiple times, so I got to experience teaching English, working on a coffee farm, and construction. The project that was most impactful for me was teaching English at Jardin de Amor, a non profit school located in the rural town of Santa Maria de Jesus. By creating plans for the class and working with lots of different grade levels, I learned a lot about teaching. The kids were incredibly welcoming and loved having us there!

I lived in a house called Casa Shekina. Most of the families host around 4 people per house, but Casa Shekina is more of a volunteer house and it had 10-15 people living there at a time, depending on the week. There were both male and females living there, and the rooms were shared between 3-4 people of the same gender. We were provided with breakfast and dinner everyday too. I really enjoyed living here because I met a lot of people in the house, and I even got to practice my Spanish with Lopez, the night guard.

In terms of safety, I took caution at night. When walking around at night, especially as a female, it is important to be aware of your surroundings and try to walk with a partner or a group. Also, when riding the bus to your placement, make sure you keep your belongings protected. Antigua is a pretty touristy town, so there are lots of police there and it feels safe. During orientation, Maximo Nivel will go over safety and address any concerns.

It was really fun to take trips on the weekends! I got to climb two volcanoes, go to Lake Atitlan, visit El Paredon beach, and swim in Semuc Champey. There are lots of organizations around Antigua that help travelers with rides to places, and give different packages that include a hostel, ride, tour, etc.

Overall, my time in Guatemala with Maximo Nivel was truly unforgettable and I am really glad that I decided to go. I made so many friends and learned to value many things. I was really nervous to travel to Central America alone as an 18 year old female, but I felt very welcomed and was ready to have a good time!

What would you improve about this program?
It would be nice to know which family you are living with and your program name before the trip so that you can be less anxious.
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Willis
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Guardería San Lucas

I spent a month working with a daycare in San Lucas just outside of Antigua, Guatemala. This experience changed my life in more ways than one. It provides all people with an amazing opportunity to lend a helping hand to those who need it while simultaneously allows you to create incredibly close relationships with both the children in the daycare and the amazing staff who work so hard at the daycare every day. During my month there, I was able to greatly improve my Spanish speaking while also immerse myself in the amazing people and culture that Guatemala has to offer. I will never forget the people and places I encountered throughout my time there and cannot wait to return as soon as possible. This was truly a life changing experience that I could not recommend highly enough.

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christina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

La Amor De Patricia

Our placment was a perfect fit. The place is clean and well organized. The kids are happy and always laughing. The women (tia´s) who care for the children are loving, kind, and helpful. Daily activies consist of reading books, playing with legos, and roller blading. Come prepared to take initative pitch in, and have a great time organizing games, or helping out around the house. Our placment exceeded any/all expectations. Riding the bus to our placment was enjoyable and fun. The children will leave a bigger impact on your life then you could have imagined.

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Skyler
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Animal Care

I volunteered in Guatemala for five months straight out of highschool and it was without a doubt the best decision of my life. The volunteering was absolutely amazing. I worked at two different places while there, one a exotic shelter and the other a vet clinic, both of them were fantastic and I got to do things there that I would never have the chance to do anywhere else. The people I met also played a huge factor in how amazing the trip was, I stayed in a volunteer house and made so many friends and all the workers at Maximo are so fun to be around! If you are looking into volunteering anywhere I highly recommend Guatemala, it will definitely become your second home.

Tessa
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Obras Sociales de Hermano Pedro - Virgen Del Socorro

Volunteering at Obras was invaluable. The staff take care of the patients here 24/7 and are outnumbered in their care. Volunteers are not the ideal solution to this, but we are an extreme help in making sure that the patients get love, attention, and care on a day to day basis. To anyone looking to take care of people with disabilities in any capacity, this is a brilliant place to gain experience. I highly recommend staying for at least 4 weeks to learn the social dynamics of the place, as well as the individual personalities of all the patients.

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Sophie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Medical and Childcare Projects

I volunteered for one week in a medical clinic and one week at an orphanage helping with childcare. I had one of the most incredible experiences of my life and learned so much in just a few short weeks! The staff at Maximo are SO helpful and I never felt like I was "alone" there because I constantly had the support and friendly faces that are so appreciated when traveling alone. As a brand new RN I enjoyed assisting the nurses triaging patients along with performing vaccinations and well check-ups for children. At the orphanage I helped the kids learn their numbers and colors, which also helped with my Spanish! I met so many amazing people through the volunteers I was working and living with, and I couldn't have better things to say about the staff at Maximo Nivel. This will not be my last volunteer experience with them, and definitely not my last time in Guatemala!

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Elizabeth
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Experience!

I went to Guatemala with a group of 16 people and we worked with IVHQ in Antigua. It was such an incredible experience. We volunteered with a coffee co-op and with different farmers each day. We were able to really help make their lives easier for the week due to our sheer volume and the types of tasks. While we were only there a week, it felt like so much longer. And two months later, I cannot stop thinking about the trip. It really was an amazing experience filled with manual labor, incredible people and new perspectives. It was challenging, humbling, and got everyone in my group out of their comfort zones. I would absolutely recommend this program to anyone and everyone. IVHQ and Wally offered amazing support and made the trip as seamless as it could be!

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Henry
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Intro to Guatemala!

Thanks to Wally and everyone at Maximo Nivel for making this an amazing experience! Volunteering at the coffee cooperative really helped me get a better understanding of the different steps in the coffee-making process, and I developed a new appreciation for all the work that goes into each cup of Joe. My favorite part was getting to know the coffee farmers and Guatemalan people on a more personal basis and hear what their lives are like, though the stunning beauty of this country (especially Lake Atitlan) couldn't be beat! I'm already looking forward to my next trip to Guatemala!

What would you improve about this program?
The program's pretty great as it is! But maybe more of an orientation of Antigua on the first day would have been helpful.
Emily
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An amazing value-driven experience

Thank you SO much to Maximo Nivel in Antigua for an incredible week volunteering at a coffee farm cooperative. We were able to see each stage in the process while also contributing in a meaningful way, and most importantly we were able to discuss and ask the tough questions of how we can make a lasting impact. Post-program, the experience has allowed me to notice ways in which my spending dollars impact the perpetuation or disruption of the current system (that all too often takes advantage of farmers, especially in Central-American countries). Awareness is key, but lasting change is sustained by a personal investment. Thank you Maximo Nivel for challenging my beliefs and making that investment in us with your graciousness and intentionality.

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Andrea
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Thank you.

Traveling to Guatemala for five months straight out of high school was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I experienced and learned so much more than I could have imagined. The people of Guatemala had the biggest impact on my life. Guatemala became my home for five months and the people my family. Maximo staff members were always there for me and ALWAYS cared about my health and well being. Danny from Antigua Exotic and JP from Vet-Pro were incredible to volunteer with and not just as role models, but as friends who also cared so much about me. A piece of my heart with always be in Guatemala, it changed my life and I'll be forever thankful. I would recommend Maximo Guatemala to anyone and everyone who wants to travel and volunteer abroad, you certainly won't regret or forget it.

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Elizabeth
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Experience of a Lifetime

Volunteering with Maximo Nivel was one of the greatest decisions I have made in my life thus far. From the arrival into Guatemala and throughout my whole stay, the staff at Maximo were enthusiastic and always willing to help. Maximo did a great job at matching me with my volunteer placement, and that was definitely the highlight of my trip. I had the opportunity to volunteer at a medical clinic in Santa Catarina, where I worked in the triage area of the clinic, vaccinated people who came to the clinic, and shadowed a local physician. I learned so much from my time at the clinic, and the entire experience was incredibly rewarding. While I was only there for one week, I genuinely felt that I made an impact and everyone I encountered was incredibly grateful for the work I did. It was truly a humbling experience, and a perfect opportunity during my year off between undergraduate and graduate school. My only regret is not staying there longer, but that gives me more of a reason to come back again!

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Molly
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Volunteering at K Pets!!

Volunteering with Maximo and being placed at K Pets for animalcare has been so much fun!! A day in the project usually involes starting the day by taking Negra and Negro for a walk. The dogs are always so excited for their walk, its a great start to the day and the team at K Pets really appreciate it. We then usually either help out grooming the dogs or sit in on some of the operations Dr Soto performs, giving her help when needed. Everyone at K Pets is super lovely and the dogs are all adorable! Its such an awesome project to get involved in! Make the most of it and dont be afraid to ask where you can help out!
Have lots of fun!