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.

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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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Jessica
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Special Needs Care Project, Guatemala

I truly have no words to express the way in which this project has impacted me, and not a day goes by that I don't dream of my return! During my week spent in Antigua, I volunteered in the special needs care project where I assisted in stimulating and supporting patients with various physical and intellectual disabilities. My lack of Spanish made communicating difficult at times, but the nurses and other staff members were patient and understanding. My time spent in Guatemala has changed my life in ways too large for me to fully comprehend, but above all it has inspired me to take a global perspective on my future career path and broader the location of my studies and services. Maximo Nivel provided me with the UTMOST support throughout my journey, and although I only spent a short amount of time, they soon became my family. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone seeking a challenge and a passion to make a change. I assure that participants will not be disappointed!!

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Allison
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Nursing Students in Guatemala

Having the opportunity to work in local clinics within Antigua, Guatemala was an invaluable experience, and Maximo Nivel helped to make the experience smooth and successful. As a group of nursing students, we were able to help with a variety of patients, and work side-by-side with doctors, nurses, and nutritionists. This not only allowed us to see the healthcare system within Guatemala firsthand, but gave us the chance to make an impact on several individuals. The focus on prevention strategies and optimal nutrition for children within the communities especially proved to go a long way. We were so blessed to have the chance to work within such communities.

Porscha
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing experience!

The in country staff are amazing and so helpful with everything, regarding other places to stay, top things to see/visit, local eateries, every question I had-they answered!! The placements were wonderful and you can see the real impact Maximo is having! I was on a holiday program, where you are with multiple placements since not all of the organizations are running regular hours due to the holidays. I was able to see a little of everything, I highly recommend it!

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Haley
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Phone Stolen, Memories Saved

Unfortunately, I got my phone stolen on a chicken bus... not the safest mode of transportation. But, I definitely did not let that ruin my trip. Instead, I am remembering the time spent in the clinics, giving suckers to the children, and helping out the nurses. I also remember the time spent outside of the clinic. The various excursions or adventures included hiking up Pacaya volcano and going to the market. We spent time roaming the streets finding the best places to eat lunch and it was much needed after the morning in the clinic.

What would you improve about this program?
More time in clinic
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Tyler
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Guate

Volunteering thru Maximo Nivel was a great cultural and medical experience. I highly recommend this organization to anyone looking to volunteer in Guatemala. I came with a group of 7 other students from the University but met many, many travelers from all over that were volunteering thru Maximo as well. Staying in homestays with Olga made for a vibrant community of travelers and we all ate some pretty good meals. Wally is a jefe and a great guy and might even hike a volcano with you. Maximo is there if you need them for help with any issues. 10 / 10 would recommend.

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Amanda
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Medical Volunteering in Guatemala

I had the opportunity to volunteer in a medical clinic outside of Antigua, Guatemala. The first day was awkward, as I was kind of left to figure out how to make the best of my experience. However, the staff at the clinic became very welcoming and I was able to keep myself busy, and ask if they needed help. In my time of volunteering, I was able to take vitals, shadow the doctor, see traumas, and learn more about the Guatemalan culture. My only complaint is the lack of safety in transportation. Thieves on Chicken buses targeted me and my phone was stolen. To future volunteers, leave all your valuables at the house! You can live without your phone during the volunteering!

Morgan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My trip to Guatemala

I am so happy that I went on this volunteer trip to Guatemala. It is the last day and I'm super sad to leave. I made some awesome relationships and learned lots of new things. My favorite part was volunteering in the medical clinic in Santiago. There people there were so awesome. They were honestly the favorite part of my entire trip. They were so nice and I actually made a grwat friend. Maximo nivel was absolutely great and our helps Wally and Jorge were the best. I felt safe the entire time and felt informed the entire time. Such an amazing experience! the host family we stayed with was great too!

What would you improve about this program?
I cannot think of any improvements at the moment! Everything was great! I'm glad on the first day they showed us how to get to the Clinic
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Dominique
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Medical Project in San Lucas

Today was the best day of volunteering so far. I finally connected to people at our clinic and it felt amazing. My partner and I went around blowing up our medical gloves and giving them to the little kids. They were so grateful, and after blowing up one or 2, there were kids everywhere waiting their turn. After we did that it was as if we had given them the best gift and they wanted to play with us. Just the mere smiles on their fact today were worth the whole trip. Everything that went into this, all the planning, traveling, money, etc was all worth it knowing we coulf make their days even a little brighter. Even better than that, their moms were all smiling and laughing watching them play with us. It was incredibly rewarding.

Cooper
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Antigua and Lake Atitlan!

My trip to Guatemala was an awesome experience which allowed me to immerse myself in a completely different culture and get out of my comfort zone. Atitlan was probably my favorite part of the trip where we stayed in san Pedro and traveled around to different cities at the lake. Other than that, Antigua was really cool with many different shops to visit as well as familiar restaurants. The hike up Pikaya was also at the top of my list and is a checkmark on my bucket list. Will definitely use Maximo Nivel for my next travel experience since they were there every step of the way for guidance as well as suggestions for fun activities!!

What would you improve about this program?
Have more activities available for the entire group because the people we met that were also traveling were really cool, but we didn't have a lot of opportunities to see them during the week that was coordinated.
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Mackenzie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Medical Clinic Volunteer Project

Working with Maximo Nivel to volunteer at the medical clinic in Sumpango, Guatemala was an amazing experience and opened my eyes to so many new experiences and things! Maximo Nivel was a really great company to work with and was so helpful for the whole entire process of traveling, staying, and volunteering in Guate. My favorite thing was that Maximo offered their partnership with Guineans Travel which gave us the opportunity to travel around and do cool things such as hike the Pacaya Volcano. Also, Wally was awesome and so helpful and gave us really good recommendations for food and things to do! Besides the amazing travel and vacation aspect of the trip, the volunteering was so worthwhile and opened my eyes to the major differences in healthcare practices. I enjoyed that we got to travel to a new city to work and got to meet so many local people. Overall, Maximo Nivel made my Guatmela experience super smooth and highly unforgetable!

What would you improve about this program?
Perhaps include cost of transportation to clinic in the program fee as it was a little more than I was expecting and I would have liked to know up front.
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Cait
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Medical volunteer

Volunteering in Guatemala was an amazing experience! I volunteered at a health clinic where I was able to take height, weight and blood pressure of patients while also helping to diagnose them with their symptoms. Being able to interact with both the nurses and doctors as well as the patients was a really awesome experience and I felt as though I was really helpful to my placement and the clinic. The volunteer house we stayed in was with 25 other volunteers and I am so happy I got to stay there and meet the people that I did, we all became really close during our trip. We hiked a volcano, went zip lining, to a coffee plantation and got to know Antigua really well. Also the Maximo Nivel staff is so friendly and helpful and Wallie is the best :)

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Tanner
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Construction

I had a great time with my experience volunteering with Maximo nivel! They were extremely friendly and always willing to help out in any way possible! All the staff knew my name and had great suggestions for activities to do in my free time and they know all the best places to eat around Antigua. The family I worked with during my construction project had such and always tried to communicate with me despite the language barrier. They gave me hot coco and bread on a very cold day and they also gave me a traditional lunch before I left. The two little boys in the house loved to help me with my work and will put a smile on anyone's face. I felt like i got child care and construction work out of one project! I loved my time here and plan to book more adventures with Maximo!

Laura
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Holiday Project

I had an amazing experience participating in the Niños con Bendición project in December !

Maximo Nivel organized a fantastic Christmas party for the project "Ninos con Bendicion" (an after school kids project)

We had a piñata for the kids, served them local Guatemala food (chuchitos) (oh my God they're so good) also some delicious cake AND we gave the kids presents ! It was a very blessing experience because many of those kids do not get a Christmas and it was nice to see the smile on their faces.

It was a ton of fun and I would highly recommend volunteering through Maximo Nivel. The staff are super friendly and very nice :)

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Wilsy
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Guatemala 2016

My volunteering experience with Maximo Nivel was amazing! My friend and I went for the medical trip for 2 weeks, not really knowing what to expect. We stayed at a hostel with over 20 other students from all over the world. We were provided breakfast and dinner at the house, for lunch we tried several local restaurants, which were great! We took the bus for 30 minutes every morning to go to the clinic we were assigned. We got to practice a lot of our nursing skills and helped there in whatever way we could. We would get back to Antigua around 1pm everyday so we had the evenings and weekends free to explore the city and culture. We went hiking, to local museums, ruins of old cathedreal, a macadamia nut farm, and the markets/local stores. We took a weekend trip to Tikal and Lake Atitlan which was incredible! The staff at Maximo Nivel was so welcoming and caring. They were always available to offer help! They planned weekly activities for us to do as well, like guac and salsa night, Christmas gift wrapping for kids, etc. They were a lot of fun and allowed us to meet people in the other programs. We made sure to not go out alone after 8pm and felt pretty safe. Overall it was a great experience and I would highly recommend it!

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Moriah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Guatemala Holiday Experience

I had no idea what to expect for my first trip abroad, especially over the holiday season, where all my friends, family, and usual customs and traditions were miles away. To my own surprise, when I first arrived in Guatemala, I was not overwhelmed with anxiety of being boldly confronted by completely foreign culture and landscape. Instead, I fell head over heels in love.

There is so much color and life in Antigua, Guatemala. You can hear it from the music blaring in the streets, and see it in the color draped over every building. Also, with the lush green hills of the surrounding mountains, and sight of the volcano looming over the town, I was easily captivated by this magical place.

I came to Guatemala as a volunteer through the local organization called Maximo Nivel. I didn't have any volunteering experience beforehand, knew very little about the city of Antigua (other than the fact that I would be living there), and had a very limited Spanish vocabulary.

Maximo Nivel did an excellent job preparing the volunteers about the city and the culture. On the first day, they gave a thorough tour of the city, showed us good places to eat, where to find an atm for money exchange, and gave several important tips for getting around and staying safe. They were very caring and accommodating for each of the volunteer's needs.

Finally, the actual volunteering experience, is what really made my time truly invaluable. For the holiday experience, I spent my time working in a few different spots, with a local coffee farmer, playing with children in an after school program, and help building a wall in a local clinic. Even if my volunteering roles sometimes felt small or really simple at times, I still felt a great sense of appreciation from each individual whose life was directly effected. I really felt that I really got to catch, the real glimpse into the heart of the Guatemalan culture and community. Also, it was really amazing realizing you don't need to share the same roots, culture, or even fluently speak the same language to connect with another human being. Sometimes all it takes is a smile, and a little bit of time and energy.

I know this is long, and I could easily keep going. My point is, if your contemplating going, just do it. Don't worry about your job, bills, or your messy room. Those things will always be there for you waiting. Its ok to let them wait a little longer. Go out and experience life the way we were meant to live it.