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

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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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.