• Guatemala
    • Antigua
1 to 12 weeks

Program Details

Year Round
Guesthouse Host Family Hostel
Small Group (1-15) Medium Group (16-30) Large Group (31+)
Travel Type
Budget Family Older Travelers Solo Women


Starting Price
Price Details
IFRE is a 501(c)3 organization, so your program fee will be tax deductible. IFRE Volunteers is proud to offer the world’s best fee.
Our programs are now more affordable than ever. We are proud to focus on the humanitarian aspect of our business, not on profit. We work very hard and smart to keep our costs down, especially for the volunteers because we know the value of your donated time and efforts.
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Airport Transfers Meals Travel Insurance
What's Not Included
Airfare Transportation Visa
Mar 11, 2020
Apr 02, 2024
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About Program

While volunteering in Guatemala, you will work in tandem with IFRE to serve local communities and share your compassion, energy, and time with others. Whether you volunteer in an orphanage, teach English to local schoolchildren, or work to empower women, this journey will strengthen your soul and expand your heart. Guatemala ’s rich past and multi-faceted culture provide a kaleidoscope of surprises for the humanitarian traveler.

Antigua, formally Guatemala’s capital city, has magnificent churches, bustling markets, lovely volcanoes, and a welcoming people. A tourist attraction on its own, Antigua relishes its visitors and welcomes volunteers.
Not only will a volunteer program in Antigua, Guatemala give you the chance to make a difference in the lives of countless children and improve the community greatly, but it will give you the opportunity to explore the wondrous city and let you in on an adventure of a lifetime!

Consider your impact: Volunteering abroad can be a rewarding experience for both volunteers and local communities, and at Go Overseas, we believe all volunteers should have the resources to make informed decisions about the type of volunteer project they want to partake in. However, despite best intentions, some organizations offering placements in orphanages may unknowingly place children in danger. You can read about the potential dangers of orphanage volunteering here.

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Program Highlights

  • The world’s most affordable volunteer programs – starting at $ 255.
  • Low Fees are paid directly to host families and projects with absolutely no middlemen!
  • Experience the personal satisfaction of improving the lives of those in need who desperately need assistance.
  • Your one-time low fee cover accommodations, food, project costs, and support by expert and trustworthy local staffs.
  • Your safety is our utmost priority. We fully understand it can feel intimidating to be far from home in an unfamiliar country. But you’ll never feel alone with our 24/7 expert support staff and services.

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Program Reviews

4.25 Rating
based on 4 reviews
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  • Impact 4.5
  • Support 4.75
  • Fun 4.75
  • Value 3.25
  • Safety 5
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Yes, I recommend this program

Best experience

I was able to volunteer at a camp for the kids in Antigua, Guatemala and this experience was life changing. I was able to make such meaningful relationships with the kids and improving my Spanish was a bonus!! The host family I was with was also so so amazing and I had no problems with them at all. They were the sweetest people and I cannot wait to go back and stay with them!! Even outside of the program, I was able to explore the beautiful city of Antigua and it was so fun being able to immerse myself in the culture there. I highly recommend this program !!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Definitely soak in every moment because everything goes by so fast! I never wanted the week to end.
  • relationships
  • adventure
  • new opportunities
  • bug bites
  • some food didn’t match well with me
3 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Excellent volunteer opportunity

It was wonderful meeting the children and helping to teach them. The other teachers and volunteers were very friendly and helpful. Antigua is a beautiful city. I felt very safe walking around by myself even at night. There are many day trips that you can take on the weekend. I would recommend learning Spanish before volunteering. Not everyone speaks English. You can take lessons while you are there for as little as $10 per hour. It is relatively inexpensive for everything in Guatemala. All of the streets are cobblestone so bring sneakers or shoes with thick soles. I would recommend asking many questions about the house where you will be staying. All the details about it.

What would you improve about this program?
I would let volunteers know that you have to walk outside to go to the bathroom and take a shower at the host family house.
71 people found this review helpful.
Response from IFRE Volunteers Abroad

Dear Julianne,

Thank you taking out the time to write us a feedback. We greatly appreciate it. We also apologize for any inconveniences during the program. The $500 that you paid was for the entire program - registrations, project, accommodation, meals and airport pick-up. Sorry for any confusion caused.

We wish you all the best for your future endeavours and much success. Thank you so much for volunteering with us.

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Yes, I recommend this program

After-School Program at Ninos Con Benedicion

This is an after-school program for needy children, aged 4-15. They come into the centre in the afternoon for help completing their homework, for additional tutoring in English and to have fun. Working with the kids was a great experience. But, the volunteer needs to be prepared for a very unstructured environment that requires that you put some thought into each day's activities. As I was focused on teaching English, I needed to think about the various abilities of the children and how to make the lessons interesting for them. Within any age group there are kids who are more advanced and more motivated than others to learn English. Even so, all in all I loved the experience of working with these children.

What would you improve about this program?
The program could benefit from a little more structure. The volunteer really needs to be organized and self-motivated to engage in activities with the kids. Having said that, many of the children are very bright and fun to work with. The husband and wife managers of the program are wonderful and trying to do their best for some very disadvantaged kids, always wi limited resources.
67 people found this review helpful.
Response from IFRE Volunteers Abroad

Dear Diane,

Thank you for participating in our volunteer program and for leaving us a review. We are happy to know that you enjoyed your experiences with the children. We will definitely take up your suggestions and improve on the program. Thank you again.

Wish you all the best for your future endeavours.

Yes, I recommend this program

Awesome experience

I got a lot out of my month voulenteering in Guatemala. I was placed in the Emergency room at the national hospital. While I had little medical experience, I was allowed to assist in the OR and do some simple procedures such as taking vital signs and cleaning wounds. This was all due to my level of comfort and if I had wanted to change, my contact person would be more than accommodating. I participated in two placements during my stay. The other was at an after school program for girls. There I felt highly valued and had a lot of fun. This trip taught me a lot and gave me experiences I could only dream about getting in the US. I would Higly recommend to any person interested in medicine.

58 people found this review helpful.

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