Location
  • Guatemala
    • Antigua
Length
1 to 12 weeks

Program Details

Language
English
Timeframe
Short Term Spring Break Summer Winter Year Round
Housing
Apartment Guesthouse
Groups
Small Group (1-15) Medium Group (16-30) Large Group (31+)
Travel Type
Budget Family Older Travelers Solo Women

Pricing

Starting Price
390
Price Details
All programs include arrival airport transfers, accommodation, meals, 24/7 local support, orientation, and Certificate of Completion.
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Airport Transfers Equipment Meals Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Travel Insurance Visa
Jan 15, 2023
Jan 18, 2023
73 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

From mountains, beaches, jungles, ancient ruins and culture-rich cities, Guatemala is an awe-inspiring place to visit. Many of the communities we work with here are from disadvantaged backgrounds and assistance is needed in all areas, from medical and healthcare, to education and conservation.

As a non-profit we have been hosting volunteers since 1989 and have helped 25,000+ people on their volunteering journey, through our safe and reliable programs.

All programs include arrival airport transfers, accommodation, meals, 24/7 local support, orientation, and Certificate of Completion. We offer safe, reliable and impactful programs, helping communities in need around the globe. You will stay with a middle-class experienced host family and receive a true South American welcome and hospitality!

Join us in Guatemala today and make a true impact.

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Program Highlights

  • 33+ Years Experience - Non Profit Org & Charity
  • Programs from $390 a week, starting every Monday
  • Make an impact to the local people, wildlife and environment
  • Amazing Support & Safety Record
  • Responsible, Immersive & Meaningful Projects

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Work at local day-care centres and after school programs, helping understaffed facilities and proving support for the local childcare workers. Help with organising games, teaching sports, English and other subjects, teaching the children on personal hygiene, as well as cleaning and other general duties.

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Unfortunately, Guatemala has a significant problem with stray cats and dogs who wander the streets. Work at the shelter and help groom, exercise, and train both the dogs and cats. Assist with bathing, brushing, walking, leading obedience training, cleaning the kennels, medical treatment, spay/neuter programs, education, and fundraising. ​

Program Reviews

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Bridget
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

I sent my son who is 16 years old to Guatemala

My son had a wonderful experience. He went with a friend, being that they were not yet 18 years old they were assigned a local chaperone who showed them around Antigua and made the day to day a ton of fun. I corresponded with the local staff and they helped coordinate a surf excursion and a mountain bike excursion, which they loved. My son took two hours of Spanish a day and did service work in the coffee plant fields. He said the work was tough but he enjoyed it. Michael learned a lot in a week. Thank you and a special thank you to Rose for making sure my son found the right volunteer service and was safe.

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Lily
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

I participated in the program of childcare in Guatemala

This organization is very structured and welcome. We worked with children of elementary school. I fall in love with them from the first seen. They are very friendly, sweet, and smart. I was suprised by many of the kids of their talents. They are outgoing when we do outdoor activities. They are super sweet when they bring drawings and handcrafts. There are so much more to discover from these wonderful children. And the family of this organization is very nice with big heart. They appreciate life and all the books and materials I brought to them. They would do everything to help educate these children. I would suggest anyone who come here, be prepared to get your heart melted here with lovely smiles.

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Eline
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Helping stray dogs in Guatemala

The month I spent in dog shelter Abaj Tacalik in Antigua, Guatemala was amazing! I got to really bond with the people and the dogs at my placement and loved going there everyday. We helped out with walking the dogs, cleaning and just giving them love. Next to that, with fundraised money, I was also able to contribute by helping rebuild parts of the shelter and providing them with food and medicine.

In the morning I had private Spanish classes which I really enjoyed and which really helped me in learning the language even faster and being able to talk to my host family and the people at my placement. My teacher Alma was great and made the classes fun and interactive.

The city Antigua is lovely to live in and the host family I stayed with so kind. I easily felt a home at my host family and loved walking around the streets of Antigua in the morning and working out ideas in one of the many coffee shops. During the weekends we had enough time to travel and stroll around the city.

The staff, especially Katia, have given me good support. Katia is super kind and stayed in touch and provided the resources needed at the placement. Whenever I needed something, the staff were always willing to help. Also, when I needed to see a doctor in the evening they immediately let him come and gave support.

I would advise all future volunteers to be open-minded and believe in your own abilities to make a (small) change! Look at the resources you have available and try to make the most out of it! I had an amazing experience and I would highly recommend anyone to sign up for a volunteer placement like this.

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Christie
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Refugee Camp Volunteering Review Greece

Greece was an incredible experience for me and it really opened up my eyes to everything that is happening in Chios and the overall Refugee Crisis.

Toula is incredible and her team are amazing! I have actually found returning very difficult and I would love to go back to be honest haha. It was incredible!

The highlights of the trip for me is actually how much I learnt from the Refugees, I don’t think you actually know what these people have been through until they tell you and you see it. I think a lot of things we are hearing in the media is always misleading, so actually seeing the refugee crisis and being a part of the boat arrivals was incredibly sad but also very moving. Because you know that by doing this work you are actually helping and making a difference. The volunteers truly made my experience as well, I love Anushka and I was blessed to have her as my room mate. She is amazing and we would have de-briefs in the evenings which was super helpful after having such intense and full on days.

Since being back it has motivated me to keep fighting for these people as well and their human rights. Which for me is a huge highlight because it grounds you to know that these people are beautiful and warm people who are just looking for a better life, so it is a highlight that I feel motivated to keep helping them.

I found the food in Greece incredible. I loved the famous cheese “Mastello” and the local places near Sun Rooms were amazing as well. The food is so fresh and delicious and cheap as well, mastello pita wraps became a big favourite to be honest. I also loved the Greek Yoghurt, so sweet and creamy. Amazing!

Toula and Sun Rooms was awesome and right next to the beach which was so nice for early morning swims! I love running in NZ but I soon change to swimming when I realized how hot it is.

33 people found this review helpful.

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