The Most Affordable Volunteer in Xela, Guatemala - 25K happy Volunteers Since 2006

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Do you to experience a heart fulfilling adventure in a colorful country in Central America? IFRE's volunteering in Guatemala program offers you the highest quality and most affordable humanitarian abroad experiences available.

Guatemala is a traveler's delight because of the unique blend of the country’s ancient Mayan ruins and its colonial ancestry combine with expansive landscapes. Make a commitment to share your love and compassion with needy children and adults through IFRE's volunteer in Guatemala programs.

You'll have the chance to get to know one of the richest cultures in the world, and you'll have your choice of several different service projects, such as working in an orphanage, working with at-risk children, teaching English at a rural school, assisting in a healthcare program, or dedicating your time to a women's program. And while you're giving of yourself, they'll be giving to you as well, a lifetime of memories and gratitude.

Highlights
  • The world’s most affordable volunteer programs – starting at $110.
  • 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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8.67 Rating
based on 3 reviews
  • Impact 8.3
  • Support 8.7
  • Fun 8
  • Value 8.3
  • Safety 9.3
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Mary
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Time in Xela Guatemala

I spent two weeks teaching English at a school approximately 50 minutes outside of Xela. The entire experience was wonderful. The school staff was great and welcoming. I was glad that I had a bit of Spanish under my belt because it made working with the students easier. The principal/director of the school was also very helpful, making sure that I had the classroom schedule for each day.

The Guatemalan people that I had a chance to talk to were wonderful. I was surprised how my Spanish listening skills improved.

The family I stayed with were very kind and inclusive. Evelyn prepared some traditional Guatemala meals that were delicious. The pepian was yummy! Although accommodations were a little tight at their house, their generosity more than made up for it. I am considering returning next year.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Jump in and enjoy the time! You'll be surprised at how much fun you will have--and how much a difference it will make in your life.
Response from IFRE Volunteers Abroad

Dear Mary,

Thank you for leaving us a feedback and for the wonderful photos. We are happy that you enjoyed your Guatemalan experience. We wish you all the best for future endeavours and hopefully, we can serve you again in the future someday.

Wish you and your family a safe stay during these difficult times due to Covid-19.

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Megan
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Personalized Needs Assessment in Xela

Our group of 13 travelers spent a week working with IFRE while visiting various medical locations throughout the week in order to perform our medical needs assessment. The week was extremely successful and the group felt as though IFRE supported us in completing our goals. The logistics ran very smoothly and our host families were welcoming and supportive of our missions while staying with them. Oscar, our primary in-country contact was extremely helpful and accommodating to help us with everything we needed throughout the week.

Prior to the trip our group did struggle with communication as we felt that IFRE did not provide us with much information that we did not specifically request. Our daily itinerary and day to day functions were not entirely clear to us prior to arrival, and throughout the week we still felt as though a lot of questions went unanswered in terms of logistics. While everything still ran smoothly, we wished that we had received more communicative support for the price that we were paying.

Response from IFRE Volunteers Abroad

Dear Megan and friends,

Thank you for taking out the time to write us a honest feedback. We greatly appreciate you for taking out the time to volunteer with us. We also apologize for the miscommunication and the inconveniences you faced. We will ensure that our future volunteers will not face such problems.

We wish you all the best for your future endeavours.

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Annabel
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Teaching Primary in Santa Maria, Xela

I was teaching English at an amazingly progressive school in the beautiful mountains just outside Xela. The school was led by Professor Edgar and he has a group of brilliant qualified and dedicated teachers in the school. I was there for the last month of the school year (October) and worked every morning. I was reviewing all the English the students had done in the year. I worked in each class which meant I met all the pupils in the school. The school has a lovely, happy warm atmosphere. Even though my Spanish is really poor, the teachers all went out of their way to help me. I was included in all the school activities including the graduation on the last day of term. This was brilliant to see the Guatemalan families being so proud of their children.
The journey from the house I stayed in was about 50 - 60 minutes each way. I loved the journey for the thrill of the mad bus drivers and because the scenery to the school is breathtaking. You get to see the real Guatemala, with all the people going about their daily business.
I stayed in a homestay in Xela with the lovely Mercedes and her 2 children. There were 5 of us staying in the house. Mercedes is a great cook and every meal was great fun sitting around the table there was always a lot of hilarity and warmth. The house is about a 10 minute walk to Park Central in Xela and so it was really easy to get to the bus stations or the markets or any one of the great cafes in town for some coffee or hot chocolate (make sure to visit La Luna!) I also went to yoga at the Yoga House, and I know there was a gym nearby.
Daily Spanish classes were included with Mario from the programme. He had great patience with me and arranged a time to suit in with my day. I would highly recommend taking them.
I didn't go out at night much, but there are loads of bars in town and a nice community of foreigners - not that many so you see the same faces in the yoga class, or coffee shop or bar after not too long! There is a laid back vibe in Xela and it's a cheap destination in Guatemala.
Would totally recommend making sure Xela is included in your trip to Guatemala, for the city vibe as well as the amazing countryside surrounding it. Make sure you go to the hot springs and the markets and don't forget to climb the volcano!