• Guatemala
    • Guatemala City
12 weeks

Program Details

Age Min.
Year Round
Host Family
Small Group (1-15)
Travel Type
Budget Family Older Travelers Solo Women


Starting Price
Price Details
Three months volunteering for just $540!

So much is included in our volunteer program so all you need to think about is your impact in the community:
- pre-departure information and support,
- background check,
- airport pick up,
- uniform,
- induction and tour of the community,
- safe, secure, supportive working environment,
- onsite health clinic,
- support from our department directors,
- 24/7 support from the volunteer office,
- 3 cultural activities, monthly support meetings,
- transport to and from the project,
- certificate and recommendation letter on completion,
- Presidential Volunteer Service Award (US only).
What's Included
Activities Airport Transfers Equipment Transportation
What's Not Included
Accommodation Airfare Meals Travel Insurance
Apr 19, 2023
Jun 12, 2023
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About Program

For as little as $4 a day for the first six months and completely free thereafter, you can volunteer with children and youth in Guatemala. Our volunteers are an integral part of our program; a key element of our plan. Without volunteers, our program is not complete.

Our volunteers are caring people who dedicate time to educating and nurturing our students. They are responsible, kind people who, through their care and attention, help develop these young people whilst having an adventure of a lifetime.

Safe Passage is a 501(c)(3) organization working in Guatemala City to bring hope, education, and opportunity to the children and families living and working in extreme poverty around the City's garbage dump. A Guatemalan-led learning community of educators, volunteers, and administrators transforming lives by providing an excellent education, a higher quality of life, and pathways to a job with dignity so they can achieve a better future for themselves and their families.

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Program Highlights

  • You can join the program on Mondays throughout the month.
  • You will have the opportunity to work with an incredibly resilient population whilst gaining professional experience.
  • You will work as part of a Guatemalan team, fully integrated into a professional academic environment.
  • You will experience the beautiful culture, traditions and languages of Guatemala.
  • You will have a strong support team around you, 24 hours a day.

Program Impact

Being an integral part of a long-term, sustainble, education and integrated health program supporting 600+ children and youth and their families get a better start in life. Your volunteer role is designed as part of the organisation's strategy, your role is built to have impact in the lives of the people you work with.

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Program Reviews

4.82 Rating
based on 11 reviews
  • 5 rating 81.82%
  • 4 rating 18.18%
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  • Impact 4.85
  • Support 4.9
  • Fun 4.9
  • Value 4.9
  • Safety 4.65
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Volunteering at Safe Passage set the foundation for my career

I volunteered at Safe Passage for two years (2010-2012). The students and families served by the organization are truly inspiring and getting to know them through work at Safe Passage was a true gift. The organization is making a difference in the lives of those it serves--the students I knew when I volunteered now have jobs and families of their own. The other volunteers and staff I worked with became lifelong friends and colleagues who I am still close with today personally and professionally. The skills I learned as a volunteer laid the foundation for my career in international development and program management and have been invaluable. I actually now serve on the board of directors of Safe Passage.

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24 people found this review helpful.
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Safe Passage Review

Safe Passage is a special place to my heart. Being able to work with the very resilient students surrounding the Guatemala City dump and their families, is something unmatched and truly an honor. I had the pleasure of being a math and language tutor for 9 months at the program. The program taught me more than I was every able to teach the kids. I am grateful for this opportunity and look forward to visiting the program in the future. There are many incredible supporters of the program that allow it to grow into such a success starting with Henley Denning's dream.

33 people found this review helpful.
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A rewarding and life-changing experience with a supportive, friendly team!

I volunteered as part of Safe Passages Health Team. I felt fully integrated into the team of both long-term volunteers as well as Guatemalan staff. My days were busy working alongside teachers and staff members, lesson planning, and supporting students in the classroom. The staff went out of their way to make sure I had a positive experience, and to welcome me into the community. Safe Passage does a wonderful job integrating into the local community in a positive and sustainable way, and they make sure to impart this ethos on their volunteers.
I made incredible friends, improved my Spanish, and learned so much about Guatemala. On the weekends, it felt easy, safe, and inexpensive to explore the surrounding area. Safe Passage is an incredible organization with a strong mission and passionate, creative, welcoming people. I can't recommend this place enough!

73 people found this review helpful.
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A Touching and Memorable Experience

Having worked with both the very youngest children and the very oldest children at the project, I feel I have been given a great insight in their lives and been introduced to their daily struggles in very different ways. Working with children was very new for me, and I didn't expect myself to enjoy working with the very small ones, but you immediately connect so deeply with these children, and after less than one week, I knew that I would never be ready to leave them again.
Being a part of this project is such a special way of traveling, because not only do you feel of use and help make a positive difference in struggling children's lives - you also have your own little community that is always there for you, and among the other volunteers you create friendships shared over and experience that no one else can ever really understand.
I know that once I leave, I will always look warmly back on my time here, and I'm sure, I'll come visit more than once in the future.

63 people found this review helpful.
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Volunteer project full with truely kind people.

I volunteered with safe passage in January 2019 for 5 weeks. Although I only did the minimum amount of time but I could have easily stay longer, there has also been many times since leaving I have concidered returning and defiantly plan to some time in the future. Working with children was some completely new for me and the first day was certainly a realisation but every step was supported by the great staff and other volunteers. I am so great full for the oportunity safe passage has given me. It wasn’t just about the volunteering, safe passage has created a little community with great people who are trying to do their bit to help the world. Every morning when I would walk into the class room and the little 5 year olds with be so joyful and it would remind me why I started this journey. I have also made international friends who I still keep in contact with, I also made a friendship with the local teacher who gives me regular updates on how the little bundles of joy are progressing.

74 people found this review helpful.
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An unforgettable experience

I cannot say enough good things about Safe Passage and the volunteer program. The support that the volunteer team provides ensured I felt prepared and safe as I traveled down to Guatemala. When I arrived at the project I immediately felt like part of the community. I have been working as an english tutor with the high school aged students, and having the opportunity to interact with the students and form meaningful connections with them is unlike any other volunteer experience I've had.
Everyday at the project is different and brings new challenges and opportunities. Working as a part of the international volunteer group has given me the chance to meet and work with people from all over the world. I have greatly enjoyed my experience here and I know that I will be returning in the future to work with this incredible program.

69 people found this review helpful.
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Come make a difference- Safe Passage works with the whole person, the whole family and the whole community

I'm heading into the last week of my 5 weeks with Camino Segura (Safe Passage). I've had a chance to observe how the project works with children and adults through education, health, physical and emotional, nutrition, and how well it is structured to make a difference in the lives of young students living near the city dump. Kids feel secure here, they get an education and so much more, a safe place to learn and grow. Parents are invited in to be part of this opportunity and they know the value of the education their kids are getting.
I love that Camino Segura also provides support through education for teens, ESL, and work projects for young moms, parenting programs, and literacy skills for older adults.
In a country that does not always prioritize education, Camino Segura is a beacon of hope. As Nelson Mandela has said, " No country can really develop unless its citizens are educated. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Education is the great engine of personal development."

International volunteers add an element of intrigue and exposure that regular classrooms don't always have. Come make a difference by sharing your time and talents and be prepared to be transformed by the experience!

Just a word of warning for mature adults who like the relaxed, retired life, the days are long, starting and ending with a 1.5 hour school bus ride to Guatemala city, so be prepared. It makes for a long day. If you do stay with a family, you do come home to a meal prepared for you. Kind of makes up for time on the bus.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The first day overlooking the dump- overwhelmed by the sites, the smells, the stories of devastation - that was challenging.
The very next day, meeting students and seeing so many smiles, along with dedicated staff, made it all worthwhile.
76 people found this review helpful.
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More Than Just a Workplace

I came to Safe Passage a few months after graduating high school for a year of learning Spanish, meeting new friends, and hopefully leaving an impact on a community. However, I quickly saw that Safe Passage is more than just a workplace. Camino Seguro is a community filled with amazing students and teachers. Everyday the students and staff/volunteers arrive at school with smiles, ready to take on the day. These positive attitudes makes SP an awesome and fun place to work. Not only are you teaching kids, but you're learning from some of the most resilient kids and families during your time at Sage Passage. Additionally, the volunteer staff at the project is incredible. They worked with me to make sure I was both prepared before I left and comfortable once I had arrived. I would definitely recommend Safe Passage to anyone looking for fantastic place to work and volunteer!!

63 people found this review helpful.

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