• Guatemala
    • Panajachel
12 weeks

Program Details

Age Min.
Summer Winter Year Round
Travel Type
Budget Solo Women


Starting Price
Price Details
There is no cost to participate! Meals, shared accommodation, and transportation to San Lucas is provided. All you need to do is get yourself to Guatemala City.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Equipment Meals SIM cards Transportation Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Travel Insurance Visa
Nov 10, 2021
Nov 30, 2021
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About Program

Volunteers play a critical role in supporting visiting groups and Mission programs in San Lucas Tolimán, Guatemala. We are looking for a team of responsible, enthusiastic, motivated Long-Term Volunteers to serve our friends and visitors in San Lucas!

Long-Term Volunteers act as liaisons between visiting groups and community members by providing Spanish interpretation, supporting logistics, and participating in service projects.

You must be 18+ and proficient in Spanish (or willing to attend language school before you start).

Cost: $0
There is no cost to participate! Meals, shared accommodation, and transportation to San Lucas are provided. All you need to do is get yourself to Guatemala City.

Time Commitment:
3+ months, flexible start date.

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Program Highlights

  • Support sustainable community development by partnering with the San Lucas Mission. Run by 120 Guatemalan staff, the Mission supports healthcare, education, housing, economic opportunity, job training and community building for women, and more.
  • Located on the shores of Lake Atitlan, taking in the stunning views of surrounding volcanoes, villages, and coffee farms. Hiking enthusiasts will love the opportunity to get out and explore!
  • Join a community of like-minded individuals as they provide Spanish interpretation and support for 1200 visitors per year. Groups include churches, universities, high schools, as well as medical and surgical teams.
  • Learn about Guatemalan history, Maya culture/spirituality, international development, and life in San Lucas. The program is rooted in learning, connection, and reflection.
  • Get your hands dirty by participating in service projects with the Construction team! Build houses and fuel-efficient stoves alongside community members and visitors.

Program Impact

Friends of San Lucas (FOSL) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to generating support for the Mission in San Lucas Tolimán, Guatemala. Local leadership is at the center of our work and we support community-led solutions to community-identified challenges. Managed by over 100 Guatemalan staff, the San Lucas Mission (SLM) is rooted in Christian Social Teaching and supports community members through seven program areas, including: healthcare, education, coffee, construction, charity, the Women’s Center, and a Visitor program which welcomes 1,200+ visitors annually. FOSL is an ecumenical organization that invites people of both religious and secular backgrounds to participate. The purpose of the Visitor Program is to provide opportunities for learning, relationship building, and reflection.

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Great Experience

Perfect for recent high school/college grads or anyone looking for a meaningful experience. I spent over a year volunteering, and during that time I got to form relationships with people from all over the US and Guatemala, interpret talks, work on construction projects, and explore the local area. Being with visitors from morning until evening can be tiring, but it's worth it to give them an unforgettable experience. The organization is supportive and transparent. Now I come back to San Lucas whenever I can!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Come with an open mind and willingness to immerse yourself in the local culture. Observe the beauty around you in the people, the culture, and the natural surroundings.
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