House Construction for poor families

gegründet 2003
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Learn more about Guatemala's rich culture
Improve your Spanish skills while giving back to society
Boost your CV adding international volunteer experience
Explore amazing landscapes and cultural sites
Make new friends with volunteers from around the world
Help construct houses for poor families in Guatemala! Use your skills and abilities to help improve the lifes of the locals. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Alter 18+

Antigua is one of the most beautiful cities in Central America. It is one of Guatemala's main tourist attractions and delights its visitors with its beautiful colonial buildings, small alleys with colorful houses, a lively Mayan culture and a breathtaking backdrop to the perfectly formed volcanoes of Agua, Fuego and Acatenango.

It all sounds wonderful, if not the bitter reality for many locals. Because the shadow side of this historical ambience is the extreme poverty in which the majority of Guatemalan families live. Many families have no home or just a makeshift barracks made of cardboard, sheet metal and waste. Whole families live, eat and sleep often in just one room. On the other hand, this extreme housing situation lays the foundations for social hotspots, illnesses and inter-family problems.

Volunteers who enjoy helping out and not shying away from physical work can help in a construction project in Antigua. The aim of this project is to build new homes for families living in extreme poverty or to improve and expand existing homes. Likewise, schools and community centers have been built in the past.

The families who can benefit from the construction projects must in turn apply and be in possession of the land on which the house is to be built. Subsequently, the situation of the family is analyzed taking into account socio-economic aspects.

It takes about 7 to 10 days to build a house for a family. These are small, modest houses (only about 30 square meters in size), which can not be compared with houses in industrialized countries, but they are a significant improvement for these families compared to their previous housing situation. Normally the volunteers help with the construction of the house from day one. The completion of the house and the subsequent ceremonial key handover to the family is for most volunteers a very emotional experience and a very special moment.

The project is funded exclusively by donations and the help of volunteers from all over the world! The jobs for this project are located around Antigua.


In this volunteer project, you have to really get involved. You help with the construction of houses on the construction site and actively support destitute families in achieving their dream of owning a home.

The tasks range from balancing the ground, erecting the walls, to constructing the roof. Furthermore, things to be done are transporting building materials and tools, screwing together the metals, trimming or cutting cement blocks, etc. There is a lot to do, and every helping hand is important.

During the construction, you will get to know the family who will move into the house and work together side by side. If you take part in this project for a long time, you have the opportunity to accompany the construction from the first day and finally witness the family's entry into the new house. The joy in the faces of the family is a unique experience and a fulfilling thanks for the diligence, the work and effort.

Note: The tasks may vary. They depend on factors such as number of volunteers, season, current needs of the project, as well as self-motivation. Not every volunteer may be fully involved in all these tasks.


In your spare time, there are many different activities to choose from, such as visiting historic sights and museums around the city of Antigua. This wonderful colonial city is a real gem and offers plenty of touristic activities. Many volunteers also go to local bars and restaurants to socialize with friends. On the weekends you can take day excursions to get to know the amazing surroundings.

Among the most interesting things to do:

  1. City tour Antigua
  2. Handicraft markets from indigenous people
  3. Lake Atitlan
  4. Archeological sites (e.g. Park of Copan)
  5. Nature and Volcano
  6. Thermal baths of Kawilal
  7. Tradicional market of Chichicastenango
  8. Visit to museums of indigenous cultures like the Maya
  9. Bird watching tours
  10. Outdoor sports like climbing, hiking, Canopy, biking, 4x4 tours, etc.
  11. Visits to Chocolate and Coffe productions sites
  12. Tikal, the biggest Maya ruins (weekend trip, at least 3 days)



Um an diesem Programm teilzunehmen, musst du zu Programmbeginn mindestens 18 Jahre alt sein. Es kann Ausnahmen geben, wenn du die Erlaubnis deines/r Erziehungsberechtigten vorlegen kannst oder wenn du von deinen Eltern begleitet wirst
Du brauchst folgende Sprachkenntnisse: Spanisch (Grundkenntnisse)
auf High School Niveau
Benötigte Unterlagen
CV, volunteer questionnaire und Criminal Record check
Es gibt keine Beschränkungen. Helfende Hände aus aller Welt sind willkommen.
Deine Hilfe wird an folgenden Tagen benötigt: Montag, Dienstag, Mittwoch, Donnerstag und Freitag


Dienstleistungen von South America Inside

  1. Single room with local host family
  2. Full-board (breakfast, lunch, dinner) from Monday thru Saturday
  3. Consultation from our experienced staff
  4. Translation of application profile
  5. Volunteer work placement
  6. Advice regarding travel insurance
  7. Advice on local travels
  8. Orientation session upon arrival
  9. Orientation kit
  10. Country handbook
  11. Local support
  12. 24/7 Emergency Number
  13. Certificate of Participation

Airport pick-up in Guatemala City can be added for an extra cost.

Important note: A donation of 80 USD has to be paid in Guatemala to the project.


An important part of our volunteer works in Guatemala is always an intense experience of the everyday life and culture of the host country. Therefore, our volunteers in Antigua live in homestays, so that they dive directly into local customs, taste typical meals, and experience the life of a family in Guatemala. Besides, you will quickly realize how your Spanish skills improve each day.

Our families are carefully chosen, and some have many years of experience with foreign guests. In addition to a hospitable accommodation, you will receive three meals a day at the family’s home. You stay in a single room, while the bathroom can be private or shared with other family members.

The host families are located in Antigua. To arrive at the project site, you have to take public transportation, which is quite economic. Please think about this when planning your travel budget.

Gastfamilie Einzelzimmer

Full-board is provided (3 meals per day,  except on sundays). 

Gute Verbindung vor Ort
Was ist NICHT inklusive?
Visa, Flüge, Reiseversicherung und Impfungen sind NICHT in den Programmgebühren enthalten. Das Abholen vom Flughafen ist auch nicht in den Programmgebühren enthalten.
Der nächstgelegene Flughafen ist La Aurora International Airport (GUA) in Guatemala City. Wir helfen dir günstige Flüge nach Guatemala zu finden.
Ins Ausland zu gehen ist ein Abenteuer, auf das man sich stets gut vorbereiten sollte. Plötzliche Krankheit oder Verletzung, Stornierung oder Diebstahl - eine Reiseversicherung für Guatemala bietet die nötige Sicherheit.
Bevor du deine Freiwilligenarbeit in Guatemala antrittst, solltest du dich noch einmal von deinem Arzt beraten lassen und deine erforderlichen Impfungen für Guatemala überprüfen.

Termine & Preise


Informationen zur Anreise

The volunteer work can be joined throughout the year. The start and end date can be set flexible, according to your availability and travel plans. Ask our experienced staff to coordinate your participation in this meaningfull volunteer project.

Jan Feb Mär Apr Mai Jun Jul Aug Sep Okt Nov Dez
2 - 24 Wochen


Kosten: Preise in USD
2 Wochen (Mindestaufenthalt)
3 Wochen
4 Wochen
5 Wochen
6 Wochen
24 Wochen (Maximaler Aufenthalt)
Durchschnittliche Gebühren
$276 /Woche

Bitte beachte, dass die oben angegebenen Gebühren geschätzt sind. South America Inside wird dich während deines Bewerbungsprozesses über die endgültigen Programmgebühren informieren.
Anzahlung (15%)
Mit der Anzahlung reservierst du deinen Platz beim Freiwilligenprogramm. Zahlungen werden von PayPal abgewickelt, unserem vertrauenswürdigen globalen Zahlungsanbieter. Falls du keinen PayPal Account hast, kannst du die Anzahlung auch mit einer Kreditkarte bezahlen.
Restzahlung (85%)
Deine endgültige Zahlung vereinbarst du mit South America Inside während des Bewerbungsprozesses. Normalerweise handelt es sich um eine Banküberweisung oder eine Barzahlung am Projektstandort.

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