South America Inside

Health Care and Social Work Assistant

Antigua, Guatemala show on map
founded in 2003
Coordinator | Sergio
Coordinator | Sergio
Give care and attention to patients, administration of medications, project work This volunteer program is especially suitable for:

The project

In this volunteer project you will be supporting a medical facility in Guatemala by giving sick people from the local community your time and affection. You will either be working in a bigger medical home or a small community health centre. If you have a preference on one of these do not hesitate to ask. 

These centres care for the people who live in the surrounding areas of Antigua. Usually there are two doctors, one in the morning and one in the evening. Doctors treat a variety of different diseases and ailments, they usually offer medications at low prices for the people. 

There is also a different placement offered within the medical home, it is not a hospital but a home for poor people with diseases, the majority of patients are abandoned children and people without family nor financial resources. There are many different areas to choose to work in for this job such as the ward for malnutrition, children with disabilities, the elderly, and/or the ward for babies and children.

This project is perfect for someone who is studying medicine and also nurses. 

Your work 

You will either be working in a large hospital with hundreds of patients or a small health care centre either way both centres have lots to of work to do. 

On this project your typical day to day tasks willl include: talking to patients, playing with children, participating in activities, assisting nurses and doctors with any help they need. 

If you have some medical knowledge you can help with the distribution of medication, weighing, measuring and taking the temperature of babies and children. Also, you can educate the patients on topics such as hygiene, health and nutrition.

Free-time activities

In your spare time there are many different activities to choose from such as an array of sights and museums around the city which helps in understanding the culture. Many volunteers go out to the various bars and restaurants to socialize with friends. On the weekends you can take day excursions to the surroundings of Antigua to visit the amazing landscapes and do outdoor sports!


Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (intermediate level)
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Medical knowledge or experience in the health sector are a plus.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 17:00

Included Services

Extra security layer by Volunteer World
Volunteer World is the world's leading comparison platform for international volunteer opportunities. We guide you through a safe and easy application process - including all necessary payments. Planning your next meaningful trip with Volunteer World gives you free access to our:
Quality Assurance
High ethical standards & transparent social impact
Flex Option
Change your reservation at no extra costs
Refund Guarantee
We refund your fees if South America Inside cancels your trip
Support & Mediation
We cover your back no matter what happens
Our services are free of charge!
All program fees are charged directly by South America Inside.

Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
South America Inside (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
Online preparation course (optional, from $49)
Prepare yourself and become a confident and well informed traveler. Global Travel Academy takes you on a journey before you leave home, helping you to become one of the world's greatest travelers. Our trusted partner for online learning offers courses in "International Volunteering", "Travel Health & Safety" and "Travel Safety Abroad".

On-site services

Services by South America Inside
  1. Single room, homestay
  2. Full-board (breakfast, lunch, dinner) from Monday to 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

  14. Airport pick-up in Guatemala City can be added at an extra cost of USD 30.

You will live with a local host family. This allows you to indulge in the culture getting to know traditional way of lifes. You will have a private bedroom but shared bathroom and living areas.

Guest Family Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Full-board is provided (breakfast, lunch, dinner) except on sundays.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is La Aurora International Airport (GUA) in Guatemala City. We assist you to find cheap flights to Guatemala.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Guatemala provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Guatemala you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Guatemala.
Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 680
3 weeks
$ 795
4 weeks
$ 910
5 weeks
$ 1,025
6 weeks
$ 1,140
24 weeks (max. stay)
$ 3,210
Average fees
$ 237 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Antigua/Guatemala between 2 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. South America Inside will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Guatemala.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with South America Inside during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Americas Central America Guatemala  Antigua, Antigua, Guatemala

You might be also interested in

Wildlife Rescue Assistant Alajuela, Costa Rica South America Inside Agency | South America Inside
Help take care of exotic animals that have been rescued and assist with environmental education! Experience the Costa Rican rainforest!
Take Care of Exotic Animals Villa Tunari, Bolivia South America Inside Agency | South America Inside
This amazing volunteer project is your chance to experience the unique nature of the Bolivian rainforest while supporting an animal welfare center in Bolivia.
Help in Childcare San Jose, Costa Rica South America Inside Agency | South America Inside
Help take care of children in the beautiful country of Costa Rica. Organize games and activities for the children and make them smile!
Work in a Day Care Center San Jose , Costa Rica South America Inside Agency | South America Inside
Do you love working with children? Help out at a day care center where you can organize activities and be a positive influence for children from low-income families.
Take Care of Parrots Aranjuez Puntarenas Costa Rica, Costa Rica South America Inside Agency | South America Inside
Help support parrot conservation efforts in the rainforest by directly interacting with and taking care of Costa Rican parrots!
Support Day Care Centers Antigua, Guatemala South America Inside Agency | South America Inside
Volunteer at a day care center and support teachers with daily tasks! Organize activities and take care of babies and children!
The project site is open in: Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Why am I seeing this?

You requested a page that doesn't exist on this site any more. This could be caused by a link you followed that was out of date, by a typing in the wrong address in the address bar, or simply because the post has been deleted.

Take Me Home