Small Business and Microfinance Internship

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Integrated Learning Experience
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Coordinator | Diego
Coordinator | Diego
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Gain real-world experience.
Improve your Spanish through total immersion.
Meet other people from around the world.
Work in a fun and relaxed environment.
Hike volcanoes, visit Mayan ruins and explore the culture.
The Microfinance and business program will be helping small entrepreneurs manage their business plans. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Interns joining the Microfinance and business program will be helping small entrepreneurs manage their business plans, loans and advise them on key decisions for better growth. Interns can also help in workshops that range from basic financial literacy, marketing, accounting, data analysis, and more.

Depending on the intern's profile, skills and interests he/she can be assigned to different areas. Different from the program in Costa Rica, interns in this program work inside the lending organizations that also provide financial education to their clients. Interns must speak basic Spanish and are preferred to have a background in finance, economics, accounting, marketing, and related fields. Intensive Spanish lessons are also available in Guatemala before starting the internship.

Possible tasks:
  • Analyzing loans and feasibility studies from within the lending organization.
  • I.T and automation of databases (If the intern is familiar in this field)
  • Accounting
  • Financial literacy workshops.
  • Loan management training workshops.
  • Marketing workshops.
  • Following up on business plans of loaners and advising as needed.
  • Analyzing clients’ business plans previous to taking out a loan.
  • Smart use of technology and training in ready available financial tools.

Typical day

  • 7 am : breakfast with host family
  • 7:30 am: walk to project
  • 8am : meet with project staff to oversee daily tasks
  • 1pm: lunch time
  • 4pm: Project work time ends
  • 7 pm: Dinner with host family

Free-time activities

Volunteers can join in many hikes around the area as well as water sports. Nearby transportation hubs to other touristic destinations.
Water Sports


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 English (basic level) or Spanish (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
finance,accounting, business, or related field. at Studying or graduated level
Required Documents
CV, application form and
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:00

What's Included

Services by Integrated Learning Experience

  • Host family , in private room with two meals per day
  • On call support throughout the service
  • Coordination with the host country organization of volunteer service
  • Orientation to volunteer work or intern placement
  • Welcome at airport with transport
  • Certificate of program completion

Airport Pickup at La Aurora International Airport

Airport pickup provided in Guatemala City Airport Aurora

Host family, in private room with two meals per day
Guest Family
Food & Beverages
Two meals per day.

Vegetarian diets can be accommodated. Other types of diet may require participant to cook for him/herself.

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.
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.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Every Sunday, except for December. Arrival to Aurora Intl airport with a 2.5 hour drive.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
9 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$244 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Integrated Learning Experience will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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 Integrated Learning Experience during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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