Speech Therapy and Special Education Assistant

founded in 2005
Integrated Learning Experience
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Coordinator | Diego
Coordinator | Diego
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Work with experienced professionals
Immersion in Mayan culture
Meet other people from around the world
Improve your Spanish
Make an impact where it is needed
Assist staff with speech therapy sessions, special education and physiotherapy. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

This program is the perfect opportunity for people looking to gain real-world experience working with patients in speech therapy and physical therapy.

Work alongside experienced staff to treat patients with a variety of disabilities and traumas like cerebral palsy, down syndrome, brain injury, and stroke.

By interning in the speech therapy program you can expect to assist in tasks like:

  • Physical therapy
  • Especial education support
  • Creating educational material for patients.
  • Speech therapy.
  • Fine motor skill therapy.

The project aims to create an appropriate learning environment for people who suffer from mental disabilities or have suffered severe trauma. While attending the project, patients are challenged through a variety of specialized techniques to gain or regain motor skills, and speech. Patients also learn new alternative ways to carry on their day-to-day life.

Work is around 6 hours per day Monday to Friday, mostly taking place in the mornings.

Interns must be able to communicate in basic Spanish. If you don't speak any Spanish you are welcome to take online or in person lessons with us.

Typical day

  • 8 am: Breakfast with host family
  • 9 am-1pm: project work
  • 1-2pm: lunch
  • 2-4pm: project work
  • 7pm: Dinner with host family

Free-time activities

Volunteers can easily arrange trips to anywhere in Guatemala from Panajachel. Trips to volcanoes, beaches, resorts and other cities.



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
Speech therapy, physical therapy, or related field. at University level
Required Documents
Resume, Copy of passport 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 09:00 - 15:30

What's Included

Services by Integrated Learning Experience
  • Accommodation:
    Host family , in private room with two meals per day
  • Participation in cultural activities.
  • 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
Pickup is provided from Aurora Int Airport in Guatemala city or from Antigua Guatemala

Private room with shared bathroom

Guest Family
Food & Beverages
Breakfast and dinner provided
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

Participants are welcome to arrive any Sunday .
We can pick you up from Aurora Int airport in Guatemala city or in Antigua Guatemala.
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
$223 /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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Speech Therapy and Special Education Assistant

Assist staff with speech therapy sessions, special education and physiotherapy.


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