Supporter at Community Development Center

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founded in 2003
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Coordinator | Marion
Coordinator | Marion
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High­lights

Learn more about Guatemala's rich culture
Boost your CV with international volunteer experience
Follow the path of the ancient Maya Indians
Improve your Spanish skills by practicing on a daily basis
Enjoy the diverse touristic activities that the colonial city of Antigua has to offer
Support an impoverished community in Guatemala. Help assist with teaching, construction, and health care. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
50+

Many people in Guatemala suffer from poverty. Whole amilies often live in small, fragile huts and parents often can not provide enough food for their children. In addition to sufficient food, there is a lack of adequate accommodation, education and perspectives.

Private organizations have been trying to counteract these problems and to improve the situation in Guatemala bit by bit. Also your help as a volunteer is needed here. Because many NGOs are purely based on the support of volunteers or rely on the help of third parties. Get involved and contribute to improving the living conditions of the Guatemalan population.

The volunteer project was set up in 1991 with the aim of helping people in need, especially children, women and young families in Guatemala. It is a community development center on the outskirts of Antigua. In this there is a school, a hospital, offices and an event room. In the infirmary, families receive free medical care and psychological care by medical professionals. The event room serves for internal meetings as well as community events, both for entertainment, as well as for discussing and planning development work in the community.

Typical day

As a volunteer, you will support the work of a community development center on the outskirts of Antigua. The program has grown a considerably over the last 20 years, and is currently a fully operative organization with a wide range of services and activities.

There are many different areas where volunteers can help, such as education/teaching, building and construction, health, technical support, or family development/community work. The exact area where you will help will depend on various factors, such as previous experience and knowledge of Spanish. You can discuss your personal interests with the onsite volunteer coordinator. 

The tasks will vary from area to area. For example, when assisting with construction, you will help improve buildings and houses within the community. Those volunteering in the area of education will teach English and assist teachers in the classroom. Volunteers that engage with community development will work within the community to make it a better place. Health care volunteers will work in the hospital.


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.

Free-time activities

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)

Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports
Riding
Yoga/
Meditation

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
CV, volunteer questionnaire and Criminal Record check
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

What's Included

Services by South America Inside
  1. Single room with local host family
  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 for an extra cost.

Accommodation

During this project, volunteers will stay with a host family. This allows you to indulge in the culture get to know local traditions. You will have a private bedroom and share bathroom and living areas.

Guest Family Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Full-board is provided (3 meals per day), except for 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.
Vaccines
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

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

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.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$700
3 weeks
$830
4 weeks
$960
5 weeks
$1,090
6 weeks
$1,220
7 weeks
$1,350
8 weeks
$1,480
24 weeks (max. stay)
$3,560
Average fees
$249 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. South America Inside 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 South America Inside during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Supporter at Community Development Center

Support an impoverished community in Guatemala. Help assist with teaching, construction, and health care.

$249/week

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