Work with Indigenous Mayan Communities

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A unique and authentic cultural immersion experience in Guatemala, where volunteers live and work in a local indigenous community. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Solteros y solteras
Parejas
50+

Indigenous Culture projects are located in a small, rural farming community outside of Antigua. This project is designed to assist with activities that provide modest income to local Mayan families, such as the creation of woven handicrafts, while offering unique cultural exchange and experience of their daily life. Volunteers support the community in various activities depending on seasonal need in the areas of agriculture, textiles, kitchen and household chores, and language education.

Volunteers at Indigenous Culture projects may be asked to:

  • Plant, harvest, and clean fruits and vegetables.
  • Care for farm animals such as chickens.
  • Collect weaving materials, learn to make different types of cloth.
  • Weave items such as belts, tablecloths, napkins, bags, etc.
  • Assist with cooking and cleaning, learn traditional homemade Guatemalan dishes.
  • Teach small English lessons to family or community members.

Village life is often affected by harvest seasons, weather, and family events. Additionally, it is normal there for work to be divided by gender so male and female volunteers should expect to do different tasks. Volunteers are always supported by Maximo Nivel’s in-country coordinators but they are not on site at your project at all times. The residents speak mainly in Mayan-Kakchikel and Spanish is a second language. Participants should prepare themselves for complete cultural and language immersion.

Typical day

The Indigenous Culture program begins with a mandatory 1-2 day orientation session in Antigua, where volunteers receive vital information about their project and trip to the project site. They should expect to work up to 8 hours per day, Monday to Friday. That said, the goal of this project is to participate in the everyday life of the host family and the community. This means that schedules can vary greatly. For instance, some days may require 8 hours of work split between morning and afternoon while others require only 1-2 hours. 

Free-time activities

Just outside of La Antigua, there is a lot to explore including nearby coffee farms, volcanoes, and both Mayan and colonial ruins. Further outside the area, participants can visit beautiful Lake Atitlán, Semuc Champey, and the famous Tikal archaeological site. Our staff are experts on Guatemala and can answer any questions clients have. Tours and trips can also easily be booked through our on-site travel partner.
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Sightseeing
Yoga/
Meditation

Requi­sitos

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)
Criminal Background Check
required
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

Servicios incluidos

Services by Maximo Nivel

Our fees include:

- Airport pick-up
- Host family accommodations (shared room with half board in Antigua and full board at the project site)
- Program and safety orientation
- Walking tour
- Official certificate of volunteer service
- Emergency contact number 24/7
- Program management

While in Antigua:

- Free Tandem Conversation Program
- Free office-wide WIFI and computer lounge
- Free social activities
- Free coffee and tea and on-site snack bar
- Maximo Nivel Institute open 7 days/week

Airport Pickup at La Aurora International Airport

Airport pick up in Guatemala City and public bus transportation to and from the project and La Antigua at the beginning and end of the program is included. La Antigua is approximately 45 minutes from the airport, while the project is about 30 minutes outside of Antigua.

Accommodation
For the first couple days volunteers stay in La Antigua to receive the orientation. In La Antigua they stay in a traditional family-stay with a shared room and breakfast and dinner included. At the project, they will also stay in a traditional family-stay which includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week.
Guest Family
Food & Beverages
The first 2 days in La Antigua volunteers have 2 meals included (breakfast and dinner), while at project they have full board with 3 meals/day. Specific dietary requests can be accommodated.
Internet Access
Sorry, no 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.
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.

Fechas y Costos

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Every Monday, all year round. For the first couple days volunteers stay in Antigua to receive the orientation. The Mayan Cultural Immersion projects are located approximately 30 minutes outside of Antigua. Public bus transportation to and from the project site is included at the beginning and end of the program.
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$780
2 weeks
$1.135
3 weeks
$1.410
4 weeks
$1.675
5 weeks
$1.935
6 weeks
$2.195
7 weeks
$2.455
8 weeks
$2.715
9 weeks
$2.975
10 weeks
$3.235
11 weeks
$3.495
12 weeks
$3.755
13 weeks
$4.015
14 weeks
$4.275
15 weeks
$4.535
16 weeks
$4.795
17 weeks
$5.055
18 weeks
$5.315
19 weeks
$5.575
20 weeks
$5.835
21 weeks
$6.095
22 weeks
$6.355
23 weeks
$6.615
24 weeks
$6.875
25 weeks
$7.135
26 weeks
$7.395
27 weeks
$7.655
28 weeks
$7.915
29 weeks
$8.175
30 weeks
$8.435
31 weeks
$8.695
32 weeks
$8.955
33 weeks
$9.215
34 weeks
$9.475
35 weeks
$9.735
36 weeks
$9.995
37 weeks
$10.255
38 weeks
$10.515
39 weeks
$10.775
40 weeks
$11.035
41 weeks
$11.295
42 weeks
$11.555
43 weeks
$11.815
44 weeks
$12.075
45 weeks
$12.335
46 weeks
$12.595
47 weeks
$12.855
48 weeks
$13.115
49 weeks
$13.375
50 weeks (max. stay)
$13.635
Average fees
$526 /week

Tenga en cuenta que los honorarios arriba indicados son estimados. Maximo Nivel le hará saber el precio final durante el proceso de solicitud.
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Maximo Nivel during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Work with Indigenous Mayan Communities

A unique and authentic cultural immersion experience in Guatemala, where volunteers live and work in a local indigenous community.

$526/week

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