Building Project Assistant

Construction of houses for local families with activities such as: balancing ground, erecting walls, construction of roofs

The project

Antigua suffers from extreme poverty, many families have no home to shelter themselves or their children, with most families living in poorly assembled shacks consisting of cardboard, sheet metal and trash. The shacks only consist of one room, where the families lives, eats and sleeps in. 

This project contains a lot of physical work so you should not shy away from hard work and being involved in a project straight away. The main objective of this project is to build new homes and improve existing ones for families living in poverty. 

The families who are part of this project must be in possesion of the land the house is build on, so the family's situation will be analyzed, taking into account the socio-economic aspects.

Houses usually take around 7 to 10 days to build, there are small houses around 30 square metres, but these houses are a major improvement on the current situation of the family. This experience is very emotional for the families and very satisfying for the volunteers as they get to witness the change in peoples lives. 

Your work

On a typical working day your tasks will include: 

  • transporting materials and tools, 
  • screwing the metal scaffolding, 
  • trimming and preparing cement blocks, 
  • erecting walls, 
  • levelling ground, 
  • constructing roofs. 

During the process you will get to know the family as you work together side by side. You will also be part of building the house and watching the families move in which is a very rewarding experience. 

Suitable for


Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (basic level)
Education Requirements
at High School level
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 17:00

Do you have any questions concerning this volunteer opportunity in Guatemala? Volunteer World directly connects you with South America Inside

Building Project Assistant Work as a team Make a difference Help the community Learn new Skills Build houses

Free-time activities

In your spare time there are many different activities to choose from in Antigua such as a variety of different sports like football (soccer), many volunteers also go for hikes around Antigua and look at its its beautiful colonial buildings. There are also many different bars where volunteers can go to socialize.



What's included?
Consultation of our experienced staff | Translation of documents | Placement in Volunteer Project | Orientation on arrival | Orientation kit | Local support | 24h-Emergency Number | Accomodation Homestay | Full board (3 meals per day) | Advice on travel insurance | Flight booking service (optional) | Certificate of participation | Application fee
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.

In this project volunteers will stay with host families. This will allow you to indulge in the culture getting to know traditional ways, you will have a private bedroom but shared bathroom and living areas.

Guest Family Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Yes, full board is provided (3 meals per day) except on sundays

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
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25 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Antigua/Guatemala between 4 weeks and 25 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. South America Inside will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
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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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Guatemala. Please check the visa regulations for Guatemala.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Guatemala.

What's next?

The nearest airport is La Aurora (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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Guatemala you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Guatemala.
Packing List
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