Niños de Guatemala

Classroom Assistant

Antigua, Guatemala show on map

Volunteers are assigned to a particular class where they assist the teacher in various educational activities during normal school hours.

Teacher’s Aid: Morning Program

Level of Spanish Required: Basic

The Teacher's Assistant Program is the most active program available at NDG and the one that needs the most support from volunteers. The highest priorities go to our youngest students, so depending on the amount of volunteers at the given time, one should expect to be working with children that are very young. Volunteers will be paired with a grade from the school to aid one of our amazing teachers in any way possible; whether it is helping children cut and glue paper into notebooks, handing out soap or toothpaste, helping children with in-class worksheets or homework, volunteers can expect to be very busy!

The Morning Program at our schools is based on the national curriculum (Curiculo Nacionál Base) designed and approved by the Guatemalan Ministry of Education. This includes classes in mathematics, language, history, science, art, and physical education. Following this curriculum ensures that our students will ultimately receive a diploma accepted throughout Guatemala.

Each volunteer is assigned to a particular teacher and grade throughout their stay. As teachers’ aids, volunteers are responsible for:

  • Helping individual students
  • Creating educational materials
  • Keeping the children on task

NDG’s motto has always been that everyone can do something. Dedicated volunteers are key to our mission of breaking the cycle of poverty through education in Guatemala. Through our program, you can get off the beaten track and experience Antigua’s wonderful, culture, people, and landscapes, all while giving back in our schools.

Our volunteers come from all types of backgrounds and range in age from eighteen to sixty. We have an average of five people volunteering with us at any given time. During high season, however, there may be as many as fifteen volunteers in our programs at once.

Details on Arrival

 Volunteers can join our program throughout the year.

Free-time activities

The majority of NDG’s volunteers live in the beautiful colonial town of La Antigua. With a population of roughly 40,000 people, Antigua is set in a spectacular valley, surrounded by 3 volcanos and beautiful foothills. Antigua is a destination for tourists from around the world, as it is home to a unique Guatemalan culture, a plethora of Spanish language schools, and a base for continued travel throughout the country. Incredible ruins and churches dating back to colonial times give the town a unique and interesting feeling, as it was (and still is) a place of large historical significance. 

Antigua is the perfect place for volunteers to live during their time in Guatemala, as it is a much more developed and comfortable town than the most of the country, yet it is significantly less expensive than the average costs of living in the United States or Europe. During their free time, volunteers can travel to nearby destinations such as Lake Atitlan, the pacific coast, large Guatemalan markets, and beautiful hot springs. Within the city itself, volunteers can expect to enjoy the vast array of cuisine, the diverse traveler scene, the entertaining nightlife, and rich cultural diversity.


Program 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 English (basic level) and Spanish (basic level)
Health Declaration
Criminal Background Check
Required Documents
Passport copy, Motiivation letter, Resume and Volunteer Application form
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Spanish, English
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 07:30 - 12:30

Suitable for


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Before your journey

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Niños de Guatemala (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by Niños de Guatemala

NDG Volunteer Packages

The Volunteer Cost

  • Volunteer Support fee and other services (spanish classes, living arrangements, airport pickup and drop off and others)  which will depend on the package you will choose, the options are above.

  • $250 donation for our 3 schools and 500 students, the volunteer team are very much willing to support you through the fundraising process, to help you get started, we’ve put together this short guide NDG Fundraising Guide, and feel free to email us if you would like to know specific projects or needs that the school has. Many volunteers are able to raise 100% of their fees and donation—and there are many ways to do it!

  • Your Volunteer Package has to be paid completely 15 days before arrival.

Cancellation Policy

We recognize that changes happen during the planning trips. Once you have paid your “Application fee”, refunds can be made only if:

  • Cancellation notice is made 1 months prior to your scheduled arrival date.

  • If for any reason NDG needs to cancel your trip, all costs including deposit will be refunded or applied to a rescheduled trip.

You cannot be refunded if:

  • If, a cancellation is made less than 1 month before the scheduled arrival date.

  • If the Volunteer leaves Guatemala earlier for any reason, no refund will be issued.

If not refunded, it will become a donation to Niños de Guatemala, and we will be very grateful.

Long-term volunteer packs (6 months or 1 year)


6 months

1 year


Spanish -Volunteer Long-term Pack:

$3 604 US Dollars

$6 684 US Dollars

  • Airport pick up

  • Homestay (All meals included, except Sundays)

  • 30 hours of Spanish classes, we can give you linguistic credits.

  • 1 FREE Experience Guatemala tour

  • Volunteer Support (Includes $50 US Dollars “Application fee”)

  • Donation (The minimum of $250 US Dollars)

Experience Guatemala Long-term Pack

$3 450 US Dollars

$6 550 US Dollars

  • Airport pick up

  • Homestay (All meals included, except Sundays)

  • 2 Experience Guatemala tours

  • Volunteer Support (Includes $50 US Dollars “Application fee”)

  • Donation (The minimum of $250 US Dollars)

Short-term volunteer packs (1 month, 2 months or 3 months)


1 month

2 months

3 months


Spanish-Volunteer short-term Pack:

$1020 US Dollars

$1570 US Dollars

$2120 US Dollars

  • Airport pick up and drop off

  • Homestay (All meals included, except Sundays)

  • 30 hours of Spanish classes, we can give you linguistic credits.

  • 1 Experience Guatemala tour

  • Volunteer Support (Includes $50 UD Dollars “Application fee”)

  • Donation (The minimum of $250 US Dollars)

Experience Guatemala short-term Pack

$900 US Dollars

$1450 US Dollars

$2000 US Dollars

  • Airport pick up

  • Homestay (All meals included, except Sundays)

  • 2 Experience Guatemala tours

  • Volunteer Support (Includes $50 UD Dollars “Application fee”)

  • Donation (The minimum of $250 US Dollars)

Airport Pickup at La Aurora International Airport

We provide pick up and drop off to the airport for all our short term packages and only pick up at airport to all long-term packages.


You will be sharing with a Guatemalan family.

Guest Family
Food & Beverages

The Guest family is responsible for providing all 3 meals, except for Sundays. Be ready to try really good typical Guatemalan food.

Filtered water will be provided at the guest family house, the school and also at the NDG office.

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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
8 weeks
12 weeks
24 weeks
48 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Antigua/Guatemala between 4 weeks and 48 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Niños de Guatemala will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Guatemala.
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 {} during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Americas Central America Guatemala  Antigua,  4a Calle Oriente #28C

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