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La Puerta Abierta

Coach at a Learning Center

La Puerta Abierta is a vibrant learning center for students of all ages with a focus on early childhood education and literacy outreach.

La Puerta Abierta offers a variety of opportunities for you to volunteer with our programs. Whether as a volunteer, student, or traveler – there are a number of rewarding ways you can collaborate with us in our center.  La Puerta Abierta looks for motivated individuals that are hard-working, proactive, creative, and responsible.

Volunteer projects include supporting teachers in our school, reading books in local communities by participating in the Traveling Library, co-teaching classes, working with teachers to design new curriculum, tutoring, teaching English, categorizing books, participating in the teen reading group and developing age appropriate activities, hosting writing music and art workshops with students, and sharing any of your talents or abilities that will help us accomplish our mission as a library and a school in Santiago Atitlan. 

Volunteers gain the opportunity to interact closely with children, assist our local staff, gain experience in the field of education and literacy, contribute to our vision to empower children to become innovative problem solvers and to learn Spanish.  

Suitable for


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). Of course, there is an exception for children that are accompanied by their parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level) and Spanish (basic level)
Required Documents
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 08:00 - 13:00

Any questions? Just ask. We at La Puerta Abierta are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

Santiago is rich in Maya culture. While visiting, one will have the opportunity to explore the indigenous culture. Textiles are also an important part of our community. You can learn to weave and embroider while staying in our town.

Water Sports

Included Services

What's included?
Lodging and meals at a home stay are included. Meals out and transportation are not. Purchasing food at our local market is fairly inexpensive. Transportation around town is also affordable. Crossing the lake in boat is approximately $3, riding a tuc-tuc to town is less than a dollar. Volunteers may have to pay more to have their clothes washed. We have a local hospital with moderate prices for treatment.

A simple room in a house, with access to a bathroom. Safe and clean. Generally a volunteer stays with a family with multiple generations including elders and small children. Most houses have running water, electricity, and tile floors. Other options are available for an additional price including private apartments and homes.

Guest Family
Food & Beverages

3 meals a day. Vegetarian options available.

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.

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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
1 week (min. stay)
2 weeks
3 weeks
4 weeks
8 weeks
16 weeks
50 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Santiago Atitlan, Solola/Guatemala between 1 week and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. La Puerta Abierta 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 La Puerta Abierta during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in Guatemala

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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.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Guatemala and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in 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.
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Santiago Atitlan, Santiago Atitlan, Solola, Guatemala
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