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Community Development Volunteer

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

The Project

Poverty is a major issue in Guatemala. Many families live in small, fragile huts and parents often can’t provide for their children.

For many years, private organizations have committed to helping alleviate these issues in order to improve the situation in Guatemala. Many projects are reliant on support from volunteers, and their help is greatly needed to improve the living conditions in Guatemala. 

This project was founded in 1991, and its main objective is to help people in need. The project is based in the outskirts of Antigua and has a school, offices, event room, and a clinic where families can receive free medical care. 

In addition to financial resources, the help of volunteers is needed to advance the living conditions of the area’s residents.

Your Tasks

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. 

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
50+

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (intermediate level)
Health Declaration
required
Education Requirements
at High School level
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 - 16:00

Any questions? Just ask. We at South America Inside are happy to help you.

Contact Project Coordinator

Free-time activities

In your spare time, there are a variety of different activities you can do in Antigua, such as sports or hiking to admire magnificent views. There are also many bars where you can socialize with friends.     

Concert/Music
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports
Riding
Yoga/Meditation
Contact & Reservation
$220
/week
$220
/week
2 - 25
weeks
2 - 25
weeks
17+
age
17+
age
Airport Pickup
Housing
Food
Internet
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

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Services by South America Inside

Consultation from our experienced staff | Translation of application documents | Placement in volunteer project | Orientation upon arrival | Orientation kit | Local support | 24-hr Emergency Number | Accommodation- Homestay | Full-board (3 meals per day except for sundays) | Advice regarding travel insurance | Flight booking service (optional) | Certificate of Participation | Application fee

Airport Pickup at La Aurora

An airport pick-up can be arranged for an small extra charge.

Accommodation

During this project, volunteers will stay with a host family. This will allow them to indulge in the culture get to know local traditions. You will have a private bedroom, but shared bathroom and living areas. The house is only a bus journey away from the schools.

Guest Family Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

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

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

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Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$635.00
3 weeks
$740.00
4 weeks
$845.00
25 weeks (max. stay)
$3,050.00
Average fees
$220.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Antigua/Guatemala between 2 weeks and 25 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. 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.

Get ready to volunteer in Guatemala

Check out first

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.
Budgeting
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?

Airport
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.
Free-time
What can you do in leisure-time in Guatemala while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
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