Disabled Children Supporter

Take care of the patients, playing, singing, walking with them, do activities to stimulate their senses

The project
This project takes care for people who need special attention and treatment. It is located in a suburb of Antigua in Guatemala. The center is part of a nursing home for people with physical and/or mental disabilities. In the home live about 70 patients, including children, teenagers, and some adults who are wheelchair-bound. The centre has a nurse, doctor, dentist, and a couple of physiotherapists. The main aspect of the volunteers work is to give the residents of the centre a good day with stimulating activities to increase their emotional, physical, and intellectual development.

Volunteers are a vital part of the centre and its success because there is a lack of staff in health care system in Guatemala. 

Your work
In this project you will be working to support the nursing staff in their daily work and routines, one major part of the job is trying to make the patients smile. 

On a typical working day you will work with children, this means that you play with them, feed and bathe them, make their beds, accompany them to daily excursions, and invent educational activities to stimulate their senses and motor skills.
You may also be able to work in the physiotherapy department where you assist the physiotherapist during the trainings with the patient. In addition, you may do some repairs, such as repairing the wheelchairs.

You can discuss your work priorities with your volunteer coordinator on-site and, depending on prior knowledge and interests, you will be sent to the appropriate area of responsibility.

Suitable for


Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (intermediate level)
Health Declaration
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
at High School level
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 13:00

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

Disabled Children Supporter Educate children Help with physiotherapy Play games Help children Stimulate minds

Free-time activities

In your spare time there are many different activities to choose from in Antigua, with many different sites to see which will help understand the citys culture. There are also a number of bars, restaurants and internet cafes where people 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 home stay | 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 volunteeers 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, the house is only a bus journey away from the schools. There is also a second option where volunteers can live with other foreigners at a guest house (prices vary)

Guest Family Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Yes full board is provided 3 meals per day, except sundays.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
10 weeks
12 weeks
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.

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.
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
Packing our bags is important to prepare your trip, but often turns into a last minute horror. Make sure you don't forget the essentials by creating a personalised packing list for your volunteer program in Guatemala upfront.
San Gaspar Vivar, Antigua, Guatemala, Antigua, Guatemala