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House Construction

Antigua, Guatemala show on map
Help construct houses for families in Guatemala! Use your skills and abilities to help improve the lives of the locals. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

The Project

Antigua suffers from extreme poverty. Some families have no home to shelter themselves or their children, and most impoverished families live in poorly assembled shacks that are made of cardboard, sheet metal, and trash. The shacks only have one room, where the families live, eat, and sleep. 

This project calls for a lot of physical work, so it is important that volunteers come prepared to work hard and start helping with tasks right 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 possession 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 7-10 days to build. They are small houses, around 30 square metres, but are a major improvement for the current living situation of the family. This help is very emotional for the families and very satisfying for the volunteers, as they get to witness their work change people’s lives. 

Your Tasks

On a typical work day, your tasks will include: 

  • Transporting materials and tools
  • Screwing metal scaffolding
  • Trimming and preparing cement blocks
  • Erecting walls
  • Leveling the ground 
  • Constructing roofs 

During the project, you will get to know the family as you work together side-by-side to build their new home. You will also get to watch the families move into the house, which is a very rewarding and emotional experience. 

Free-time activities

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

The surroundings of Antigua await your with amazing nature and landscapes. Different type of day trips to tourist attractions can be booked at tour operator agencies in Antigua.

Concert/Music
Sightseeing
Shopping/Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports
Riding
Yoga/Meditation

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 (basic level)
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
CV
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 09:00 - 17:00

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
South America Inside (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.
Online preparation course (optional, from $49)
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On-site services

Services by South America Inside

  1. Single room with local host family
  2. Full-board (breakfast, lunch, dinner) from Monday thru Saturday

  3. Consultation from our experienced staff
  4. Translation of application profile
  5. Volunteer work placement
  6. Advice regarding travel insurance
  7. Advice on local travels
  8. Orientation session upon arrival
  9. Orientation kit
  10. Country handbook
  11. Local support
  12. 24/7 Emergency Number
  13. Certificate of Participation

Airport pick-up in Guatemala City can be added for 30 USD.

Important note: A donation of 200 USD has to be paid in Guatemala to the project.

Accommodation

An important part of our volunteer works in Guatemala is always an intense experience of the everyday life and culture of the host country. Therefore, our volunteers in Antigua live in homestays, so that they dive directly into local customs, taste typical meals, and experience the life of a family in Guatemala. Besides, you will quickly realize how your Spanish skills improve each day.

Our families are carefully chosen, and some have many years of experience with foreign guests. In addition to a hospitable accommodation, you will receive three meals a day at the family’s home. You stay in a single room, while the bathroom can be private or shared with other family members.

The host families are located in Antigua. To arrive at the project site, you have to take public transportation, which is quite economic. Please think about this when planning your travel budget.

Guest Family Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Full-board is provided (3 meals per day,  except on sundays). 

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.
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.
Vaccines
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
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 680
3 weeks
$ 795
4 weeks
$ 910
5 weeks
$ 1,025
6 weeks
$ 1,140
24 weeks (max. stay)
$ 3,210
Average fees
$ 237 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Antigua/Guatemala between 2 weeks and 24 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.
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 South America Inside during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Americas Central America Guatemala  Antigua, Antigua, Guatemala

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