Maximo Nivel

Support Local Coffee Farmers

Antigua, Guatemala show on map

Agency | Maximo Nivel

Help local coffee growers and learn sustainable coffee production from bean to cup.

Eco-Agriculture volunteers work in a farming community at the base of a volcano in the Guatemalan highlands. The coffee co-operative there was set up with the help of a non-profit organization focused on economic development and sustainable agriculture in Guatemala. All coffee is organic, shade grown, hand processed, and sun-dried.

Volunteers at the coffee co-operative may be asked to:

  • Plant and prune coffee trees, tends to the coffee tree nursery
  • Harvest and process coffee beans, roast, and package the final product
  • Fertilize the fields with organic matter (coffee husks)
  • Join reforestation efforts and supplemental agriculture projects
  • Do translations for Coffee Farm Tours
  • Repair coffee production equipment and assist with construction projects
  • Tend to the small farm animals
  • Assist with international marketing and sales of the coffee

Volunteers' roles may vary depending on seasonal needs, as well as their skills and abilities. The coffee harvesting season is from December until early March, but there is plenty of work year round. Participants are always supported by Maximo Nivel’s in-country coordinators but they are not on site at your project every day.​


Typical day

Working hours vary according to the needs of the project, but volunteers can expect to work 4-6 hours per day, Monday to Friday, in the morning or in the afternoon.

Details on Arrival

Every Monday, all year round. The Eco-Agriculture project is located just outside La Antigua. Travel time varies from day to day, but participants can expect to spend 15-30 minutes traveling each way, by either walking or using local buses, taxis or a “tuk-tuk” (3-wheeled motorcycle taxi). For the first visit to the project, volunteers are taken by a Maximo Nivel representative using the local transport and given additional information about what transport to take. Local bus rides are very affordable and a one way trip will rarely cost more than Q8 (about $1). Taxis & tuk-tuks cost approximately Q10 to Q30 (about US$1.20 to US$3.50) one way within Antigua.

Free-time activities

There is plenty to see and do around La Antigua including cultural events, tours and treks, and exploring the various markets. Our local staff also posts a monthly events calendar to let you know of the activities going on around MaximoJust outside of La Antigua, there is even more to explore including nearby coffee farms, volcanoes, and both Mayan and colonial ruins. Further outside the area, participants can visit beautiful Lake Atitlán, Semuc Champey, and the famous Tikal archaeological site. Our staff are experts on Guatemala and can answer any questions clients have. Tours and trips can also easily be booked through our on-site travel partner.
Concert/Music
Sightseeing
Shopping/Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Sports
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 English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
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

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Maximo Nivel (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 Maximo Nivel

Our fees include:

- Airport pick-up
- Host family accommodations (shared room with breakfast and dinner)
- Program and safety orientation
- Walking tour
- Official certificate of volunteer service
- Emergency contact number 24/7
- Program management
- Free Tandem Conversation Program
- Free office-wide WIFI and computer lounge
- Free social activities
- Free coffee and tea and on-site snack bar
- Maximo Nivel Institute open 7 days/week

Airport Pickup at La Aurora International Airport

Airport pick up in Guatemala City is included. Volunteers find our representative outside the airport bringing a yellow flag with a smiley face on it.

Accommodation

Volunteers stay in a local Guatemalan family with a shared room and breakfast and dinner included.

Guest Family
Food & Beverages

Breakfast and dinner are included 7 days a week.

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.
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)
1 week (min. stay)
$710.00
2 weeks
$1,005.00
3 weeks
$1,260.00
4 weeks
$1,515.00
8 weeks
$2,315.00
16 weeks
$3,915.00
50 weeks (max. stay)
$10,715.00
Average fees
$462.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Antigua/Guatemala between 1 week and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Maximo Nivel 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 {project.name} during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Americas Central America Guatemala  Antigua, 6ta Avenida Norte #16-16A

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