Maximo Nivel

Support Vulnerable Childcare Projects

Antigua, Guatemala show on map

Agency | Maximo Nivel

Help and volunteer in a childcare project in Guatemala.

The working with kids program in Guatemala provides individual attention and assistance to children from underprivileged homes and communities. Many children at the projects we work with are affected by a challenging home life, little to no schooling and alcohol and drug abuse within their families. Volunteers will work in after school programs, daycares, orphanages and schools. Volunteers play an important role in working alongside local Spanish-speaking staff to improve the educational, emotional, and physical conditions of the children.

The children at the projects we work with require a lot of care, attention and most importantly, companionship. Work varies but generally consists of providing individual attention, playing with children, organizing games and activities, educating children regarding hygiene and nutrition, and assisting with homework. Volunteers are encouraged to use their skills and interests to develop workshops such as music and dance, jewelry making, aerobics, arts and crafts, etc.

Participants are supported by our in-country coordinators but they are not on site at your project every day. Participants should expect their childcare project to feel disorganized, understaffed, and underfunded. In fact, this is why they need volunteers! The children are always happy to see volunteers and are very welcoming. Enthusiasm and creativity are truly needed and appreciated.

The majority of our projects are located in and around La Antigua. Travel time varies from project to project, but volunteers can expect to spend 15-90 minutes traveling each way, either walking or using local buses or taxis. For the first visit to the project, they are taken by a Maximo Nivel representative using the local transport and given additional information about how to get to and from your project. 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$2.50) one way within Antigua.


Typical day

Working hours vary according to the needs of the project, but volunteers can expect to work 3-4 hours per day, Monday to Friday, either in the morning or in the afternoon depending on the project. 

Details on Arrival

Every Monday, all year round.

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 participants 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
Museum/Opera
Sports
Yoga/Meditation

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) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
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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All program fees are charged directly by Maximo Nivel.

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.
Online preparation course (optional, from $49)
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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 traditional family-stay where you they are placed with a pre-approved middle class Guatemalan family. Breakfast and dinner are included in their home stay. 
Guest Family
Food & Beverages
Volunteers have 2 meals included (breakfast and dinner) 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)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1,255.00
5 weeks
$1,390.00
6 weeks
$1,525.00
7 weeks
$1,660.00
11 weeks
$2,200.00
19 weeks
$3,280.00
50 weeks (max. stay)
$7,465.00
Average fees
$232.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Antigua/Guatemala between 4 weeks 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 Maximo Nivel 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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