Volunteer in Guatemala

Are you interested in exploring the colorful country of Guatemala while also dedicating your time to the needs of others? Global Crossroad has some wonderful volunteering opportunities in Antigua, Guatemala just waiting to be explored by you!

  • Join a highly reviewed volunteer program in Antigua, Guatemala starting at $160 a week
  • Safety is our number one priority and you will have it with constant in country support
  • Unique chance to work alongside likeminded volunteers from around the globe
  • Affordable and safe way to travel and broaden your cultural horizons in Latin America

Is it time for a real change in your life? Do you want to do something that will engage your sense of wonder and excitement? When you join a volunteer program in Antigua, Guatemala, you will find new life, new vision, new friends, and memories that endure forever.

Guatemala is known as the country of eternal spring. It seems that everything is newly alive in this majestic land, full of beauty and rich with culture. Travelers visit Guatemala for its captivating landscapes and breathtaking biodiversity. You will have the chance to see the sights and fully immerse yourself in the exquisite ethnic culture.

The people of Guatemala are as delightful as the land around them. You will find your spirit warmed by interacting with them, and discover, again, that giving truly is receiving. Our volunteering overseas in Antigua, Guatemala program will guide you every step of the way, so you can relax and enjoy the process.

Write us for more information now. The life you change may be your own!

Volunteer in Guatemala Programs

Global Crossroad offers variety of exceptional volunteering and special programs such as hands on medical camp, family volunteering, among others, to meet your volunteering as well as travelling need. Please feel free to choose any program you love and contact us for more information.

Dates and Prices

Dates: Volunteer in Guatemala

All volunteer in programs in Antigua, Guatemala start every Monday. However, Global Crossroad is very flexible and understands that various travel constraints that you might face.

All volunteering overseas in Antigua, Guatemala options are available year around, except at times programs like a volunteer teaching English overseas program might be closed for various holidays and vacations. Between the project link and a Global Crossroad representative, all of this specific information regarding programs dates will be available to you. If a program is unavailable, we will provide an alternative program for you to join.

Prices: Volunteer in Guatemala

Global Crossroad is committed to offering the most affordable and highest quality Antigua, Guatemala volunteer trips. We strive to keep our costs low. The humanitarian side of the business is our passion.

Global Crossroad's volunteer opportunity in Antigua, Guatemala application and registration fee cost US $299. The application fee covers the cost of advertising, program promotion, and office expenses (rent, utilities, and staff salaries in USA office).

In addition to the application fee, you are required to pay a weekly program fee. You will pay your weekly fee directly to your host family and project. This way, the fees that you pay will benefit those who rightfully deserve them, and not for company profit.

Weeks Teaching/Orphanage/Street Children/Women's Project Medical project
  1 Week   $160   $185
  2 Weeks   $270   $320
  3 Weeks   $380   $455
  4 Weeks   $490   $590
  5 Weeks   $600   $725
  6 Weeks   $710   $860
  7 Weeks   $820   $995
  8 Weeks   $930   $1,130
  9 Weeks   $1,040   $1,265
  10 Weeks   $1,150   $1,400
  11 Weeks   $1,260   $1,535
  12 Weeks   $1,370   $1,670
  • Spanish Lessons (10hrs a week, M-F) $50/Week
  • Mandatory Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day
  • Airport Pick UP $40
Program fees cover:
  • Accommodation (host family or guest house)
  • Food (local food 3 times a day)
  • In-country support
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers
Program fees exclude:
  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

How your fee is allocated?

The volunteering programs in Antigua, Guatemala fees will cover expenses that will begin on the first day of the program (usually the first or third Monday of the month) to the last day of the program. If you arrive before the first day of the program or you decide you stay beyond your program’s last day, you will be responsible for the additional expenses, which would typically be around $30 a day for room and meals at a hostel.

Accommodations and Meals: Volunteer in Guatemala

While volunteering overseas in Antigua, Guatemala, Global Crossroad's weekly fees include management of your meal plans and accommodations throughout projects and travel options. Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided and will consist of local ingredients and feature traditional cuisine choices for Guatemala. Our meal program can accommodate vegetarian needs; however, we are not able to provide for other dietary restrictions. Food and drinks outside of mealtimes are your responsibility. In most cases, there are restaurants and markets nearby the homes in which our volunteers stay.

During your volunteer program in Antigua, Guatemala, we normally place our volunteers with a host family. You will usually have a single bedroom, but may occasionally share a room with another volunteer of the same gender. Our host families are chosen carefully and are esteemed community members, who have experience in the realm of hosting international travelers. Host family residences are in comfortable, clean and safe neighborhoods and rooms are simply furnished and tidy.

Staying with a host family can offer the support system a volunteer will crave during their program and it is a great way to learn about a host country's culture and customs. Most volunteers who have stayed with a host family note that their stay truly enriched their entire volunteer experience in Antigua, Guatemala.

Specific details regarding accommodations, food and contact details for our local coordinator will be provided in personalized volunteer placement documentation prior to arrival for your volunteer opportunity in Antigua, Guatemala.

The kitchen and bathrooms are shared, and there is running water and "western-style" toilets. The neighborhood is very safe and clean. There are many amenities nearby like Internet cafes, grocery stores, restaurants, and mass transit stops.

If there are a large number of volunteers during your volunteer work in Guatemala timeframe, you may stay with a host family. Volunteers staying with a host family usually have a single bedroom, but may occasionally share a room with another volunteer of the same gender. Our host families are chosen carefully and are esteemed community members, who have experience in the realm of hosting international travelers.

Host family residences are in comfortable, clean and safe neighborhoods and rooms are simply furnished and tidy. Staying with a host family can offer the support system to those having a volunteering experience in Guatemala will crave during their program and it is a great way to learn about a host country's culture and customs.

Unless you are traveling with your husband or wife, opposite gender rooming will not be permitted. You will either have your own private room or will be sharing with a same gender roommate. You can request to room with your travel partner if you are of the same sex.

When you join a volunteer program in Guatemala, it is highly advised that you do not eat food from street vendors and do not drink the tap water. You are responsible for paying for bottled water and or asking your host family to boil you water to drink for the day.

Free Time Options: Volunteer in Guatemala

During your Antigua, Guatemala volunteering experience, you will have plenty of time to experience all that Antigua has to offer, which is a lot! Antigua is a colorful, historical, and culturally rich town in Guatemala. You will find yourself on picturesque cobblestone streets passing beautiful churches, parks, and marketplaces. Outside of the city are vast coffee plantations and towering volcanoes.

There are also plenty of day trips you can take from Antigua, like a trip to Lake Atitlan, the Chichicastenango Market, or some Mayan ruins. You can sign up to go volcano hiking, zip lining, or bird watching. There is something for everyone! It is worth checking out the Valhalla Experimental Station (a fascinating eco-tour) or the Chocolate Museum. Antigua has an array of outdoor, cultural, and learning experiences.

During any of the Antigua, Guatemala volunteer trips, you will have the opportunity to become immersed in this unique town. There will never be a dull moment! You can click on the links below for more fascinating free time options.

19 great things to do in Antigua Guatemala
Welcome to Antigua
Top 10 List of What to See and Things to Do in Antigua Guatemala

Safety and Field Support

Our number #1 priority is the safety of our volunteers. Global Crossroad is a leading volunteer organization serving thousands of volunteers. We pride ourselves on providing the safest, highest quality, and most professional programs to our volunteers since 2003. Our dedicated team works closely from start to finish with each volunteer (and parents/guardians) to ensure a successful, satisfactory, and safe volunteering experience.

Below is a list of our safety and field support features that will demonstrate the level of support and safety each of you will receive while volunteering abroad.

1. Country Coordinator and Field Staff :

In each country, where we operate, we have a very strong and dedicated team of country coordinators and local staff members to support and take care of you. All of our country coordinators and field staff are highly experienced and responsible individuals. They have been running volunteer abroad program for many years. They have served thousands of volunteers, so they understand your needs and know how to run safe, rewarding, and meaningful volunteer abroad program for you.

Our In-country staff is responsible for a number of things. Below are some of the main services that they will provide:

  • Airport pick-up and transfer to host family or work site
  • Management of room and food in host family/hostel
  • Orientation of local country, culture, host family, safety, and related issues
  • Introduction to your host family and project staff
  • Periodic follow up visits or calls (1-2 week intervals) to ensure everything is going smoothly
  • Advice for solving any issues, problems, or concerns
2. Airport Greeting

We are dedicated to keeping you save and comfortable from your point of your arrival until your point of departure. We will always receive our volunteers at the airport and transfer them safely. Depending upon the country in which you choose to volunteer, our coordinator, local staff, or a professional transfer company employee will greet you at the airport.

3. Orientation and safety discussion

Regardless of where you join the Global Crossroad volunteer program, our program starts with an in depth discussion on safety, history, cultural people, religion, life, and do’s and don’ts. Depending upon the country, these orientation programs range from a few hours to three days. During orientation, we explain the different aspect of safety and general guidelines to help keep yourself safe while volunteering abroad.

4. Safe Host Family and Accommodation

While volunteering abroad, the majority of the time you will reside with a local host family, hostel, or similar accommodation. We always carefully select the host families and other forms of accommodations to make sure that you will be safe and comfortable. In all destinations, we have selected host families who are socially respected and responsible. Most of our host families have hosted international volunteers before, so they completely understand your needs. Your host family will always take care of you and keep you safe.

Similarly, all of our volunteer houses and hostels are located in very safe locations. These hostels are always guarded by security guards or supervised by the local staff very frequently to make sure that you are safe and secure. Also you will be staying with other volunteers from all over the world. You will never be alone.

5. Comprehensive Insurance and Evacuation Plan

While volunteering abroad, you will be covered by international insurance. This protects you in case something unforeseen happens. It is mandatory that all volunteers obtain a travel insurance policy when volunteering abroad. Global Crossroad offers one of the most comprehensive insurance packages from a third party. Our insurance policy provides excellent protection in the event that a health-related issue occurs, an accident, or other unpredictable incidences.

6. Placement with Other Volunteers

Global Crossroad is happy to place you with other volunteers (depending on availability) if this is something that would make you feel safer.

Any international travel requires caution and awareness; volunteering abroad is no exception. We suggest that all volunteers consult their own government advisory office before making the decision to participate in any overseas volunteering opportunities. International travel presents risks, especially with the modern day threat of international terrorism.

The U.S. State Department issues travel warnings and advisories in many countries for American travelers. These travel advisories and warnings frequently change, as situations in each country transform.

These links provide valuable travel information:

It is also wise to consult the Center for Disease Control for health related information and issues that might come up during your time volunteering abroad. Check out www.cdc.gov for possible health risks. One must also keep in mind that the sanitary conditions in developing countries are likely very different from those in your home country. It is also strongly advised that you do not drink the tap water and do not eat food from street vendors.

Most Frequently Asked Questions: Volunteer in Guatemala

APPLICATION - INFORMATION

  • When should I apply for a volunteer in Guatemala program?
  • What happens once I submit my documents and application to Global Crossroad?
  • How long does it take to process my application to volunteer in Guatemala?
  • What documents do I need to submit with my application to volunteer in Guatemala?
  • Are there any necessary requirements to participate in volunteer in Guatemala projects?

VISA INFORMATION

  • What are the visa procedures?

PLACEMENT INFORMATION

  • Who manages the volunteer in Guatemala projects?
  • What are the daily schedules while volunteering in Guatemala?
  • Where are volunteer opportunities in Guatemala located?
  • What is the language spoken in Guatemala?
  • When are volunteer in Guatemala projects available?
  • How long can I volunteer abroad in Antigua, Guatemala?
  • If I am under 18 years old, can I still join a volunteering overseas in Antigua, Guatemala program?

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE INFORMATION

  • Who will arrange my flight to Guatemala?
  • At which airport should I arrive?
  • If my assignment begins on Monday, when should I arrive in Guatemala?
  • Will someone pick me from the airport? If so, how will I know who they are and where they are?
  • What should I do if my flight is delayed?
  • How can I get to my accommodations from the airport, if I did not connect with Global Crossroad's local representative in the airport?
  • What do I need prior to departure from my home country?
  • If I want to arrive earlier than when my assignment begins, where do I stay and who will organize the accommodations?
  • When should I depart from Guatemala?
  • From which airport shall I depart ?
  • Who will bring me to the airport for my departure?

LIVING ACCOMMODATION INFORMATION

  • Who will arrange my accommodations and what are they?
  • Are single rooms available?
  • If I arrive with my friend, or girlfriend/boyfriend, can we stay together?
  • Will there be other foreign volunteers/interns at my placement?
  • What are the bathroom facilities like?
  • What are the laundry arrangements
  • Can I use appliances if I bring them from my home country?
  • What are the local cuisines? Who manages my meals?
  • Can you accommodate special diets?
  • Is the running tap water safe for drink?
  • Are there hot and cold-water facilities available?
  • Will bottled water be provided?

HEALTH AND SAFETY

  • How safe is Guatemala
  • What are the principle health risks in Guatemala?
  • Is the food safe if I buy it from a street vendor?
  • What are the sanitary conditions in Guatemala?

MONEY

  • Are ATMs easily available? If yes, which debit and credit cards are accepted?
  • What is the local currency, and how do I know the exchange rate?
  • Where should I exchange my money?
  • How much money should I bring with me for my volunteer opportunity in Antigua, Guatemala?
  • Is it safe to carry cash with me?

COMMUNICATION

  • How do I contact with Global Crossroad's local coordinator?
  • How do I contact my family and friends once I arrive in Guatemala?
  • How can my family members contact me?
  • Can I bring my telephone from my home country?

CULTURE & CUSTOMS

  • Is there a special dress code that I should follow while volunteering in Antigua, Guatemala?
  • What should I know about religious conduct in Guatemala?
  • How do I respect the people of Guatemala?

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT GUATEMALA

  • What is weather like in Guatemala?
  • Official Holidays in Guatemala
  • EVENTS
  • What about tipping in Guatemala?
  • What should I bring?

NOTE: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is generic information and should not be used as a definitive travel guide. Travel information and situations abroad change constantly. Participants should consult Global Crossroad or travel advisors to verify this information.

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