Volunteer in Guatemala for an Affordable and Amazing Experience Abroad

volunteers in GuatemalaAre you feeling struck by wanderlust? Do you want to have a life changing, meaningful, impactful, and exciting adventure overseas?

Do you also want to lend a helping hand to those who greatly need a helping hand?

A volunteering trip in Guatemala will definitely fulfill all of these wants and desires.

Volunteering in Guatemala is an opportunity to not only change your life and perspective, but also the chance to change someone else’s life and perspective.

Guatemala is a fascinating country in Central America. It is a place that is well-known for its friendly people, vibrant culture, and exquisite beauty . It is also a place that is suffering from the effects of wide spread poverty.

As a volunteer abroad in Guatemala, you can dedicate your time and energy to a number of different projects depending on your specific interests and volunteer goals. There is a great need for volunteers in projects that relate to childcare, education, and healthcare, in particular.

Regardless of which volunteer program in Guatemala that you decide to join, you will surely have a life changing and memorable experience.

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What volunteer in Guatemala programs are available to me?

Global Crossroad has a great selection of volunteer projects in Guatemala for all different interests and goals.

Volunteer in an Orphanage in Guatemala Summary

volunteers in Guatemala orphanageBetween devastating poverty, alcohol and drug addictions, and a number of other unfortunate circumstances, there is a continual flood of orphaned children in Guatemala.

A lot of orphanages in Guatemala do not have sufficient funding or support to give these children the care that they need.

The volunteer in an orphanage program in Guatemala is working to change this terrible situation. It is volunteers like you that can make a world of a difference in one of these orphanages and in the lives of the orphaned children whom you tend to and care for.

Skills and Qualifications Needed

There are no specific skills or qualification required in order to volunteer abroad in an orphanage in Guatemala. You should of course love children and be a patient, compassionate, and flexible individual. The ability to communicate in Spanish is very helpful, as many of the children only speak Spanish, but it is not a requirement.

Volunteer Responsibilities

As an orphanage volunteer in Guatemala, you will play the roles of caregiver, teacher, and friend. The time you spend at the orphanage and with the children will have a positive impact on their lives in more ways than you can imagine.

You will help with the children’s daily routine, personal hygiene, meal times, and school work. You will also help to engage the children in a number of creative and fun activities.

Volunteer Teaching English in Guatemala Summary

volunteers in Guatemala medicalThe ability to communicate proficiently in English is a skillset that can open many doors for those who have the opportunity to learn it.

With an increase in tourism in Guatemala, there are far more opportunities for work for those who can communicate with the predominately English-speaking tourists.

Unfortunately, most rural schools do not have the means to offer an English education to their students. As a volunteer teacher in Guatemala, you will help bring valuable English lessons to students who are unable to attend private school or hire a private English tutor.

You have the power to change the present and future lives of the students whom you teach during your volunteer experience in Guatemala.

Skills and Qualifications

There are no specific skills or qualifications required in order to volunteer as an English teacher in Guatemala. You should however be passionate about working with students of all different ages and have a strong desire to teach English. Patience and flexibility are key.

It is very helpful if you at least have a basic understanding of Spanish, but this is not required.

Volunteer Responsibilities

As a volunteer English teacher in Guatemala, you will teach conversational English to a diverse group of students at a rural public school. You will work alongside a qualified teacher and assist in the classroom in a number of ways when you aren’t giving your lessons. You will also engage the students in creative and educational activities.


Volunteer in Healthcare in Guatemala Summary

volunteers in Guatemala medicalThere is an ever-present demand for medical volunteers in Guatemala.

The majority of the population cannot afford private medical care and are thus subjected to the public healthcare system, which is greatly lacking in resources, supplies, and qualified medical professionals.

The healthcare system in Guatemala is quite poor and for that reason many people do not receive the care that they so desperately need. The healthcare volunteer program in Guatemala is working to change this situation. Everyone deserves basic healthcare.

Skills and Qualifications Needed

There are no specific skills or qualifications needed in order to volunteer with the healthcare project in Guatemala. The medical volunteer program in Guatemala has been designed to accommodate all different backgrounds, medical and nonmedical.

As long as you are a flexible and compassionate team player who wants to help people, there will be plenty of different ways that you can make a difference while volunteering with the medical project in Guatemala.

Volunteer Responsibilities

As a volunteer with the healthcare project in Guatemala, your roles and responsibilities will vary depending on your educational background and experience.

Regardless of how you contribute to this life changing medical program in Guatemala, you will most definitely have a positive impact on the lives of the patients with whom you interact. Your tasks can range from hands-on patient care to providing health education and counseling.

Volunteer in Guatemala Fees and Dates

Global Crossroad offers volunteers some of the most budget-friendly program fees. The idea is make volunteering in Guatemala affordable for nearly anyone who has a desire to join a volunteer program in Guatemala.

Global Crossroad is entirely transparent about the allocation of your registration fee and weekly program fee.

Your weekly program fee will be proportionately distributed to your host family or accommodation, to the volunteer project in Guatemala that you choose to join, and to your dedicated in-country support team. Your registration fee is a one-time $299 payment.

Your weekly fee will depend on your chosen project and the duration of your volunteer placement in Guatemala.

Your weekly program fee does not cover the cost of your flights, visas, mandatory travel insurance, optional Spanish immersion classes, or other personal expenses.

In general, Guatemala is a very inexpensive travel destination though and if you are smart with your money, a little can go a long way.

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

Arrangement of Room, Food, and Supervision

During your volunteer abroad in Guatemala adventure, you will most likely reside with a host family. Living with a host family in Guatemala is a unique and special experience that affords you the opportunity to become fully immersed in the culture, traditional way of life, and language.

Your host family will have had experience hosting international volunteers and have been carefully selected by Global Crossroad.

As part of your weekly program fee, you will enjoy three healthy and traditional home cooked meals with your host family every day. There will also be restaurants nearby should you want to indulge a bit and try out some local fare.

While you are volunteering in Guatemala, you will have 24/7 support from an in-country coordinator. You will be able to get in touch with your in-country coordinator day or night via phone or email.

Your in-country coordinator will also personally check in with you every two weeks or so to ensure that everything is going perfectly with your homestay, volunteer program, and overall experience in Guatemala.