Volunteer in Healthcare in Guatemala

Do you have experience or an interest in medicine and want to use that skill or passion to help those in desperate need of care? Check out Global Crossroad’s volunteer in healthcare program in Guatemala today!

  • Reputable and positively reviewed volunteer in the medical project opportunity in Guatemala since 2003
  • Constant in country support to ensure your safety and satisfaction
  • Make a grand difference in the lives of the sick and injured in Guatemala for a low starting price of $185 a week
  • Gain valuable medical experience while also exploring a fascinating country in Latin America

In Guatemala, healthcare facilities and staffing conditions in rural areas contrast sharply to those in urban settings. While large cities boast of state-of-the-art facilities for healthcare, rural areas often have health service programs that are noticeably overwhelmed and stretched beyond comfortable limits. Global Crossroad has partnered with these local hospitals to develop programs for volunteers that relieve these over-taxed programs and support these understaffed and overcrowded facilities.

When you join the volunteer in healthcare program in Guatemala, you will have the chance to gain firsthand medical experience, while deriving satisfaction knowing they have made a tremendous difference.

Global Crossroad’s volunteering overseas in healthcare in Guatemala project is located in various urban and rural locations in and around Antigua. This volunteer in the medical project opportunity in Guatemala projects are ideal for enthusiastic and proactive participants who are eager to jump in and help in any situation and are undeterred by unexpected circumstances requiring their assistance.

Role of Volunteer

When volunteering in healthcare in Guatemala, your insight and medical expertise is strongly valued in the underdeveloped healthcare industry of Guatemala. The project is perfect for both healthcare students and professionals. During the volunteer abroad in healthcare in Guatemala project, you will assist NGOs, hospitals and clinics with routine daily activities: administering medication, tracking patients' medical histories or healthcare campaigns. The healthcare industry in modern-day Guatemala is less than developed, often offering substandard facilities to its ailing citizens.

You can expect to observe and interact with patients and medical professionals in many activities ranging from administrative duties of reception areas to nursery support and everything in between.

  • Observing and supporting healthcare professionals by shadowing doctors
  • Participating in public outreach and education
  • Supporting healthcare professionals (as dictated by individual experience/qualifications)
  • Organizing and developing educational seminars
  • Educating the general population on topics related to healthcare
  • Assisting pre-established healthcare programs (health clinics, non-profits, NGOs)

When volunteering in healthcare in Guatemala, you will shadow local doctors and learn mostly from observation. Due to inherent risk involved and medical regulations, volunteers cannot treat patients or become involved in surgery during the project.

Skills and Qualifications Needed

To participate in the volunteering overseas in the medical project in Guatemala, you should have beginner to intermediate knowledge of Spanish. If you cannot speak Spanish, we recommend enrolling in our Spanish Language Studies program, which can run simultaneous to your volunteer project or immerse in this program for a week prior to your project. However, a basic level of fluency is required to begin.

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 All Projects
(includes 10 hours per week group Spanish)
(Includes 10 hours per week group Spanish)
  1 Week   $110   $135
  2 Weeks   $220   $270
  3 Weeks   $330   $405
  4 Weeks   $440   $540
  5 Weeks   $550   $675
  6 Weeks   $660   $810
  7 Weeks   $770   $945
  8 Weeks   $880   $1,080
  9 Weeks   $990   $1,215
  10 Weeks   $1,100   $1,350
  11 Weeks   $1,210   $1,485
  12 Weeks   $1,320   $1,620
Program fees cover:
  • Group Spanish Lessons (10hrs a week)
  • Accommodation (host family)
  • Food (local food 3 times a day)
  • Program Orientation
  • 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.