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Volunteer Teaching English in Guatemala!

Are you seeking to make a difference in the life of disadvantaged children by providing them with valuable English skills? Are you interested in visiting the spectacular Guatemala and experience the rich Mayan culture and traditions?

Guatemala is a jewel in Central America well recognized for its unique cultures and traditions. The country also offers you the chance to explore active and inactive volcanoes range through the country and the overwhelming sceneries that thrives.

Sadly, majority of indigenous people in Guatemala are living in poverty. The children have no access to learning the English language, a skill which could help them grow up and have a successful career in the lucrative tourism industry, bettering their situation.

Our Guatemala English teaching volunteer program partners with schools to teach Guatemalan children English, giving them hope for a bright and successful future.


Volunteer Responsibilities & Impacts

When you join this volunteer teaching English opportunity in Guatemala, you will teach basic conversational English skills, literature, and inspire your students to learn in creative ways. Some of your duties as a volunteer will be:

  • Teaching Basic English
  • Developing student's English conversational skills
  • Supporting recreational and artistic activities focused on educational learning
  • Organizing and developing educational and creative activities
  • Supporting teachers and curriculum development

Your time teaching English in Guatemala will have a huge impact on both you and your students. The disadvantaged kids you teach will have a whole new world of opportunity opened up to them thanks to you, and you will gain invaluable experience teaching in a classroom and connecting with a group of students.


Skills and Qualifications

There are no specific qualifications required to join our volunteer teaching English opportunity in Guatemala. The main thing you will need is a love for children and a passion for teaching. You don’t need teaching credentials, and anyone can participate, but future teachers will love this opportunity to advance their future career!

Beginner to intermediate knowledge of Spanish is preferred. If you can’t speak Spanish, we recommend enrolling in our Spanish Language Studies program, which can run simultaneously with your volunteer project, or you can immerse yourself in this program for a week prior to your project.


Get ready for fun filled days helping kids in need and pursuing your passion for teaching. You’ll be volunteering in our Guatemala teaching program an average of 5 hours a day, Monday- Friday.

Since you’ll be teaching English in a local school, you can assume your hours will coincide with the local school day. Hours can vary based on your final placement, but here’s a sample schedule to give you an idea of what to expect:

First Day: On your first day of volunteering teaching English in Guatemala, you will be escorted to your placement by our local coordinator and introduced to the dedicated local teachers you’ll be working with. You’ll get the chance to finally meet the wonderful kids who will be your students!

Orientation: You’ll learn all about your teaching opportunity, your schedule, safety protocol, and the customs and culture of Guatemala.

  • Weekdays: A typical volunteer day might look something like this:
  • 7.00 to 7.30 AM​: Enjoy a traditional breakfast with your local Guatemalan host family to start your day.
  • 7.45 AM:  Head out to the school and get ready for an exciting day of volunteering teaching English to Guatemalan children in need.
  • 12.00 PM: Take a lunch to-go from your host family and share it with fellow volunteers and local project staff, making friends from around the world.
  • 3.00 PM: Your afternoons and evenings will be free to explore the unique city of Xela, and truly experience daily life in Guatemala.
  • 6.45 PM: End the evening with a delicious meal of Guatemalan cuisine shared with your host family. Practice Spanish and learn more about their culture!

Volunteer Teaching English in Guatemala: Dates and Fees

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.

Fees: 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)
  1 Week   $110
  2 Weeks   $220
  3 Weeks   $330
  4 Weeks   $440
  5 Weeks   $550
  6 Weeks   $660
  7 Weeks   $770
  8 Weeks   $880
  9 Weeks   $990
  10 Weeks   $1,100
  11 Weeks   $1,210
  12 Weeks   $1,320

Mandatory comprehensive travel insurance $3.49 a day »
How your fee is allocated?
Airport Pick up and Transfer to Xela from Guatemala City- $40 to $80 (depending on type of accommodation)

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

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.


Accommodation and Meal

Volunteer English teachers in Guatemala will stay in the clean, safe, and comfortable home of a local host family in Xela, Guatemala. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to fully immerse yourself in Guatemalan culture and have a unique experience you’ll never forget. Your host family will share three healthy local meals a day with you.

Learn more about your housing and food in Xela, Guatemala.


Free Time and Weekend Exploration

Be sure to explore Guatemala! The city of Xela has many unique attractions to keep you busy during the week. On the weekends, head out of town to discover new areas of this beautiful Central American country. Visit traditional villages, check out volcanoes and hot springs, and more!

Discover what to do in your free time and weekends in Xela, Guatemala.


Safety and In Country Support

Your safety is our number one priority. During your Guatemala teaching volunteer trip, we’ve got you covered every step of the way. We’ll help select the perfect placement for you, one we’ve carefully vetted and fully believe in, and be there for you from take-off to departure.

From comprehensive insurance to safe housing to our experienced in-country team right there to guide and support you, Global Crossroad makes sure your volunteer abroad adventure is safe and successful.

Learn more about our safety and support in Guatemala.  


Volunteer Teaching English in Guatemala: FAQs:

Before you hop a plane to Guatemala, you probably have a few questions. Here’s some helpful info to provide you with some answers:

Arrival and departure

To join our English teaching volunteering opportunity in Guatemala, you will be arriving at the Aurora International Airport. We suggest you come to Guatemala a day before your project starts. Give us your flight details, and we’ll make sure someone is waiting for you when you land that will safely transport you to your accommodations.

If you have a delay or change in your plans, be sure to let us know and we’ll make the needed adjustments to your pick-up. We do not provide departure transportation as part of your volunteer fee, so be sure to budget for a taxi to the airport when you finish up volunteering.

Visa

You should secure a tourist visa to volunteer in teaching English program in Guatemala. You can visit the nearby Guatemalan embassy to get a visa. Depending on your nationality, on arrival visa is also available. Check out this website to learn more:

Vaccination

The first step towards protecting yourself while traveling abroad is getting vaccinated. Make an appointment with your doctor to discuss your trip and get up to date.

We recommend you to visit the Center for Disease Control's website (www.cdc.gov) for traveler's health recommendations, which for Guatemala include hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, malaria and other routine vaccinations.

Why Volunteer Teaching English in Guatemala?

Make a difference with children in need

Poor Guatemalan children face a rough life and a bleak future. Give them hope for a bright and successful future career in the lucrative tourism industry by teaching valuable English language skills.

Get experience teaching in a classroom

Future teachers can really advance their career and gain valuable experience teaching in a classroom setting. Advance your future career while doing the same for your students!

Experience a unique culture

Xela, Guatemala is a unique and colorful mixture of Latin and Mayan cultures, and a wonderful place for you to visit while volunteering teaching English in Guatemala. Immerse yourself in the local community and learn more about daily life abroad.

Launch a career as a digital nomad

Many remote online platforms now hire English teachers, as do many language schools around the world. Working online allows you to live anywhere in the world with an internet connection, so you could have an exciting future as a digital nomad living and traveling abroad! Get experience at this project and see if teaching English is for you!

Contact Global Crossroad today to learn more about teaching English in Guatemala!


Other Volunteer Opportunities Available in Xela, Guatemala:

No matter your passion or interests, we offer a variety of life-changing, volunteer programs in Xela, Guatemala such as
Orphanage,
Street Children,
Medical,
Women’s empowerment,  and much more. 
For more information on our exciting programs in Guatemala, contact us today.


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