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Volunteer Empowering Women in Guatemala!

Are you interested to empower women and girls who have been suffering from discrimination? Do you want to visit Guatemala and make a real meaningful difference in the life of impoverished women?

Guatemala is a stunning country having unique cultures, traditions and history traversing hundreds of years. Explore the architecture, and the Mayan heritage, ruins and more when you visit and volunteer in Guatemala!

Sadly, women, especially indigenous women, have long been treated in awful ways by Guatemalan society.

Deprived of a good education, these women lack even basic human rights and are subjected to discrimination, rape, early pregnancy, child marriage, violence, abuse, and control.

Inspire these ladies to rise up and fight back through this Guatemala women empowerment volunteer program. Teach them saleable skills they can use to support themselves, and help them believe in the powerful, independent women they are destined to become.

Contact Global Crossroad to start empowering women in Guatemala today!

Volunteer Responsibilities & Impacts

You will team up with a local Guatemalan NGO that is working hard to empower women. You’ll be educating local women about their rights and reproductive health so they can take control of their own bodies and lives.

You will also be helping teach the ladies saleable skills making handicrafts so they can build a business for themselves and become self-sufficient, and free from the abuse and discrimination they have long faced.

Your daily activities in Guatemala women empowerment volunteer program may include:

  • Helping with translations between Spanish and English
  • Teaching women about reproductive health
  • Providing information about legal rights
  • Giving assistance during divorce and custody trials
  • Accompanying women to court trials
  • Creating lesson plans with staff
  • Visiting partner organizations
  • Providing classes in handicrafts, cooking and pastry-making
  • Introducing women to English
  • Assisting project administrators with daily tasks
  • Depending on level of Spanish proficiency, preparing written materials about reproductive and preventative health, women's rights, etc.
  • Helping plan the organization's radio and television programs

You’ll be helping these women fight back against a society that tries to take their rights from them and making a profound impact on their lives. These ladies need you!

Skills and Qualifications

The most important qualification for our Guatemala women empowerment volunteering program is the conviction to help other women in need. Many of the girls and women who benefit from this program are victims of male abusers, and we only accept female volunteers and foster a supportive, sisterhood environment.

You will be working with women from low-income, rural communities who do not speak English, so Spanish conversational skills are required. You’ll need to be 18 and capable of working effectively without supervision. Some other things that will come in handy are a positive attitude, awesome artistic or crafting skills, patience, empathy, and kindness.

Guatemala women empowerment volunteers will spend each day pouring their heart and soul into this meaningful and rewarding program. You will work closely with Guatemalan women and girls, and you’ll have an amazing time while inspiring and empowering them.

You’ll work for an average of five hours a day, Monday-Friday, though your hours will vary based on your final placement. The best thing about volunteering abroad is the wide variety of things you can experience, so be open minded when it comes to a schedule.

You’re probably curious what a typical day might look like, though, so we’ve prepared a sample schedule for you here:

  • First Day: On your first day of volunteering in Guatemala women empowerment program, our in-country coordinator will take you to your project site. You’ll be introduced to the spirited local project staff and meet some of the amazing women you are here to inspire.
  • Orientation: You’ll learn the ins and outs of your volunteer project, get your schedule, talk about safety, and go over the customs of culture of Guatemala to prepare you for your volunteer trip abroad.
  • Weekdays: A typical volunteer day might be something like this:
  • 7.00 to 7.30 AM​: Have a simple local breakfast with your welcoming local host family to start your day.
  • 7.45 AM:  Head out to your project, and spend the day empowering, educating, and counseling women and girls who truly need your help.
  • 12.00 PM: Break for lunch and chat with local project staff and your fellow Guatemala volunteers, meeting people from around the globe. Ask your host family for a lunch to-go!
  • 3.00 PM: After a day of volunteering, the rest of the time is yours to get out and wander around the city of Xela. See what you can find there!
  • 6.45 PM: End the day with a culturally rich dinner around the table with your host family. Eat local food, practice your Spanish, and get to know the Guatemalan culture from the inside out.

Volunteer Empowering Women 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 Women Projects
  1 Week   $120
  2 Weeks   $240
  3 Weeks   $360
  4 Weeks   $480
  5 Weeks   $600
  6 Weeks   $720
  7 Weeks   $840
  8 Weeks   $960
  9 Weeks   $1080
  10 Weeks   $1,200
  11 Weeks   $1,320
  12 Weeks   $1,440

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)
Spanish Classes: (Monday-Friday) 2 hours a day: $50/ week

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

During your women’s empowerment volunteering program in Guatemala, you will enjoy a comfortable shared room with fellow international volunteers. You will have the incredible chance to stay with a local Guatemalan host family in their safe, clean, and welcoming home.

Experience true cultural immersion, and an enriching home away from home. You’ll eat three local meals a day with your host family. If you’d like, you can ask for a lunch to go to eat at your project site.

Read more about your accommodations and food in Xela, Guatemala.

Free Time and Weekend Exploration

You are volunteering with women in Guatemala to inspire those in need and affect change in their lives. That doesn’t mean you can’t have a great vacation while you’re at it! You’ll have evenings and weekends off from your project, so make the most of it!

Evenings are perfect for checking out restaurants in Xela, and you can spend your afternoons strolling through the streets marveling at historical architecture. Weekends you can head out to a new place, discovering more of Guatemala!

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

Safety and In Country Support

Your safety while traveling abroad is at the front of your mind, and it is always our number one priority. From carefully planned humanitarian projects, travel insurance, pre-trip guidance, airport pickup, and the guidance and support of our in-country team, Global Crossroad has you covered every step of the way.

Learn more about our safety and support in Guatemala.  

Volunteer Empowering Women in Guatemala: FAQs

Arrival and departure

You’ll be flying into Aurora International Airport, Guatemala for joining our Guatemala women’s empowerment volunteer program. We recommend you arrive a day early to rest up before you start working at your project.

Once you book your flight, let us know and we’ll set up your airport pickup. We’ll have someone there when you land, and they’ll take you safely to your accommodations. If you have any delays, just reach out and we’ll reschedule for you.


To volunteer in Guatemala in women’s program, you need to get a tourist visa. You can secure the visa by visiting the nearby Guatemalan embassy. However, depending on your nationality, you may get visa on arrival. Check out this website to learn more:


Plan ahead and make an appointment with your doctor at least a few weeks before you travel abroad to get up to date on your vaccines. This goes a long way to protecting you and keeping you safe from potential illness.

We recommend you to visit the Center for Disease Control's website (www.cdc.gov) for traveler's health recommendations. These are some of the vaccines that you should take when you travel to Guatemala:-  hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, malaria and other routine vaccinations.

Why volunteer with disadvantaged women in Guatemala?

Inspire women to find their own power

Although generations of men in Guatemala have been putting women down, be part of the force that helps them rise up. Inspire these women to become brave, powerful, independent ladies who can make a life for themselves no matter what any man tells them.

Help young girls avoid trauma and pain

Guatemala has some of the highest rates in the world of young pregnancy and sexual violence against girls. You can teach the young girls in the program about their rights and reproductive health, and help them avoid becoming rape victims, teen mothers, and abused by the men in their life who might otherwise hurt and dominate them. 

Give women saleable skills and hope for a better future

At our Guatemala women empowerment volunteer opportunity, you’ll be teaching the ladies valuable arts and crafts skills they can use to get jobs or build their own business. Becoming financially solvent is the first step towards independence, and just the help these Guatemalan women need to get on their feet!

Travel the world with purpose

Make your traveling dreams come true, while giving back and truly making a difference in the lives of women in need at the same time.

Contact Global Crossroad to start empowering women in Guatemala today!

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
Teaching English,
Street Children
Medical  and much more. 
For more information on our exciting programs in Guatemala, contact us today.

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