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  • Starting at $255, ours are the most affordable volunteer-abroad programs available worldwide.
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Volunteer in Guatemala - Two amazing locations (Antigua & Xela)

The wondrous country of Guatemala is a one of a kind spot to explore, volunteer, and become completely immersed in its culture! Global Crossroad currently offers the most affordable, safe, and exciting volunteer opportunities in two amazing locations!

Volunteer in Antigua, Guatemala

Have you dreamed of traveling in Latin America? Does the complex history of Guatemala interest you? Would you like to immerse yourself in the culturally rich city of Antigua while volunteering to help others at the same time? You can do all of this when you volunteer in Antigua, Guatemala.

Antigua, once Guatemala's capital, is a UNESCO world-heritage site located near Guatemala City. A vibrant town with a fascinating history, it comprises striking churches, bustling markets, spectacular volcanoes, and welcoming people. Although home to the alti plano or “land of eternal spring,” Guatemala is also tropical and also has wonderful wildlife to see and beaches to visit.

Unfortunately, poverty is high in Guatemala. Income inequality is acute, with only a few hundred people controlling half the country's wealth. Public education is not free, nor is the educational system well-developed, leading to a high illiteracy rate. Half the population is employed in agriculture, which is disrupted by frequent natural disasters, and other employment opportunities are rare for most of the population. Government corruption also is rampant.

Today, Guatemala needs volunteers more than ever.

This is where you come in when you join a volunteer program in Antigua, Guatemala. In Antigua, you can work in an orphanage or underprivileged children's home, work with special-needs children and adults, teach English and other courses, support  elder care, work in health care, or girls' and women's empowerment. Volunteer opportunities in Antigua start at $255.

Find a new life purpose, broaden your world view, and make connections and memories that will last a lifetime.

Request information about volunteering in Antigua, Guatemala and choose a program that speaks to you!

Dates and Prices

Dates: Volunteer in Guatemala

Guatemala Volunteer program starts every Monday. We still allow flexibility if you have travel constrains

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 (via country coordinator). This way, the fees that you pay will benefit those who rightfully deserve them, and not for company profit.

Weeks No Spanish With 10 Hours Group Spanish
  1 Week $255 $285
  2 Weeks $405 $465
  3 Weeks $555 $645
  4 Weeks $705 $825
  5 Weeks $855 $1005
  6 Weeks $1005 $1185
  7 Weeks $1155 $1365
  8 Weeks $1305 $1545
  9 Weeks $1455 $1725
  10 Weeks $1605 $1905
  11 Weeks $1755 $2085
  12 Weeks $1905 $2265
Program fees cover:
  • Accommodation (host family-shared room)
  • Food (3 local food a day)
  • Airport Pickup and transfer
  • 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
  • Launch
  • 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 Antigua, Guatemala

Whatever you choose to stay you will always have a clean bed, bathroom, and living space. You will also receive 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.

We also offer a homestay option just 10 minutes outside of Antigua for those that are looking for a more affordable, authentic cultural experience. This home is located in lovely, quaint town of San Juan Del Obispo. Wifi is not offered at this location, but there is an available internet cafe nearby.Transportation into Antigua is very convenient with the bus stop right outside of your front door!

Study and Learn Spanish: Volunteer in Antigua, Guatemala

Volunteer and Learn Spanish in Guatemala and improve your overall volunteer experience in Antigua, Guatemala!

If you are interested to improve your Spanish while volunteering Antiqu, we do offer affordable Spanish language program in partnership with local Spanish school These classes are exclusive to those participating in Global Crossroad's a volunteering in Antigua, Guatemala program.

In Antiqua, We have partnered with a reputable Spanish school that employs qualified and experienced Spanish teachers and offers the most intensive and effective Spanish courses in Guatemala.

We make it simple to learn Spanish in Antigua, Guatemala while you volunteer. During our Language Studies program, you can simultaneously work at their volunteer project and study Spanish.

For example, you can study Spanish before lunch, and then spend the afternoon/evening involved in their volunteer activities. Alternatively, you can study in the afternoon, following their day's activities.

The language school is close to most of our projects, so it is possible for volunteers to design a personal schedule. Global Crossroad invites you to improve your Antigua, Guatemala experience by learning or improving your Spanish.

Free Time Options: Volunteer in Antigua, 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 Antigua, Guatemala


  • What is the language spoken in Guatemala?
  • How long can I volunteer abroad in Antigua, Guatemala?
  • If I am under 18 years old, can I still volunteer abroad in Antigua, Guatemala?
  • 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?
  • How much money should I bring with me for my volunteer opportunity in Antigua, Guatemala?
  • Is it safe to carry cash with me?
  • Is there a special dress code that I should follow while volunteering in Antigua, Guatemala?
  • What should I know about religious conduct in Guatemala?
  • What is weather like in Guatemala?
  • Official Holidays in Guatemala
  • What about tipping in Guatemala?
  • Materials to 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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