Volunteer in Antigua, Guatemala
Are you searching for an affordable and safe way to explore the colorful and culturally rich city of Antigua while also doing something charitable? Global Crossroad’s offers amazing volunteering opportunities in Antigua, Guatemala for all different interests and passions.
- Volunteer abroad in Antigua, Guatemala for a low starting price of
- Always feel safe and secure with our constant in-country support
- Immerse in a new culture while helping the people and animals of it
- Reputable, and positively reviewed volunteer programs Since 2003
Antigua, the former capital of Guatemala, is a vibrant town with a fascinating history. Here you will find beautiful churches, thriving markets, coffee plantations, magnificent volcanoes, and a resilient population of friendly people. This is a tourist hot spot and a place that shouldn’t be missed!
During your volunteer program in Antigua, Guatemala, you will not only share your love and passion for children and community but you will also explore the city and surrounding areas. We invite you to join volunteer program in Antigua and embark on the journey of life time
Volunteer in Antigua, Guatemala Programs
Global Crossroad offers variety of volunteer opportunities to match your need and interest. You are free to choose any of these volunteering opportunities in in Antigua, Guatemala
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.
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- Mandatory Travel and Health Insurance $3.69 Per day
- Airport pick up (private Taxi) $30
- Spanish Language Program $7.5 Per hour
Program fees cover:
- Local food 3 times a day
- Support of local country staffs
- What fee does not cover
- Daily Transportation
- Airport Return Transfer
- Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
Program fees exclude:
- 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.
Accommodations and Meals: Volunteer in Antigua, Guatemala
In Antiqua, we are presently offer 3 different options of accommodation
Shared room (no wifi)
Share room (wifi)
Single room (wifi)
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 café 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.
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 doâ€™s and donâ€™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
APPLICATION - INFORMATION
- 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?
Although Spanish is the official language, it is not universally spoken among the indigenous population, nor does the elderly indigenous often speak it as a second language. Twenty-one Mayan dialects are spoken, especially in rural areas, as well two non-Mayan Amerindian dialects, Xinca, an indigenous dialect and Garifuna, an Arawakan dialect spoken on the Caribbean coast.
You should sign up to volunteer abroad in Antigua, Guatemala for between 2-12 weeks. In general, most countries do not allow those traveling on a tourist visa to stay longer than 12 weeks. If you are set on staying longer, contact a Global Crossroad representative to discuss your options.
If you are under 18 years old, you can still volunteer, but you need to bring a sign waiver from your legal guardian with you.
Major cities have ATM machines, although not all will accept international cards. You can withdraw cash from most international banks from ATM machines, but $2-4 USD surcharges apply for each transaction.
MasterCard, Visa, Cirrus/Maestro and American Express cards are usually only accepted at the more expensive restaurants and hotels. Use caution when paying by credit card, as there is potential for fraud.
Ensure that you have notified your home bank of your intent to travel to Antigua, Guatemala. This will provide you the necessary information and alleviate any confusion at your home bank regarding international transactions, which can result in a cautionary freeze on your account in some cases.
The quetzal (GTQ) is the currency of Guatemala.Â It is named after the national bird of Guatemala, the Resplendent Quetzal. In ancient Mayan culture, the quetzal bird's tail feathers were used as currency. It is divided into 100 cents, called centavos in standard Spanish or lenes in Guatemalan slang. The plural can be either quetzales (as it is in Spanish) or quetzals. You can find the current exchange rate at currency website like www.xe.com, or by looking in a newspaper like the Wall Street Journal
- How much money should I bring with me for my volunteer opportunity in Antigua, Guatemala?
Global Crossroad manages food and rooms for our volunteers throughout the assignment; therefore, you will not need more money to pay for these expenses. However, if you plan to take part in activities outside of our organization or buy some souvenirs, you will need to bring extra money.
On a side note, you must also remember the fee for visas, which can range from US $50-100 depending on the length of stay. There may also be an airport tax that you pay upon your departure from Guatemala. You will want to determine the amount of extra money you bring based on these factors.
- 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
- National Holidays
- Jan 1: New Year's Day
- March/April: Easter
- May 1: Labor Day
- June 30: Army Day
- September 15: Independence Day
- October 20: Revolution Day
- November 1: All Saints Day
- December 25: Christmas Day
- What about tipping in Guatemala?
Carrying cash is not always safe; therefore, do not carry a large surplus of cash with you. It is advised that you carry cash in a money belt with some additional stashed in your wallet.
Volunteers should dress conservatively when at their assignments. Jeans and a t-shirt are acceptable. No short-shorts and tank tops please. Remember to consider the regional religious beliefs of Guatemala, which may be extremely conservative and revealing clothing is unacceptable - shorts and skirts must be at least knee-length and no one should show their shoulders.
It is estimated in Guatemala that 50-60% of the population is Catholic, 40% is Protestant, and 1% follow the indigenous Mayan faith. The people of Guatemala respect different cultural backgrounds, religious beliefs and moral concepts. You may practice on your own accord.
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Like many other countries in the world Guatemala schools also observe three sets of holidays: school, official and traditional holidays.
January: On January 15, the day of the Black Christ is celebrated in Esquipulas.
February or March: Lent processions begin throughout Guatemala.
March or April: Lent and Easter week processions throughout Guatemala: The largest processions occur in Antigua Guatemala on Good Friday.
May: On May 2 and 3, the Day of the Cross is celebrated with colorful traditions at Lake Amatitlan near Guatemala City.
On May 9, Jueves de Ascencion is celebrated with traditional music, flowers and prayers at Lake Chicabal. Please be very respectful of this tradition and do not take photographs.
July: July 25 is the town fair in Antigua Guatemala, with parades, music and other festivities.
On July 27, the annual Rabin Ajau beauty pageant is held in Coban, with traditional dances and ancestral music.
August: On August 15, Guatemala City celebrates the day of our Lady of the Asuncion; also several other towns, like Solola, where you can see the brotherhood of the Lady of Asuncion passing through the streets of the town with their icon on their way to the church.
September: September 15 is the national holiday to commemorate Guatemala's Independence from Spain in 1821; the largest holiday fair is in Quetzaltenango.
October: On October 20, Guatemala celebrates the overthrow of Dictator Jorge Ubico in 1944 and the beginning of 10 years of revolution government known as the " 10 Years of spring".
November: All Saints Day, celebrated on November 1, is celebrated with unique traditions throughout Guatemala; giant kites are flown in the cemeteries of Santiago Sacatepequez and Sumpango near Antigua Guatemala. Many Guatemalans feast on a traditional food known as fiambre. An unusual horse race is held in Todos Santos Cuchumatan.
December: The town fair in Chichicastenango culminates on December 21 with traditional dances and music.
Nativity scenes, hand-made Christmas ornaments and small procession known as "posadas" create a joyful atmosphere during December.
According to TripAdvisor.com you should tip a similar amount as you would in the U.S. Hotel staffs appear particularly appreciative of good tippers, and you are likely to get especially good service in return. If bills in restaurants include the word "propina" that is the tip, i.e., it has been included. If you want to pay more, go ahead.
The tipping to get a good service is a wrong attitude that twists the perception of the locals about where is the value of the service they should be delivering. So, it is not advised.
- Materials to Bring
- Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots
- 2 pairs of pants (lightweight)
- 2 T-shirts
- 3 short-sleeved shirts
- 2 long-sleeved shirt
- 3 pairs of shorts and bathing suit
- Lightweight jacket or rain jacket, depending on season
- Layer for warmth, evenings may be cool regardless of season
- Hat or cap
- Towel and personal bath kit
- SPF/sun protection, sunglasses
- Mosquito net
- Bedding (if noted in placement document)
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.