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Eco Agriculture Volunteering Program in Guatemala

Interested in learning about farming in Guatemala and its impact on the local community? Curious about sustainable farming practices and their role in environmental preservation? Want to make a meaningful contribution by volunteering in responsible farming practices in Guatemala? Join Global Crossroad’s Eco-Agriculture volunteering program in Guatemala.

Have you ever thought about farming in Guatemala and how it affects the people there? With over one-third of the population working in agriculture, there's a need for better practices. Fortunately, some groups are adopting organic and sustainable methods, along with traditional techniques.

In Guatemala, responsible farming is chosen to protect the environment and people's health. However, these farms face a challenge – they need more helping hands to run smoothly.

Now, picture yourself as an Global Crossroad Volunteer, participating in these farming programs. Eco-agriculture and responsible farming depend on individuals like you working in the fields. Located just outside Antigua, you'll learn all about sustainable farming, from coffee to macadamia nuts. And the best part? You'll be involved in everything, from picking and weeding to planting, processing, and packaging. It's a hands-on experience that truly makes a difference!

Volunteer Responsibilities & Impact

Embrace the enriching role of an Eco-Agriculture volunteer, immersing yourself in a dynamic farming community dedicated to organic practices. While your primary focus centers on coffee, mushrooms, and nuts, the ever-changing seasons may lead you to explore other crops such as lettuce, strawberries, orchids, and more. Prepare for hands-on encounters with small farm animals as well.

Your volunteer responsibilities are diverse and impactful. From planting and pruning trees to harvesting and sorting produce, your role is pivotal in every stage of the farming process. Package harvested products, contribute to crafting marketable items for both local and international markets, and play a crucial role in organic fertilization. Engage in reforestation endeavors, provide translations for Farm Tours, handle equipment repairs, and contribute to construction projects. Your active participation extends to caring for small farm animals and playing a key role in international marketing and sales initiatives.

Skills and Qualifications

Fluency in Spanish is not mandatory, but possessing basic knowledge can enhance your experience. A positive and proactive attitude is crucial – be prepared to fully immerse yourself in your volunteering journey! We encourage you to take initiative, be outgoing, and contribute actively wherever possible. Consistent attendance and adherence to the schedule are vital for creating a positive impact on both yourself and the project.

It's important to note that tasks at the Eco-Agriculture project may involve physical effort, so come prepared for such activities. Additionally, having some level of independence and leadership skills will prove beneficial during your volunteering experience.

While working hours may slightly vary, anticipate dedicating 3-4 hours each day, Monday through Friday. Your volunteer shift will be either in the morning or the afternoon, depending on the project's requirements. Though your daily schedule hinges on your specific placement, here's a general outline to provide an idea of a typical day:

On your first day as a volunteer in Guatemala, our dedicated in-country coordinator will accompany you to your project placement. During this introduction, meet the local project staff and receive a comprehensive orientation covering responsibilities, daily schedule, safety guidelines, and insights into Guatemalan culture and customs.

Starting from the second day, your volunteer work officially commences, and your daily schedule will vary based on your specific placement. A standard day might follow this pattern:

7:00 to 7:30 AM:

Commence your day with a traditional Guatemalan breakfast shared with your host family, featuring beans, eggs, tortillas, cheese, fresh juice, and café con leche.

7:45 AM:

Depart from your host family's residence and travel to your project site. If you choose the local bus, it's an economical option, but arrive early due to potential delays and crowded conditions during peak hours. Enjoy a fulfilling day as a volunteer in Guatemala!

12:00 PM:

Take a break for lunch. You can either find a local restaurant nearby or bring a packed lunch. Utilize this time to connect with fellow volunteers and forge friendships with people from around the world.

3:00 PM:

After completing your volunteer duties, your evenings are free to explore. You can relax with your host family or team up with fellow volunteers to discover the surrounding areas.

6:45 PM:

Each evening, share a traditional dinner with your host family. Immerse yourself in the local culture, enhance your Spanish language skills, and make the most of your time in this captivating country.

Program Dates & Fees

Program Dates

Global Crossroad volunteer programs begin every Monday year-round. We still allow flexibility if you have travel constraints. Volunteers can join our programs from 1 week up to 12 weeks.


Global Crossroad is committed to offering the most affordable and highest quality volunteer trips in Guatemala. We strive to keep our costs low. The humanitarian side of the business is our passion.

Global Crossroad’s volunteer opportunity in Guatemala application and registration fee costs US $299. The application fee covers the cost of advertising, program promotion, and office expenses (rent, utilities, and staff salaries in the 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 the country coordinator). This way, the fees that you pay will benefit those who rightfully deserve them, and are not for company profit.

Weeks Prject Fee
  1 Week $475
  2 Weeks $830
  3 Weeks $1,110
  4 Weeks $1,375
  5 Weeks $1,645
  6 Weeks $1,915
  7 Weeks $2,185
  8 Weeks $2,455
  9 Weeks $2,725
  10 Weeks $2,995
  11 Weeks $3,265
  12 Weeks $3,535

Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day ( below 28 years) and $4.49/day ( above 28 years) »
Spanish Lessons (2 hours per day) $55 per week
How your fee is allocated?

Program fees cover:
  • Shared Accommodation with host family from Sunday to Saturday
  • 2 meals per day (Breakfast & Dinner)
  • Airport Pick up
  • In-country support
  • Program Orientation, Walking Tour, Safety Presentation
  • Project Management
  • Volunteer Certificate
  • Discount for returning volunteers
  • Letter of Recommendation (upon request)
  • Emergency contact 24/7
  • Access to computer lab, high-speed office-wide wifi at the institute, and access to weekly salsa dance classes and cooking classes
  • Free coffee and tea at the on-site snack bar
Program fees exclude:
  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses such as soft drinks and snacks
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer
  • Extra nights of housing (can be booked at an additional cost)

The volunteering in Guatemala program fees will cover expenses from the first day of the program 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.

Accommodations and Meals

Guatemala Agriculture Project volunteers can rest assured with Global Crossroads, ensuring secure, clean, and comfortable accommodations with host families. Enjoy two nutritious local meals (breakfast and dinner) daily. Staying with socially respected host families provides a unique and personal experience, allowing you to share meals around the table and immerse yourself in their culture.

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

Free Time and Weekend Exploration

Make the most of your free evenings and weekends by exploring Guatemala! From vibrant people to breathtaking landscapes, the country offers a rich tapestry of experiences. Discover the safe and beautiful city of Antigua in the evenings, and use your weekends for exciting travels!

Discover what to do in your free time in Guatemala.

Safety and In Country Support

Your safety is paramount to us. With a longstanding presence in the volunteer abroad community since 2003, Global Crossroad has facilitated 20,000 volunteers' safe and fulfilling experiences, with no incidents reported. Trust us to ensure your well-being during your Guatemala agriculture volunteer program.

We offer thorough pre-trip guidance, insurance coverage, closely vetted humanitarian projects that we routinely visit, reliable airport pickup services, and an outstanding in-country team committed to guiding and supporting you throughout your journey. Your safety and satisfaction are our top priorities.

Learn more about our safety and in-country support.


There are a lot of little details that go into planning a volunteer experience in Guatemala, and you can relax knowing Global Crossroad has taken care of all this for you. Here are a few details you should know about when traveling abroad with us.

Arrival and Departure

To begin your journey with Global Crossroad's Guatemala agriculture program, book a flight to Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City and share your details for arranged airport pickup. Arriving a day early is recommended for a refreshed start, outweighing the minor cost. Upon program completion, arranging your own taxi to the airport is required, with local project staff providing guidance. The priority is ensuring a safe and comfortable journey throughout.


Check your nationality's entry requirements before traveling to Guatemala. Usually, individuals from the US, Canada, Australia, or the UK require only a valid passport for a 90-day entry without a pre-applied visa. Stay updated on any changes. Visit Guatemala's Immigration website for detailed, current information on visa and entry requirements based on your nationality, ensuring a smooth arrival process.


For a safe volunteering experience in Guatemala, schedule a doctor's visit for updated vaccinations. Consult a travel doctor familiar with Guatemala's health issues and reliable sources like the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Global Health Canada, or Travelers' Health United Kingdom. Recommended vaccines include hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia, and influenza. Prioritize your health for a safer and more impactful volunteer journey.

Why volunteer in the Eco-Agriculture Volunteer program?

Active Contribution: Make a direct impact on sustainable farming practices through hands-on work.

Environmental Support: Back initiatives such as reforestation and organic cultivation for a more eco-friendly future.

Community Well-Being: Enhance local farming practices, positively affecting the well-being of surrounding communities.

Cultural Dive: Immerse yourself in Guatemala's vibrant culture while exploring its picturesque landscapes.

Educational Experience: Acquire insights into eco-friendly agriculture practices, promoting personal growth and positive change.

Contact Global Crossroad today to learn more!

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