Underprivileged Children Volunteer in Antigua Guatemala:
Do you love kids and want to give back to those in need? Do you want to volunteer in Guatemala and help kids have a better future?
Guatemala is a unique Central American destination that you won’t want to miss. The natural beauty is stunning, with volcanoes, lakes, waterfalls, black sand beaches, and more. The culture is equally rich, with a fascinating blend of Latin and Mayan influences. Get ready for the vacation of a lifetime!
Unfortunately, there are over half a million orphans in Guatemala who have been abandoned or lost their families. These poor kids don’t have a safe place to sleep at night, food to eat, and are unable to attend school. These poor children face many dangers like starvation, exploitation, rape, child slavery, and more.
You can help! Join our Underprivileged Children volunteer in Antigua, Guatemala, and help provide these kids a safe home, healthy meals, and the opportunity to receive a real education. Help protect the children from danger and give them the chance for a safe and happy childhood. Feel great knowing you are giving back and making a real difference!
The children of Guatemala need your help! Contact Global Crossroad to learn how to get started today!
Volunteer Responsibilities & Impact
While volunteering with underprivileged children in Guatemala, you’ll be providing much-needed basic care and pitching in wherever help is needed in daycare and childcare centers. You’ll help serve meals to the kids, assist with homework, teach English, make sure the children get to and from school, and engage them in fun activities like singing, dancing, art, and playing sports or share your skills and knowledge with them.
Your time spent helping these poor children in this volunteer opportunity in Guatemala will have a tremendous impact on their lives. You will show them they deserve love and care, fill their hours with joy, help them recover from their troubled beginnings and set off on a path for a much brighter future. These kids will touch your heart, and your time with them will change you forever.
Skills and Qualifications:
There are no specific skills or qualifications required to volunteer in the Underprivileged Children program in Antigua, Guatemala. You should however, have a love for children, an open heart, be patient and flexible, as well as demonstrate independence and creativity. You should be a good role model for the kids, and ready to make a difference!
A background check is required for volunteers working with children. Though not mandatory, it will be helpful to have basic Spanish skills. If you wish to learn Spanish, we recommend enrolling in our Spanish Language Studies program. You can do a full-week immersion course before starting your project or take classes while you volunteer.
Although anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to volunteer with children in Guatemala. Volunteers who are at least 16 can also volunteer with parental consent. Volunteers below the age of 16 can volunteer only if accompanied by a parent, guardian or faculty leader.
You’re probably wondering what a typical day is going to look like. You can expect to spend about 5 hours per day volunteering, Monday-Friday. Your duties will vary from day to day and based on the needs of the project.
Every day working with the children will be a fun and exciting adventure. Your hours will be full of bringing joy and love to the lives of kids who have lost their families and been through a lot.
Here’s a sample schedule to give you an idea of what to expect:
First Day: On your first day of volunteering in the Underprivileged Children program in Guatemala, you’ll be brought to your volunteer site by our in-country coordinator. You’ll be introduced to the dedicated local staff, and finally get to meet the amazing kids you are there to help!
Orientation: You’ll learn all about your service work, schedule, safety, and the customs and culture of Guatemala.
- Weekdays : A typical volunteer day will look something like this:
- 7.00 to 7.30 AM: Enjoy breakfast with your local host family, or if you are staying at the childcare center, help serve this meal to the kids!
- 7.45 AM: Head out to your placement, and spend the day caring for the children, helping them however they need, have a great time playing, having fun, and bringing joy to their lives.
- 12.00 PM: Break for lunch. You can head back to your host-family or take a lunch to-go and eat at your project site with your fellow Guatemala Underprivileged Children volunteers. A great chance to make friends from around the world!
- 3.00 PM: You’ll have your afternoon and evening free to explore Antigua. Your fellow volunteers make great adventure partners.
- 6.45 PM: Enjoy a traditional Guatemalan dinner with your host family. This is a wonderful way to get immersed in the local culture. Eat new foods, speak Spanish, and learn what it’s like to live in another country.
Program Dates & Fees
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 Antigua, Guatemala volunteer trips. We strive to keep our costs low. The humanitarian side of the business is our passion.
Global Crossroad volunteer opportunity in Antigua, 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.
Mandatory comprehensive travel insurance $3.49 a day »
Spanish Lessons (2 hours per day) $55 per week
How your fee is allocated?
Program fees cover:
- Shared Accommodation with host family
- 2 meals per day (Breakfast & Dinner)
- Airport Pick up
- In-country support
- Program Orientation
- Project Management
- Volunteer Certificate
- Discount for returning volunteers
Program fees exclude:
- Miscellaneous personal expenses, soft drinks, food, etc.
- Daily transportation
- Airport return transfer
The volunteer programs fees in Antigua, Guatemala cover expenses from the first day of your program to the last day of your 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 any additional expenses.
Accommodations and Meals
When you volunteer in Guatemala, we take care of your housing and food, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. You’ll have the extraordinary chance to experience our culturally immersive homestay experience.
You’ll stay in one of the clean, safe, and comfortable homes of our socially respected host families, possibly sharing a room with fellow volunteers of the same gender. You’ll share two local meals a day (breakfast and dinner) with your host family, which will also give you a chance to try new food and practice your Spanish!
Learn more about your housing and food in Antigua, Guatemala.
Free Time and Weekend Exploration
You’re going to want to make the most of your time in Guatemala. You’ll have evenings and weekends free to travel. Antigua is a beautiful and safe city with a lot of great Spanish colonial architecture. Weekends are perfect to hit the road and explore other areas as well, checking out the region’s ancient ruins, traditional villages, waterfalls, and more!
Safety and In Country Support
Your safety is our number one priority. Global Crossroad makes sure you are secure and satisfied throughout your entire trip. From pre-trip vetting and guidance to the experienced support of our in-country team that is available to you 24/7, we’ve got you covered.
Your safety is our biggest priority. When you volunteer in Antigua, Guatemala, we’ll have you covered every step of the way. From pre-trip planning to airport pickup, and a carefully vetted experience abroad, you’ve got nothing to worry about. You’ll also have the guidance and support of our in-country team.
Volunteer in Guatemala - Underprivileged Children Program: FAQs
You probably have a few questions, and we’ve got some helpful answers for you:
Arrival and departure
For our Underprivileged Children volunteer opportunity in Guatemala, you will need to fly into La Aurora International Airport. We recommend our volunteers arrive one day prior to the start date of their project.
Global Crossroad provides airport pickup services to its volunteers. A local representative will be there at the airport terminal waiting to transfer you safely to your accommodations. If you miss your flight or have a delay, let us know ASAP and we’ll rearrange your pick-up.
When you finish volunteering at an Underprivileged Children Program in Guatemala, you’ll be responsible for your own departure transport. You can just set up a taxi to the airport. Or, you can plan some more travel for a little adventure before you head back home!
You’ll need a tourist visa to travel to Guatemala. Citizens of countries such as the US, UK, Canada, and Australia can apply for a 90-day visa when they land. Check out this website to learn more about Guatemala’s visa requirements and policies.
Before you head off to Guatemala to volunteer with underprivileged children, make sure you meet with your doctor and get up to date on your vaccines. The last thing you want while volunteering abroad is to get sick.
The CDC recommends vaccines for measles, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, and malaria for people traveling to Guatemala. Check out this link to find out more information about these vaccinations.
Why Volunteer in Guatemala with Underprivileged Children?
Give back while you travel
2 million tourists travel to Guatemala each year, but how many of them are giving back and making the world a better place? Boost the local economy of Guatemala while volunteering your time and energy to its citizens in need. Join the revolution of travelers trying to do more with their vacation dollars.
Help kids in need
These poor kids have had a rough go of it. They’ve lost their families, been starving, lost, and been through who knows what kind of trauma. They need your help. They need your kindness, your compassion, your time, and your attention. Give the poor children of Guatemala what they need by volunteering abroad.
Gain experience working in childcare
If you think you might have a future in childcare or teaching, this is a great chance to get some hands-on experience caring for children. Volunteering with underprivileged children in Guatemala looks great on your resume, and it’s a great chance to try your hand at your future career while helping others.
There are a lot of volunteer projects out there, but this one will also allow you to explore the beautiful and fascinating country of Guatemala. A budget friendly Central American destination with a unique flavor, get ready for the trip of a lifetime!
Contact Global Crossroad today to learn more about helping the underprivileged children of Guatemala!
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