International Volunteer HQ’s partner organization in Guatemala requires volunteers NOW! IVHQ has a wide range of volunteering opportunities available in teaching English, childcare/orphanage work, medical placement, working with the elderly, animal care/animal rights and construction and renovation work in Guatemala. IVHQ has volunteer placements in Antigua and surrounding towns and villages. Antigua is a very old colonial city in Guatemala, located approximately 30 minutes out of Guatemala City.
This town is extremely popular with volunteers and has a lot of work available. Last year IVHQ placed over 260 volunteers into our Guatemala placements (this makes us one of the most popular volunteer placement organizations in Guatemala and it was the first year we had placed volunteers there. In 2011 we expect to send over 350 volunteers to Guatemala!). Between 20 and 50 volunteers start on our programs in Guatemala each month. What does this mean for you? More people to socialize with and travel with, more people to meet from different cultures, more people to volunteer with, more projects to work on, more staff support, better infrastructure for volunteers and lower fees!
What to Expect?
Orientation will begin on every Monday of each month and last for approximately one day. Orientation will be conducted by staff in Antigua and cover everything you need to know for your volunteering placement in Guatemala – Introduction to Guatemala, Guatemalan Customs, Rules and Expectations, Safety, Travel Opportunities in Guatemala and Introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing. Once orientation is complete, volunteers will be transported to their home stay and introduced to all relevant parties – home stay family members and program placement staff.
We recommend that all volunteers regardless of their Spanish language ability (unless they are extremely fluent), take advantage of the very affordable Spanish lessons offered exclusively to IVHQ volunteers by our program staff in Guatemala. Past volunteer feedback has shown us that volunteers feel they can contribute far more with some Spanish ability. Spanish is NOT a prerequisite for our Guatemala program, however on certain placements (such as medical placements) the level of work a volunteer can do will be restricted with limited Spanish.
Our local staff in Guatemala offer hugely discounted Spanish lessons to our volunteers and a wide variety of options (one on one learning, group classes and a local student language exchange). More details on these options are provided when a volunteer registers. Volunteers must be 18 years or older at the beginning of the program and have at least a high school education. Volunteers participating in the health care must have appropriate training and certification (to be presented to IVHQ partner staff on arrival in Guatemala).
- Program ID: # 1639
- duration: 1 to 2 Weeks2 Weeks to 1 Month1 to 3 MonthsMore than 3 Months
- location: AntiguaGuatemala14° 35' 39.1776" N, 90° 31' 58.2132" W
- Fitness level: Light Impact
- Closest Airport:
- Costs From: Less than $500
- Program Type: Community Development ProjectsEnvironmental & Wildlife ProgramsTeach OverseasWomen's & Youth Programs