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Volunteer in Guatemala with International Volunteer HQ

Volunteer in Guatemala

Volunteer in Antigua, Guatemala with International Volunteer HQ. Our Antigua volunteer program covers a wide range of volunteer projects, including Childcare, Medical, Teaching, Construction and Beach & Sea Turtle Conservation. Guatemala Volunteers are based in Antigua and rural and coastal locations within Guatemala. IVHQ offers safe, responsible and affordable volunteer opportunities in Guatemala and we are proud to have hosted over 115,000 travellers in our worldwide volunteer projects so far. Read more about our Guatemala volunteer work below.

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At a glance…

  • Available year-round
  • 12 meaningful project options
  • Projects based in and around the colonial city of Antigua and on the Pacific Coast
  • Accommodation in local homestays or a dormitory-style volunteer house
  • Fully-hosted volunteer experience including airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, breakfasts, dinners and 24/7 in-country support
  • Affordable program fees from only US$330 (approximately AU$471) for 1 week
  • Incredible activity and tour add-ons including volcano treks, coffee plantation tours, adventure activities and multi-day tours

This was my third time to Guatemala, and I absolutely love it there! Guatemala itself is a beautiful place to be, but it's truly the people you meet in Guatemala that enrich your experience! I have never met such grateful, appreciative kids, and there's no way anyone could leave them without wanting to return. The local team are fantastic and offer great opportunities to learn Spanish and make the most out of your time in Guatemala in many ways.

IVHQ Volunteer - Sarah Erceg
Sarah Erceg
Nationality: Canadian
Age: 20
Destination: Guatemala

Volunteer opportunities in Guatemala

Protects animals

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$471

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Shelters or vet clinics in Antigua
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Assist animal shelters or vet clinics with animal care, working with cats and dogs and exotic animals including turtles, snakes and lizards.

Increases access to education

3-4 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$471

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Schools and childcare centres in Antigua
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Assist in local schools and daycare centers to nurture, educate and have fun with young children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Supports community development

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$578

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based in Antigua
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Help with community construction and renovation projects in schools, homes and public places. Roll your sleeves up, embrace the physical work and the tangible results!

Conserves the environment

4-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$578

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Farms in the highlands of Guatemala
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Help local coffee or macadamia nut farmers with seasonal tasks, with an emphasis on sustainable practices to encourage efficiency and conservation.

Increases access to education

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$578

  • Duration: 1 - 2 weeks
  • Only available the weeks of Christmas and New Years
  • Based in and around Antigua
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Help in a wide range of volunteer projects over Christmas and New Year. Perfect for those wanting to experience the holidays abroad, while helping out where it’s needed most.

Supports community development

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$578

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based in a Mayan village near Antigua
  • Volunteers aged 18+

Immerse yourself in an authentic local community, living their way of life and contributing to a range of tasks including the production of traditional textiles.

Improves health & wellbeing

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Set Program Fee of AU$721

  • Duration: 1 week
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Different communities around Antigua
  • Volunteers aged 18+

A project designed for volunteer groups, involving outreach campaigns delivering basic healthcare in local communities. Campaigns are customizable to your experience and specialty and aim to bring health services to locals in the comfort of their own neighbourhoods.

Improves health & wellbeing

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$578

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Clinics and elderly homes in Antigua
  • Volunteers aged 18+

A project for medical and nursing volunteers at all levels, based in elderly homes and clinics for the poor. Qualified volunteers can act independently in a hands-on manner, while medical and nursing students assist local staff.

Improves health & wellbeing

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$471

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based in group homes and clinics in Guatemala
  • Volunteers aged 16+

Provide care and attention for special needs children and babies, helping with physical, intellectual and emotional stimulation.

Increases access to education

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$471

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Schools, libraries and centres in Antigua
  • Volunteers aged 16+ and families

Help to facilitate free English classes for children and adults, fostering better language skills and increased opportunities for your students.

Protects animals

4-7 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$1029

  • Duration: 2 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based at a beach on the Pacific Coast
  • Volunteers aged 18+

Help critically endangered sea turtles to flourish by improving the natural environment and providing assistance during nesting season.

Improves health & wellbeing

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$471

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Nursing homes and senior centres in Antigua
  • Volunteers aged 16+

Bring a caring and compassionate attitude to nursing homes and senior centers in poorer areas of Antigua, where elderly people get socialisation and help with basic daily necessities.

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  • Most affordable fees - as the world leader in affordable volunteer travel, we’re able to keep our fees low by partnering with a local organisation in Guatemala to support meaningful community projects and local employment.
  • Superior support - your experienced IVHQ Program Manager, teamed with our local team in Guatemala will ensure you feel supported every step of the way - from planning to volunteering.
  • Responsible projects - we’re dedicated to ensuring that our projects are responsibly run and have sustainable positive impacts that are supporting local needs.
  • Online training - as soon as you register on an IVHQ program, you will gain access to our interactive volunteer training to ensure you’re well prepared for your program.
  • Safety-first - volunteer safety is a top priority for IVHQ and we have clear standards for risk management on each program. You can feel confident that you are placed with trustworthy institutions, organisations and families that have been screened by our local teams.
  • New friendships - as an IVHQer, you’ll always be in the company of friendly locals and like-minded volunteer travellers who will quickly become your life-long friends.
  • Epic weekend adventures - you’ll have your weekends free to explore Guatemala with your new-found friends.

How to get started

Pick a destination + project and apply for free
Meet your personal volunteer travel expert
Pay the Registration Fee to secure your place and upgrade your MyIVHQ account
Get ready to volunteer abroad, we’ll support you every step of the way!