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Volunteer Summer Camp for Teens in Guatemala - Antigua

Volunteer Summer Camp for Teens in Guatemala - Antigua

Are you 16 or 17 years old and wanting to volunteer abroad as a teen in Guatemala this summer?

International Volunteer HQ’s Summer Camp for teen volunteers is an awesome way for 16 and 17 year old volunteers to spend part of their summer holidays contributing towards important community initiatives and learning about Guatemalan Culture. Volunteers are able to take part in community volunteering, cultural and tourism activities for 1 - 2 weeks on this special summer camp project.

Highlights:
  • Only available in July
  • Affordable fees from CA$535 for 1 week
  • Includes accommodation, airport pick up, orientation and 24/7 support
  • Only available in July

  • Discover Guatemala’s vibrant culture and people

  • Stay in a fully vetted homestay with your chaperone, hosted by a local family

### Surf School (7 days/6 nights) - CA$1799 The Surf program is either in El Paredon in Guatemala or in El Zonte, El Salvador. Transportation to/from Antigua/El Zonte + housing for 6 nights in family-stay in Antigua and in dormitory-style housing at Surf School. Meals are NOT included, except with family-stay nights in Antigua, but there are various restaurants participants can choose from. Participants are led by expert instructors 2-3 hours/day. The surfboard is provided.

Key information

Support local communities
Based in a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Local homestay accommodation
Volunteers aged 16 and 17
Fully hosted experience from CA$535 for 1 week
Durations from 1 - 24 weeks
Adventure and culture activities included
Fully chaperoned experience

This program is ideal for:

16 and 17 year old volunteers who want to make a difference abroad, experience a different culture, and make new friends during the summer holidays!
Who is this program suited to?

What to expect and how you'll make an impact

The Volunteer Teen Camp is an incredible blend of community work, cultural immersion and activities available to solo volunteers aged 16 and 17 and it is fully chaperoned.

Participants will be volunteering in local community projects which may involve visits to childcare centers, participating in community beautification initiatives, as well as teaching English to locals. The schedule will also include cooking lessons , going on cultural adventures, salsa lessons, and joining nature tours led by our professional guides and chaperones.

The Volunteer Teen Camp has two available start dates in July 2024. The first is available on July 21st, 2024 and participants can join for a 1 - 2 week duration. The second start date is July 28th and volunteers can choose to stay for 1 week.

What’s included:

  • Counselors 24/7, 8:1 student-counselor ratio
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Program and safety orientation
  • Host family accommodations (laundry included)
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, 7 days/week
  • All tours and social activities
  • Private transportation to/from all activities
  • Official certificates for Volunteer
  • Souvenir camp t-shirts (2)
  • Tandem Conversation Program
  • WiFi and computer lounge
  • Salsa dance classes
  • Cooking classes
  • On-site snack bar
  • Institute is open 7 days/week
  • Emergency contact number 24/7

Why join the Volunteer Summer Camp in Guatemala with IVHQ?

When you volunteer as a teen in Guatemala, you’ll be adding value to the local community, while also developing personally and professionally by:

  • Contributing to community-driven volunteer projects
  • Developing your communication skills
  • Immersing yourself in Guatemala’s culture, food, history
  • Connecting with local people in an authentic way
  • Discovering Guatemala’s cultural treasures

Volunteer requirements

  • Volunteers must provide IVHQ with parental consent in order to participate on the program
  • Volunteers aged 16 and 17 can join this project for 1 - 2 weeks, depending on the start date selected
  • Volunteers must provide two character reference letters
  • All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance
  • All volunteers must speak fluent English

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Location

When you walk the cobblestone streets of Antigua it is easy to see why it has been made a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Baroque architecture, Spanish colonial churches and brightly painted buildings can be admired on nearly every corner. The urban environment speaks to the rich history of the city which dates back to the 1500s and includes a number of destructive earthquakes which have seen it repaired and rebuilt over a long period of time.

IVHQ’s Guatemala program is based in Antigua with placements in the city and surrounding areas. At these placements you’re likely to see the struggle faced by many Guatemalans living with limited resources. Despite the beauty of the place and its busy tourism industry, Guatemala is one of the poorest countries in Latin America. Its citizens can benefit greatly from the support volunteers can give local initiatives which strive to improve their lives.

Antigua is located approximately 30 minutes from Guatemala City.

Arrival and orientation

Arrival and departure for this project will depend on the start date and duration you select:

Start date #1: July 21st

  • 1 week: Arrive - Saturday, 20th July and Depart - Sunday, 28th July 2024
  • 2 weeks: Arrive - Saturday, 20th July and Depart - Sunday, 4th August 2024
  • 3 weeks: Arrive - Saturday, 20th July and Depart - Sunday, 11th August 2024

Start date #2: July 28th

  • 1 week: Arrive - Saturday, 27th July and Depart - Sunday, 4th August 2024

After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at the La Aurora International Airport (GUA) in Guatemala City. Your airport pick-up is included in your Program Fee. When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and transported to the volunteer accommodation in Antigua.

We recommend that participants under the age of 18 travel internationally with a notarized letter from their parents to support their documentation.If you are traveling in Guatemala prior to your volunteer program, we can arrange for you to be picked up in Antigua on the day before your program orientation.

Volunteer schedule example

First Day - Saturday

You will be picked up at the airport by a member of our local team and will head to Antigua.

Weekdays

A typical day at the Teen Volunteer Camp may be as follows:

8:00 AM Breakfast with your host family
9:00 AM Cultural and adventure tours around Antigua
1:00 PM Lunch
2:00 - 5:00 PM Volunteering
7:00 PM Dinner and social activities

Accommodation and WiFi

Participants are accommodated in homestays with local families who have been vetted and approved by our local team, and their chaperone is also accommodated in the homestay in a separate room. We have been working with these families for 10+ years and the homestays provide participants with a cultural immersion experience like no other.

Living is comfortable with electricity, running water and western bathrooms. Low pressure showers should be expected and the water is not always heated. You will need to bring your own towel and toiletries, but bed linen is provided. Bedrooms have single beds and bunk beds with bedding provided. You can expect to share a room with 4 - 6 other volunteers of the same gender.

WiFi is available at the homestays. However, the connection may not be as reliable as what you are used to at home. You will also have access to computers and WiFi at the local team’s office in Antigua.

Meals

Volunteers are provided with breakfast at their accommodation. Volunteers can expect breakfast to be bread or tortillas, spreads, fruit and eggs with tea or coffee.

Lunches and dinners will also be provided and will take place in local restaurants or at the accommodation. These meals commonly consist of meat, beans, starches and vegetables.

As this is an all inclusive camp, participants do not need to budget for things like tours, meals, or activities. However, we typically recommend between US$80 - $100 spending money per week for additional snacks and souvenirs.

Tap water in Guatemala is not potable and drinking water is not provided for you in your accommodation, however bottled water is easy to purchase and inexpensive throughout Guatemala. Tap water can be used for showers and brushing your teeth.

Pricing

  • USD

Guatemala

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Duration
Program Fee
Due 30 days before you start, or within 48 hours if you register inside of 30 days. Covers the cost of hosting you.
  • USD
1 week CA$535 Equivalent to CA$76/day
2 weeks CA$911 Equivalent to CA$65/day
3 weeks CA$1188 Equivalent to CA$57/day
4 weeks CA$1443 Equivalent to CA$52/day
5 weeks CA$1725 Equivalent to CA$49/day
6 weeks CA$2007 Equivalent to CA$48/day
8 weeks CA$2571 Equivalent to CA$46/day
10 weeks CA$3135 Equivalent to CA$45/day
12 weeks CA$3699 Equivalent to CA$44/day
16 weeks CA$4827 Equivalent to CA$43/day
20 weeks CA$5955 Equivalent to CA$43/day
24 weeks CA$7083 Equivalent to CA$42/day
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • In-country program orientation
  • Pre-departure support from your Program Manager
  • Airport pick-up
  • Personalized preparation tools, guides and check lists
  • Access to IVHQ’s preferred insurance and flights partners
  • Discounts on language lessons
  • Discounts on travel and tour add-ons
  • Certificate of International Volunteer Service

Learn more about what's included in your IVHQ Registration Fee and Program Fee.

  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of US$329 (approximately CA$475) in addition to the Program Fee. This covers all pre-departure support services. IVHQ fees are priced in USD but you may elect to pay in CAD.
  • A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • The Medical, Dental, Construction and Renovation, Eco-Agriculture Conservation, Mayan Cultural Immersion and Holiday Experience projects also have an extra cost of US$95 per week for supervision, materials and the logistics involved in these projects. The Medical Campaign has a one off payment of US$590 for a 1 week duration, and US$1015 for a 2 week duration.
  • Additional things to budget for include: Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check, public transportation to and from your placement each day and return to the airport when your program finishes.
  • Recommended spending money: Volunteers in Guatemala generally find US$100 per week to be sufficient for expenses, such as lunches (except for Beach and Turtle Conservation and Mayan Cultural Immersion volunteers), in-country tours, and Spanish language lessons.

Free-time experiences & tours in Guatemala

Take your volunteer experience to the next level with IVHQ's affordable activity and tour add-ons in Guatemala! Explore your options below and learn how to book them once you've been accepted onto the IVHQ Guatemala program.

Coffee Farm Tour (Half Day)
Coffee Farm Tour (Half Day)

Step into the world of coffee excellence in the lush highlands of Guatemala

CA$114
Mini Adventure (6 days, 7 nights)
Mini Adventure (6 days, 7 nights)

See all of Guatemala’s major hot spots on this 1-week Mini Adventure tour.

CA$1605
Volcano Tour (Half day)
Volcano Tour (Half day)

Trek up Pacaya Volcano, a fully active volcano and national park. Enjoy breathtaking views and learn about Guatemala’s natural history.

CA$70
Coffee Farm Tour (Half Day)
Coffee Farm Tour (Half Day)

Step into the world of coffee excellence in the lush highlands of Guatemala

CA$114
Mini Adventure (6 days, 7 nights)
Mini Adventure (6 days, 7 nights)

See all of Guatemala’s major hot spots on this 1-week Mini Adventure tour.

CA$1605
Volcano Tour (Half day)
Volcano Tour (Half day)

Trek up Pacaya Volcano, a fully active volcano and national park. Enjoy breathtaking views and learn about Guatemala’s natural history.

CA$70

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Safety and support with IVHQ

Safety and support

IVHQ follows best practice and industry-leading health and safety procedures, which are regularly reviewed and optimized as part of the B Corporation recertification.

  • All volunteers encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training.
  • All local teams trained on best practice volunteer management & First Aid.
  • All IVHQ programs are required to adhere to IVHQ's Risk Management Policy.
  • All volunteers have access to 24/7 in-country support from our local team.
Learn more about IVHQ's safety

Essential country information

Capital Guatemala City
Population 15.08 million
Languages Spanish
Currency Guatemalan Quetzal (GTQ)
Time zone UTC−06:00

Weather and climate: Guatemala has a range of micro climates and the high altitude of Guatemala City results in a subtropical highland climate in this region. There aren’t distinct seasons in Guatemala and the temperature is typically mild year round. Temperatures range from 22°C to 28°C (72°F to 82°F) during the day, and 12°C to 17°C (54°F to 63°F) at night. The country attracts winds and rain during the months of May to October with the hottest month being April.

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