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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 - 3 weeks on this special summer camp project.

Highlights:
  • Only available in July & August
  • Affordable fees from $1920 for 1 week
  • Includes accommodation, breakfast and dinner, airport pick up, orientation and 24/7 support
  • Get involved in community volunteering and cultural immersion activities

  • 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) - $1244 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 $1920 for 1 week
Durations from 1 - 3 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 three available start dates in July and August 2024. The first is available on July 21st, 2024 and participants can join for a 1 - 3 week duration. The second start date is July 28th and volunteers can choose to stay for 1 to 2 weeks, whereas the last start date will be on August 4 and will have a maximum duration of 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
  • Independent volunteers aged 16 and 17 can join this project for 1 - 3 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
Are you eligible to volunteer?

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What recent volunteers said about their IVHQ experience

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Anneliese Delgado-Cate
14 Feb 2024

There are always a million reasons not to go abroad – finances, time restraints, the unknown. But I would encourage anyone who is considering it to take the plunge and just say “yes.” Not only do I feel like I made a positive impact volunteering on an eco-farm in Guatemala, I also improved my Spanish, made new friends, played various sports in the evenings and experienced the rejuvenating tranquility that comes with traveling to a new part of the world.

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Michelle Fox
18 Jan 2024

It was wonderful in many ways - the work I did was impactful, the people I worked with were friendly and welcoming. They became my good friends. Antigua was beautiful and safe. The local team provided many opportunities beyond volunteering - Spanish classes, excursions, and local activities like dance and cooking classes. I will give a huge thumbs up for IVHQ and the local team.

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Manuel Garcia Estrada
18 Jan 2024

My experience of going to Guatemala to teach English was truly transformative. Not only did I have the opportunity to share my knowledge and skills with eager learners, but I also immersed myself in a rich cultural exchange that broadened my perspective on education and life.

One of the most significant gains from this experience was the deep sense of fulfillment that comes from making a positive impact on others. Teaching English in Guatemala allowed me to witness the power of education in empowering individuals and communities. The resilience and enthusiasm of my students were inspiring, and the bonds formed during my time there are cherished memories.

To those hesitant about embarking on a similar journey, I would wholeheartedly encourage them to take the leap. Teaching abroad is not just about imparting language skills; it's about fostering understanding, building connections, and embracing cultural diversity. The personal growth and the relationships forged during this adventure are unparalleled. My advice would be to approach it with an open heart, be flexible in adapting to new environments, and savor the rewarding moments that teaching and cultural exchange bring. It's an experience that not only benefits others but leaves an indelible mark on your own life journey.

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Ronnie Townsend
27 Dec 2023

Volunteering in Guatemala really and truly changed my life for the better! I met amazing people, was forced out of my comfort zone which enabled me to grow and become a better person! My Spanish skills have improved majorly, and I feel challenged in a positive way.

One of the big impacts that I generated from volunteering was cross-cultural collaboration and understanding. I was able to learn and pick up new things about the Guatemalan culture, and I was able to share elements of my culture as well. This helped me to grow and work together with the team at my volunteer site. I implemented new ways for cleanliness for the animals, and also emphasizing the importance of both speaking and communicating with the animals.

Volunteering with animals and being aware of limitations present when attempting to provide them with the best care possible made my work all the more meaningful. Volunteering is a very special thing to do. Giving back to the world in ways that cannot be put into words! Getting out of your comfort zone is 100% worth it!

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Ruth Miller
13 Nov 2023

First, don't be hesitant about going with IVHQ. I've volunteerd with MANY other organizations and find them the best and the least expensive. Two issues I regard when making reservations to go out of the country. Ask all your questions before you go, and read all the literature they send you including books about the country. I read four amazing books about the history of Guatemala and it allowed me to look at them and us (USA) quite differently. I came back with open eyes and open heart and know the US does not know how to care for disabled children, adults, or older adults the way they should and can for all the money we through at this system in the US, it is broken. Go change the world and come back with new ideas and a new you.

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Lameece Gregorchik
30 Aug 2023

I have recommended IVHQ in many instances, as I believe it is an economical, supportive program that leaves life-changing impressions on the participants. The local team is wonderful; its team is knowledgeable about the locations and fit for each project and participant. You are fully supported both as a student and as a volunteer and make life-long friends from all over the world.

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Volunteer Abroad in Guatemala with IVHQ

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
  • 2 weeks: Arrive - Saturday, 27th July and Depart - Sunday, 11th August 2024

Start date #3: August 4th

  • 1 week maximum: Arrive - Saturday, 3rd August July Depart - Sunday, 11th 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
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 $1,920 Equivalent to $274/day
2 weeks $3,715 Equivalent to $265/day
3 weeks $5,510 Equivalent to $262/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 $329) in addition to the Program Fee. This covers all pre-departure support services.
  • A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • We recommend budgeting between US$80 - $100 per week for spending money if you wish to purchase additional snacks or souvenirs.
  • 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

$79
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.

$1110
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.

$49
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.

$1110
Coffee Farm Tour (Half Day)
Coffee Farm Tour (Half Day)

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

$79
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.

$49

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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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