Volunteer programs in Guatemala

About Guatemala

 

About Sacatepéquez, Guatemala

Sacatepéquez is a department of the Republic of Guatemala, located in the central region of this Central American country and close to Antigua (also known as Antigua Guatemala). The Panchoy Valley is also located nearby.
Sacatepéquez is home to beautiful places and landscapes.

Guatemala’s climate

Sacatepéquez enjoys a warm and temperate climate. The average temperature is 17.2º C. The climate is drier in March, and more humid in June. January is the coolest time of year, with an average temperature of 15.6º C. The temperatures may vary throughout the year.

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Time zone

Between April and September, Guatemala is 8 hours behind Spain. Between October and March, however, it is only 7 hours behind Spain.

Currency

The official currency in Guatemala is the quetzal, with 1 quetzal equating to 0.11 euros.

Location

All of the programs are held in Jocotenango. This is a municipality located in the department of Sacatepéquez in the Republic of Guatemala.

Stay

The stay begins as soon as the volunteer is picked up at the destination.

Meals

The meals included in the project/destination will be provided at the accommodation. Meals will not be included for the journeys to the destination, the excursions undertaken by volunteers, etc.

Pick up times

The stipulated pick-up times for each destination/project must be respected. Volunteers who arrive outside of this day/window will have to pay an additional cost, depending on the destination.

VOLUNTEER programs

Where are the volunteer programs located?

All of the programs are held in Jocotenango. This is a municipality located in the department of Sacatepéquez in the Republic of Guatemala. It is found in the Panchoy Valley, close to the city of Antigua Guatemala.

Programs

  • Teaching and Academic Support Volunteer Program

Requirements and costs

  • Volunteers need to be at least 18 years old at the start of the program.

 

  • The costs of the volunteer program are 470 euros for two weeks, and 160 euros for every additional week thereafter. You can consult all of the costs in Program Costs

What is included?

Airport

Volunteers should arrange their own transportation to the La Aurora International Airport (airport code GUA), where they will be met by local staff and transported to their accommodation using public transportation.

Transport in Guatemala

Volunteers will be able to get around by walking or by using public transport.

Start/Duration

  • Volunteers should plan their arrival in Guatemala between Monday and Friday, preferably between 8 AM and 6 PM. Please note that there are school holidays from December 10th to January 15th, so the volunteering programs will be suspended during this period.

Tourist attractions in Guatemala

Guatemala is home to wonderful natural landscapes steeped in culture and traditions that are just waiting to be discovered.
The city of Antigua Guatemala is one such example, where it feels like time has stood still for generations. Preserved like few others, the city is brimming with cathedrals and temples and oozes charm. It is also home to the Cerro de la Cruz, which you can reach via a beautiful and entertaining hike.
There is also the Volcan de Agua, which is one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions.

Program goals

The objective of the project is to train young people to be social leaders. The volunteers live in a multicultural environment, work as a team to develop tasks or institutional projects, accompany the beneficiaries in their daily lives or through workshops, and collaborate with the needs of the centers and homes.

To achieve this, we work on three approaches

Social inclusion

Social Inclusion of children, young people and grandparents in situations of social risk.

Attention to Centers and Homes

Attention to Centers and Homes for the protection and restitution of rights of socially vulnerable children, adolescents and older adults.

Social action

Social Action The volunteers committed to the project will work alongside the community, involving different actors in society and allowing the full fulfillment of the rights of all people.

Our programs

Teaching and academic support volunteer program – Guatemala

The objective of the project is to train young people to become social leaders. The volunteers will live within a multi-cultural environment, working in a team to carry out institutional projects or tasks, accompanying the local people in their day-to-day lives. They will also help to deliver workshops and meet the needs of our partner centres and homes. This valuable professional experience represents a fantastic opportunity to discover the local culture while living with a ‘family’ of friends. Above all else, it is a chance to help to improve the quality of life of more than 200 children, teenagers and elderly people. In Guatemala, the volunteer programs seek to aid the social inclusion of children, young people and elderly adults who have seen their rights violated.

In Guatemala, the level of teaching is relatively low. All of the children who have access to basic education need academic support classes in reading and writing, mathematics and other subjects. In this program, workshops and training courses are ran with a view to supporting the children in the community. The objective of this educational volunteer program is to provide assistance and academic support in various lessons. In this program, volunteers are asked to bring their own pre-planned activities to carry out with the children. Activities:

  • Developing educational and recreational activities.
  • Teaching of basic literacy and numeracy.
  • Extra-curricular assistance and support for subjects such as mathematics, English and other lessons.
  • Helping the teachers with academic and administrative tasks.

 

IMPORTANT: the mentioned activities will not be carried out on a daily basis. Rather, this will depend on the demands of the specific activity. The working routine will be defined and conducted in accordance with the requirements of the project, and will follow the decisions of the technical team. NOTE OF INTEREST: The volunteer may take their own materials, pre-planned activities, games, paint, English-language books, educational toys and any type of drawing or painting book, etc.

accommodation and meals

Accommodation in Guatemala

Upon arriving at the airport, volunteers will be met by the local coordinator and transported to the host family’s residence, using public transportation.

At their accommodation, volunteers will receive three daily meals and will have access to a shared en-suite bedroom with other volunteers. Common areas in the house will be shared among all occupants, and volunteers will be provided with a set of keys for access.

Upon arrival in Guatemala, a welcome meeting will be conducted between the volunteers and local coordinators. During this meeting, volunteers will receive information about the area, regular schedules, and rules. They will also receive an overview of the program they will be participating in.
Meals are not provided on the following public holidays:

  • 24 December – Christmas Eve
  • 1 January – New Year’s Day
  • Easter (March or April) – Maundy Thursday and Good Friday
  • 1 May – Worker’s Day
  • 30 June – Armed Forces Day
  • 25 July – Antigua Guatemala’s Patron Saint Festival
  • 15 September – Guatemalan Independence Day
  • 15 August – Jocotenango’s Patron Saint Festival
  • 1 November – All Saints Day

program costs

The total cost of the volunteer program is divided into 2 parts. The registration fee which is paid to book your placement in the program is €210; and the program fee which is paid afterwards.

The total cost of the volunteer program is divided into 2 parts. The registration fee which is paid to book your placement in the program is €210; and the program fee which is paid afterwards.

VOLUNTEER PROGRAM PERIODPROGRAM FEE (EUROS, €)*PROGRAM FEE (USD)
2 weeks

470€

531$

3 weeks

630€

711$

4 weeks

790€

892$

5 weeks

950€

1073$

6 weeks

1110€

1254$

8 weeks

1430€

1615$

10 weeks

1750€

1977$

12 weeks

2070€

2339$

16 weeks

2710€

3062$

20 weeks

3350€

3785$

24 weeks

3990€

4508$

If your currency is not specified in the table, you can convert your costs  here.
***The costs that are given in euros are estimates, owing to constant fluctuations in conversion rates.

What is included in the fee that I am paying?

What additional costs will be incurred by the volunteers?

  • Airport pick-up.
  • Accommodation in the homes of selected host families, including a shared bedroom and bathroom. (25 euro supplement per week for a private bedroom).
  • Assistance from Cooperating Volunteers staff at all times.
  • Orientation day.
  • Three local meals.
  • Introduction to Guatemalan culture.
  • Regular evaluation meetings throughout your program.
  • 24/7 support from local partner staff.
  • Volunteering certificate at the end of the program (available upon request).

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UNIVERSITY PRACTICES

Our volunteers will be able to validate university credits with the aim of traveling in a more responsible and economical way.

What does volunteering focused on university practices involve?

At Cooperating Volunteers, we make agreements with different universities to validate university credits with the aim of traveling in a more responsible and economical way.

The specialties we work with are extensive: medical volunteering, nursing, education, social work, psychology, physiotherapy, engineering, architecture…

The practices can be carried out in our designated destinations for this purpose, as well as in Spain.

If you choose an international destination, it’s a unique way to live an unforgettable and enriching experience, as you will have the opportunity to continue your education in another country, with a completely different culture.

Stepping out of our comfort zone and being part of the various projects at the destination will allow us to grow both personally and professionally, creating a more extensive curriculum.

And we are fully convinced that this experience will accompany you throughout your life.

You will be able to visit hospitals, schools, centers, orphanages, and participate directly and actively in the daily lives of all those people at the destination, always accompanied by other professionals willing to collaborate hand in hand with you and guide you in daily tasks.

If your university is not part of the agreement with Cooperating Volunteers, you can contact cristina@cooperatingvolunteers.com so that we can get in touch and make this experience a reality. 

CORPORATE VOLUNTEERING

Corporate volunteering consists of tailored programs for your company, designed to develop teamwork skills.

It is proven that teamwork directly impacts productivity. 

Collective effort surpasses individual capabilities, promotes diversity of skills, stimulates creativity, and facilitates problem-solving in the face of various challenges.

Therefore, it not only maximizes efficiency but also enriches the work environment.

We conduct corporate volunteering programs that consist of customized programs for your company, designed to develop teamwork skills, improve performance, and foster unity among employees.

We tailor projects to the corporate identity and size of the company, and we can adjust them to any destination and time of the year.

The advantages of corporate volunteering include:

  • Improving communication.
  • Group unity.
  • Cultural integration in different situations.
  • Employee training.
  • Increased Corporate Social Responsibility.

The future is aligned with a more responsible society, and participating in social projects positions our company among the list of revolutionary businesses that want to be part of the change.

If you resonate with this message, corporate volunteering is a unique experience both individually and collectively, and at Cooperating Volunteers, we accompany you throughout the process to make it a unique journey.

FAMILY VOLUNTEERING

Quality time spent with family strengthens emotional bonds, promotes communication, and contributes to the emotional well-being of its members. 

Spending quality time with family and being able to disconnect from our hectic routines is not only enriching but also necessary.

Sometimes we forget to communicate, connect, and dedicate time to each other. Each one of us lives focused on our jobs, schools… And it’s necessary to find the opportunity to pause and take care of ourselves.

Quality time spent with family strengthens emotional bonds, promotes communication, and contributes to the emotional well-being of its members. And of course, it creates lifelong positive memories.

At Cooperating Volunteers, we suggest moving away from those ‘more superficial’ trips (which can also be fantastic), but we invite you to live this experience to bring out our most empathetic and humanitarian side.

Family volunteering gives us the opportunity to be part of a positive impact, promoting values of solidarity and social responsibility.

There are many families who choose to experience these trips focused on cooperation and direct involvement with different communities around the world, where living conditions are very different and sometimes entirely precarious.

Projects are tailored to different ages, allowing us to work together.

An incredible way to fill our suitcase with memories, learning, and knowledge.

And although stepping out of our comfort zone often feels daunting, we assure you firsthand that it’s worth it.

At Cooperating Volunteers, we accompany you throughout the entire experience, from start to finish, to make it unforgettable.

SENIOR VOLUNTEERING

At Cooperating Volunteers, we believe it’s never too late for anything, especially for volunteering and living a unique and unforgettable experience.

There are many people, increasingly so, who opt for responsible travel that involves social work.

Accustomed to organized and mostly touristic trips, at Cooperating Volunteers, we want to advocate for a more enriching experience, one that transforms us from within and allows us to be part of the change the world needs to see.

We can adapt both the destination and the duration of our projects to fit your needs.

It’s an opportunity full of emotions that allows us to significantly contribute to different communities and their evolution. And you can participate in different areas such as education, social support, or assistance in different centers.

Some of the benefits include:

  • Sense of purpose: Provides a sense of purpose by contributing your skills and experiences to meaningful causes.
  • Emotional well-being: Reduces feelings of isolation and establishes social connections.
  • Personal development: It’s continuous learning, skill development, and discovering new activities while keeping the mind-body active.
  • Physical health: Keeping active.
  • Stress reduction: The act of helping others reduces stress and contributes to mental health.

Living this experience will undoubtedly be a before and after. 

SOCIAL VOLUNTEERING

A volunteering initiative with leadership and impact through the educational action program.

When we talk about social volunteering, we refer to all those actions and activities carried out altruistically, selflessly, and with the aim of addressing multiple problems and needs of different communities, always focused on education and self-sufficiency.

Education is essential because it provides the tools and knowledge necessary for personal, social, and economic development.

Our goal is to create self-sufficient communities and provide opportunities for the future personal development of each member. The message is not to ‘give’, but to accompany in the process of training for self-managed provision.

At Cooperating Volunteers, many of our destinations and projects embrace this type of volunteering. Some of our projects include: community programs, education, women’s empowerment…

And although they are completely different from each other, they share a single objective: progress towards a society that can embrace us all in the same way.

If you are someone who is restless, who needs to see a change in the future, volunteering is an experience tailor-made for you.