Do you want to experience a diverse land filled with Spanish heritage and Mayan flare? Try volunteering in Guatemala to have one of the most adventurous and unique travel experiences abroad. Volunteering in Guatemala is a chance to learn about the “country of eternal spring.” In Guatemala there is an essence of continual new life and exciting growth. It is a nation rich in heritage and full of natural beauty.
The land of Guatemala is majestic and the people are equally warm. When you volunteer in Guatemala you will experience the great heart of these people and learn about their Spanish and Mayan roots. While Guatemala is indeed full of beauty and splendor, there is also a great need for help. The nation is developing, but at a slower pace than what is ideal. When you volunteer in Guatemala you can become an agent of change in this highly desirable place in the world. Working with people from impoverished background to open your eyes into the spirit of humanity and our endless potential. When you become a volunteer in Guatemala you will not only have an exciting travel experience, but also make lifetime memories.
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RCDP Guatemala volunteer program starts every 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month
Every year hundreds of volunteers arrive in Guatemala to volunteer from UK- and US-based organizations and end up paying up to $2500 to volunteer for 2 weeks. Unfortunately, only a small portion of that money actually goes to host projects and host families. The local host projects (orphanages, school, and local NGOs) in Guatemala are poor and need external support to run their programs. In our program, you will pay your fee directly to host families and projects upon arrival in Guatemala. When you join our program, we will make sure that all of your money goes to the projects and host families. Part of your fees also helps us cover our expenses. The program fee is divided into a registration fee $259 and weekly fee for room, food, coordination, and project donation. Click to find the allocation of $259
Weekly fees are divided between room plus 3 local foods a day (50%) and project donation/support of local project staffers (50%). This allocation may differ depending upon the location, project type, etc. Our coordinator will explain these issues before you pay the fee. Below is the breakdown of costs in a weekly basis.
The weekly Fee Does Not Include: Airfare, daily transportation, visa and visa extension fees, airport drop-off, airport taxes, personal expenses on food and travel, water and soft drinks, laundry, telephone and immunization.
During your volunteer in Guatemala program, you will stay with a host family. The host families are well screened and very familiar with international travelers. Most of the rooms are individual, but sometimes volunteers will share a room. The location of accommodation is in a safe neighborhood where volunteers will feel confident in their security. Staying with a host family is an excellent way to learn more about the culture of Guatemala as well as practice your Spanish. Volunteers receive three meals per day. If you are going to be out and about for lunch, you can request a meal to be prepared to take with you.
The host family will do their best to provide vegetarian options, but please notify RCDP of this request prior to arrival. Food and drinks outside the set mealtimes are up to the volunteer to pursue. There are many restaurants and markets nearby. Many houses do not have hot water. You will have the opportunity to do your own laundry or pay a small fee to the host family to do it for you.
Throughout the volunteer project, our local staff stays in contact with volunteers either with face-to-face visits or via email/telephone. With longer placements, we visit our volunteers every two weeks (when possible).