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Do you want to visit Guatemala and explore its many delights while giving back to the local communities? RCDP International's Construction Volunteer Opportunity in Antigua, Guatemala is an excellent way to do both!
Guatemala is rapidly developing but, unfortunately, the growth is uneven. While touristic areas are modern and built up, many regions in Guatemala lack basic infrastructures like schools, clinics and other important public facilities. The people residing in these regions are poor and struggle with basic needs.
RCDP International has partnered up with local NGO’s to help develop the disadvantaged regions through various construction and renovation projects, to improve the lives of disadvantaged Guatemalans. You will help make improvements, build, renovate and repair essential buildings. Your work will provide a better quality of life for many citizens and provide hope to the communities.
As part of the Construction Volunteer project in Antigua, Guatemala, you will develop meaningful relationships with the local people whom you work with and help improve the communities. This will be an enriching, educational, and eye opening volunteer abroad experience in a colorful and vibrant city in Guatemala.
Contact RCDP today to learn more about our Construction Volunteer Program in Antigua, Guatemala.
We welcome anyone who is physically fit to join this program. Though a construction background will come in handy, it is not a necessity. You must be able to work outdoors, do manual labor and get your hands dirty. You must be able to work hard, be a team player and be able to follow instructions. You also need to bring gloves, work boots, and safety glasses.
You need to be 18 years or older to volunteer in the Construction project. Volunteers who are at least 16 can also volunteer on their own with parental consent. Volunteers below the age of 16 can volunteer only if accompanied by a parent, guardian or faculty leader.
Speaking Spanish will make your volunteer experience highly rewarding, though it is not a mandatory requirement. If you cannot speak Spanish, we recommend enrolling in our Spanish Language Studies program, which can run simultaneous to your volunteer project.
You will assist with a variety of construction tasks depending on your physical ability, construction skills and the needs of the project. You will work under supervision of a professional local foreman and a local crew during the project, they will allot tasks and provide guidance. You will help build and renovate houses, schools, churches and various community centers.
Your duties in the Construction Volunteer Program in Antigua, Guatemala, will include activities like digging and excavation, manual labor, cleaning, mixing cement, carrying and laying bricks, plastering, mixing paints, painting etc. If you have specialized skills like carpentry, masonry etc, you will be assigned tasks that fit your skills. You will learn about building styles in Antigua and basics of construction work.
However you decide to donate your time to this volunteering opportunity with the Construction Program in Antigua, Guatemala, it will benefit the local communities, provide hope, and improve lives for many people. Specific details of your assignment will be given to you prior to your arrival.
During your volunteer program in Antigua, Guatemala, you will be provided comfortable accommodations with a welcoming local host family. Staying with a host family is a great way to immerse yourself in the local culture and practice your Spanish. You will have a clean bed, bathroom, and living space.
You will also receive two meals a day (breakfast and dinner) that consist of local ingredients and feature traditional Guatemalan cuisine. Our meal program can accommodate vegetarian needs; however, we are not able to provide for other dietary restrictions. Food and drinks outside of mealtimes are your responsibility. In most cases, there are restaurants and markets near the homes in which our volunteers stay.
RCDP’s Antigua, Guatemala Volunteer Programs start every Monday throughout the year.
Every year hundreds of volunteers sign up for UK and UK based organizations and pay up to $2500 to volunteer for two weeks in Guatemala. Unfortunately, only a small portion of that money actually goes to the local projects and host families. The local projects (childcare centers, 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 your arrival in Guatemala. When you join our program, we 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 $279 and weekly fee for room, food, coordination, and project donation.
Weekly fees are divided between accommodation, 2 local meals (breakfast & dinner) 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 the specifics for your program before you pay the fee. Below is the breakdown of costs on a weekly basis.
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The Antigua, Guatemala volunteer program fees cover expenses from the first day of your program to the last day of your program. If you arrive before the first day of the program or you decide you stay beyond your program’s last day, you will be responsible for any additional expenses.