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Volunteer in Guatemala - Two amazing locations (Antigua & Xela)

Guatemala is a wonderful destination to explore, volunteer, and become completely immersed in its culture! RCDP International currently offers the most affordable, safe, and exciting volunteer opportunities in two amazing Guatemalan locations!

Volunteer in Antigua- Starting at $255

When you volunteer in Antigua, Guatemala, you get to be part of a once in a lifetime adventure! Explore the excitingly beautiful city and spend your days truly making a difference!

Volunteer in Xela- Starting at $110

Find your horizons broadening when you give your entire heart to a volunteer project in Xela. With every unique and spectacular moment each day brings, you'll be sure to have an experience you won't soon forget!


Volunteer in Xela, Guatemala

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. Whenyou become a volunteer in Guatemala you will not only have an exciting travel experience, but also make lifetime memories.
Contact us now and experience the delights of Guatemala!

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The Fee and Dates

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 $279 and weekly fee for room, food, coordination, and project donation.
Click to find the allocation of $279

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.

Programs All Projects Medical
1 week $120 $145
2 weeks $240 $290
3 weeks $360 $435
4 weeks $480 $580
5 weeks $600 $725
6 weeks $720 $870
7 weeks $840 $1,015
8 weeks $960 $1,160
9 weeks $1,080 $1,350
10 weeks $1,200 $1,450
11 weeks $1,320 $1,595
12 weeks $1,440 $1,740
  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day »
  • Airport Pick up and Transfer to Xela from Guatemala City- $40 to $80 (depending on type of accommodation)
  • Spanish Classes: (Monday-Friday) 2 hours a day: $50/ week - mandatory for medical project
Program fees cover:
  • Group Spanish Lessons (10hrs a week)
  • Accommodation (host family)
  • Food (local food 3 times a day)
  • Program Orientation
  • In-country support
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers
Program fees exclude:
  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

How your fee is allocated?

The volunteering programs in Antigua, Guatemala fees will cover expenses that will begin on the first day of the program (usually the first or third Monday of the month) to the last day of the 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 the additional expenses, which would typically be around $30 a day for room and meals at a hostel.


Volunteer Supervision in Guatemala

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 intheir security. Staying with a host family is an excellent way to learn moreabout 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-facevisits or via email/telephone. With longer placements, we visit our volunteers every two weeks (when possible).