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Women Support Project (Xela, Guatemala)

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  • Location: Guatemala City and Xela
  • Duration: 1-12 Weeks
  • Hours: 20-30 Hours per week
  • Meals: Local meals 3 times a day
  • Date: Second and Fourth Monday of each month
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Project Summary

Travel to Xela, the city situated in the highlands of Guatemala and known for indigenous culture, and join the Women Support Project to help educate and empower women facing deep-rooted discrimination.

Guatemala is a male dominated society. But today, more and more women are going out to work, are staying longer in education, and expressing themselves more freely than ever before. Yet, the women constantly face backlash for being brave. For the women from poorer areas who are illiterate, they face even worse discrimination such as physical abuse. This project is working to educate and empower these disadvantage women. They hope that by doing this, these women will become strong and independent and break the shackles tying them to their conditions.

The project welcomes only women volunteers with at least an intermediary knowledge of Spanish. You will work both in the central office as well as in the field to help women give awareness, education, and skills to make the women independent.

Your Activities as a Volunteer

The project works with vulnerable women to empower and embolden them. Many of these women have suffered physical abuse. They need help and proper guidance. Our volunteers will be involved in awareness and educational programs, and will also impart skills through which the women can learn to sustain themselves. This is a government funded project but needs volunteers to help local staff. Our volunteers will also work in administration translating many materials into English (if your Spanish is good enough), planning projects, and writing reports.

Some of your can include:

  • Administration work in Project office – this includes planning, translation, consulting and court visits.
  • Training and workshops – volunteers will visit villages and get involve in educational and training activities.
  • Publishing – if volunteers have good Spanish, they can work with local colleagues to produce materials that the local women can use. These include training and awareness generating materials in reproductive and public health and women’s right and other subjects related to women empowerment.
  • Awareness campaign – work with local radio and TV to produce programs and participate in them.


The project only welcomes female volunteers. You must be 18 or above and your Spanish must be at least intermediate. No other specific skills and qualifications are required to volunteer in this project. Volunteers should also be flexible, practical and self-motivated with an open mind to learn about new culture.

Project Location

Xela, Guatemala is the second-largest city in Guatemala and the full name of city is called Quetzaltenango. Xela is located in the southwest of Guatemala and full of various natural landscapes. There are volcanoes, hot springs, rivers, mountains, and valleys all around. The area around Xela produces coffee, fruit, wheat, cattle, and many vegetables. Xela is full of neoclassical and renaissance style architecture. The city also hosts a plentitude of restaurants, markets, and museums.

Guatemala is one of the most popular destinations on the globe for ecotourism. The biodiversity in Guatemala is almost unparalleled and when you have free time as volunteer you can observe why. The mountains, rain forests, and jungles offer plenty of options for nature excursions.