Volunteer Work Program in Antigua, Guatemala
With twelve million inhabitants, Guatemala is home to the ancient Maya people. The Mayas were a highly sophisticated culture that developed complex social, political, an religious systems. They made contributions to humanity which we still use today, including domesticated corn, the concept of the number zero, and tobacco. Their superb architectural feats can still be seen today dotted across the landscape that made for great excursions. Today, 55% of the population descend from this noble civilization. The country is culturally rich with each group having it’s own traditions, music, and colour handcrafts. Guatemalans are famous for their friendliness and hospitality, creating an ideal destination for foreigners looking for an authentic exchange with an exotic culture.
Aside from climbing up volcanoes, you can also explore the depths of ancient caves or chop a path through the rainforest with your machete. Here you’ll find unparalleled scuba diving and snorkelling opportunities on the second largest reef in the world and swim beside species of fish you probably have only seen in documentaries. The highlands and forests are perfect for hiking, horseback riding, or mountain biking, and on the coast you’ll find spectacular fishing.
Antigua is located in the south central region of Guatemala close to the capital Guatemala city. It’s a beautiful city with it’s streets lined with cobblestones and an abundance of authentic colonial buildings. Antigua has been given the rare World Heritage title by UNESCO preserving the charming and unique atmosphere. The relaxed environment of Antigua offers court cafes with flourishing gardens and fountains, very affordable high class international cuisine or delicious local food as well as lively nightlife at the many bars, salsa clubs and discothèques. Surrounded by majestic volcanoes and green-clad mountains that border the highlands of Guatemala, Antigua is also an excellent base to travel from if you want to see more of the country. It is also one of the most popular cities to study Spanish in all of Latin America.
don Quijote will find you unpaid work in various social institutions. The only requirement is that you have an adequate level of Spanish for community service. To ensure this, and to help you adapt to this new situation, it is essential that you have followed a Spanish course with us for at least 4 weeks. Throughout your period of voluntary work, don Quijote will be on hand to ensure you have support and guidance. And, you can tell us how things are working out.
Participants may choose both the field and preferred location of their volunteer placement. Possible fields of interest include social work, education, cultural work, and catering. While most of the volunteer projects take place in the city of study, there are also projects out of the city.
You will need to have a minimum of eight weeks to dedicate to the Volunteer Program: the first four weeks of the program will be spent studying Spanish; the volunteer placement will continue for the following four weeks (or longer if you wish).
The program consists of two phases
- Intensive Spanish course
- Volunteer Work placement
Intensive Spanish course
The course consists of 4 classes a day for a minimum of 4 weeks.
You will have four hours of Intensive Spanish classes from Monday to Friday, with a different cultural activity every day in the afternoon or evening.
After the minimum of 4 weeks of Spanish classes, you will start your volunteer assignment which lasts a minimum of 4 weeks (4 to 8 hours daily).
Example volunteer opportunities in Guatemala
Upon completing a Spanish course tailored to your needs for a minimum of four weeks, you’ll start your volunteer assignment. These projects tend to be focuses on children, public health, environmental issues, etc. We will help you set up and provide guidance along the way.
- Volunteer in Day care centres: Help children with daily care (bathing, feeding, and playing with them), help organize recreational and educational activities.
- Health care centres: Teach about hygiene, play with children and help out when needed, organize activities.
- Help build simple homes for poor families: Help improve healthcare and living conditions.