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Teaching English Volunteer Guatemala

Are you looking to help disadvantaged children by providing them with valuable English skills? Are you interested in touring one of the most ancient countries in Central America and experience the rich Mayan culture and traditions? If you are then we have an opportunity for you with IFRE’s teaching English project in Guatemala

Guatemala is a gem in Central America best known for its deep and unique culture and traditional clothing designs and accessories. It is also famous for its active and inactive

volcanoes spread throughout the country and the awe-inspiring scenery that abounds.

Sadly, the government does not have enough resources for adequate education especially for schools in rural areas. With English increasingly becoming a vital language in Guatemala, many rural schools are not able to sufficiently teach the language, leaving their students at a significant disadvantage later in life.

The number of English-speaking tourists visiting Guatemala continues to grow and in order to compete globally and even locally for lucrative jobs, Guatemalan youth must speak English. Furthermore, demand for bilingual employees is rising.

You are desperately needed to support the children and youth with English skills that will offer them an opportunity to compete fairly for job opportunities available in the country. By volunteering as an English teacher in Guatemala, you will make this dream a reality for countless disadvantaged children, contributing greatly to closing the wealth gap in the country.

Are you interested in providing real and lasting opportunities and change for children in need? Then contact IFRE today to learn more about this exciting opportunity!

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Volunteer Responsibilities & Impact

You will assist local educators and language institutes with pre-established English curriculums involving younger students throughout Guatemala. These students dramatically benefit from the contributions of proficient English-speaking volunteers willing to dedicate their time and efforts. Teaching English volunteers in Guatemala can expect to assist in developing conversational and grammatical English skills.

You will be required to offer your expertise with the design of language activities for younger learners. Furthermore, you will support in administrative, teach personal hygiene and plan out extracurricular activities for younger learners.

Because Guatemala is primarily a Spanish speaking country, many teachers do not have sufficient English skills, and by joining this program you will bridge the gap and provide support to local teachers so that they are able to enroll and teach more children.

Skills and Qualifications:

You do not need any specific qualifications to join this teaching English project in Guatemala. However, you should have a passion for and desire to teach younger children (and occasionally teenagers) and be comfortable filling the role of an Englishinstructor and/or teachers' aides. While some level of Spanish is preferred, it is not required. We encourage you to be flexible, patient and be easily adaptable.

Volunteering as an English teacher in Guatemala is a deeply enriching experience and each day will be filled with fun and excitement.

When you arrive in Guatemala, our local staff picks you up at the airport and drops youoff at your accommodation. The next morning, our local staff will give you an orientation about the country, safety, the project, rules and regulations, etc.

After orientation, you will be taken to your project placement and introduced to the local staff you will be working with andthe children you will teach. There is not a fixed daily schedule as tasks and duties will vary every day. That said, here is a rough example of what you can expect.

First Day: On your first day of volunteering in Guatemala program, you will be escorted to your placement by a local coordinator and introduced to the placement staff and children you will be working with.

Weekdays: Your teaching starts on the second day, and every day will be unique and exciting with different tasks however this is how your typical day will look like:

7.00 to 7.30 AM: The day starts in a great way with a Guatemalan breakfast shared with your host family.

7.45 AM: Get ready to set out for a great day at your project. Workhours will depend on the needs of the project you are working on.

12.00 PM: Enjoy a delicious local meal served at your placement together with the children or you could head back and share a meal with the host family.

3.00 PM: Your productive and successful day ends around this time. You are now free to travel home, prepare for the next day or do some shopping and sightseeing in the local community.

6.45 PM: Time to experience a Guatemalan dinner together with your host family. You will also have plenty of time to learn about and experience their culture and traditions.

Teaching English Volunteer Guatemala Dates and Fees

Program Dates

IFRE programs begin every Monday year-round. If you have travel constraints, you can still start your chosen program on any day of the year.

Our Fees

Since 2006, IFRE has been the most trusted and respected volunteer abroad organization in the world, and also the most affordable. We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality volunteer programs at the lowest fees, which make it possible for everyone, especially students, to volunteer internationally and make a positive impact in the lives of others.

We believe in 100% transparency. Rest assured, we never use middlemen. Your one-time registration fee of $299 covers our administrative costs. The low weekly fee is paid in the host country directly to your host family and project (via country coordinator), and includes housing, food, and minor expenses. IFRE is a non-profit organization, so your program fees are tax deductible.

Volunteer Program Fee (US$)

Weeks Teaching English
  1 Week

  2 Weeks   $240
  3 Weeks   $360
  4 Weeks   $480
  5 Weeks   $600
  6 Weeks   $720
  7 Weeks   $840
  8 Weeks   $960
  9 Weeks   $1,080
  10 Weeks   $1,200
  11 Weeks   $1,320
  12 Weeks   $1,440

Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day »

Airport Pick up and Transfer to Xela from Guatemala City- $40 to $80 (depending on type of accommodation)

How your fee is allocated?

Spanish Classes: (Monday-Friday) 2 hours a day: $50/ week

Program Fees Cover:

  • 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

The volunteering programs in Xela, 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.

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Accommodation and Meal

While volunteering in Guatemala you will be hosted by a respectable, educated and loving family carefully vetted to ensure your comfort and security.The home is comfortable and includes running water, electricity and other modern facilities. Your host family will warmly welcome you to their home and take you in as one of their own. They will prepare three meals a day for you and give you plenty of chances to immerse yourself in their culture.

Read more about your host family and the meals available to you in Guatemala.

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Free Time and Weekend Exploration

While working with underprivileged children in Guatemala you will also have a lot of free time to travel and explore. You will only work for 4-5 hours a day from Monday to Friday, leaving youplenty of time to discover the local town and communities. On the weekend you will be able to travel on longer tours and excursions across the country.

Read more about the exciting things you will be able to experience while volunteering in Guatemala.

Safety and in Country Support

IFRE guarantees the safety and security of all our volunteers. As soon as you land in Guatemala until the end of your volunteering project you will have a dedicated in-country coordinator who will be available 24/7 incase you need any help. We carefully vet and select all our projects and host families and perform routine inspections to ensure their safety.

Learn more about our comprehensive safety measures available to you in Guatemala.

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Teaching English Volunteer Guatemala: FAQS

Arrival and departure

To participate in our medical volunteer program in Guatemala, you should arrive at Aurora International Airport in Xela, Guatemala at least one day prior to the start of your project. You should provide your final flight information so that we can arrange your airport pick up at the correct time. Our representative will take you to your host family accommodation from the airport.

IFRE does not provide airport drop off services after the completion of your volunteering project in Guatemala, but your host family or in-country coordinator will suggest reliable options to get to the airport.


You are required to secure a tourist visa to enroll in our volunteer projects in Guatemala. We always recommend that you to get a visa before heading to Guatemala in order to avoid hassles. However, A Guatemalan visa is not required for citizens of the United States, Canada, Australia, and the UK for a stay of up to 90 days buta passport valid for at least six months is necessary. Please visit the Guatemalan Immigration website and for more detailed information.


Please consult your travel doctor who is knowledgeable about current health issues and epidemics in Guatemala. You can also find the information on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Global Health Canada or in travelers' Health United Kingdom. We highly recommend you take all the recommendedvaccinations before heading to Guatemala to volunteer in our program. Some of the required vaccines are hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza.

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Any important information you want to share about this project.

The schools we work with are extremely poor, and some are even operated by orphanages which house the students. You can expect a lack of supplies and should be understanding and flexible.

Conversational Spanish is not required but highly recommended. Teachers working in Guatemala are revered as role models, and thus volunteers should plan on dressing appropriately for this placement and clothing such as shorts and mini-skirts are not allowed.

Why volunteer in teaching English project in Guatemala?

Volunteering as an English teacher in Guatemala is a great way to gain experience in the classroom and provide lifechanging opportunities to grateful children from poor backgrounds.

Make English education accessible to the children of Guatemala

Learning English is a distant dream for the majority of the Guatemalan population. They struggle and face hardships in learning the English languagedue to poverty. You can make English education accessible for impoverished children while volunteering in Guatemalaenable the school to reach out to as many kids as possible.

Gain work experience as an international teacher

One of the major benefits of volunteering in Guatemala as an English teacher is the international work experience that you will get by working in this project. You will gain valuable work experience of working in a different classroom environment.

Help Underprivileged Kids

Education shouldn’t be an inaccessible luxury; it should be a human right. By taking part in this English teaching Guatemala volunteer program you will be helping underprivileged children and young adults get the education that they deserve.

Develop your Skills in teaching while helping impoverished children.

Taking part in volunteer work in Guatemala in an English teaching project is a chance for you to hone your skills with invaluable hands-on experience. The experience gained will help to advance your career and inspire and help the impoverished for their future.

Get to know about the education system of Guatemala

This Guatemala volunteer English teaching program it is an opportunity for you to understand and gain knowledge about education system of Guatemala, which is likely to be quite different from that in your home country. This gives you a new perspective on education and broadens your horizons as a teacher.

Other Volunteering Opportunities in Xela, Guatemala

There are several ways for you to make a positive impact in Xela. You can

Work in an orphanage,

Support street children in need,

Work in the medical sector,

Help empower girls and young women and much more.

Contact IFRE today to learn more about these amazing opportunities!

Other English Teaching Volunteer Opportunities Worldwide

English is a vital skill in much of the world, but any developing countries lack the funds and qualified manpower to ensure that the less fortunate members of their society learn this critical skill. To help these people have equal opportunities in employment, IFRE arranges English teaching programs in a wide range of countries, the most popular of which are listed below:

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