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Volunteer in Guatemala with Girl Empowerment Project

Do you dream of traveling to Guatemala and volunteering to make a difference in the lives of people in need? How would you like to promote the empowerment of young women who have been discriminated against? This project allows just that and more!

Guatemala is a unique Central American destination that is the perfect spot for your volunteer abroad experience. You can learn about fascinating indigenous cultures,

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explore ancient ruins, and connect with friendly and welcoming people.

Women in Guatemala have long suffered from discrimination. They are treated poorly and deprived of a reliable and quality education, which leads to them being unable to get well-paying jobs. Stuck in poverty and often abusive and controlling relationships, young women struggle to stand on their own.

Team up with IFRE and volunteer in Guatemala helping mentor these young women and help them go on to lead more independent and successful lives. Lead workshops and help girls learn valuable life skills and ways to support themselves.

By volunteering in our Guatemala girl’s empowerment project, you will change the course of the lives of young women who up until now have struggled, been abused, and been unable to care for themselves.

Do you want to help fight for equality and have an amazing travel experience at the same time? Then contact IFRE today to learn more about volunteering in Antigua, Guatemala!

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Volunteer Responsibilities & Impact

Your responsibilities at this unique project will vary greatly depending on the project’s current needs, your own passions, skills, and interests. You will help host workshops that will empower the girls to realize their own potential. You may help teach them skills and handicrafts they can use to make a living for themselves.

While volunteering in Guatemala, you will help the girls become strong, confident independent women who can take care of themselves. You will feel great knowing you are making a difference, and you can explore an exciting new culture at the same time.

Skills and Qualifications:

Having a basic understanding of Spanish is crucial at this project. As most of these girls do not speak English even at a basic level, communicating and nurturing them will have to be done in their mother tongue. If you want to take on a bigger role in workshops and activities, we ask that you have a more advanced level of Spanish speaking abilities.

To volunteer with young women in Guatemala, you should be a good, positive, and inspiring role model. You should be kind and upbeat and help show the girls how powerful women can be. We value go-getters and creative individuals as these are exactly the type of skills that we want to impart.

Volunteering with girl’s empowerment is a great experience with lots of fun activities as you get to know these amazing women.

At this project your schedule will likely vary quite a bit, so try to be flexible and open-minded and do what’s needed to make the most difference. If you’re still wondering what a typical day might look like, take a look at this sample schedule here:

First Day: On your first day of volunteering in Guatemala with disadvantaged girls, you will be escorted to your placement by our local coordinator. They will introduce you to the dedicated project staff you will be working with. You’ll be given an informative orientation training session, where you’ll learn all about the project, what your duties and schedule will be, safety measures, and the customs and culture of Guatemala.

Weekdays: Your work with the young women begins on the second day, and a typical volunteer day is as follows:

7.00 to 7.30 AM: Enjoy a lovely breakfast with your Guatemalan host family, consisting of typical fare like eggs, rice, beans, and fried plantains.

7.45 AM: Head out to your project placement for an exciting day of volunteering in Guatemala helping empower young women. Connect with the girls and inspire them on a daily basis.

12.00 PM: Take a break from your hard work for lunch. Connect with fellow volunteers, chat with the girls, and make friends with the local project staff.

3.00 PM: When you’re done volunteering with the girls for the day, you’re free to explore Antigua, Guatemala. A beautiful historical city with a lot to see and do, you’ll find plenty of great things to entertain you.

6.45 PM: Enjoy a traditional Guatemalan dinner with your host family. Immerse yourself in this central part of family life and get a real taste for the culture of your host country.

Volunteer in Guatemala with Girl Empowerment Project: 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$)

    Duration No Spanish With 10 Hours Group Spanish
  1 Week $255 $285
   2 Weeks $405 $465
   3 Weeks $555 $645
   4 Weeks $705 $825
   5 Weeks $855 $1,005
   6 Weeks $1,005 $1,185
   7 Weeks $1,155 $1,365
   8 Weeks $1,305 $1,545
  9 Weeks   $1,455 $1,725
  10 Weeks   $1,605   $1,905
  11 Weeks   $1,755   $2,085
  12 Weeks   $1,905   $2,265

Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day »

How your fee is allocated?

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 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.

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Accommodation and Meal

IFRE makes sure you are housed safely and comfortable, and that you eat three healthy local meals a day. While volunteering in Antigua, Guatemala, you’ll find all of this with your welcoming host family, well-experienced in hosting international volunteers. This is a great chance to immerse yourself in the local culture and find a home away from home

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Free Time and Weekend Exploration

One of the best parts about volunteering in Guatemala is the chance to explore this exciting Central American destination. You can explore ancient ruins, go to beautiful lakes, hike, sightsee, or check out fascinating and culturally significant colonial cities and bustling markets.

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Safety and in Country Support

IFRE makes sure your safety is well taken care of while you travel abroad. Traveling to a new country and doing something you’ve never done before can be daunting, but IFRE makes sure you are safe and comfortable, and offers the support and guidance of our fantastic and professional in-country team at all times of the day.

Learn more about our dedication to safety and our stellar in-country team.

Volunteer in Guatemala with Girl Empowerment Project: FAQs

You can rest easy knowing IFRE takes care of all those little details needed to go into planning your perfect Guatemala volunteer abroad trip. Here are a few of the details you should know when traveling with us:

Arrival and Departure

You’ll need to fly into the Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City. Make sure as soon as you book your flight you give all the details to our in-country coordinator. They’ll set up your airport pick-up, included in your volunteer fee and we’ll have someone waiting for you holding a sign with your name on it when you land who will take you right to your accommodations.

We advise flying in a day before the start of your Guatemala volunteer project. You’ll have to pay for an extra night of accommodations, but you’ll get some much-needed rest and be able to start off your service project refreshed and ready to go.

When the time comes to depart, IFRE doesn’t provide transportation to the airport. Just check in with the local project staff, and they’ll be happy to let you know how to set up a taxi.


You’ll need to do your research ahead of time to find out if you’ll need to apply for a tourist visa in advance of your departure. It all comes down to where you’re from. If you’re from the US, Canada, Australia, and the UK, you’re in luck because as long as you have a passport valid for 6 months, you can enter for 90 days without applying in advance.

Please visit Guatemala’s Immigration website and. for more detailed information and find out the requirements based on your nationality.


All international travelers should get vaccinated to protect themselves, and people volunteering in Guatemala with disadvantaged girls and young women who may not have access to regular healthcare are going to be even more at risk for contracting communicable diseases.

Please consult a 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 that you get the needed vaccinations before heading to Guatemala for volunteering 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.

For Further readings:
Volunteer Health and Safety
Safety tips for your volunteer abroad trip

Why volunteer in Guatemala in IFRE’s girl empowerment project?

Volunteering in this program gives you a chance to help women get on their feet and become independent and self-sustaining, and this will surely lead to friendships and memories for life.

Be a mentor and role model for young girls & women

With your participation in our girl empowerment volunteering project in Guatemala, you can become a mentor and role model for young teenage girls and women who suffer from racism, sexism, and gender inequality daily. Strengthen their passions through various educational activities and help them become independent confident women who can stand on their own.

BInspire teenage girls and women to gain self-confidence

Help local teenage girls and women gain self-confidence by playing a crucial role in developing their interests and encouraging their passions. You can implement several strategies to bolster their confidence level and give them a firm grasp on essential moral values for a brighter tomorrow.

Lend a helping hand to young girls and women to get back into the society

Help young women learn valuable skills they can use to support themselves and become productive members of their communities, as well as breaking out of oppressive, abusive relationships that have kept them isolated.

Fight back against violence and discrimination against women

Violence against women and girls is rooted in gender-based discrimination and social norms. Take active participation in the fight against domestic violence by working as a volunteer in Guatemala. You can raise awareness against domestic violence and empower women. Be the change!

Contact us to learn more about volunteering in Guatemala to promote empowerment for young girls!

Other Volunteering Opportunities in Antigua, Guatemala

There are several other ways for you to make a difference in Antigua, Guatemala. You can

Work in an orphanage,

Teach English,

Support special needs children,

Care for the elderly,

Work in healthcare,

build safe stoves for poor families and much more.

Contact IFRE today to find the right project for you!

Other Women Empowerment Projects Worldwide

Women face discrimination and sexism daily in large parts of the world. To help with this struggle, IFRE arranges women and girl’s empowerment programs in a range of countries where it is most needed. Some of the most popular of these projects are listed below:

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