Working with kids Volunteer in Antigua Guatemala:
Do you love kids and want to make a difference in their lives? Have you always felt called to help children and want to volunteer in Guatemala? Then this Working with Kids volunteer project in Antigua is perfect for you!
Guatemala is a Latin American country steeped in a rich and diverse history. From ancient ruins to the living Mayan people, who make up over half of Guatemala’s population, the indigenous roots of this fascinating destination run deep. Amazing scenery filled with volcanoes, forests and gorgeous lakes also await you here.
Though rich in history, Guatemala’s people are poor. The crippling poverty leads to tragedy when a child is abandoned every four days. There are more than 500,000 uncared children in Guatemala, and the childcare centers are trying their best to provide kids with a safe home, food, and education. But, they are struggling to keep up with the growing problem and they are constantly running low on both resources and manpower and desperately need volunteers like you to bridge the gap!
Join IFRE’s Antigua, Guatemala Working with Kids volunteer in Antigua Guatemala and make a huge difference in the lives of underprivileged children who need your help. Your time volunteering with the kids will remind them that they deserve love and attention. This will help them build the confidence and skills they need to go on to bright, prosperous futures. These Guatemalan children will touch your heart and change your life forever.
Do you want to create a better world for struggling children while on a life changing adventure in an amazing country? Then contact IFRE todayto learn more about working with kids volunteer in Guatemala!
Volunteer Responsibilities & Impact
In this volunteer opportunity in Guatemala with underprivileged children, you will be working in childcare centers, daycare facilities and schools. Volunteers will work 3-4 hours per day from Monday to Friday. Work hours may be in the morning or afternoon depending on the project.
Volunteers will support the local staffs who have dedicated themselves to providing a safe, stable, and healthy home environment for these kids. You will spend time with the kids helping them learn and play games, doing arts and crafts, and letting them know that there are people in the world who care about them. Other tasks include assisting with maintenance in the center and serving meals to the children. You can also share your skills and talents with the children.
Volunteering in the Guatemala working with kids program will be a life-changing experience you will never forget. The fulfillment you will experience helping these poor children will make all of your volunteering abroad dreams come true, and you will make such a huge difference in their lives.
Skills and Qualifications:
The primary qualifications you need to volunteer with children in Guatemala is to have a passion for working with children and a drive to help make a difference in the world. If you have special skills that will really benefit the children, we would love for you to share them. You also need to be able to work with limited resources. A background check is required for volunteers working with children. Though not mandatory, it is helpful to have basic Spanish skills. If you want to learn Spanish, you can join our Spanish immersion class during your volunteering.
Volunteers also need to be at least 16 years old to participate in this program on their own. Volunteers below the age of 18 will need parental consent and those below the age of 16 need to be accompanied by their parent, guardian or faculty leader if they wish to volunteer.
Volunteering with underprivileged children in Guatemala is an amazing experience, and spending time with the lovely children will ensure each and every day is filled with fun!
Your schedule will vary based on your project placement. The children will likely need help getting ready in the mornings, going to school, doing homework, and other tasks, so your day will likely be structured around their school day. To give you a rough idea of what to expect, we’ve provided a sample schedule here:
First Day : On your first day of volunteering in underprivileged children project in Guatemala, you will be escorted to your placement by our local coordinator and introduced to the dedicated staff you will be working with. You’ll meet all the amazing kids you came all this way to help! We’ll also give you an orientation where we cover your project details, daily schedule, safety protocol, and the customs and culture of Guatemala.
Weekdays : Your work with the children begins on the second day, and a typical volunteer day is as follows:
7.00 to 7.30 AM: Have a typical Guatemalan breakfast with your host family, which will probably include rice, beans, eggs, and maybe fried plantains.
7.45 AM: Head out to the underprivileged children for a meaningful day of volunteering with the children. Your activities will vary from day to day and project to project, but you’ll spend your time making a difference in the lives of children in need.
12.00 PM: Break for lunch, and bond with your fellow volunteers in Guatemala. Make friends from all over the world!
3.00 PM: You’ll usually have the evenings free, and after getting off for the afternoon you’ll be able to explore the beautiful city of Antigua. With its historical buildings and cultural offerings, you’ll have no shortage of things to keep you busy.
6.45 PM: Enjoy a traditional Guatemalan dinner with your host family. A great chance for cultural immersion, you will get to bond with your new friends and learn all about life in their country.
Fees & Program Dates
IFRE programs begin every Monday year-round. If you have travel constraints, you can start your chosen program on any day of the year.
Volunteers can participate in our program for a minimum of 1 week up to 12 weeks.
Since 2006, IFRE has been the most trusted, respected, and affordable volunteer abroad organization in the world. We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality volunteer programs at the lowest fees so that everyone, especially students, have the possibility to volunteer abroad and make a positive impact on the lives of others.
We believe in 100% transparency. Rest assured, we never use middlemen. Your one-time registration fee of $299 covers our administrative costs. The low weekly fee is paid directly to your host family and project (via country coordinator), and includes housing, food, and minor expenses. IFRE is a non-profit organization, so your program fees are tax deductible.
Volunteer Program Fees (US$)
Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day »
Spanish Lessons (2 hours per day) $55 per week
Program Fees Cover:
- Shared Accommodation with host family
- 2 meals per day (Breakfast & Dinner)
- Airport Pick up
- In-country support
- Program Orientation
- Project Management
- Volunteer Certificate
- Discount for returning volunteers
Program Fees Exclude:
- 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 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.
Accommodation and Meal
While doing volunteer work in Guatemala, you will be staying with a welcoming host family. The accommodations are located in safe neighborhoods. All the host families have been carefully selected and have experiences hosting international volunteers. You will be provided with shared accommodation with another volunteer of the same gender. Volunteer rooms are basic, clean and comfortable, and you will have access to showers, hygienic toilets and electricity. The volunteer projects may be walking distance from the accommodation or require public transportation.
Volunteers in Guatemala will be provided with 2 local meals a day (breakfast and dinner). We accommodate vegetarian needs but not special dietary requirements.
Learn more about your housing and food while volunteering in Guatemala.
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Free Time and Weekend Exploration
Guatemala is a traveler’s dream. A budget Central American destination, this old Mayan stronghold is the ideal location for your volunteer abroad vacation. Unique and beautiful colonial cities, mountains, a largely indigenous population, and more await you in Guatemala. You’ll have weekends and evenings free to explore them all!
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Safety and in Country Support
Your safety is our number one priority. IFRE makes sure you are secure and satisfied throughout your entire volunteer in Antigua Guatemala trip. From pre-trip vetting and guidance to the experienced support of our in-country team that is available to you 24/7, we’ve got you covered.
Volunteering in Guatemala Working with Kids: FAQs
Arrival and Departure
You will fly into Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City. You need to provide your flight details to us, and we’ll make sure we’re there to pick you up when you land and take you right to your destination. We suggest arriving a day early, and though you’ll have to pay for an extra night of accommodations, you’ll be well rested and ready to take on your volunteer in Guatemala adventure.
Your departure transportation isn’t included in your Guatemala volunteer program fee, so you’ll need to set this up and plan for it. Just check in with the local staff and they’ll be happy to let you know how to set up a taxi to the airport.
You may or may not need to apply for a tourist visa in advance when you’re traveling to Guatemala. It all depends on your nationality. If you’re a citizen of the United States, Canada, Australia, and the UK, you won’t need a visa A passport with 6 months validity is good for a stay up to 90 days. Check out the Guatemala Immigration website for requirements based on your home country.
The first step towards a safe and healthy trip for doing volunteer work in Guatemala is getting vaccinated. Please consult a travel doctor who is knowledgeable about current health issues and epidemics in Guatemala. You can also find the information on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website, Global Health Canada or in Travelers' Health United Kingdom.
Some of the required vaccines for traveling in Guatemala 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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Why volunteer in IFRE’s orphanage volunteer project in Guatemala?
Volunteering in with kids Guatemala is an amazing way to your passion for helping children in need while exploring one of the most beautiful cities in the world!.
Dedicate your time to create a healthier and safer environment for kids to live in
Supporting Guatemalan child care centers gives you the opportunity to give children healthy, secure and constructive childhoods. All of this work has a long-term positive effect on the staff, children, and local community.
Help change the lives of disadvantaged children
You can share your love, passion and time with children who are deprived of their parent’s love and care. By providing much-needed support to these children, you will help positively change their lives in the most rewarding way possible.
Assist local childcare centers in their struggle to look after the children
As a volunteer in Guatemala Working with Kids project, you will also get to help and assist the local childcare centers. You can conduct creative programs including games, music, art, and painting and make sure that these children eat well, sleep well and live well. The centers are often understaffed and struggling to care for the children, so they really need your help.
Develop real and lasting relationships with the children
The Guatemalan children will touch your heart and become part of your life. You can share things about your world with them, and they can do the same for you. Learn about Guatemalan culture through the eyes of its most needy citizens and continue to support them when you head back home. You can send letters, gifts, and make return trips to keep helping the children you connect with.
Make a positive impact and provide a better future for children
While doing volunteer work in Guatemala in the Working with Kids project, you can help teach English, instill confidence in the kids, and lead them down the path to a positive and more successful future.
Other Volunteering Opportunities in Antigua, Guatemala
There are a multitude of ways for you to contribute to the well-being of disadvantaged people in Guatemala. Please find our projects in Antigua, Guatemala below:
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Other Childcare Projects Worldwide
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