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Volunteer in Guatemala Orphanage

Do you love kids and want to make a difference in their lives? Have you always felt called to help orphans and want to volunteer in Guatemala? Then this orphanage 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 for the children involved, like in Guatemala City, where a child is abandoned every four days. There are more than 500,000 orphans in Guatemala, and the orphanages that offer the kids a safe home, food, and education struggle to keep up with the growing problem.

These orphanages are doing their best to care for the children, but the demand means that 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 orphanage volunteer project and make a huge difference in the lives of orphans who need your help. Help provide a safe haven to these poor children, provide them compassionate care, teach them English, play games, serve meals, help them with their homework, and be a caregiver, mentor and friend to Guatemalan orphans.

Your time volunteering with the kids will let them know they deserve love and attention and help them build the confidence and skills they need to go on to bright, prosperous futures. These Guatemalan orphans will touch your heart and change your life forever.

Do you want to create a better world for struggling orphans on a lifechanging adventure in an amazing country? Then contact IFRE today to learn more about volunteering with orphans in Guatemala!

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Volunteer Responsibilities & Impact

You will be helping orphaned children in a Guatemalan orphanage and acting as a support to the orphanage staff that has 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. You can also help in the garden and help serve meals to the children.

Volunteering in Guatemalan orphanages will be a life-changing experience you will never forget. The fulfillment you will feel helping these poor orphans 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 qualification you need to help in this project is a passion for working with children and the drive to help make a difference in the world.

If you speak Spanish, it’ll be highly beneficial to you as a volunteer, and especially the kids you are working with. If you cannot speak Spanish, we recommend you enroll in a Spanish language program. We offer them while you volunteer so it’s super convenient for you!

If you have special skills that will really benefit the orphans, we would love for you to share them! We are especially in need of volunteers in Guatemalan orphanages who are speech therapists, psychologists, as well as carpenters and gardeners!

Volunteering in an orphanage 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 orphans 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 orphanage project in Guatemala, you will be escorted to your placement by our local coordinator and introduced to the dedicated orphanage 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 orphans 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 orphanage for a meaningful day of volunteering with the orphans. 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.

Volunteering in Guatemala Orphanage: 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

During your Antigua, Guatemala volunteer experience, you will have the culturally immersive opportunity to stay with one of our welcoming host families in their safe and secure home. See what life is really like in Guatemala! Host families will serve you three local healthy meals a day and give you a home away from home.

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, and you’ll have weekends and evenings free to explore them all.

Discover what to do in your free time in Antigua, Guatemala and during your weekend exploration.

Safety and in Country Support

Your safety is our number one priority. IFRE makes sure you are secure and satisfied throughout your entire Guatemalan volunteer trip. From pre-trip vetting and guidance to the experienced support of our in-country team that are available to you 24/7, we’ve got you covered.

Read more about our safety and in-country support.

Volunteering in Guatemala Orphanage: FAQs

Arrival and Departure

You will fly into Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City. Provide your flight details once you book, 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 adventure abroad.

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 you 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 where you’re from. If you’re a citizen of the United States, Canada, Australia, and the UK, you won’t need to. 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 volunteering 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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Global Health Canada or in Travelers' Health United Kingdom.

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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Why volunteer in IFRE’s orphanage volunteer project in Guatemala?

Volunteering with orphans in Guatemala is an amazing way to fulfill your passion for children in need while experiencing 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 orphanages 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, the children, and the local community.

Help change the lives of orphaned children

You can share your love, passion and time with children deprived of their parent’s love and care. By providing much-needed support to these orphaned children, you will help positively change their lives in the most rewarding way possible.

Assist local orphanages in their struggle to look after orphaned children

As a volunteer in orphanage Guatemala project, you will also get to help and assist the local orphanages in taking care of the children. You can conduct creative programs including games, music, art, and painting and make sure that these children eat well, sleep well and live well. These orphanages are often understaffed and struggling to care for the children, so they really need your help.

Develop real and lasting relationships with orphans

The orphans will touch your heart and become a 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 orphans you connect with.

Make a positive impact and provide a better future for orphans

While volunteering in Guatemala with orphans, 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 multitude of ways for you to contribute to the well-being of disadvantaged people in Guatemala. You can

Teach English,

Support special needs children,

Care for the elderly,

help empower girls and young women.

Assist doctors

build safe stoves for poor families and much more.

Contact IFRE today to learn more!

Other Orphanage Projects Worldwide

There are orphans in great need all around the world, and IFRE aims to provide them with safe and constructive childhoods with your help. We arrange orphanage volunteer programs in many different countries, and you can find our most popular ones in the list below:

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