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Volunteer Teaching English in Guatemala

Do you want to share your passion for the English language with children in need in Guatemala? Would you like to teach abroad and discover a new culture while making a difference? Join IFRE teaching English in Guatemala!

Guatemala is a beautiful and resilient nation in Central America. One half of the country’s population is of Mayan descent, making Guatemala a stronghold for this old and struggling group of people. Explore ancient ruins and learn about the unique culture and heritage.

Although rich in culture, Guatemala is desperately poor. Children suffer the worst and are often deprived of a quality education. Although learning English is a skill that will help them have brighter futures, it is often a luxury denied to all but the wealthiest of Guatemalan kids.

When you join volunteer English teaching program in Guatemala, you can help change all this! IFRE has teamed up with local schools to provide this valuable education to poor, disadvantaged students that would otherwise never have the chance to learn English.

When you teach English to these impoverished Guatemalan children, you will give them the chance to break the cycle of poverty and go on to promising futures with well paying jobs, like in the lucrative tourism industry. Help give kids the confidence and skills they need to shine!

Do you want to make a difference for Guatemalan kids and use your love for the English language to give them brighter futures? Then contact IFRE today to learn more about volunteering in Antigua, Guatemala!

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Volunteer Responsibilities & Impact

Your primary responsibility will be teaching basic English to the children. Depending on your background and personal interests, you might also pitch in teaching other subjects such as math, music, or art. You will also help the teachers and do fun extra-curriculars that help you connect with the kids and enrich their lives on a daily basis.

Your time spent teaching the kids while volunteering in Guatemala will change both your life and those of the kids. Your students will acquire a valuable new skill which can help change the course of their futures, and you will be fulfilled knowing you are making a profound difference in the lives of children in need.

Skills and Qualifications:

You don’t need any prior teaching experience to join volunteer English teaching program in Guatemala. The primary qualifications you will need are a strong grasp of the English language (native speakers preferred) and a passion for making a difference in the lives of children in need.

If you speak Spanish, it’ll be highly beneficial to you and help you work more effectively with your students. If you cannot speak the language, we recommend you enroll in our Spanish language program to improve your skills. We offer these valuable lessons while you volunteer, so it’s super convenient for you!

Teaching English in Guatemala is an incredibly rewarding experience, and the enthusiastic and amazing kids will make sure your days are always fun and exciting.

Since you’ll be teaching English, your day will mostly revolve around the schedule of the school day. Your exact duties and hours will vary based on your placement, so think of this sample schedule as just a rough idea of what you can expect:

First Day: On your first day of volunteering teaching English program in Guatemala, you will be escorted to your project placement by our local coordinator. They will introduce you to the teachers and kids you will have the pleasure of working with. You’ll undergo an informative training session where you’ll learn all about your service work and duties, daily schedule, safety protocol, and the customs and culture of Guatemala

Weekdays: Your teaching begins on the second day and a typical volunteer day is as follows:

7.00 to 7.30 AM: Start your day off the right way with a typical Guatemalan breakfast shared with your lovely host family.

7.45 AM: Head out to your project site, which won’t be too far from your host family. You’ll spend the day teaching English and connecting with amazing Guatemalan kids!

12.00 PM: Take a break from teaching and eat lunch. You may travel back to your host family, or you might have brought a lunch to go. In this case, take the opportunity to chat with your fellow volunteers in Guatemala and make friends from around the world!

3.00 PM: Work at the placement usually ends with the school day. Head out to explore the exciting city of Antigua, and maybe spend some time with your new volunteer friends. You can also return to relax with your host family.

6.45 PM: Enjoy a traditional Guatemalan dinner with your host family. Find out more about the local culture and way of life in this immersive experience.

Volunteer Teaching English in 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$)

    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

When you join volunteer teaching English program, Guatemala, you will be housed with one of IFRE’s socially respected and welcoming host families. You will have the chance to live as part of the family in their safe and comfortable home, and you’ll share three local meals a day with them, giving you plenty of chances to immerse yourself in their culture.

Read more about the accommodations and meals you’ll enjoy while in Antigua, Guatemala.

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Free Time and Weekend Exploration

Volunteering abroad is all about exploring new places and traveling while making the world a better place. After all your hard work teaching English, IFRE invites you to take your evenings and weekends off to have a great time and make the most of your Guatemala volunteer trip. Check out all the beautiful historical buildings of Antigua, visit local markets, explore crumbling ruins, and take trips to visit nearby areas.

Discover what to do in your free time while volunteering in Antigua, Guatemala.

Safety and in Country Support

Your safety is always our top priority. We have carefully vetted every single aspect of your trip, work with safe and trusted local partners, offer comprehensive insurance coverage, and watch out for you every step of the way. Should you ever need help while in Guatemala, just reach out to our dependable in-country team and they’ll be right there to help!

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

Volunteer Teaching English in Guatemala: FAQs

There are a lot of little details that go into planning a volunteer experience in Guatemala, and you can relax knowing IFRE has taken care of all this for you. Here are a few details you should know about when traveling abroad with us.

Arrival and Departure

You need to fly into Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City. As soon as you have booked your flight, forward those details on to our helpful in-country coordinator. They’ll set up your airport pickup for you, and we’ll have a local representative waiting to welcome you when you land. They’ll be holding a sign with your name on it and will take you safely to your accommodations.

We suggest arriving a day early. You’ll have to spring for an extra night of accommodations but arriving at your project refreshed and well rested is worth the minor expense.

When you complete your volunteer English teaching program in Guatemala, you’ll need to set up your own taxi to the airport. Just chat with the local project staff and they’ll be happy to offer you advice on how to do this.


Whether or not you need to apply in advance for a tourist visa to travel in Guatemala depends on what your nationality is. Do some research ahead of time to find out the requirements based on your home country. If you are from the US, Canada, Australia, or the UK, all you need is a passport valid for 6 months and you can enter for 90 days without applying ahead for a visa.

Please visit Guatemala’s Immigration website for more detailed information.


Before heading off on your Guatemala volunteer teaching English experience, be sure to meet up with your doctor and get up to date on all the needed vaccinations. This will help protect you against any foreign diseases, and make sure you are healthy and well and can make the most difference abroad.

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 Preventio, 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.

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

Why volunteer teaching English in Guatemala?

Teaching English in Guatemala rewards you with incredible practical teaching experience, amazing destinations and sights and the rewarding feeling you get when you know you’re making the world a better place.

Gain valuable work experience teaching overseas

You will be getting practical experience teaching in a classroom, learning new skills and gaining confidence in front of your students. Teaching in an international school is a unique experience and looks great on your resume for your future career.

Share your love of the English language and work alongside fellow educators

Help inspire young Guatemalans to join in your love for the English language when you volunteer in teaching English program in Guatemala. You will also get to share your passion for education with fellow teachers.

Elevate the level of education in rural areas of Guatemala

Rural Guatemalans lack access to a quality education, and many have never had access to a native speaker of the English language to learn from. Help provide this higher level of learning to kids in need.

Connect with people from a new culture

The kids and teachers at the Guatemala school you volunteer in are valuable and enriching windows into the fascinating world of their unique culture. Connect with and learn from these people who are so different from yourself.

Make a difference in the lives of poor Guatemalans

Learning English from international volunteers like yourself will help young students have bright futures with well-paying jobs. They will have the possibility to break the cycle of poverty and make better lives for themselves and their families.

Contact IFRE today to learn more about volunteering English teaching in Guatemala teaching English!

Other Volunteering Opportunities in Guatemala

If you lack the English fluency to effectively teach, don’t worry, there’s other ways for you to make a difference with IFRE. You can

Work in an orphanage,

Support special needs children,

Care for the elderly,

Help empower girls and young women.

Work in the medical field,

build safe stoves for poor families and much more.

Contact IFRE today to learn about these amazing opportunities!

Other English Teaching Volunteer Projects Worldwide

English is an incredibly important skills for kids all around the world to learn. To help with this, IFRE arranges English Teaching volunteer programs in many different countries, the most popular of which are listed below:

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