Volunteer Work in Guatemala

Tailored volunteering placements. Pre-departure Spanish lessons included.

Why volunteer abroad?

Join a volunteer placement in Guatemala and experience a country of immense beauty with soaring volcanoes, ancient Mayan ruins and colourful colonial towns.

However, there are deep-rooted problems from chronic malnutrition to a lack of educational opportunities. We connect volunteers with charities dedicated to the development of Guatemala.

Volunteering Brochure

Types of volunteering projects

Volunteer any time of the year. Flexible duration.

Volunteer in healthcare, education, human rights, environmental conservation or economic development in Guatemala. Work in an area that interests you and where you can make a real difference.

It is equally important to us that both yourself and the host charity benefits from your time abroad. We take the time to understand your skills and reasons for volunteering, to then build a unique profile for you. We then match your profile to tailored projects which benefit both yourself and the charity you will be volunteering with.

Our volunteer programs are with charities in Guatemala tackling far-reaching social, human and environmental issues. All backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Spanish lessons included

Learn Spanish to immerse yourself in local life.

25 x pre-departure online Spanish lessons are included for all volunteers. We will also translate your CV into Spanish. Spanish is the official language spoken in Guatemala and our lessons will ensure you make the most out of your time abroad.

All levels are taught, from beginners to intermediate. 

See and speak to your tutor in an online classroom. Moreover, this allows you to learn from any location convenient for you. Spanish lessons are taken before you leave for Guatemala.

Find out more about our projects:

Our volunteer testimonials

Hannah, Human rights placement, August 2019:

"I got a lot out of this experience – both personally and professionally...I want to work in public international law. The placement showed that I am dedicated to community service, willing and able to travel"

Jane, Healthcare placement, March 2018:

"It has been one of the most rewarding things I have ever done and together with the help and support of Spanish Marks and the charity, I was able to make the most of every moment whilst learning and contributing to a charity which helps an amazing rural community of around 500 families."


See our volunteers in action

Get started:

Step 1: Fill in the enquiry form:

Please note this is a no-obligation enquiry form. Fill out your details and we will contact you to discuss project opportunities.
Volunteering enquiry form
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Step 2: Receive tailored project details

We will get in touch to discuss the types of projects you can get involved with. We will also learn about your skills and interests to provide tailored trip options. If you would like to go ahead, a non-refundable deposit payment of £100 is taken. This does not tie you into committing to the project or paying the remaining balance.

Step 3: Take Spanish lessons

25 pre-departure online Spanish lessons are included. Learn with an experienced teacher from our school, Spanish Marks. Lessons are taken through an online classroom where you can see and speak to each other. Learn from any location convenient for you. Another benefit is flexible scheduling options. Take lessons before you leave for Guatemala.

Step 4: Meet us in person

Meet us in London before you set out to Guatemala. This is an opportunity to discuss any questions. You will also be given project details and general information on Guatemala, such as excursions and in-country contact details.

We will also hold a welcome induction once you land in Guatemala. Therefore you can get to know your neighbourhood and our Guatemala team before starting your placement. This will be held in the city of Quetzaltenango.

Step 5: Start volunteering

Your adventure begins!

Placement Price: £450

What's included

(1) Personal Placement advisor to plan your trip
(2) Tailored project with a fully-vetted charity in Guatemala
(3) 25 x one-to-one Spanish lessons (online)
(4) Your CV translated into Spanish
(5) Pre-departure placement preparation
(6) Welcome induction in Guatemala
(7) Overseas support

What's not included

Whilst the below is not included, we can offer guidance and advice.
All starred points (*) can also be arranged by us at cost price with no added fees.

Airport pick-up*
Medical & travel insurance
Food & Accommodation* (home-stays usually include 3 meals a day)


Get in touch with our quick enquiry form.