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Economic Development Volunteering

Help local communities in Guatemala build a sustainable income and pass on the benefits to the next generation. Pre-departure Spanish lessons included.

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people in traditional clotes at the Market in the Village of  Chichi or Chichicastenango in Guatemala in central America.

Economic issues in Guatemala

Guatemala has been one of the strongest economic performers in Latin America in recent years. However, the country still suffers from inequality and widespread poverty. Constraints to economic development include government corruption, fragile protection of property rights and lack of access to long-term financing. As a result, many Guatemalans struggle to break out of the cycle of poverty.

people in traditional clotes at the Market in the Village of  Chichi or Chichicastenango in Guatemala in central America.

Volunteering programs in Guatemala

Volunteers are needed with various backgrounds, from business and marketing to communication and technology. You will be helping local producers, business owners and co-operatives gain necessary skills, knowledge and tools to become self-sustainable and achieve a secure income. Choose from a range of projects from micro-financing and granting small loans to local producers, to eco-tourism projects which help generate wealth and manage the environmental impact of tourist activity.

people in traditional clotes at the Market in the Village of  Chichi or Chichicastenango in Guatemala in central America.

How it works

Our placement advisors will work to understand your unique goals and skills and match you with economic development volunteering projects ranging from 2 weeks to 6 months. Project start dates are flexible.

Online pre-departure Spanish lessons are included and given by experienced tutors from our school, Spanish Marks.


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