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Volunteer opportunities in Guatemala

In Guatemala it is possible to live in a modern environment yet experience the magic and enchantment of a legendary past. Guatemala is a very diverse country with a vibrant heritage of Mayan culture and language. But it is also a country struggling to overcome vast social problems and where the majority live in extreme poverty.

When you join one of our community service projects you are giving yourself the opportunity to make a difference by:

"Volunteering was always on my to do list and I was glad I had the chance to explore and travel... in this way. Thanks to a staff and other volunteers for making this such a GREAT experience." Hugh from Australia

Volunteer Abroad Program Overview — Guatemala

When you join one of our community service projects you are giving yourself the opportunity to make a difference by:

Voluntary service

 After Spanish lessons, you will join your host project to begin your volunteer service in different parts of the country according to your assignment. Your voluntter service can last 2 weeks to 10 months (or more) depending on your selection and type of project.




Upon arrival of your flight in Guatemala City, you will be met and welcomed at the airport by an INLEX staff member.

Where you'll be staying

INLEX has arranged for you to live with a Guatemalan family throughout your language training and your service and are eager to help you integrate into their culture.

Why do we place you in a host family?

1) to help your understanding of the culture of Guatemala 2) to strengthen your Spanish language skills.

Family Coordinators have been assigned to assist with home stays, assist with recruiting families, serve as counselors and troubleshoot any issues that may arise.

Your home stay family has been given an orientation to learn about the program in detail; the roles and responsibilities of the family, the volunteer and INLEX, cultural differences between other countries and Guatemala, health, safety and other important aspects of your stay.

Your host family will be an important part of your volunteer experience. Periodically, a staff member will visit you and your family to see that everything is running smoothly.


You will receive an orientation before starting your service which will cover:

You will also receive an orientation packet covering the points discussed and other useful information.If you are taking Spanish classes, your classes will begin the day after orientation.



Amount Spanish included

*Note: The published price remains subject to change in case of major currency fluctuations.* There is an additional fee for working in a wildlife project. Contact your sending Office for details.
2 weeks US$ 557 No
3 weeks US$ 782 No
4 weeks US$ 1,050 20 hours
5 weeks US$ 1,168 20 hours
6 weeks US$ 1,286 20 hours
7 weeks US$ 1,404 20 hours
8 weeks US$ 1,523 40 hours
9 weeks US$ 1,608 40 hours
10 weeks US$ 1,693 40 hours
11 weeks US$ 1,778 40 hours
12 weeks US$ 1,864 40 hours
13 weeks US$ 1,949 40 hours
14 weeks US$ 2,034 40 hours
15 weeks US$ 2,120 40 hours
16 weeks US$ 2,205 40 hours
17 weeks US$ 2,290 40 hours
18 weeks US$ 2,376 40 hours
19 weeks US$ 2,461 40 hours
20 weeks US$ 2,546 40 hours
21 weeks US$ 2,632 40 hours
22 weeks US$ 2,717 40 hours
23 weeks US$ 2,802 40 hours
24 weeks US$ 2,888 40 hours

Add ons
Extra week US$ 92  
20 hours Spanish lessons US$ 110  
Wildlife extra per week US$ 60  
8 weeks US$ 1,677 20 hours
12 weeks US$ 2,028 20 hours
16 weeks US$ 2,379 20 hours
20 weeks US$2,730 20 hours
24 weeks US$ 3,080 20 hours

What the program includes:


Extras (at additional cost)

Extra language classes can be arranged at $110 a week for 20 hours

What the program doesn't include:


Payment Schedule

A deposit of 20% of the total program fee is required with your application. It is non-refundable upon notification of acceptance and is applied to the total program fee.

The balance of the program fee is required 30 days prior to departure.

Cancellation Policy

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