Guatemala Community Outreach

From £519, 2 weeks, Guatemala Trip code: GUCO

  • Adventure 2 out of 5
  • Relaxation 2 out of 5
  • Culture 4 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

  • Help improve the quality of life of some of Guatemala’s poorest families
  • Live in the beautiful & incredible setting of Antigua - nestled between three volcanoes
  • Experience life in a typical Guatemalan community
  • Help educate and improve health

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The Guatemala Community Outreach project is one of our most successful community development programmes - a direct result of the fantastic efforts and achievements of volunteers who have helped change lives.

 

This project is perfect for anyone looking to travel to Central America and work in Guatemala whilst experiencing life in a typical Guatemalan community with volunteers from around the world.  On this project you will work to help improve the quality of life of some of Guatemala’s poorest families.


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What will I be doing?

  • The projects (2 - 6 weeks)

  • Volunteer Role (2 - 6 weeks)

The projects: 2 - 6 weeks

Next Leg

Destination info

The name Guatemala comes from the Mayan for ‘many trees’. It is the most populated country in Central America and is bordered by the Pacific, the Caribbean, Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador and Belize.


Antigua’s setting is simply gorgeous, nestled between three volcanoes: Agua (3766m), Fuego (3763m) and Acatenango (3976m), and its streets– with flowers bursting from the local brickwork, and pastel facades under dark red, terracotta roofs – offer endless photo opportunities at every turn. Antigua is cold after sunset, especially between September and March, so bring warm clothes, a sleeping bag or a blanket.

  • Location: Small towns surrounding Antigua

Established in 2002, this project is set in different locations in and around Antigua (such as Jocotenango, San Felipe de Jesús, Alotenango, Santa María de Jesus, Santa Ana, etc.) The aim of the project is to provide free schooling and health education for children and to develop educational and recreational facilities for the community, so that all children can enjoy their childhood free from responsibilities and pressures created by society.

 

The average family wage in the towns is 30 Quetzals per day (about $4). This must stretch to feed families with around six to eight children. Malnutrition, unemployment and limited education are common problems faced by disadvantaged communities in Guatemala. Many families in this town have little or no money available for education, nutrition and basic housing. The community spirit and attitude towards volunteers is very warm and welcoming.

 

Although public schools in Guatemala do not charge a fee, children must have a uniform and the family must provide all school materials. Many families cannot afford these costs, leaving the majority of children with a very basic education and no option but to work from a very young age. Many are burdened with heavy responsibilities early in life and have little time to enjoy their childhood.

 

A Guatemalan teacher, with the intention to set up classes for children who couldn’t afford to attend school, founded the project. With exceptional support from volunteers the project is now run by a team of Guatemalan teachers, who provide free primary education to all children in the community, ranging from five to 18 years. Volunteers continue to play a fundamental role in the success of this programme, helping to shape the future of children and their families through education and ongoing community support.

Volunteer Role: 2 - 6 weeks

Destination info

The name Guatemala comes from the Mayan for ‘many trees’. It is the most populated country in Central America and is bordered by the Pacific, the Caribbean, Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador and Belize.

 

Antigua’s setting is simply gorgeous, nestled between three volcanoes: Agua (3766m), Fuego (3763m) and Acatenango (3976m), and its streets– with flowers bursting from the local brickwork, and pastel facades under dark red, terracotta roofs – offer endless photo opportunities at every turn. Antigua is cold after sunset, especially between September and March, so bring warm clothes, a sleeping bag or a blanket.

  • Location: Small towns surrounding Antigua

Your role as a volunteer varies according to your interests and is very flexible to change when you are on the project.


You will be able to become involved in a number of aspects such as:


Education
There are a number of activities and projects that need volunteer assistance. One of the main roles is helping educate and support the children in classes such as mathematics, physical education, handicraft, English and computing.  


Health
The project helps children and their families with dental care and also provides vitamins and food.  This means that every day, the children receive nutritious food and drinks, such as carrot juice, a banana, an orange or a ham sandwich. Each morning and afternoon the children brush their teeth under the guidance of volunteers and they are provided with vitamin supplements.
In addition, the project does social work with the families of the children. The centre tries to create an awareness of how important education is for the youth of Guatemala.


Please note: itineraries and activities are subject to change.

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What's included?

  • Host family accommodation
  • Two meals a day (except Sundays)
  • Airport transfers
  • Orientation upon arrival
  • Full support and assistance from your co-ordinator
  • 24 hour support number and contact for emergencies

What's not included?

  • All flights
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Lunches

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

The minimum age to participate is 18 years and there is no maximum age.

 

Minimum numbers required on this trip

There are no minimum numbers on the trip.

Please note: you may be the only volunteer at your chosen project at any one time. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact us

 

Accommodation

For the duration of the project, you'll live with one of our typical Guatemalan families. All families have been personally visited by staff, this ensures that all homes meet an excellent standard for a comfortable stay. All families tend to speak Spanish most of the time, (to help you get the most from your time in Guatemala) however, these is always at least one person who can speak English to ensure you can communicate well.

 

Meals

Your family will provide you with two meals a day (breakfast and dinner). All families are more than happy to cook any dishes that you'd like (within reason!) and many families can accommodate special dietary requirements for vegetarians and vegans. Please note that meals are not provided on Sundays.

 

Is this trip for you?

You may be the only volunteer at your chosen project at any one time. However, you will still have the full support of your in-country team and those at the project. If you are looking for a group volunteering experience we have plenty of options for you to consider.

 

Orientation

On arrival at the project you will have a brief orientation. This will include being shown around the project site, being introduced to the project co-ordinator and staff, a health and safety briefing and an introduction to your tasks while on the project.

 

Throughout your stay in Guatemala you will have the support and guidance of our co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

 

In addition you will have access to a 24-hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our staff at any time should you need to.

 

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

 

You will be assigned a personal travel advisor who will co-ordinate your programme with you. Feel free to contact them at any time before you go, or when you are on your travels.

 

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our UK staff at any time should you need to.

 

 

FAQ

1. What level of Spanish do I need to take part ?

Basic level is fine

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2. Do I need teaching experience?

No you do not require any teaching experience.

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3. What happens when there are school holidays?

Volunteers take part in summer schools or other teaching activities during holidays.

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4. Do I get time off for extra activities?

Yes, every evening and you will generally have weekends to yourself.

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5. Do I need to take a sleeping bag?

No, you don't need to take one as all bedding is provided.

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6. Do I need to take a mosquito net?

No, this is not necessary, unless you feel that you really want to take one.

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7. Will there be a safety deposit box/safe?

Yes, there will be one available for you.

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8. Can I share a room with my girlfriend/boyfriend?

Couples can stay together and share a room at the home-stay accommodation.

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DBS

You have booked a programme which requires an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check to be completed. We can carry this out for you and your travel advisor will explain the charges at the time of booking.

What will I see in Guatemala?

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What other travellers thought

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Overall rating: (10/10) (2 reviews)
Guatemala Community Outreach

Judy Phillips - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Unique experience with indigenous children who really needed my help.

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(10/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(10/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(7/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The school in which I worked, jardin de amor, was brilliant. The staff were very welcoming and the children really needed the school to help them escape from the cycle of poverty.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Realise that Guatemala is a huge tourist destination. Antigua was really disappointing as full of American tourists. However the school was in a small village light years way from Antigua.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Guatemala Community Outreach2011-07-04

Reshma Hirani - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Amazing life changing experience but don't stay with host family

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(6/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(2/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(1/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(5/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Tikal was amazing, and La Antigua is beautiful as are the people of Guatemala. The food in town in the restaurants was amazing. The scenery of the country and the culture and history are well worth the trip

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Take a mosquito net, malaria medication and bug spray - and that's only for Antigua Visit Tikal Eat out as often as you can when in Antigua

Would you travel with our company again?

No

Guatemala Community Outreach2011-07-04

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