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When you travel through Guatemala, you will have many impressions of this country’s beauty and different culture. Also, you can see that there exist big differences between rich and poor areas. In some areas, the poverty and underdevelopment are very obvious. Many national and international organizations have started all kinds of projects to stimulate these areas in its development.
As a traveler you can observe this, but it would be a very special and rewarding experience to participate in this development, and do something yourself! There are many projects in direct need of help, and there will always be an project that suits your interests. If you have the time and motivation, you can become a volunteer in one of these projects, and contribute directly to the development of a group of people, or an entire community!

The program
Volunteering means that you will be working for a certain project of your interest, without any financial compensation. You help them with your effort and/or specific knowledge, they will give you an unforgettable experience back. You will be directly active with the people involved in the volunteer project, which makes it a very rewarding experience. There are projects in any sector, you can work with children, youth, agriculture/animals, women’s rights, elderly people, or even in medical projects.

Read the different project descriptions here:
Medical projects
Community projects
Nature & Environment
Child care
Animal care

There are some important aspects you should know about volunteering through Do Guatemala:
- The minimum time you dedicate as a volunteer is 2 weeks. Some projects ask for more time. Ideally you work for 5 mornings or afternoons per week, or both if you like.
- In order to communicate with the people involved in the project, we ask for a basic Spanish level at least. The higher your Spanish level, the better. Insecure about your Spanish? We can organise Spanish lessons for you for while your're here, or you could sign up for a free trial lesson with Learn Spanish Online
- Before starting your volunteer work, we recommend you to take Spanish classes in Guatemala, for 1 to 3 weeks, depending on your current Spanish level. The lessons also help you to settle down in Guatemala a little before starting the volunteer job. You can read about the different options in our Language Study section.

Do Guatemala offers a personal and professional service for volunteers. We work with a one-time registration fee of $175, for which you receive several services in return which will guarantee a nice stay and a valuable volunteer experience:*

- You receive a detailed welcome packet before departure to prepare for the trip
- Do Guatemala makes a personal selection of suitable projects for you according to your wishes
- Do Guatemala arranges your placement and maintains the contact with the selected project
- Do Guatemala defines with the project what your function will be
- You receive free pickup and transfer to Quetzaltenango or Antigua from the airport
- Do Guatemala arranges that you will be accompanied to the project on the first day 
- Do Guatemala staff stays in touch with you during your volunteer time to offer assistance or advice
- You receive 24/7 assistance on location
- Do Guatemala will provide you with a certificate of the work you have done (upon request)
- Do Guatemala reserves a donation for the project.
* Applies to volunteers who want to arrange their volunteer experience up front, from abroad. For interested volunteers who already are in Guatemala, a more basic arrangement is provided for a fee of Q200/$27.50 per person (without guarantees that the project of your choice is available).

Sometimes, there are also positions available for internships. We defined internships as long-term volunteering, when you stay with a project or local company for 3 months or more. In these positions, they often ask for an intermediate or advanced level of Spanish. If you have any specific questions or requirements, please contact us.

We support the projects
As a volunteer, you make a direct contribution in terms of a helping hand for the project. Besides this, Do Guatemala also makes a contribution. Do Guatemala will make a donation to the volunteer project for every volunteer we receive. The donation will exist of a financial donation, or a donation in needed materials.