Volunteer in Guatemala
Our objective of the Guatemala volunteer trip is fourfold: first and foremost, we aim to carry out our mission of transforming underserved communities by inspiring and enabling remarkable individuals to pursue their dreams; secondly, we strive for a meaningful, authentic cultural exchange between our volunteers and the Guatemalan communities; third, we travel throughout the area so that our volunteers in Guatemala have an opportunity to see the beautiful country; finally, we have a whole lot of fun. Our goal is to make a positive difference in the lives of the people of these communities while also impacting the lives of our volunteers in Guatemala.
Why you should volunteer In Guatemala:
- Transform the lives of hopeful children and their families
- Join approximately 15-20 other volunteer travelers
- Help to improve a school site
- See a beautiful part of the world
- Take excursions to volcanoes and lakes near Antigua
- Engage in truly unique cultural activities
- Visit and immerse yourself in an authentic Mayan village
Impact the Community while Volunteering in Guatemala
Vuelta Grande, Guatemala is set high in the mountains just outside the city of Antigua. The small farming village of Vuelta Grande is a representation of what daily life is like in rural Guatemala. These indigenous people harvest their crops on steep mountain slopes at an elevation of 1,500 feet. Boys as young as eight begin to work in the field alongside their fathers while girls work with their mothers tending to younger siblings and performing household chores.
Volunteering in Guatemala will give you insight into the great strides they have made towards sustainability; however, a lack of basic necessities keeps Vuelta Grande from reaching its full potential. Dream Volunteers empowers the people of Vuelta Grande through education and is helping to create greater opportunities for future generations. The people have always welcomed us with open arms. We are their partners in this development effort and they treat us as such.
Your desire to empower young people in the developing world to achieve their potential is made possible through these service projects. Focusing on education, economic development and community engagement, Dream Volunteers implements sustainable development projects. These projects include:
- School improvement and beautification,
- Library creation,
- Direct classroom instruction,
- Organizing games and activities with children,
- Establishing community-owned businesses and
- Spreading environmental awareness.
Family trips typically involve more play-based activities and classroom exercises than manual labor projects.
Volunteer Benefits and Cultural Exposure
When you're not engaged in meaningful volunteer work, you'll want to immerse yourself in the rich culture and the breathtaking sights of Guatemala. You'll visit one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, learn to Salsa dance, make handmade tortillas, witness a traditional Mayan wedding ceremony and even hike a volcano.
To help our volunteers gain a local perspective of Guatemala, we provide cultural activities and a host of excursions. These events allow our participants to connect with the community and get to know the people they are supporting in a more impactful way.
Your experience in Guatemala Includes: Hike a volcano, Boat ride across Lake Atitlan, Tortilla making, Survival Spanish course, Salsa dancing, Mayan cultural presentation, Tour a coffee plantation, Museum tours, Soccer games, and Visit homes in the village
Volunteer Housing in Antigua, Guatemala
Antigua is where we spend our nights, early mornings and free time. Antigua is the most popular tourist city in all of Guatemala. It is extremely safe and tranquil. It is very developed, yet has maintained its charming old-world feel with the cobble-stone streets and colonial style. Its central park is a wonderful spot to sit and people watch or grab a cup of coffee. You will love spending your free time in Antigua.
Dream Volunteers uses two housing options in Antigua: home stays and a group guest house. The home stays are generally used for school groups and family trips. The guest house is used for adult groups and individual volunteers. If you are customizing a trip for yourself or group, you may choose either option.
The guest house is made up of several bedrooms. Some have private bathrooms and some share a common bathroom down the hall. The conditions are clean, safe, and modest. You will sleep on twin beds. Your food will all be freshly prepared by experienced staff who use safe techniques to prevent any food-borne illnesses. The meals will range from typical Guatemalan dishes with meat, rice, black beans and tortillas to American-style food like hamburgers and pasta. There is cable TV at the house as well as wireless Internet service. There is also a decent sized patio for social hours. The house is in short walking distance to the center of Antigua and very close to restaurants, shops and cafes.
The home stays are arranged with families in Antigua who have many years of experience hosting and serving western volunteers. They have been through a vetting process that involves health and safety inspections as well as training. Volunteers receive 3 meals daily (vegetarian and vegan meals are accommodated as well), lodging in a private room, a hot shower and purified water. Living with a host family enables students to participate in family social events, and gives students the opportunity to improve their Spanish as well as their knowledge of cultural and historical aspects of Guatemala.
Housing Features Include:
- Safe, secure facilities
- Centrally located
- Private rooms
- Purified drinking water
- Stomach-friendly home cooked meals
- Hot showers
- Internet (in most houses)
- Trained families
- Authentic cultural environment
Services for our Volunteers
With several years experience running volunteer trips to Guatemala, Dream Volunteers has developed a successful formula for ensuring that its participants are safe and enjoying the experience they expect. Dream Volunteers partners with La Union Spanish School & Travel Agency to provide logistical support. La Union was founded by former Peace Corps trainers, and has been serving volunteer groups and Spanish students for 16 years. Its staff is professional, experienced and made up of local people.
Your volunteer trip to Guatemala includes a tailored experience serviced by professionals to ensure that you make the most of our experience in Guatemala. From the moment you sign up to the day that you leave every detail is accounted for to ensure that you have an impactful Volunteer Experience. Each program is designed to include:
- Cultural Activities
- Volunteer work coordination
- Transportation to and from work site
- Airport pick-up and drop-off
- Assigned group leader
- 24-hour emergency contact
Guatemala Custom Trip
Contact Us to design your trip today
You can create a trip according to your exact needs with Dream Volunteers. If you represent a group, school, club, organization or you simply want a trip that’s different than what you see listed, then customize a trip with us. If you want a longer stay, different date, or different activities than our listed programs Dream Volunteers will design the trip that fits your needs. You will be confident that all logistics are covered and trip components are organized.
- Arrange for large groups
- Pick your dates
- Choose your volunteer project
- Select your housing type
- Plan your length of stay
- Build in special activities (such as language lessons or cultural classes)
- Ensure service-learning principles are incorporated
- Anything else that you will need for your perfect volunteer trip