Guatemala is a beautiful country in Central America. The country borders with Belize and Mexico in the north and with Honduras and El Salvador in the south. Guatemala is a relatively small country; 90 times smaller than the US and 3 times bigger than the Netherlands, but it proves size doesn’t matter! The country is known for its diversity in cultures, landscapes and climate. It is these elements that make a trip to Guatemala so unique. Tourism here is not yet a mass industry, so you won’t see many tourist-laden buses! Guatemala’s diversity makes it worthwhile for everyone..
Culture lovers can explore the famous Maya ruins in Tikal or indigenous villages in the highlands. Nature lovers can climb volcanoes or go on trips through the jungle and explore ‘off the beaten tracks’. Even for the more relaxed traveller there are many options: chill on the beaches at the Caribbean or Pacific coast or get to know yourself during a yoga retreat close to the beautiful lake of Atitlan. It is also possible to bathe in one of the volcanic hot springs to feel ‘born again’ before continuing with your journey!
Conditions and possibilities
We can understand that a travel to Guatemala takes a lot of effort and is quite exciting, right? This is why we would like to help you with all your personal doubts. We already put a lot of relevant information on our website, but do not hesitate to contact us for other questions. We do not put any conditions to volunteers or interns except for a flexible and proactive attitude and the willingness to learn Spanish (for some projects is a certain type of educational background required). With regards to sustainability and continuity of the projects, we prefer a minimum period of three months. Would you like to volunteer in our organisation, we will look for one or multiple projects that suite you, depending on your preference, interests and (educational) background
In addition to these projects, there are other interesting options. Do you like a bit of adrenaline? Then drive along on the fire department ambulance through Quezaltenango in Guatemala and provide first aid or help in a health center testing women for HIV. In addition, various animal parks are looking for animal lovers and you can help locals harvest coffee or plant trees.
What we can all offer is too much to describe here. Let us know what you want and what background you have, then we will talk to you to find a suitable project!
Visa, insurance and safety
For a stay in South-America, you need to have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months still upon arrival. For a stay shorter than 90 days, you do not need a visa. If you want to stay longer, we will bring you into contact with a local lawyer that can support you with the visa process for a small contribution. The (private) health care in Guatemala is generally of good quality. If you get sick in Guatemala and in need of a doctor or dentist, we will always be welcome to accompany you! It is important to have good travel insurance when you go for an internship or volunteering experience abroad. Our insurance partners would be glad to advice you about the opportunities. JoHo offers you the best-customized travel insurance! Most travellers say they felt safe in Guatemala. Of course, it is always important to take into account the (obvious) precautionary measures, because tourists are often regarded ‘rich’. Bring as few valuable things as possible and hide important documents and money. Don’t travel to regions that are discouraged to visit by travel agencies and take advice of local people and travellers serious. It is for example not responsible to go out on the streets alone in the dark; in those moments you should call a registered radio taxi to transport you. In addition: always check the travel advice of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
CostsThe mediation costs are €550, of which €50 go to the project where you will be active. These costs include:
- Information package that we will send you before starting your trip about preparations, visa, travelling etc.;
- pick-up service from the airport or bus station;
- welcome package;
- finding a great host family or (volunteering) home for you;
- finding a suitable volunteering job or internship;
- orientation day on which we will guide you through the city and to your volunteering/ internship place;
- an English speaking local contact that is always available in case of emergency.
Other costs depend on your needs. If there are other volunteers or interns, fun activities will be organised. If you want private language classes or ones in-group, to stay in a host family or in an apartment with other volunteers or interns? As soon as you have your preferences clear, we will send you a detailed scheme of the costs without obligation.
A host family in Guatemala costs about 200 dollar a month. There is also a possibility to live with other volunteers or interns in a house. This will cost in between 200 and 400 a month, depending on the size and luxury.
I am interested! What now?
Are you starting to get excited already? Then send us an e-mail without any obligation to: firstname.lastname@example.org Within a few days, we will invite you to talk about your preferences via Skype. Then we will come back to you with a proposal and costs scheme of a certain volunteering project/internship/language course and accommodation. If you agree with the proposal, you will have to transfer the mediation costs, in reaction to which we will send a confirmation.
Come experience Guatemala together with us!