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World Endeavors Volunteer Abroad: Guatemala
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala (Outgoing Program)
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Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Program Type: Affiliate
Academic Level: Graduate, Junior, Other, Senior, Sophomore Housing Options: Homestay
Areas of Study: Any Major
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Volunteer Abroad in Guatemala

Why Guatemala?
Guatemala is known for its spectacular volcanoes, lakes, and mountains, as well as for its strong Mayan and Spanish influences. Indigenous Mayan culture is very visible in Guatemala, due both to the numerous Mayan ruins dotting the countryside and to the fact that Mayan communities have kept many of their traditions and customs alive, even as the country modernizes. Guatemala has had a difficult political history, but after being torn apart by a decades-long civil war during the second half of the 20th century, it is proudly emerging as a strong economic and political power in Central America. More than half of Guatemalans still live below the poverty line, however, and there is a great need for volunteers who wish to contribute to this country’s future.
Live in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
Participants volunteering in Guatemala will live and work in the city of Quetzaltenango, or Xela for short, which is located in a mountain valley in the southwest of Guatemala.

In the evenings and on weekends, volunteers can explore the city of Quetzaltenango or take an affordable bus ride to visit other parts of Guatemala. Quetzaltenango makes a great base for getting to know Guatemala: it is big enough to offer plenty of activities, restaurants, and services for visitors, but it is less touristy than many other cities, offering volunteers an authentic Guatemalan experience. Quetzaltenango is also known for having retained a strong Mayan influence, and volunteers have the opportunity to learn about Mayan culture and traditions firsthand. Volunteers with an adventurous spirit will enjoy hiking and exploring several nearby volcanoes and hiking trails.
We offer volunteer placements in Guatemala in the following fields:
  • Childcare & Orphanage Assistance
  • Healthcare
  • Teaching
  • Women's Development
Program Snapshot

Housing: Volunteers stay with host families, where they share space, build relationships, practice language, and learn about traditional culture, food, home rituals, and customs. Host families are welcoming and friendly, usually middle class, and are hand-picked by the World Endeavors team to ensure that placements provide a safe and positive environment for the volunteer. Housing accommodations are modest, safe, and clean, but may differ from Western norms in terms of space or amenities. Volunteers usually have their choice of a single or a double room, and are expected to display respect and consideration for the host family. Living with a host family ensures total immersion in the culture, which can be both challenging and rewarding, but ultimately provides the most authentic experience of the host country.

Dates: The volunteer program in Guatemala is flexible in duration. Admissions are rolling, and programs can begin on any Monday throughout the year. 

Duration: Participants can choose any duration between 2 and 12 weeks. 

Cost: See our website for program fee information

How to Apply: Our application deadlines are set at 16 weeks prior to your desired program start date. Visit our website at to start your application. 

**Always check our website for the most up-to-date program information.

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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** This program follows a rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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