Volunteering Abroad in Guatemala: Our programs in Guatemala give you an extraordinary opportunity to experience the fascinating culture and history of one of the most diverse countries on the American continent.
Guatemala – bordered by Mexico to the north and west, Belize and the Caribbean Sea to the east, Honduras and El Salvador to the southeast and the Pacific Ocean to the southwest – is a fairly small country compared with its neighbors to the north, but boasts a geographic and ecological diversity that far surpasses many larger countries. From tropical rainforests and beaches to volcanoes and pristine mountain lakes, Guatemala has it all!
The area that is Guatemala today was the heartland of the ancient Maya empire. Many Mayan ruins have been discovered and partially restored in recent years and give visitors a fascinating glimpse of the ancient Mayan history and culture.
Descendants of the Maya constitute roughly half of the country’s population, makingGuatemala the most indigenous country in Central America. Mayan culture and traditions are very much alive and many modern Maya, particularly Mayan women, still wear their colorful traditional attire.
Despite its stunning natural beauty and rich cultural heritage, a large part of the population lives below the poverty line.
Wealth is very unevenly distributed and particularly the indigenous population in rural areas suffers from lack of economic opportunities, education and adequate health care.
But volunteers in Guatemala cannot only help to make life a little bit easier for the poor and disadvantaged. They can also immerse themselves fully in the vibrant Latin American culture, learn about political and economic issues, and last but not least learn or improve their Spanish.
Guatemala is one of the most popular countries among language students. Spanish schools in Antigua Guatemala offer courses of very high quality and the lessons are one-on-one, which allows students to progress rapidly and develop their conversation skills within a short time.
Volunteering opportunities have the following schedule, please choose your datesAntigua Guatemala: February thru October, flexible start & end date
Ciudad Vieja: January thru November, flexible start & end date San Miguel Dueñas: Year round, flexible start & end date
Alotenango: January thru November, flexible start & end date http://www.abroaderview.org