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Teaching Voluntary Work in GuatemalaLike most of Latin America, Guatemala has experiences a significant lack of elementary and high schoolteachers.
Guatemala volunteers abroad and gap year overseas program participants can provide much needed help teaching overseas in Guatemala. You can travel to Central America and teach English as a second language (TESOL) or teach other subjects like math, sports, art, and the sciences. Your voluntary service will be highly appreciated and fulfilling to you as a volunteer or gap year student.
You can choose to volunteer abroad at a primary (elementary) school at a village in Cabrican some 45km (28 miles) from Xela where living is very country; or volunteer at a Secondary (high) school in Xela where living is more urban, at least by Guatemala standards.
Spanish Language Requirements
Two weeks of Guatemala Spanish study is required for all applicants. One week is required for those fluent in Spanish. You can take our Survival Spanish or Spanish Study Abroad programs to meet requirements.
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Other Volunteering ProjectsTo read more about various areas of international voluntary work in Guatemala, please click on any choice below:
Volunteer with Children
Health Care Volunteering
Teaching Volunteer in Guatemala
Nature and Reforestation Volunteer
Volunteer With Women Artisans
Volunteer With Prison Women
Other Guatemala Programs
In addition to voluntary work abroad in Guatemala, we offer opportunities for internships abroad, Survival Spanish learning, Spanish Study Abroad and Adventure Holidays programs in Guatemala, Central America.
Questions and Other InformationTo access more information on any aspect of our Central American programs in Guatemala please click on any link on the left or top links bars. For answers to your questions not provided on the link pages, please go to the page on Frequently Asked Questions.
Guatemala Program Highlights
Volunteer placement is free for all those who sign up for our Spanish Study Abroad Program.
Xela; Buena Vista Los Corales, Cabricon, Guatemala,
Length of Program:
1 to 24 weeks.
2nd and 4th Wednesday of every Month. Plan on Arriving the day before.
Airport Arrival Time: Preferably by 11:00 AM
Accommodation and Meals:
Except during the Adventure Program, accommodation provided in Host families. 3 local Guatemalan home meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) are provided per day.
Most projects within 5 to 20 minutes walking distance from home. Projects further off can be reached by walking or by local bus at your expense and cost up to about USD 2.00 for a daily return trip to and from project. See specific project for details.
Mondays to Fridays. 4 to 5 hours daily.
For international volunteer Guatemala program fees, please click here.