How To Volunteer In Guatemala

If you are thinking of volunteering in Guatemala then you have stumbled across a great idea that I had a few years ago and that I would certainly recommend. You can assist the local community while also getting immersed in this exceptional culture brimming with life and opportunities for development. Where you head in the country depends on what you want to do while there. Last time I volunteered in Guatemala I assisted with the construction of an orphanage near San Andres, which is in the north of the country. This rural area is desperately poor so you can be sure of being of use. We spent a month building the orphanage from scratch and it was an incredible joy once we had laid all of the bricks and painted the plaster to see the kids settle into their new home. They had previously been living in shelters that struggled to withstand the tropical rainy season and it was great to be able to make a real difference in so many people’s lives.
The great thing about lots of the programmes that are set up to assist people with being a volunteer in Guatemala is that the scheme will house you with a local host family. This means that you will naturally get involved with the local community in ways that would not be available to your standard tourist and also means that your Spanish will rapidly develop out of necessity. You can also take additional Spanish classes while there. If you want to get involved in an urban project rather than heading for the countryside around San Andres then I would suggest that you head for Antigua in the south of the country. Here you could get involved in numerous different schemes from teaching English to developing the favelas. Whatever your skill set and whatever you are looking to learn, Guatemala is an ideal place to be a volunteer in Latin America. Have a look on the internet at the various schemes offering the facilities to assist you in your endeavour.

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