What happens after I send in my application?
Once you have been accepted into our volunteer program, you will be charged a $140 USD registration fee and we will begin to coordinate you trip. We will get in touch with you and our volunteer coordinator in Guatemala, via phone or e-mail, to coordinate your anticipated arrival and departure dates/times, living preferences, as well as your volunteer opportunity preferences.
What does the registration fee cover?
The $140 USD registration fee signifies your commitment to join us in Guatemala and pays for initial administrative costs associated with processing and planning your volunteer experience. It also purchases 14 days of mandatory international medical insurance, and purchases a standard background check.This fee is required for all Individual and ServiceTeam Volunteers. It is non-refundable/non-transferable and must be used within one year.
What are my lodging options in Guatemala?
While volunteering with us in Guatemala, most volunteers prefer to stay with local, middle-class host families. These families usually speak a little English and run their homes as bed and breakfasts. Living with a host family greatly enhances your cultural experience. The cost is $77 USD per week for an Individual Volunteer. Host family stay fees are included in the ServiceTeam daily rate. The rates for Individual and ServiceTeam volunteers both include a bed and 3 meals a day (Sundays not included).
You may also choose to find your own lodging in a hostel, hotel, community home, or apartment. Antigua has a wide variety of quality lodging options for you to choose from. While our volunteer staff in Guatemala can offer recommendations on these different lodging options, we are not responsible for arranging alternative lodging.
How do I get to Antigua?
Traveling to Guatemala is at your own expense. If you wish, our Volunteer Team will arrange for a shuttle to meet you at Guatemala City International Airport and bring you to Antigua, which is about 45 km away. The transportation fee is $25 USD per person, per trip, paid in advance to the U.S. office.
What is the difference between short-term and long-term volunteers?
A small group of volunteers in Guatemala are considered “long-term volunteers.” These volunteers commit to spending 2 years working with us in Guatemala. With few exceptions, all volunteers staying less than 2 years are considered “short-term volunteers” and are responsible for paying their own room and board. As of January 2014, the Project is not offereing any long term volunteer placements with stipends. Please check back for any updates.
What are the requirements for volunteers? In general, volunteers must be:
- 21 years of age or older
- 18-20 years of age must be interviewed in person or via phone with the Bismarck office
- 14-17 years must be part of a ServiceTeam
- Motivated by a desire to serve others
- Self-sufficient, mature, flexible, possessing a good sense of humor and plenty of patience
- In good health
- The ability to speak Spanish is useful for some of the roles volunteers perform and is necessary for others. Volunteers with advanced Spanish skills usually spend time working directly with the families and children.