Get AMPED Abroad: Guatemala is a great option for the budget conscious and those serious about learning Spanish.
Guatemala owns the bragging rights for being the best in Central America, if learning Spanish is among your top goals. Our local partners in Xela are experts at helping participants develop and sharpen their language skills as well as connecting them with local community projects that are in need of knowledgeable, helping hands.
In your free time, hike to one of the many volcanoes or soak in the springs of Aguas Calientes. Engage with the myriad of indigenous Mayan cultures. Visit the villages that line Lake Atitlan. Learn how to make chocolate. Explore the vast mysteries of Ancient Mayan civilizations.
Choose from SIX (6) community-based projects in and near Xela (Quetzaltenango), beginning the first and third Monday of each Month.
Volunteer Placement Options Include:
NOTE: Alternate start dates can be accommodated.
Because flights are usually late, you should arrive at La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City on Saturday where a local host family member(s) will meet you. If necessary – and it will most likely be necessary – the family provides volunteers with an overnight stay. The next morning the host family escorts you to the bus station and assists assists you with purchasing your bus ticket to Xela, which is 5-6 hours from Guatemala City.
On the first day of classes, in-country staff provide you with an orientation that covers information about Spanish classes, activities, excursions, and general information about Guatemala. A separate orientation addresses safety tips.
Host family only.
Note: There is a nominal fee for the host family services in Guatemala City, about $40, which includes the cost of the bus ticket to Xela. The fee for the host family’s services is not included in the program fee. Participants make direct payment to the Guatemala City host family when they arrive in-country.
WEEKENDS & TRAVEL
Weekends and evenings are usually designated as free time for volunteers to explore the country, and to spend time with their host families.
THE PROGRAM INCLUDES:
Host family accommodations and 3 meals/day in Xela
Spanish lessons (20 hours/week)
24/7 emergency in-country support
Longer stays can be accommodated for an additional fee.
Must be at least 18 years of age.
Additionally, participants must provide an official "Certificate of Good Conduct " or official proof of "Lack of a Criminal Record". This documentation (with an official seal and signature) can be obtained for a nominal fee from the local police department, county district clerk's office, or equivalent law enforcement or governmental body. Background checks conducted through online services will not be accepted.