Building Project in Guatemala

Volunteer Work Building/Construction Guatemala
Program Facts
GL-VOL106
Guatemala
Volunteer Work
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Booking No.

GL-VOL106

Program Type

Volunteer Work, Building/Construction

Place

Near Antigua, Guatemala

Volunteer Responsibilities

Construction of houses for local families, balancing ground, building walls, construction of roofs, transporting materials and tools, screwing metal scaffold, trimming and preparing cement blocks, etc.

Work Hours

Approx. 7-8 hours/day, from Monday to Friday

Program Start Date

The project is closed from December to mid-January and in the Easter week.

Minimum Stay

4 weeks

Minimum Age

18 years

Language

Elementary Spanish skills. Book your Spanish course in Antigua in Guatemala with us.

Skills

Willingness to work hard and be outdoors all day long

Accommodation

Single room with host family or in Guest House in Antigua

Food

Full-board with host family. No meals included in Guest House

Location

Antigua is located in the central highlands of Guatemala at around 1,600 m above sea level. It is surrounded by volcanoes and is famous for its well-preserved Spanish colonial architecture and churches. Antigua has been declared World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. Antigua is a growing tourist destination in Guatemala as many tourist places can be reached easily.

Climate

Antigua has subtropical highland climate with year round pleasant weather. The average daily temperature is 20 °C (68 °F), the nights in Antigua are pretty cold. The rainy season is from June to October, the dry season from November to May.

Vaccinations

No vaccinations required. Please also ask your doctor for additional advice.

Internet

Most but not all host families have internet access. The guest houses are equipped with internet though.

Additional Information

Please plan extra costs for the daily transport to the project sites that are located at the outskirts of Antigua.

In-country Support

Volunteer coordinator in Antigua

24/7 Emergency No.

With the booking confirmation, you will receive our 24/7 Emergency Number where you can reach us around the clock in case of emergency.

Packing List

Rubber boots, comfortable work clothes, work gloves, flash light and extra batteries, sun protection, rain jacket

Application

Enrollment possible at any time, with at least 4 weeks’ notice. (Download Application Form)

Travel Health Insurance

Travel Health Insurance for Guatemala mandatory

Antigua is one of the most beautiful cities in Central America. It is one of the main tourist attractions of Guatemala and inspires visitors with its beautiful colonial buildings, narrow streets lined with colorful houses, lively Mayan culture, and stunning backdrops of the perfectly shaped volcanoes, Agua, Fuego, and Acatenango.

Behind the picturesque beauty of this historic setting is extreme poverty under which most of the Guatemalan families live. Many families have no home or live in a poorly assembled shack that is made from cardboard, sheet metal, and trash. Whole families live, eat, and sleep in just one room. This extreme housing situation feeds the many other social issues and inter-family problems that are all too common for many locals.

Volunteers who like to actively tackle a project and do not shy away from physical work can help in a construction project in Antigua. The aim of this project is to build new homes or improve and expand existing houses for families in extreme poverty. In the same way, schools and community centers have been built in the past. The families who participate in this project must also apply and be in possession of the land on which the house will be built. Subsequently, the family's situation will be analyzed, considering socio-economic aspects.

It takes around 7-10 days to construct a house. They are small, humble houses (about 30 square meters or 323 square feet), but for the families, it’s a significant improvement to their previous living situation. Normally, the volunteers help with the preparation of the house from the first day. The completion of the house and the ceremonial handing over of the keys to the family is a very emotional experience and is a very satisfying moment for most volunteers. The project is funded entirely by donations and the help of volunteers from around the world! The jobs for this project are located within Antigua.

 

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This volunteer project requires volunteers to be in good physical shape. You will help at the construction site, building houses and actively supporting destitute families who have the dream of owning a house. Depending on the start date of your volunteer work project in Antigua, you will enter into the construction phase in which the home is in. Tasks range from leveling the ground to putting up walls and the roof. Furthermore, there are more basic tasks on construction sites, such as transporting materials and tools, screwing the metal scaffolding, trimming and preparing cement blocks, and more. There is a lot to do, and any help is needed.

During the building process, you get to know the family who will move into the house and will work together with them side-by-side. If you help out with this project for a long time, you have the opportunity to support the construction from the first day and finally be a part of moving the family into their new house. The joy on the faces of the family is a moving experience and it’s fulfilling to see all of your hard work and effort pay off.

 

An important part of our volunteer work projects in Guatemala has always been to provide an intense glimpse into the everyday life and culture of the host country. Therefore, our volunteers in Antigua live in homestays so that they dive directly into local customs, taste authentic meals, and experience the daily life of a family in Guatemala. You will quickly realize how much your Spanish skills improve each day. Our families are carefully screened and selected, and some have many years of experience with foreign guests. In addition to a hospitable accommodation, you will receive three meals a day at the family’s home. You will be provided with your own single room, while the bathroom can be private or shared with other family members. The host families are located in Antigua. To arrive at the project site, you will have to take public transportation, which is quite affordable. Please take this into consideration when planning your travel budget.

Alternatively, if volunteers wish to live amongst other foreigners visiting Guatemala, they can choose the Guest House accommodation. This accommodation features a single bedroom. All meals are self-catered.

Volunteer Work in Construction in Guatemala includes:
  Consultation of our experienced staff
  Translation of application documents
  Volunteer work placement
  Orientation session on arrival
  Escort to the project site on the first day
  Orientation kit
  Local support
  24/7 Emergency Number
  Single room in Homestay (full-board except for sundays)*
  Single room in Guest House (no meals)*
  Airport pick-up (if booked)
  Advisery concerning adequate travel insurance
  Flight booking service (optional and for free)
  Certificate of participation
*Accommodation as booked

What’s not included:
  International flight
  Travel health insurance
  Local travels

Prices:

Program costs for

2
weeks

3
weeks

4
weeks

additional
week

Host Family
(full-board)

510 USD

625 USD

740 USD

115 USD

Guest House
(no meals)

570 USD

715 USD

860 USD

145 USD

Application fee of 120 USD to be added. A donation of 200 USD has to be paid in Guatemala to the project (not to South America Inside!).

 

Optional:

Airport Pick-up

30 USD

Travel Health   Insurance 

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