Guatemala

Do Guatemala
Guatemala

(http://www.do-guatemala.com) offers a good selection of volunteer projects throughout guatemala. they work with the local organizations and organize the whole volunteer experience. for a fee of $149 they include the intermediation, pickup service in guatemala city, registration with the spanish school optional and a donation of $30 to your volunteer project.

Proyecto Mosaico Guatemala

pmg (http://www.promosaico.org...) will, for a fee of $270, set you up with an organisation in guatemala which needs a volunteer. they also can arrange a home stay, spanish language classes, and other services.

Semuc Champey
Lanquin, near Coban, Alta Verapaz

Semuc Champey is a cascade of turquoise limestone pools created by the river plunging below ground for a stretch before rushing back out through a spectacular waterfall. Definitely worth making the trip to Lanquin for as well as the beautiful lodges that have sprung up from the captivating hilly landscape.

Rio Dulce The Rio Dulce is a majestic emerald river, sandwiched between Belize & Honduras, which sweeps out to the Caribbean. The Rio Dulce area consists of two towns on either side of one of the largest bridges in Central America, Fronteras & El Relleno. Rio Dulce is a haven for Sailors and Backpackers alike, with plenty to do and to see. Finca Paraiso is a hot springs waterfall which is like having a spa day in the jungle; Castillo San Felipe de Lara is a historical fort site and an inexpensive way to spend the afternoon touring the castle and swimming in Lake Izabal. The many species of Birds & Animals including manatees makes Rio Dulce a great spot for birdwatchers, animal lovers & fishing fans. Definitely a Must See!

In different parts of Guatemala can perform many adventure activities in island flores can make a 5-day hike to reach el mirador archeological site, or can rent kayaks on Lake Atitlan, climb the volcanoes that have Guatemala,cycling tours and others activities can be performed in any part of this country. in several cities tourists can contact community tourguide could ask for their services.

There are a lot of attractions that tourist can visit in Guatemala. For more information, visit the official website of tourism (http://visitguatemala.com).

Akazul: Community, Conservation and Ecology
La Barrona, Jutiapa, Guatemala
+502 42604892

AKAZUL – Community, Conservation, and Ecology is a grass-roots initiative focused on preserving the natural resources of Guatemala’s marine and coastal environments through community based activities. Population growth and economic needs are increasing the pressures on coastal ecosystems, and biodiversity is becoming threatened. Akazul works with community members to help secure a more sustainable and prosperous future for all coastal life. You can volunteer for Akazul and participate in all aspects of their work: night patrols to monitor the local sea turtle population, mangrove surveys to assess the various native species and various community programs such as English teaching. It is especially suitable for independent, hard working people of all ages.

There are various volunteering opportunities around the country.

Chico Mendes Reforestation Project

(http://chicomendes.webs.com/) is a guatemalan run reforestation project located in the village of pachaj, cantel 12km from quetzaltenango. the chico mendes project offers free opportunities for volunteers to plant trees and learn about a variety of subjects ranging from traditional medicine, mayan cosmovision and modern day environmental issues facing guatemala. the project also has a language school and can help arrange affordable homestays in the community of pachaj. no minimum time commitment required.

Unidas Para Vivir Mejor (UPAVIM)

(http://www.upavim.org) is a women's cooprative in guatemala city. upavim provides employment to women in their fair-trade crafts program. with the profits from this program upavim supports an alternative elementary school, an early childhood learning center, free tutoring program, a medical clinic, a soy milk factory and a bakery. volunteers are needed in the tutoring program and english program in the school.

Guatemala is a great place to learn Spanish. The prices are low, and Guatemalan Spanish is considered pleasing. Antigua has the highest number of Spanish schools and is also the most popular place for tourists. But if studying Spanish is your main concern, you might be better off elsewhere, because you can actually go around in Antigua for a whole day without hearing anything but English.

Because of this, many language students head towards Quetzaltenango in the Western Highlands, where a wide range of language schools also offer Spanish language courses some quite inexpensive. Another alternative is San Pedro la Laguna, seated by Lake Atitlan.The website [http://www.do-guatemala.com] has several options for Spanish lessons on their website, including different locations and programs.

You can also travel and learn Spanish at the same time. Spanish Language Travels [http://www.spanishlanguagetravels.com/en/] has a so called Traveling Classroom tour where you combine learning Spanish in Antigua, Quetzaltenango, San Pedro La Laguna and Monterrico with traveling and activities.

Entremundos

(http://http://www.entremu...) is a registered non-profit organization that hosts a database of over 100 local opportunties, accessable for free on their website. they also offer various additional personalized volunteer services for a small donation which includes working with their volunteer coordinator to arrange possible opportunities for you. for more info email: volunteering@entremundos.org

Guatemala is rich in natural beauty and travel opportunities, it's a country that offers so much to those willing to step off the beaten track for a little while.

Antigua Guatemala is often regarded as the travellers hub, a crumbling, picture-perfect central american town ringed by volcanoes. From here you can take a hike up Volcano Pacaya, take a bus to the bustling market of Chichicastenango, or simply sip some coffee in a street-side cafe and watch the world go by.

Lake Atitlan or Lago de Atitlán is another frequent stop on any visitors itinerary. A volcano-rimmed lake with plenty of backpacker hostels and Mayan villages that dot the shores.

Flores in Guatemala's wild north is a tourist friendly island in the middle of Lake Petén Itzá. From here you can take a bus ride to one of best preserved Mayan ruins in the world, Tikal. Howler monkeys and dense jungle make walking around the ruins an adventure in itself.

Nuevos Horizontes

pmg (http://www.ahnh.org) has a womens domestic violence shelter in quetzaltenango. they have a free volunteer program at the shelter to provide recreational activities for the women and children. for more info on volunteer opportunities, contact: nhcoordinadoras@gmail.com

Global Vision International (GVI)

pmg (http://www.gvi.co.uk/proj...) run a number of volunteering programs around guatemala with indigenous communities. they include home stay, spanish language classes, and other services.

Casa Guatemala (in Rio Dulce)

(http://casa-guatemala.org/) houses, cares for and educates over 250 abused, orphaned or impoverished children from the rio dulce and surrounding villages. a low-cost volunteer program working with the children's village or helping at one of the local businesses which supports the orphanage is available. spanish classes are also available. please visit the website for an application.

Asociacion La Alianza Guatemala

(http://www.la-alianza.org/) welcomes enquiries from potential volunteers who want to help provide care and assistance to, and protect the human rights of, the children and adolescents who live on the streets of latin america.

Safe Passage/Camino Seguro

(http://www.safepassage.org/) welcomes enquiries from potential volunteers who want to empower the poorest at risk children whose families make their living at guatemala's garbage dump by creating opportunities for fostering dignity via the power of education.

Niños de Guatemala

(http://www.ninosdeguatema...) has two primary schools both located just 15 minutes out of antigua. our first school, "nuestro futuro", is based in ciudad vieja; while our second school, el porvenir, is based in san lorenzo el cubo. these two projects offer free education to children from some of the poorest families of these two communities, giving them an otherwise unattainable opportunity to break free from poverty. niños de guatemala relishes the help of any volunteers interested in being a classroom assistant, a one-on-one tutor for children with learning difficulties or those interested in leading a artistic expression class. email volunteer@ninosdeguatemala.org or visit our website for more information.

Some schools organise social projects as well. See, for example, the Guate Spanish school's entry under Quetzaltenango.

CARE

Is said to organise volunteer projects in guatemala (http://www.care.org).

PID

partners in development is a non-profit organization that works to help the extreme poor of guatemala. they build houses for families, provide small business loans, and offer sponsorship programs for children in need (http://www.pidonline.org).

En Mi Salsa

En Mi Salsa (http://www.enmisalsa.com/...) is a Dutch Foundation that focuses on development of rural women and their children. They support women’s handicraft cooperative Ut'z Bat'z in Chichicastenango and offer scholarships to poor children. Volunteers are needed. They also arrange your Spanish language classes, home stay, volunteer work, local tours.