After-School Program in Guatemala

Our after-school volunteering project is active in the deprived area called Las Rosas outside Quetzaltenango. The project supports children who live and study in extreme poverty and/or are at-risk to get on the streets. The project also supports the women and families in the same area, providing them (financial) self-sustainability.

Every afternoon from Monday-Thursday, about 40-45 kids come to the after-school project, all aged between 6 and 14 years old. Volunteers assist the full-time Guatemalan staff with the children’s activities like arts and crafts, cooking, soccer, rollerblading, coloring, and free play. Volunteers are also more than welcome to plan and execute their own recreational activities.

Program Overview

1. Project Length: 3 – 12 weeks
2. Project Dates: Year round (except Easter and Xmas weeks)
3. Arrival Airport: Guatemala City (GUA)
4. Program City: Xela
5. Accommodations: Guatemalan host family
6. Meals: 3 per day Monday-Friday, 2 on Saturday, none Sunday
7. Airlines: American, Avianca, Delta, Spirit, Taca, United
8. Ages: 16+ for solo travelers; < 16 with teacher/parent only
9. Language Required: Basic Spanish
10. Vaccinations: None required. Routine Shots, Hepatitis A, Typhoid
11. Visa: None required for stays of less than 90 days

Program Schedule

1. Flight arrival in Guatemala City (GUA)
2. Airport meet and greet in Guatemala City
3. Orientation and walking tour in Xela
4. Volunteer work, Monday-Thursday afternoons (20 hours/week)*
5. Nights and Weekends free for Excursions and Cultural Exploration
6. Guidance and 24/7 Support during placement
7. Program Wrap-Up and Certificate from Cosmic Volunteers
8. Airport Transfer for Departure Flight

* Many volunteers combine this volunteer program with Spanish lessons

Program Fees

  • 3 Weeks: $1245
  • 4 Weeks: $1355
  • 5 Weeks: $1480
  • 6 Weeks: $1595
  • 7 Weeks: $1720
  • 8 Weeks: $1845
  • 9 Weeks: $1965
  • 10 Weeks: $2075
  • 11 Weeks: $2195
  • 12 Weeks: $2315

What’s Included

  • Meals and Accommodations
  • Airport Pickup & Drop-Off in Guatemala City (GUA)
  • Volunteer Placement
  • 24/7 Support from local staff and US staff
  • In-Country Orientation on arrival
  • Pre-Departure Support
  • Volunteering Handbook
  • Guidance with Excursions & Shopping
  • Cosmic Volunteers T-shirt
  • Certificate of Participation
  • An experience that will last a lifetime!

Not Included: Flights, Visa fees, Vaccinations, Daily Transport, Insurance, Mobile Internet, Personal Expenses (Restaurant Meals, Extra Sightseeing, Laundry etc.).

Language Lessons: Included only with the Language and Cultural Immersion Programs.

Guatemala Volunteer After School Coloring