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Volunteer and Internship Programs in Guatemala



Bio-Itza (Peten)

Help Save the Rain Forest while Learning Spanish and Living with a Contemporary Mayan Family.Bio-Itza is a Spanish language school that offers students volunteer opportunities such as reforestation, the creation of an interpretive forest trail and environmental education in public schools. Food and accommodations are provided by local families in a rustic but comfortable setting. Classes begin each Monday of the year. The school is open year round. Minimum stay is one week, while many students choose to spend several weeks to several months. The fee for 20 hours of private (one-on-one) Spanish language instruction, meals, and accommodations with a local family is $200 weekly. In addition to generating jobs in the community, proceeds from the school support other projects such as the conservation of the Bio-Itza Reserve, a 36 km community forest reserve located Northwest of San Jose.

Contact: Sabrina Vigilante Ecomaya Coordinator c/ Conservation International
2501 M St. NW, Suite 200 Washington DC 20037 USA Tel: (202) 973-2264

Cross-Cultural Solutions

2 Clinton Place | New Rochelle, New York 10801 | USA
Tel: 1-800-380-4777 | 1-914-632-0022
Fax: 1-914-632-8494

Eco-Escuela (Peten)

The Eco-Escuela is a community-owned business started by Conservation International. It is located in the picturesque lakeside village of San Andres, Peten. The school offers private language instruction (one-on-one), an opportunity to experience rural life in Guatemala through living and sharing meals with a local family. The program starts on Mondays, throughout the year. Minimum stay is one week (average stay is 3-4 wks). No experience necessary. All ages welcome. Students may volunteer on conservation and community development projects while attending the school.

Contact: Sabrina Vigilante Ecomaya Coordinator c/ Conservation International
2501 M St. NW, Suite 200 Washington DC 20037 USA Tel: (202) 973-2264
FAX: (202) 887-5188


 This 1-week journey is based in rural town of Tecpan, Guatemala.  While only two hours from the bustling, urban capital city, it is a town with very strong Mayan influence.  It is the home of the Kak'chikÚl people who still maintain their culture and language.  In the morning, you will volunteer with a local educational center for children from local farming communities.  In the afternoons, we will learn about the local culture and social issues facing the community - and also meet leaders who are working to improve the lives of the local residents.

Where we go
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Fortaleza, Brazil
  • Santa Ana, Costa Rica
  • Monteverde, Costa Rica
  • Tema, Ghana
  • Pune, India
  • Dharamsala, India
  • Tecpan, Guatemala
  • Moshi, Tanzania
  • Simanjiro, Tanzania
  • Hoi An, Vientma

CONTACT: Global Leadership Adventures. Telephone In USA: 1 (888) 358-4321 Outside USA: +1 (619) 677-3211  E MAIL: http://experiencegla.com/

seminars.   More information can found at www.experienceGLA.com

Institute for International Cooperation and Development (IICD)

IICD is a non profit organization. Each year IICD prepares teams of volunteers for work in developing nations. In conjunction with Humana People to People, IICD volunteers actively implement programs in health education, construction, agriculture and education.

Programs for 2000:
Feb ; India/Zambia//Nicaragua/El-Salvador
May ; Angola/Mozambique/Zimbabwe/Honduras/Guatemala August ; India/Zambia/El-Salvador/Nicaragua. There is a program fee.

George Mcgrande Dir. C/ World Promotions IICD PO BOX 103
Williamstown Mass 01267 USA Tel: 413 458 9828 Fax: 413 458 3823

Language Travel School (multiple locations worldwide)

Our schools are all fully accredited language schools which offer the highest standards of teaching, and excellent facilities.   We specialize in organizing language immersion programs for students of all levels at carefully selected language institutions across the world. We offer courses in Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese, Greek, Russian and Arabic.  Our programs also offer full cultural programs to compliment our student's language learning.  Many of our programs qualify for the transfer of academic credit, and we also offer volunteer opportunities in various locations. 

All members of our advisory team, including myself, are language graduates who have a great deal of personal experience in studying abroad. Our work is based on a genuine enthusiasm for wonderful experiences of living and learning languages in the country where they are spoken! We are always only too happy to help students decide which course and which location, (we visit all of our schools personally), will best suit the needs of the individual, as well give them real advice on what to expect when they study abroad.

We offer Spanish immersion courses in Antigua , Guatemala .  We also offer Spanish immersion courses in the following locations:
Argentina : Buenos Aires

Mexico: Cuernavaca , Playa del Carmen

Costa Rica: Monteverde, Flamingo Beach , San Joaquin de Flores

Chile: Santiago de Chile

Ecuador: Quito , Cuenca ,

Peru: Cusco

Spain: Alicante, Barcelona, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Granada, Lanzarote, Madrid, Malaga, Puerto de la Cruz, Salamanca, San Sebastian, Seville, Valencia, Vejer de la Frontera

Bolivia: Sucre ,

Dominican Republic: Sosua, Santo Domingo


Contact: The Language Travel Company


31 St James Ave Suite 770 Boston MA 02116 USA E-mail: info@thelanguagetravelcompany.com
Phone: (617) 423-9500 Fax:   (617) 423-9505 or contact http://www.thelanguagetravelcompany.com/contact/contact.php or web: http://www.thelanguagetravelcompany.com/antigua.php

Volunteer Peten

Non-profit group dedicated to development work.

Contact: Matthew R. Peters, Director c/o Volunteer Peten, Parque Ecologico Nueva Juventud, San Andres, Peten Guatemala, Centro America TEL 502-926-3206 FAX 502-926-3206