Volunteer in Guatemala: An Introduction to Guatemala City

The land of the Eternal Spring

Guatemala is as varied in local culture and ecosystems as it is in neighboring countries. As a volunteer in Guatemala, you'll begin to explore this heart of Mayan civilization and quickly understand why so many people have a special place in their heart for Guatemala. With an opportunity to visit idyllic beach towns, wander Mayan ruins, and climb active volcanoes, you can spend plenty of time as a volunteer in Guatemala and never run out of new adventures.

...so many people have a special place in their heart for Guatemala...

During its 36 year-long civil war, many Guatemalans migrated to Guatemala City seeking employment. Through the years, this unexpected migration has resulted in the unsustainable expansion of Guatemala City. Since the end of its civil war in 1995, Guatemala has made incredible strides as a nation, however, the continuous influx of new residents combined with a high birth-rate has depleted resources and city planning cannot keep pace. As a volunteer in Guatemala City, you will work alongside an incredibly diverse population whose stories have significantly evolved over the course of a generation.

When you volunteer in Guatemala, you'll assist with the growth and development of children, improve education for children, improve health and the sense of dignity among the elderly, or enhance the quality of healthcare. And no matter where you spend your time as a volunteer in Guatemala, you'll have a chance to make a real impact as you connect with members of your new community.

Read more about the Guatemala volunteer experience on our blog!

FACT SHEET

Avg. Annual Temp.
72°F
/
22°C
Language
Spanish
National Food
Pepian
Currency
Quetzal

Your Guatemala City Staff

VIRGINIA BURMESTER
During her teenage years, Virginia spent a full year studying in the U.S. and soon thereafter, traveled to Belgium as a volunteer. Once she had some globetrotting under her belt, Virginia was inspired to become a local community development leader in her native Guatemala. She's worked as an English teacher in Guatemala City for 25 years, and later, as a liaison to international exchange students and host families with American Field Services. She absolutely adores the opportunity to work with international volunteers and is always happy to share some of her deep knowledge of Guatemalan culture and history. Get to know her family, which includes four daughters, two grandchildren, and pet golden, Mia, when you volunteer abroad in Guatemala.
Country Staff