Guatemala Volunteer Trip

Volunteer dance project

Travel, dance and participate in our volunteer program. Would you like to work as a volunteer in Central America? If you are reading this trip, it’s because you’re looking for a different way to travel. This is an opportunity to be a social conscious traveler. If you are looking for an experience that brings you a cultural exchange, expand your skills and help others, this is your opportunity.

LOCATION

TravelToDance volunteer programs take place in the Rosa de Amor association, a children’s home located in a village very close to the city of Cobán and also close to the Caves Rey Marcos, a tourist attraction in the area.

This association is dedicated to the support of children and adolescents with different programs. One of them is the Hogar in which 11 children and adolescents between the ages of 5 and 17 are currently living. This household has different activities for the integral development of children and adolescents with learning workshops and occupational

FotoVoluntariadoCoban, Guatemala

Accommodation

You will stay in a room that can accommodate 10 volunteers.

All your meals are included in the Hogar from Monday to Friday, before or after serving the food to the children. You will be offered the same food as the Hogar staff.

If you have any type of allergy or special requirement with the food, please let us know.

 

Transfers

Pick up at the airport: A person from the volunteeer program will be waiting for you at your arrival at the airport and will accompany you to the bus station where you will take a bus that will take you to Cobán. Once there, another person from the Hogar will pick you up at the station.

 

PRICES

2 weeks ……………    495€

3 weeks ……………    685€

4 weeks ……………    865€

5 weeks ……………  1060€

6 weeks ……………  1205€

8 weeks  ……………  1510€

10 weeks ………….. 1805€

12 weeks …………..  1995€

 

Note: No type of discount and / or promotion will be applied in volunteer trips.

1 November 2018 - 31 December 2018
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TRIP DETAILS

Activities as a volunteer

The activities begin at 5 a.m. It is required that as a volunteer you collaborate with the household staff in the tasks of the house, among them is to collect the eggs in the henhouse and milk the goats for breakfast milk, as well as help to order and clean the rooms, at 6:30 a.m  breakfast is served, and at 7 a.m. the classes begin within the same Hogar where the headquarters of an Educational Center are also located.

In the afternoons when leaving school, the children return home for lunch and homework. In addition to the children of the home, there is also the visit of 50 children from the community who come to receive tutoring and school reinforcement.

 

Extracurricular activities

Different activities such as games, repair or construction projects are carried out and there is also a natural river where you can go swimming and play water games.

As dance lovers, we want to collaborate with this home, teaching a little dance to the girls, you do not need to be a teacher or a dancing expert. We have prepared a program with very simple dances, because most of the children have not received dance training before.

The dance volunteer program will take place 3 days a week in the evenings, in collaboration with the other activities and support classes. We will have to adapt to the school hours and schedules of the orphanage, in addition to national holidays, so the schedules could change, so you are required to be flexible.

If in addition to dancing, you have other skills that you want to share with the children, such as teaching English, crafts, music, circus, or anything else that might be useful, do not hesitate to tell us, all help is welcome, and the Home and about all the children and adolescents will thank you.

 

Excursions in your free time

You are not expected to work as a volunteer on weekends, so you can take advantage of your free days to get to know this wonderful place and its surroundings a little bit. In the Hogar they will inform you of where our local agency is located so that you can make excursions in Guatemala.

Sign up for this solidary trip that will change your life !!!

 

FREQUENT ASK QUESTIONS

 

  • Why do I have to pay to volunteer?

You are not actually paying to volunteer. Your program fees are use to pay for your accommodation, maintenance and travel.

Places like this orphanage that receive volunteers to help with extra activities, could not afford to pay anyone to do it, nor would they have to pay for your food and accomodation. That is why the contribution of the people who come to help as volunteers is so important.

Although the price you pay is slightly above what your food and lodging cost, it is an extra financial contribution that this association will use to pay for expenses such as electricity, water, medicines, school supplies …

 

  • Why is there a minimum stay?

The minimum stay for this program is 2 weeks. We believe that working with children, it takes a few days for them to adapt to you. If you’re only going to go a couple of days, they lose interest. We believe that two weeks is the minimum for the experience to be satisfactory for both parties.

 

  • Can I arrive before, or stay longer?

Of course, the programs start every Monday, but we can adapt your trip to the dates you need. If you want to arrive a few days before, you just have to tell us and we will organize your accommodation for the day of your arrival. Also, if when you finish your period as a volunteer you decide to stay longer it is also possible.

 

  • Can I help out in something else n the orphanage?

Of course, if you want to go every day to help the orphanage, they will be happy to receive your help. Either to collaborate in the cleaning or in the preparation of the meals, or in helping in reforms that the facilities need. But if, for example, you speak English, or you know how to sing, or whatever you think you think may be beneficial for girls, you can always propose it to the people in charge of the center, and coordinate schedules with them.

 

  • What extra expenses will I have?

You will need to present a criminal backround check to be able to work as a volunteer.

Your airline tickets, transportation from your accommodation to the program, any excursion you want to make in your free time, weekend meals and your personal expenses.

 

* If you have any other question, do not hesitate to contact us, we will be happy to answer them all.

GROUP

No minimum group is required.

 

DEPARTURES

Volunteer program start every Monday. It is possible to adjust the accommodation dates as desired.

 

DURATION

For this program a minimum stay of 2 weeks is required, and a maximum stay of 3 months.

 

INCLUDES

Travel insurance.

Transfers airport – accommodation – airport.

Accommodation in a shared room with other volunteers and shared bathroom.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner during your stay from Monday to Friday.

 

NOT INCLUDED

Air tickets.

Meals on weekends.

Nothing that is not described in the INCLUDE section.

 

* If you want to make a tour in your free time, tell us about it and we will offer you availability and prices.

** Due to the fluctuation of the dollar, prices may vary slightly until 100% of the trip has been paid.

REQUIREMENTS TO VOLUNTEER

Minimum age 18 years.

Submit a criminal record check.

A basic level of Spansih. Volunteers interested in taking Spanish lessons can ask for more information about it.

 

DOCUMENTATION

Valid passport for a minimum of 6 months and round trip tickets.

If you do not have a Spanish passport, please consult the Guateamala embassy.

 

VACCINES

No vaccination is required to enter Guatemala. However, it is recommended, especially to people who go to remote places, to be vaccinated against Hepatitis A and B, Tetanus and Yellow Fever. To avoid Malaria and other diseases transmitted by mosquito bites (Zika, Dengue, Chikungunya) it is recommended not to neglect the use of repellents.

 

For more information, we recommend, as in all our trips, that you enter in the web of the ministry of health. 

 

WEATHER

In Antigua the climate is warm and dry. In summer it usually rains more, while in winters it is dry. It has an average annual temperature of 18 degrees. It is recommended to look at the weather forecast before traveling.

 

CURRENCY

The national currency is the Quetzal, although it is possible to pay in Dollars almost anywhere.

In some places they will let you pay in euros, but the exchange rate is always unfavorable for us.

 

LANGUAGE

The official language is Spanish.

 

ELECTRICITY

The voltage is 120 V. The plugs and sockets are of the type A, B, G and I. Check our post about electricity

 

SAFETY

The city of Cobán is quite safe and quiet, and tourists can walk without worry. So, as in any other place, it is recommended to keep your belongings in a safe place and not leave them unattended.

If you plan to travel to other parts of the country, find out beforehand. The Guatemalan authorities through their tourist assistance program (PROATUR) and the Guatemalan Tourism Institute (INGUAT) can provide information on the security conditions in the areas they wish to visit, as well as provide them with a custody service if they travel in groups.

 

TIPS

It is normal to leave a tip, although usually not more than 10%.

If you are interested in one of our trips and don’t want to run out of place, book now.
You have to make a 150€ payment and we will book you a place in the trip during the next 15 days (in case this period is not incompatible with the remaining time until the trip)

 

 

1. Click on BOOK NOW from the trip you are interested in.

2. Fill in the booking form where you will find the IBAN number to make the bank transfer.

3. In the bank transfer, indicate your name, surname and the booking code.

4. Once we receive the payment, we’ll send you an email with the booking confirmation.

When the group is formed with the minimum of travelers we’ll contact you to make the payment for 50% of the total of the trip. (The 150€ from the booking will be deducted from the amount corresponding to 50%). At this point, if required by the destination, we’ll ask you to send a copy of your passport.

5. 15 days prior to departure we’ll send the travel documentation, itinerary, air tickets in case we have issued them, travel contract and travel insurance.

6.  Let’s travel!

The trip price does not include flights.
We can arrange the air tickets for you, and have to be paid in full before being issued.
No tickets will be issued until the group is confirmed, unless the participants agree to pay the supplement in case the minimum group isn’t form.
We recommend you, as far as possible, to buy your flights in advance to get better schedules and prices.

The 50€ from the booking will be fully refundable during the 15 days of the reservation if you decide not to travel.
The 50% paid at the group confirmation will not be refundable one month prior to departure. At this time you’ll have to make the final payment.
If at this point you decided not to travel, you could still get back 50% if you gave your place to someone who is not already enrolled in the travel group.
In case you can not give your place, we will have to see in each case, with our suppliers in the destination, the services that can be canceled without expenses.
Any cancellation after paying the 50% deposit will have 100€ expenses in concept of bank and management fees.

Air ticket cancellation will always depend on the airline terms and conditions and not from TravelToDance.
For any clarification about the booking process, contact us and we’ll be happy to assist you.Air ticket cancellation will always depend on the airline terms and conditions and not from TravelToDance.
For any clarification about the booking process, contact us and we’ll be happy to assist you.