- Volunteer in one of the most geographically diverse countries in Central America, from extraordinary volcanoes to tropical jungles.
- Work directly with grass-root charities run by local communities.
- Choose from projects ranging from rehabilitating rare species to organic coffee farming.
- Learn Spanish and immerse yourself in local life with 25 x Spanish lessons included.
- Live in the beautiful region of Quetzaltenango in Guatemala.
- Spend your free time discovering ancient Mayan temples, volcanoes and colourful colonial towns.
Spanish Marks offers conservation projects in Guatemala, home to 14 different eco-regions and thousands of wildlife species. Volunteers will be involved in tackling some of the most entrenched environmental issues facing Guatemala, including tropical deforestation, animal poaching and over-exploitation of natural resources.
Volunteer alongside local biologists and environmentalists in projects which protect and raise awareness of Guatemala’s vast eco-systems and wildlife.
Types of Projects
We will match your interests and skills to projects where you can be of benefit to the host organisation and make a real difference.
As a conservation volunteer, you may be based in an organic coffee farm, assisting rural communities which have been affected by climate change. Alternatively you could be creating campaigns to promote recycling in schools and villages and raising environmental awareness through education. There are also opportunities to help protect some of Guatemala’s most endangered species, including sea turtle conservation.
Your personal placement adviser will work to understand your interests and how you can make a difference, to provide you with tailored volunteering opportunities.
The organisations we partner with are fully-vetted and run by local professionals who have a strong understanding of conservation challenges facing local communities.
Projects range from 2 weeks to 6 months, and start dates can be customised to your preferences.
Spanish lessons included
25 x Spanish lessons are included for all volunteers. These are taken before you leave for Guatemala, and through an online classroom where you can see and speak to your tutor. This allows you to learn from any location with flexible scheduling options. Since Guatemala is a Spanish-speaking country, these lessons will allow you to make the most out of your time abroad and give you a lifelong skill.
Some projects require no previous Spanish language skills, whilst other projects require advanced level. Our placement advisers will match you to projects which are suitable for you.
Whilst accommodation is not included in the project price, we can arrange this for you at cost price, with no added fees.
Your personal placement adviser can organise accommodation to suit your preferences, from hotels to local family homestays. Homestays are approximately £55 per week, and include breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Accommodation options will be based in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala’s second largest city. Set in the highlands, this city is surrounded by stunning volcanoes and only a couple of hours from the coast and historic colonial towns, such as Antigua.