Casa Guatemala seeks to provide a safe home, love and nurturing, proper health care and a well-rounded education to the children of Guatemala who are abused, abandoned, malnourished, or living in extreme poverty. We strive to equip the children in our care with the skills and education needed to become upstanding, empowered citizens in their community and to become fully self-sustained through the businesses that they run which provide financial support and meaningful job training for the older children.
Casa Guatemala’s Children’s Village has been providing a safe space for children to live and receive quality education since 1977. Originally started as an orphanage to provide refuge for children left abandoned, abused and malnourished by the brutal civil war, Casa Guatemala now provides a safe space for children from neighboring villages to receive quality care and education from teachers and volunteers from all over the world! Situated in 100 acres of tropical jungle in Rio Dulce, Izabal, Guatemala, it provides a unique and rich volunteer opportunity for those interested in providing well-rounded child care and education. In addition to having a school, Casa Guatemala’s Clinic serves to provide free healthcare to the children as well as the neighboring indigenous communities who often lack health services.
Special Requirements - Much have at least a basic grasp of conversational Spanish.
Duration of Volunteering - There are two volunteer options, long term volunteers (minimum 3 month stay) and short term volunteers.
Long term volunteers must be at least 22 years old and be able to commit to at minimum a 3 month stay. In order to help with programs operational costs, a one-time, non-refundable, tax-deductible fee of $300 US is required.
Our short term volunteer program is a great opportunity for those backpacking or passing through to experience our Children’s Village from the comfort of our Backpacker’s Hotel. A required fee of $300 US/week includes accommodation, transportation to and from the school, and meals. It also serves as a major funding source for the school and 210 plus children that it serves. Duties will depend on the need at the time of your stay.
Accommodation - Long term volunteers will stay on premises in the volunteer’s house. Short term volunteers will stay at our Backpacker’s Hotel, which is a major source of funding for Casa Guatemala.
Children's House Supervisor Guatemalan children (Volunteer Opportunity)