Alotenango Guatemala Education Teaching English



Time Commitment

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)


Short-Term (few weeks/months)


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Alotenango is a town of about 16,000 inhabitants in Guatemala’s central highlands, approximately 10 km (6 miles) from Antigua.

Roughly 70 percent of the town’s inhabitants are indigenous. The local economy is mostly based on agriculture and 35 percent of the population is estimated to be illiterate.

Many families in Alotenango live below the poverty line and particularly the children suffer from poor living conditions and lack of adequate education and healthcare.

Our partner organization in Alotenango focuses on education for children and adults. They provide homework help as well as recreational and educational activities for children and teach them about nutrition, personal hygiene and environmental protection.

The organization also assists adults with lectures about nutrition and teaches them professional skills like sewing or gardening.

Volunteers are needed to assist the teachers with their work with children and adults alike. Particularly welcome are volunteers who can teach English and computer skills.

Program Length: 1 to 12 weeks Program Date: January thru November, flexible start & end date Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, from 3 to 8 hours per day Accommodations: Homestay (Alotenango or Antigua) Transportation: Varies; 20 Minute walk or short bus ride, volunteer pays for the transportation Meals: Yes, 3 meals a day Mon-Fri / 2 meals Saturday / no meals on Sundays Requirements: 18+ years, high intermediate Spanish knowledge

Fee Required


  • Housing Available
  • Language/Cultural Support Available


  • Groups
  • Families
  • International Volunteers

How To Apply

You select your travel dates. Program fees based on 7 night increments (example 1 month is 28 nights = 4 weeks) Fill out the online application form or print and send it in by mail or fax. Submit your $120 deposit. We accept personal Check, Money Order, Credit Cards or Paypal in US currency. (this reservation fee is included in the total price of the program) Email, fax or mail us a copy of your resume/CV. Since we do not know you, or your interests, we found that a resume/CV can provide enough information to allow for a successful placement. After review and acceptance of the application (1-2 days), we will email you a detailed Orientation Guide.

Upon receiving the Orientation Guide, it is time for you to book your flights, check your passport expiration and obtain travel/medical insurance coverage. Flight arrangements are the responsibility of the volunteer; however we offer assistance with your planning. Email, fax or mail us your flight details and a clear copy of your passport ID page. Pay the balance for the program fees, due 45 days prior to your departure (you can only pay with personal check, money order or wire transfer). Upon receipt of your payment, we will send your program details with the placement and accommodation information (1-2 days).