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Learn Spanish, Volcanoes, Lakes and Temples


Learn Spanish, Volcanoes, Lakes and Temples

Week 1 - Antigua

Arrival at the airport and pickup
Have you arranged an Airport Transport to Antigua with us? Then our driver will wait for you at the exit of the airport. Take the one on the right side. Here our friendly driver will be waiting with a Sign containing your name.

Welcome Walk Antigua
Antigua: The first walk around this colourful new city is the most important, and is designed to make you feel comfortable and confident in your new surroundings and environment. We will point out the main facilities such as the ATMs, pharmacies, and grocery stores as well as places of historical significance. (approx. 2 hrs.)

Spanish Classes
Antigua: Located close to Adra Hostel, your Spanish Lessons will be 2 x 45 minute (usually at 14:00-16:00). Tuition is delivered by licensed teachers from the indigenous community. You receive a short test to establish your level and objectives on your first day. These lessons are tailored to suit all levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced. Classes are designed to help you interact and immerse with the local community and enjoy being in a Spanish speaking country. You will also have a chance to learn some of their native tongue. You will have 8 hours of Spanish lessons during Week 1.

Close to Antigua, on the way to one of the most famous viewpoints, we help supporting a project to build a butterfly farm in the mountains. Working on this exclusive project includes gardening, cleaning of the environment. and helping to return the land on the mountain to its natural state. A lot of non-native butterflies have found themselves migrated here meaning they can’t find the right plants flowers to live on so struggle to survive in the foreign environment. The work they do at the farm is to accommodate these new butterflies so they have a safe and familiar habitat to live in. This involves trying to eradicate trees that have damaged the environment and instead plant native ones to give habitats back to the butterflies and birds again. There is also the opportunity to volunteer at the local ‘school’. This project was established by a philanthropic local who realised there were too many children on the streets so decided to created a community centre for the them have a safe and secure place to be. The program was born to prevent children being without supervision and getting into gangs etc. Volunteering here involves teaching the children English and educating them about the importance of protecting our planet as there isn’t much of an education program about recycling/climate change here.

Guided Historical Tour of the City & Jade Museum
Antigua: La Antigua Guatemala, the first capital of Central America, is rich with culture and history. This city of nostalgic cobblestone streets represents in its ancient walls the rich heritage of the Hispanic colonial era. Churches, convents, monasteries, and large family houses are a beautiful and evocative monumental architectural complex. Included in the tour is a stop to the Casa Del Jade, where you will learn the secrets of the amazing and unusual ancient jade artefacts carved by the Mayans. (approx. 2-3hrs.)

Guided Hike to View Point Cerro de la Cruz
Antigua: Famous throughout the region, weaving through the colourful markets of Guatemala is an experience you won’t forget. Learn to navigate the isles and haggle like a local, be hypnotised by the colours, smell and taste of the delicious traditional clothes, jewellery, foods and spices available. Find anything you want among the array of goods available! (approx. 3hrs.)

Optional suggested activities
- Acatenango Volcano Hike
Climbing Antigua’s magnificent Volcan Acatenango, which stands at 13,041 ft / 3,976 m and rises above the landscape, is at the top of most adventure tourists’ Guatemala bucket lists. Acatenango offers hikers a birds-eye of the adjacent (and very active!) Volcan Fuego, which has been erupting on a near-constant basis since colonial times, in addition to panoramic vistas of the entire region. You can book this activity with Adra Hostel or we recommend the best provider which is a few footsteps ahead at a place called Tropicana.

- Pacaya Volcano Hike
Hike to the top of Pacaya, where you’ll enjoy amazing views from the top of this 8,000-foot (2,438m) peak, and get up close and personal with some of Guatemala’s most active volcanoes. Hike amid volcanic vegetation with your professional guide to gain a closer look at the magnificent Pacaya Volcano. You’ll get stunning views of three other nearby volcanoes, including Agua, Fuego, and Acatenango, in addition to the Pacaya Volcano. This is a one-of-a-kind full-day adventure that you will never forget! You can book this activity with Adra Hostel or we recommend the best provider which is a few footsteps ahead at a place called Tropicana.

Weeks 2 & 3 Lake Atitlan

Your shuttle will pick you up Monday morning at 07:30 at Adra Hostel and drive you to Panajachel (approx. 3 hrs).

Welcome Walk Lake Atitlan
Arriving at the pier in Panajachel, our guide will receive you and you will cross the lake on a typical Lancha to Santa Cruz: The Iguana Perdida Hostel is home to many friendly guides. After your arrival you will be taken by one of them on a tour of the beautiful steep and winding streets of Santa Cruz. Here you will be shown important points of interest such as the ATM, pharmacy, and grocery store. The guides will be on hand to point out/show you anything you would like to see!

Spanish Classes
Right beside the Lake, your Spanish Lessons will be 2 x 45 minutes (usually from 14:00-16:00). Tuition is delivered by licensed teachers from the indigenous community. These lessons are tailored to suit all levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced. Classes are designed to help you interact and immerse with the local community and enjoy being in a Spanish-speaking country. You will also have a chance to learn some of their native tongues. You will have 4 hours of Spanish lessons during Week 2. If you stay on for the 4-week program, you will have an additional 8 hours of Spanish lessons during Week 3.

Santa Cruz: At the Lake, the days of Volunteering are designed to help and give something back to the local community of Santa Cruz, repainting and maintenance to the elementary school, basics English classes for kids, sports and games, recycling and conservation work around the lake and the surrounding landscape. We encourage all participants to bring something from home to donate to the local schools and children; it is always very much appreciated by the local community and a great way to start thinking about volunteering and making a difference before you embark on this trip. As some of these projects include getting your hands dirty, we ask that you bring gloves with you to be prepared to get stuck in! A group of women collect recyclable material to protect the environment around the lake, but also to empower them by getting an income for their families and gaining experience in working on environmental-related issues. You will be volunteering also in other places around the Tzununa village which is about 10 minutes away from Santa Cruz by boat.

Cooking classes in Santa Cruz
Lake Atitlan is well-known for its natural beauty. The sight of the lake’s pristine, deep water with the three volcanoes standing sentinel on one side is breathtaking. The scenery, which includes a glassy lake and looming volcanoes, as well as the extensive list of activities, traditional culture, and intriguing settlements, make it a very unique site to visit. It is a must-see for anyone traveling through Central America, and many people make a special excursion to view it. Starts around 10:00 and finishes more or less at 14:00. Your lunch will be the amazing new food you have just prepared!

Kayaking SUP and Yoga by the Lake Atitlan
Drifting across the water of Lake Atitlan, surrounded by panoramic views of multiple volcanoes brings you a truly unique experience. From your perspective point on your paddle board or kayak, the views of both the renowned Volcanoes and gazing back toward Santa Cruz are unrivaled. Equally, what better place to ‘breathe in, breathe out, when surrounded by such calm and tranquil scenery?

Week 3 only:

Weaving classes with indigenous families
Delve into the ancient art of Mayan weaving, taught by those who have had the skill passed down through generations. Guatemalan weaving dates back more than 1,500 years to the Maya culture. Legend has it that the Maya were taught to weave by Ix Chel, the moon goddess and cosmic weaver. Collaborate with craftspeople to produce contemporary items that combine traditional manufacturing techniques with modern aesthetics. It’s a touch of both old and new mingled together!

Canyon Waterfall Hike - Lake Atitlan
Hike the Pumpatin Canyon on the secluded north shore of Lake Atitlan. The Hidden Waterfalls flow along a small creek which attracts birds and wildlife and is abundant with exotic plants and flowers. This is an easy hike that is great for all abilities that provides unrivalled views of your surroundings.

Chichicastenango Market
Take the time to visit Guatemala's most famous market. Rows upon rows of brightly colored set on cobblestoned streets are the homes of local vendors selling an array of vibrant handmade and traditional goods. This place is alive with energy, sounds, sights, smells, and textures making for an unbelievable experience in the heart of this bustling city. Shuttles leave daily at 07:00 and return around 16:00.

Visiting other villages around the lake
Boats leave regularly from right outside La Iguana Perdida. You can take these across and around the lake to explore any of the surrounding villages that you fancy. Take a day trip for lunch and discover the other amazing places in the shadows of volcanoes that you can view from La Iguana.

Walk to Casa Del Mundo
Visiting Casa Del Mundo really is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Taking 30 minutes in total to reach, starting from the Iguana Perdida, trek your way around the lake and up into the hills on a high lake-side path until you reach this magical location. Feel like you have stepped into a movie-set as you explore the beautiful winding paths surrounded by nature that lead you straight to the waters edge for a well-deserved dip in the cold water. Follow your volcano-view swim with lunch and a drink in their restaurant and read about the amazing history of this unbelievably beautiful hotel built into the rocks. Make your way back to Santa Cruz by boat, where you can catch a ride from the hotel's dock.

Week 4 part 1 - Shemuc Champey

During the last week, it’s time for the group to be a little more independent, so you won’t have a personal guide doing all the activities with you anymore, but the group will still have 24/7 support through the Whatsapp group. All your activities in part 1 and part 2 are still pre-booked, so you should just present yourself at the reception of your accommodation for the day’s activity.

After jumping on the boat back to Panajachel, you will hop on a bus at 07:30. Lean back and relax in your own space on this trip taking you to your next adventure. Everything is taken care of so you can get from A to B without a worry! We recommend bringing a snack in the morning.

Tubing in Zephyr Lodge
Zephyr Lodge is a one-of-a-kind oasis hidden away in the hills so you can enjoy your peace and quiet with a beautiful view. Experience stunning views while floating down the beautiful and refreshing waters of the Lanqun River while enjoying chilled beers. For games and lunch, there are two stops. Demonstrate your bridge jumping skills towards the end of the journey for an unforgettable finale to a one-in-a-lifetime experience.

Shemuc Champey
Hidden in the lush mountainous jungle landscape lies a turquoise paradise of the natural pools, caves, and waterfalls of Shemuc Champey. Tucked up in the densely forested mountains of Alta Verapaz, Guatemala, is an incredible limestone paradise that, despite the arduous hours of off-road forging required to reach it, is one of the world’s most magnificent hidden natural beauties. The Semuc Champey natural monument, which is virtually inaccessible to all but the most hardy four-wheel drive vehicles, features six beautiful tiered turquoise pools, an enormous cave network with underground waterfalls, and breathtaking views. The azure blue waters are perched on a natural limestone bridge that spans a section of the Cahabón River.

Week 4 part 2 - Flores / Tikal

Tuesday morning around 08:00, you will be picked up for a scenic transfer to Flores. Look forward for the island feel.

Take a trip to the gateway to nearby Mayan ruins, where you’re sure to find plenty of things to do… visit the mesmerizing ancient ruins of Uaxactun and Tikal, take a canoe trip, practice your Spanish, go zip-lining in Ixpanpajul Natural Park, have a go on Jorge’s Rope Swing, take a sailing trip, enjoy a peaceful walk around the island, enjoy the sunset and end your day by chowing down on traditional 'pupusas' in one of the country’s best restaurants for them, popular with both locals and tourists. Be careful though… this island offers so much to do and see, you might never want to leave!

Tikal sunrise hike
Experience the jungle waking up; new sounds, sights, smells, and colors that you’ll never forget. Listen to the chorus of each unique sound rising from below you as every animal wake in turn, creating a raucous as you’ve never heard before. Against the backdrop of the slow-rising sun, watch as the ruins of Tikal light up before you. The 02:00 wakeup is worth it for this unforgettable experience!

Please note: Travel on the weekends, or any of the extra activities is at your own expense and risk. We cannot be responsible but, if anything happens, we will of course be there to assist. Please ensure that you have adequate medical insurance before you carry out any activity.

Mandatory Volunteer Requirements

Police Clearance Certificate

What Makes a Good Volunteer?

Volunteers need to be flexible and keep an open mind concerning their placements as situations can arise beyond our control which could require you to be placed at a different project than the one you have initially chosen. We will of course always do our utmost to fulfill your initial wishes but do remember that where you are going is quite different from where you are coming and as such one should be prepared for things not always going according to plan.

Volunteering and intercultural travel share a common trait: the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. This program is designed for proactive individuals and groups that are prepared to adapt to the local environment and its current needs. Naturally, the scheduling and activities of our program are subject to change. Alterations in activities are mainly due to changes in local conditions, which we believe is part of what makes overseas programs the interesting adventure and incredible learning experience that they are.


What’s included?

Ekstra udgifter på rejsen


Dorm-style accommodation with shared facilities.

Week 1 - Adra Hostel
Just two blocks away from the main plaza in Antigua. Inside this 18th century colonial house you can find the diversity of art in all its expressions. Every single element represents the creativity of Guatemalan artisans. Because of their work, our country is one of the richest in art and culture. Proudly, we were nominated among the 3 top lounges of the country by the architectural and design magazine HABITART. As a Guatemalan brand, Adra’s objective is to generate a space where differences are respected and where attention and care for others in need is the rule. Adra Hostel is a place for people that think differently but that want to create a difference in the world. So come and stay with us, and just Chill!

Weeks 2 & 3 (except Saturday of Week 3) - Iguana Perdida Hostel
Come join us in paradise under the volcanos. For over 25 years, La Iguana Perdida has been a home away from home for travelers of all ages from across the globe. Our family-owned business offers rooms to suit all budgets and a variety of spaces to relax, play, work, exercise, and escape. Situated on the north shore of the magnificent Lake Atitlán, Santa Cruz is the perfect spot to base your lake experience. So come find whatever your heart desires!

Week 4 (including Saturday of Week 3) - Zephyr Lodge and Los Amigos Hostel
Welcome to Zephyr Lodge, a place with a world famous infinity pool with unobstructed mountain views that has been known to melt more than one Instagramers heart. Our lively backpackers bar, equipped with cocktails on tap, is the perfect spot to meet fellow travelers with whom you will be able to enjoy our unique river tubing and Semuc Champey tours.

Los Amigos Hostel
Your oasis on the beautiful island of Flores and the perfect base for visiting the majestic ruins of Tikal! Los Amigos hostel was founded in 2004 as an artistic fusion of the many influences of our travels with the most authentic aspects of our beloved Guatemala. Visiting la isla you can’t miss a visit to our famous restaurant, “the Secret Garden of Flores”. Enjoy a culinary journey in our magical lush gardens. Both our hostel and the restaurant are listed as #1 on Tripadvisor! We’re back better than ever with some amazing upgrades. Chill in our new Hummingbird garden and cook your own meal in our communal kitchen. We’re truly excited to treat you to an unforgettable adventure in Petén. And remember: Los Amigos is much more than just another place to stay… It’s your place to BE!

Local transport

You can either book the project with an Arrival Transfer only from GUA (La Aurora Airport), Departure Transfer only to GUA (La Aurora Airport) or with a Return Transfer from/to GUA (La Aurora Airport).

Arrival at the airport:
The driver will wait for you at the exit of the airport. Take the exit on the right side. Here our friendly driver will be waiting with a sign with your name.

If you can't find your driver:
Phone +502 4019 7662
Whats app +502 4019 7662 OR +506 7225 3846

Time in the Taxi to Adra Hostel Antiuga: Approx. 1.5 to 2 hrs depends on traffic.

Adress you are going to: Adra Hostel, 4a Calle Ori ente No. 15
Antigua, Guatemala 03001, Guatemala / +502 7797 1111


How does it work for breakfast, lunch and dinner?
Week 1
Besides your accommodation and breakfast, you will have a daily budget of 120 Queztales which you can use for Lunch or Dinner (meal and non-alcoholic drink). The budget is per day, any unused queztales are non-transferrable.

Each person has their own tab, and when you check-out you will pay any additional costs directly to reception.

This budget is daily with the following exceptions:
The day when you volunteer at the greenhouse
The day including the coffee plantation tour

On those days, you will have breakfast at Adra Hostel and Lunch on the road (included). There will not be credit for those days in Adra Hostel.

Total credit is 6 days x 120 Queztales = 720 Queztales

Weeks 2 & 3
In Santa Cruz - you are living in one of the best spot for meals all day around. You will have a daily budget, which you can basically split however you want for meals or smoothies, but not for drinks. Daily budget is 135 Queztales. Most likely you will join the Dinners, as they are a bit harder to find than Lunch. Dinners at Iguana are 65 Queztal. You have 70 Queztal more to spend for meals of your choice. Each person has their own tab, and when you check-out you will pay any additional costs directly to reception.

Daily budget is 135 Queztales

Week 4
Getting to Zephyr Lodge. How is it with meals?
An 8-hour transfer trough typical mountain towns right into the heart of Guatemala with breathtaking scenery along the way. You will leave early morning (before breakfast) with the Lancha to Panajachel where the shuttle picks you up straight at the pier. We suggest taking little snacks or fruits to cover your empty stomach till the first breakfast stop. Best thing is to buy something the night before or ask Iguana for Granola Bars or Bananas for on the way. There will be a stop and possibility to buy some snacks. The transport brings you to a general pick-up point near your new accommodation where you will be picked up from Zephyr Lodge in a 4x4 truck. On this transfer day you would need to pay for all your food yourself.

On travelling days, you need to pay for your own meals. Included in Zephyr Lodge are:
Arrival Day: pay for all your meals
Sunday: Breakfast 40 Quetzals, Lunch 70 Quetzals
Monday: Breakfast 40 Quetzals, Lunch packet for Shemuc Champain: included
Tuesday: Breakfast 40 Quetzals, Lunch not included as travelling to Flores

70 Quetzals is the maximum amount you can consume for lunch and it cannot be used for drinks or anything else. Any unused queztales are non-transferrable.

On travelling days, you need to pay for your own meals. Included in Amigos Hostel are:
Arrival Day (Tuesday); pay for all your meals
Wednesday: Breakfast 50 Quetzals Lunch 100 Quetzals
Thursday: Lunch Box included 60Q (Sunrise Tikal Tour)
Friday: Breakfast 50 Quetzals Lunch 100 Quetzals

This amount is fixed per day and meal. Any unused queztales are non-transferrable.

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