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Guatemala has a rich cultural and historical inheritance, resulting from its unique blend of ancient Mayan civilisation, and its transformation during Spanish colonisation in the 16th Century. The Mayan legacy is still dominant in the Guatemalan landscape, with magnificent towering pyramids, once opulent palaces and astrological observatories used to satisfy the Mayans’ inquisitive nature. As such, Guatemala is a real treasure chest of tradition and heritage ready to be explored and uncovered.  

You'll be based in the historic city of La Antigua, a fusion of colonial influence and historical ruins nestled between three impressive volcanoes. The beauty of this area is internationally recognised, with the city designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While there, you'll have lots of opportunity to engage in adventure activities and cultural excursions. Visit some of the hundreds of magnificent churches that adorn Antigua, climb to the rim of an active volcano or lie by the lake under a bright Guatemalan sun.

Really immerse yourself in this fascinating culture for a rewarding experience as you help bring hope to local communities by aiding the construction of new homes in the most impoverished areas. Make a real tangible difference to these people’s lives while undertaking a worthwhile and deeply rewarding project within this exciting city. 

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Contribute towards valuable construction projects in impoverished communities
  • Forge lifelong friendships 
  • Discover the sights and sounds of Guatemala

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Good physical fitness
Airport Pickup Community Emergency Physical Homestay Meals Terrestrial Free Time Breakfast Family
FAST FACTS
Location Central Guatemala
Activities Assist in community development
Build a house for local impoverished families
Transport Airport pick-up on arrival
Accommodation Home-stay

WHAT'S INCLUDED
Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas and equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Food (3 meals per day Monday to Saturday and dinner on Sunday)
Accommodation
Airport pick-up
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

Guatemala has an acute problem of inadequate housing in lower income areas. Houses in these areas are usually made of cornstalk walls, a dirt floor and a scrap material roof, with most houses lacking basic hygiene facilities, such as toilets and bathrooms. 

The Frontier-Guatemala Construction project aims to provide basic housing to families living in extreme poverty. In addition to the benefits of having a permanent home and place of residence, new houses also provide countless benefits to the health and safety of local families. You will be assisted in the construction of the house by the very family who will be taking up residence in the new home, and this close teamwork will make the final outcome ever more valuable and rewarding.  

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Throughout the project you will be involved in all aspects of building and decorating. Depending upon the time of your arrival you could be involved in a range of activities from digging, removing dirt, carrying bricks, mixing cement, plastering and painting and so a good level of physical fitness is required. Even though the work will be challenging, when you behold the result you will have no doubt as to the value of your work!    

Normally you will work Monday to Friday, and have the weekends to explore, however work programmes are also dictated by the weather, project needs and construction schedule so an open mind, flexible attitude and willingness to participate is a necessity. 

Expect to be working closely with local trades-people as well as other relevant community members directly involved in the construction project. This is a great chance to get involved in cross-cultural community work, and directly get to know the family who will benefit from your efforts. 

As a volunteer coming from another country your work methods and knowledge of construction might differ from that of the local trades-people. If you have a background in construction we encourage you to share any knowledge you may have with the local workers in order to improve their skills, and secure sustainable construction techniques for the future!

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be met by a friendly Frontier representative on arrival at La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City who will escort you to your new home for the duration of your stay. Please arrive no later than 7pm on Sunday on the start date of your project.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Throughout your course, you will stay with a welcoming local host family that has been carefully chosen by the local Frontier staff. This is an excellent way for you to practice your improving Spanish and learn about the Guatemalan culture from people who are keen to share their stories with you and help you explore.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Your host will provide you with three meals a day during the week based around the local Guatemalan diet. At the weekend you will only receive breakfast on Saturday, with no meals being provided on Sunday. This is the perfect opportunity for you to try out the local delicacies. If you ask nicely your host family might even teach you how to cook your favourite dishes! At the weekend you may decide to check out local restaurants – with a variety of cuisines you’re sure to find something to satisfy your cravings at a range of prices.

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

After your teaching day is over, you are free to either relax or brush up on your new language skills. The language school has mountain bikes which you can borrow to help you look round this thriving, bustling city - a popular destination for both tourists and natives, La Antigua has something to offer everyone! Antigua is an extraordinarily beautiful city with cobble-stone streets, tree-lined avenues lined with open air cafes, ornate, centuries-old churches, and a wealth of international cuisine. Immediately outside Antigua you'll find active volcanoes, dense rainforest, and tranquil mountain lakes to explore, and is a perfect location for you to day trip to Lake Atitlan, the famous Mayan architectural site of Tikal, the jungle or even the Pacific coast.

COSTS

2 weeks US$ 745

Extra week US$ 245

DEPARTURE DATES

Please arrive no later than 7pm on Sunday on the start date of your project.

The project is closed between 23rd December and 1st January

PROJECT DONATION

Volunteers will be asked to fundraise approximately US$510 to contribute towards the cost of the building materials and local tradesmen prior to your departure.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Accommodation
  • Food (3 meals per day Mon-Sat / dinner on Sunday)
  • Airport pick-up
  • Project orientation
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Guatemala City (GUA)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our project costs. However, Frontier have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with Frontier. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact Frontier’s dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

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There is no obligation when making an application, and you do not need to pay anything at this point.