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Guatemala Construction

Improve the quality of life for impoverished families in Antigua Guatemala by helping them to construct new and permanent homes.

Prices from US$745

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

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

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

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
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

Please read our legal statement regarding the running of NGO projects.

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