Antigua is located some 1,500 meters (5,000 feet) above sea level in the central highlands of Guatemala in the department of Sacatepéquez. The scenery is overwhelmingly beautiful and the three volcanoes that surround Antigua (Fuego, Agua and Acatenango) can be easily viewed from all the major streets of the downtown area. The center of Antigua, which translates to Ancient, is littered with ruins of old churches and painted in bright colors, all radiating from the Central Plaza downtown. Volunteers will feel at ease in the vibrant language school scene, and can take advantage of wonderful dining, incredible artisan markets and quaint shops.
Travel to Teach’s volunteer projects for teaching English provides the volunteers the possibility to discover everyday life in Guatemala. Volunteers teach vocabulary, conversation, writing and reading) for beginners to High School students. We teach between 2 and 4 lessons per day.
Many volunteers also teach in small community based centers and orphanages for kids living on the streets.
Ve also work in several schools . In those projects we work together with a certified ESL teacher. Here you help out in classrooms and help smaller groups with homework etc.
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Our application process typically takes two or three weeks, but can
be speeded up if there is a need for that. When we receive the initial application from you, we will send you our
full application form.
(1) Complete the Initial Application Form:
The first stage of the application process is to fill out the brief initial application form. Upon receiving this we will send you the full application form.
(2) Complete the Full Application Form:
Fill out the application form. After receiving this we will assess your suitability and place you on one of our programs.
(3) Placement info:
We will return detailed placement information and an invoice. If you accept the placement you should clikc the link to say so. The fee can be paid with credit card through PayPal or by bank transfer.
Once you have made your traveling arrangements you should mail your time of arrival and the means of transportation and we will confirm pickup.
April: Sat 8, Sat 22
May: Sat 6, Sat 20
June: Sat 3, Sat 17
July: Sat 1, Sat 15, Sat 29
August: Sat 12, Sat 26
September: Sat 9, Sat 23
October: Sat 7, Sat 21
November: Sat 4, Sat 18
|December: Sat 2, Sat 16, Sat 30|
|January: Sat 13, Sat 27
February: Sat 10, Sat 24
March: Sat 10, Sat 24
April: Sat 7, Sat 21
|May: Sat 5, Sat 19
June: Sat 2, Sat 16, Sat 30
July: Sat 14, Sat 28
August: Sat 11, Sat 25
|September: Sat 8, Sat 22
October: Sat 6, Sat 20
November: Sat 3, Sat 17
December: Sat 1, Sat 15, Sat 29
Travel to Teach volunteers live in a traditional family-stay with a pre-approved middle class Guatemalan family or in our volunteer house. This service includes breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Each guest is provided with a key to the house and is free to come and go as they please, but must respect the routine and house rules of the family or facility. Generally, you will be sharing a room with 1-2 other volunteers. Private rooms are available on request, but availability is limited.
There is an abundance of excellent restaurants in La Antigua including traditional Guatemalan food and international fare. With prices for meals ranging from $0.80 to expensive, gourmet dishes it is always easy to find somewhere to eat regardless of your budget. La Antigua also has a number of little shops and boutiques as well as small, locally owned stores where souvenirs, traditional textiles, ceramics, jade, silver, antiques and other products can be purchased. traditional textiles, ceramics, jade, silver, antiques and other products can be purchased.
The city also boasts an impressive handicraft market, as well as an open air market.
There is a lively nightlife concentrated around the Arco de Santa Catalina or within a block or two of the Central Plaza. There are plenty of great places to relax and listen to either traditional or modern music and spend time with your new friends.
There is an abundance of excellent restaurants in La Antigua including traditional Guatemalan food and international fare. With prices for meals ranging from $0.80 to expensive, gourmet dishes it is always easy to find somewhere to eat regardless of your budget.
While Guatemala has a diverse climate that varies from region to region, it has two principal seasons—a wet season and a dry season. Guatemala is considered a tropical country and therefore experiences sunshine year round for approximately 12 hours per day. La Antigua is known as the “City of Eternal Spring.”
The main reason for the diversity in Guatemala’s weather is the varied elevation encountered throughout the country. Weather in the mountainous interior and around La Antigua is spring like, with warm days and cool nights, whereas the coastal regions tend to be hot and humid. In all cases, you should be prepared for rain, which is common throughout Guatemala, particularly from June to October, Guatemala’s “winter” season.
All International flights arrive to La Aurora International Airport, which is located in Guatemala City and is approximately 30-45 minutes from La Antigua.
The La Antigua bus station is 4 blocks from the in-country coordinator. The La Antigua bus station provides very consistent and inexpensive service into Guatemala City as well as local and regional service.
Unless busing in, all volunteers will be picked up from La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City and brought to Antigua by our local transport crew.
Victor our project coordinator in Antigua was born in Guatemala City but grew up in the eastern part of Guatemala, in a little place called Zacapa (desert type, farm land, cowboy style). He moved to the United States when he was 4 years old, and learned how to speak Spanish and read and write in English. He has been living in Antigua for the past 5 years and will be marrying his lovely fiancée this year! Victor loves to have a good laugh, to eat good food and to play sports.
Most European, North American, Australian and New Zealand visitors entering Guatemala will receive a 90-day visa. This can be extended in-country, however the process is difficult and time consuming. For visitors who wish to stay longer than 90 days, it is recommended that they make a 2-3 day trip to Mexico, Honduras, Belize, or El Salvador—all of which are easily accessible from La Antigua. As in most countries, in order to visit Guatemala, travellers must show their passports upon entry. The passport must be valid for 6 months following any entry date into Guatemala.
If you are travelling for more than 3 months (90 days), you will need to do a visa extension Process, your in-country coordinator will help you with this process.
If you are planning to work in Cambodia then you will need to obtain a police records background check before starting your placement. For details on the application procedure in your home country please take a look at: www.travel-to-teach.org/CRB-information.php
At all other locations you will be required to abide by the Travel to Teach Child Protection Policy.
We recomend yoou to check the vaccines and medicines list and visit your doctor (ideally, 4-6 weeks) before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need.
One of the conditions of entry onto our programs is that volunteers have travel insurance. Most importantly the insurance needs to include medical treatment and repatriation in case of unforeseen accidents or illnesses. Volunteers should purchase insurance independently and bring a copy of their insurance certificate with them for their local co-ordinator to check before starting their program. Read our terms and conditions.